Need Help: Is this a REAL OMEGA WWI Trench watch?
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    Need Help: Is this a REAL OMEGA WWI Trench watch?

    Hey guys,

    Hoping you could help me with this vintage Omega "trench watch" that I'm looking to buy. It looks rather suspect to me, but the seller insists it's real.

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    Case measures 35mm, 38.5mm w/ crown
    There doesn't appear to be any glass, but the glass on the hinged case is crystal
    Looks like the case was made by Bevet
    Serial number: 5311681, which indicates it was made during WWI
    Asking price: $460

    I've seen posts about Frankenwatches made with Omega movements, but this doesn't appear to be that, but I could be wrong. Can y'all help? Images below

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    Re: Need Help: Is this a REAL OMEGA WWI Trench watch?

    Hi,

    Fanken:

    - The case is not omega, even if it were, the serial number is the wrong range.
    - screw marks show a different movement was once fitted.
    - The front bezel is missing.
    - The dial is a travesty.

    The movement is an Omega, the Case is a nice case, but they did not start out life togther and the mash job is offensive.

    EDIT: Brevet means patent. It was imported by AGR.
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    Re: Need Help: Is this a REAL OMEGA WWI Trench watch?

    Very much appreciate your feedback, thanks man, you saved me a good amount of money...

    Forgive me for overreaching, but what do you think of this one: 50mm, Omega case, dial and movement. Seller claims it is a pocket watch that was converted to a wrist watch for use by WWI officers. I searched around and dont see any evidence that lugs were ever added to pocket watches for use in the war. I have seen slings for the pocket watches though that make it possible to wear the pocket watches on one's wrist.


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    Re: Need Help: Is this a REAL OMEGA WWI Trench watch?

    Hi, if you are looking for a completely authentic Omega trench watch from WWI do a quick Google search and you'll get a close idea of what it should look like. That type of case usually has a watch with a smaller hands so that the hands would be able to be completely seen through the hole in the lid. You can also tell that someone just soldered lugs on the case. Most trench watches have wire lugs. Also, your search should help you see the difference between the style of a trench watch dial and a pocket watch dial.

    Some folks don't mind these watches and just think they are cool. I personally wouldn't want something like this because Omega didn't make it.
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