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    Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    Hello, everyone!

    I'd appreciate some help from fellow admirers of vintage Omega watches. Looking at the pictures below, can anyone say if the specimen in question is all original or was redialed? And the movement? Is it OK or has it been messed up? Seller asks +/- USD 860.00 for the piece. Is it a fair price?

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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    The dial pictures aren't the best but what I can see doesn't give me any signs of a re-dial. Movement looks legit to me also. The case is very harshly cleaned. I was going to say polished but it looks like someone polished it with a wire brush. I don't know enough about fakes, so I would wait for more experienced collectors to respond.
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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    As bsshog40 said, your dial photos aren't the best. If you take clear, straight-on, high res photos, you'll get a more definitive answer. From what you've provided, you're getting nothing more than a guess. There's no guess, however, about the damage done to the case.
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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    Also keep in mind that the movement needs to be looked at and most likely it needs to be serviced. It runs way to fast.
    That in combination with the condition of the case would make me walk away. I don't think it's a redial though.
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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    Is it possible to repair the case?

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    Repair the case? Can't see anything broken in there... However, if anything needs to be done with the watch, and just given the position of the regulator- there absolutely is, at that price I'd look for a better specimen.

    Regarding authenticity- there are two extremely important things missing here. The first one is a decent picture of the dial- at first glance, it looks like the dial is OK, but would I feel comfortable giving a verdict based on these pictures only? Absolutely not.
    The second one is a picture of both sides of the case back- the inner side should have all the hallmarks (should it indeed be solid gold), and more importantly- the reference number of the watch, which allows running a check on it in the OVD, or at least looking up similar specimens all over the internets.

    That said, these pictures just aren't enough to determine the authenticity of the watch, but they do show a few things (the case and the regulator) that would be just about enough to make me walk away from this one.
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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis Silva View Post
    Is it possible to repair the case?
    Whats wrong with the case?

    Also-as stated-the real money shot for a good opinion on re-dial would be a straight on close up of dial. the elliptical view makes it difficult. it appears the last 'a' in omega could be authentic. thats as far as i would go.
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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    mkws and DaBaeker, when I asked about repairing the case, I referred to that rough polishment it was submitted to. The case show scratches everywhere. Can it be amended?

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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    It theoretically can. But then again, given that the result might be an overpolished case, then the choice sums up to overpolished v. scratched. And if I were to choose between bad and bad, I'd prefer not to choose at all.
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    Re: Golden Omega cal. 266, circa 1954 - Redial?

    OK, gentleman. I thank you all for your valuable considerations. I dug up a little more and found this one, a Seamaster:

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    It's a 1974 piece, equipped with a 564 caliber. Not solid gold, as seller remarks. Priced at +/- USD 600. What say you?

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