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    First time posting: vintage Omega

    First time posting here. Just got my first Omega, and a vintage one at that. Since I'm clueless, any info or insights from you experts would be appreciated.
    Serial number puts it at around 1966-67.
    Original dial, not refinished.
    c.565, 24 jewel, pink gold plated with swan neck regulator.
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    Re: First time posting: vintage Omega

    Outstanding example. Congrats on a fine pick-up. :gold
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    Re: First time posting: vintage Omega

    Quote Originally Posted by obsidian View Post
    First time posting here. Just got my first Omega, and a vintage one at that. Since I'm clueless, any info or insights from you experts would be appreciated.
    Serial number puts it at around 1966-67.
    Original dial, not refinished.
    c.565, 24 jewel, pink gold plated with swan neck regulator.
    The 565 is a fine movement, albeit non-chronometer. It is the equal of any made in its era and better than many today. I selected a few comments from another forum where this class of Omega movements (550-565; 600-613; 750-752) were discussed

    - plain glucydur balance without screws - harder to engineer & produce, but more stable and required less adjustment
    - 7-evolution mainspring yielding 50-hour power reserve
    - swan's neck regulation
    - very efficient bi-directional automatic winding

    Dr. Ranfft's Pink Pages has some more really good info and photos as well.

    550, the 17 jewel non-chronometer version used in Seamaster and Dynamic was introduced in 1960, two years after 551-562 (except 560)

    551, 24 jewel chronometer non-date was produced in only 37,000 pieces, all in Constellations, of which 20,000 were chronometer rated consecutively, introduced in 1958

    552, non chronometer non-date was produced in 316,000 pieces in Seamaster and Geneve, introduced in 1958

    560, introduced in 1960, 17 jewel date non chronometer, was introduced later, just as the 550. Only 3,000 produced, in Seamaster Devilles, Geneve and Dynamics

    561 introduced in 1958, together with the 562 was produced in 1,167,000 pieces in Constellations

    562, in Seamaster, some chronometer certified and Constellations, introduced in 1958

    563 quick set date, 17 jewel non-chronometer, with 564 and 565, total of 1,640,000 pieces; like the other 17 jewels, was introduced a year after the 24 jewel movement, in 1966

    564 first quickset date, Constellation and Seamaster, introduced 1965, production included the 2,000,000th Omega chronometer

    565 also 1965, in Seamaster, Geneve and Dynamic

    Total production, 550-565 3,511,000

    In addition, Omega considers the 600-613 manuals part of the family, which adds 1,810,000 pieces

    The 750-750 family of day date movements adds another 510,000

    Produced from 1958 to 1969, this family of 27.9mm calibres had a total production of 5,831,000!

    That's around 10 percent of all the watches Omega ever produced.

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    Re: First time posting: vintage Omega

    Thanks for the great info!
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    Re: First time posting: vintage Omega

    Very nice vintage Omega!

    You'll want to take a look at the Omega Vintage Database, at Omega's website. The information on your watch can be found here:

    http://www.omegawatches.com/cu_vinta...er&sortdir=ASC

    You will need to register there to see the information, but it is free.

    Hope this helps,
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