Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

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    Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    Did not know that my father had a bunch of old watches lying around. Havent seen him with a watch for as long as I can remember.

    Took some pics of some of them.

    Do you think that any of them is worth restoring? What would you do?


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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    Nice pocket watch! :)

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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Veljko View Post
    Nice pocket watch! :)
    Thanks, it actually works. The omega seamaster feels wierd. (Im from sweden, so excuse my english) When I turn the knob? counterclockwise its moving > out.
    Like a screw. And when I turn it clockwise, it is stop.

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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    It sounds like your crown is coming unscrewed. I would restore them all except the Citizen and the Seiko. Before you run any of them for any length of time, I strongly recommend a full service.
    Definition of full service: Complete disassembly and cleaning, reassembly with lubrication and new seals where req'd., and regulation. Old watches usually have not been serviced in long periods of time, and have lost their lubrication and can be damaged even by running.

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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    Same here, I would not worry about the Japanese digitals.

    Is the Zenith a tuning fork movement?
    As it is not a mechanic movement, if it is broken, it will be difficult and expensive to repair and restore.
    The Longines and Omega are worth restoring.

    The pocket watch, did it belong to your Grand father? Somebody that worked for SJ (Swedish Rail)?? Or what is that symbol on the back?
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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    Agreed with the other comments.
    Skipping the digitals, the rest are worthy of a restoration.

    And there's probably another WUS member who could recommend someone in your area.
    I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.

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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    If you are going to restore any of them, it should be the Longines and the Omega, for sure. I woundn't just repair them I would have them totally restored. Just my two cents worth.

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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    wow. nice find. the 2 omegas and the longines are definitely worth restoring. I really like the Longines Sport Chief. That must be from the 40s or early 50s at latest.
    :ROLEX OMEGA LONGiNES ♦ SEIKO Aquadive ♦ ELGIN ♦ hamilton O&W imexZodiac......

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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Outta Time View Post
    It sounds like your crown is coming unscrewed. I would restore them all except the Citizen and the Seiko. Before you run any of them for any length of time, I strongly recommend a full service.
    Definition of full service: Complete disassembly and cleaning, reassembly with lubrication and new seals where req'd., and regulation. Old watches usually have not been serviced in long periods of time, and have lost their lubrication and can be damaged even by running.
    Yes, it appears so. Thanks for some great advices :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Same here, I would not worry about the Japanese digitals.

    Is the Zenith a tuning fork movement?
    As it is not a mechanic movement, if it is broken, it will be difficult and expensive to repair and restore.
    The Longines and Omega are worth restoring.

    The pocket watch, did it belong to your Grand father? Somebody that worked for SJ (Swedish Rail)?? Or what is that symbol on the back?
    Yes, its a tuning fork movment. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? It was my grand fathers pocket I believe. Dont think he worked for SJ though. Have no idea what the image mean. Its a wheel with wings, and yes, it appears to be riding on a trail. Did not see that before. I´ll ask my father if he knows.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheJohnP View Post
    Agreed with the other comments.
    Skipping the digitals, the rest are worthy of a restoration.

    And there's probably another WUS member who could recommend someone in your area.
    Ok, thanks. If somebody knows a good place in Sweden that restores watches pleas let me know. How much does it cost to fully restore a watch? Aprox? Can they do something about the glas? And the scratches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orhorolgy View Post
    If you are going to restore any of them, it should be the Longines and the Omega, for sure. I woundn't just repair them I would have them totally restored. Just my two cents worth.
    Thanks, I will do full restoration if I decide to do something. I´ll have to know how much it´s gonna cost me.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaBaeker View Post
    wow. nice find. the 2 omegas and the longines are definitely worth restoring. I really like the Longines Sport Chief. That must be from the 40s or early 50s at latest.
    Thanks for the info, I like it to :)

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    Re: Found my fathers old watches (2 x omega, zenith, longines etc.)

    The Zenith has a Bulova Accutron movement (probably 2182)and anyone who services Accutrons should be able to get it running accurately for around $200. Not a particularly collectible watch, so I'd only restore it for sentimental value.

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