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    Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    Hi I was wondering if some of the experts on this forum could help me out with an Omega Seamaster 601.
    I have attached a few pictures below but the main thing that attracts me to this watch is the steel bracelet and the silver dial- which is something I am wondering about- is it a redial or is it original? It seems also to be in very good condition considering its more than 50 years old?
    THe seller is asking for 895- is this too much?
    I highly appreciate your assistance!








    "Circa: 1967.
    Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds.
    Reference numbers: Case 135.010. Serial 24031515. Calibre 601.
    Case: Stainless steel. Condition very good, has some light scratches. Plexi glass in excellent condition, original Omega.
    Measurements: Case Diameter 33.3mm, not including crown. Watch will fit estimated wrist size of 19.5cm.
    Dial: Original silver dial with silver/black indexes and hands. Condition excellent.
    Bracelet/Strap: Original Omega Steel bracelet. Reference number 1412. Condition excellent.
    Movement: Manual, Omega calibre 601. Keeping excellent time. "

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    Re: Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    I don't know Omega very well so I can't comment too much and take my comments in that light. The sunburst type of silver dial is not cheap to redial, so my initial reaction is that is an original dial (Omega and dial experts may well disagree), though for the price it could have been re-done. Given the rust on the movement I don't think that dial is original to this watch - though it may be the same as the original dial. We don't discuss values here, but I don't think I'd pay that much for it.
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    Re: Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    Hi. I agree that it may not be a "refinished" dial, but I suspect that is a replacement. Typically it should have DeVille on the dial. Overall not a bad watch at all. I also would not go close to that price for it.

    Here's what the case number search says:


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    Seamaster De Ville
    Gents' leather strap

    Reference
    ST 135.0010
    International collection
    1962
    Movement
    Type: Manual winding (mechanical)
    Caliber number: 601
    Created in 1960
    17 jewels
    Central sweep-second hand
    Functions
    Date
    Case
    Stainless steel
    Case back
    Unishell (case opening on dial side)
    Dial
    Metal, with luminous hour markers and luminous metal hands.
    Different dial versions, with "Seamaster De Ville" or "De Ville".
    Crystal
    Armoured hesalite
    Bracelet
    Leather
    Water resistance
    30 meters
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    Re: Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    Good info here that I appreciate as well. I have several good Omegas. A 600 shown here was an estate sale steal. Had a badly diseased dial. About 1/2 your value would be excessive for the good 601. These are common and are easily renovated. Find an otherwise good one with a bad dial.

    Added photo of recently bought serviced Constellation with good original dial from good local dealer at 1/2 your quoted cost for 601. These do sell higher normally.
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    Re: Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    thanks for your help guys!

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    Re: Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    The "Seamaster" on the dial looks a bit weird...particularly the "m". The price is too high for this watch.

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    Re: Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    That is a very nice watch!

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    Re: Help with vintage Omega seamaster 601

    Quote Originally Posted by DHopper71 View Post
    Caliber number: 601
    Created in 1960
    17 jewels
    Central sweep-second hand
    Functions
    Date
    Case
    Dial
    Metal, with luminous hour markers and luminous metal hands.
    Different dial versions, with "Seamaster De Ville" or "De Ville".
    Is that "Date" function an error? The photo in the vintage database shows a non-date watch, the OP's watch does not have a date, and the photo of the 601 movement in the back of "Omega: A Journey Through Time" does not have a corresponding date wheel.

    The reason I ask is that I'm spelunking around on the 'bay looking for old Seamasters and ran across this one with a 601:
    VINTAGE OMEGA SEAMASTER 30 MILITARY MECHANICAL WATCH,CAL 601 | eBay
    The case number 135.012 says that it's actually a 1962 Geneve and that does NOT have a date function.

    These franken-watches are pretty interesting!

    Note: I didn't know this before, but the Omega book I mentioned says that "The figure '30' under the name Seammaster does not refer to a depth as for a diver's watch, but to the family name of the calibre fitted in this model, the hand-wound 30mm."
    Last edited by refugio; December 24th, 2011 at 06:36. Reason: added Note

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