Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.
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    Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.

    I'm currently searching the vintage market and an experienced advice will be more than useful, since this will be my first vintage piece : )

    The thing is... I'm looking at this Omega Seamaster:







    I'd like to know if paying 330 usd is reasonable or not.

    I mean, it's a 39mm Omega, and I guess that's something interesting and perhaps rare (?) since it is 'big' for vintage standards. Maybe that's good for its value?

    I don't know how old is this piece, something that might be useful to know if the reasoning above is true.

    The acrylic doesn't look bad, but the case is quite damaged...

    Look at the mark at 2, could that be removed if I polish the case? (Something that seems like a must, too many scratches...).

    I do like the watch. But I don't know if 330 is a fair price or anything else about this piece.

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks a lot!




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    It looks 1964.

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    Re: Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.

    Not sure what it's worth but it looks like the case has already been polished out. The spot at 2:00 looks to be worn thru the plating. Looks to me like someone just cleaned it up and put an aftermarket band on it. It's worth what you want to spend on it. Not seeing anything else wrong with it. I'm far from an expert tho!
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    Re: Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.

    Stainless steel case, looks like reflections, not a mark.

    Serial no. dates this to 1970, cal. 752 looks good.
    No inner case back pics to help with ID, but it looks good to me.

    Nice looking watch of a good size.
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    Re: Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.

    I believe it's the 166.0111 from '71. Looks good to me.
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    Re: Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.

    It's ok if You like it but keep in note that the case was overpolished and lost its shape
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    Re: Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage1982 View Post
    I believe it's the 166.0111 from '71. Looks good to me.


    I think you are right, good find.

    The case does look like it has been over polished, as the "sunburst" finish the case should have is gone.
    That can be refinished by an expert if required, but I'm not that anal myself.

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    Re: Buying a Seamaster. Advice needed.

    Hi there,

    the Omega 752 was only made between 1966 and 1970, and is accordingly rare in comparison with other calibres of the line. The dull rotor finish indicates a late sample likely from 1970, but the serial number could tell it more precisely. The dial is really amazing regarding both, beauty and condition.

    So far the good news, now the bad: The movement obviously suffered from cleaning in agressive fluids, and from a rather worn rotor bearing. The case is terribly over-polished, and it will be between hard and impossible to bring it back near to its original appearance.

    We dont't discuss values here, but if you decide to take it, make sure that the quickset date works properly. The date actuator is a rather weak point of this movement, and many are broken. Replacement is only available from reproduction, and accordingly expensive.

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