New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320
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    New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    Pretty excited about this, so wanted to share. I'm not usually a vintage guy (and am used to more contemporary-sized watches) but this one, in my opinion, looks great. Doesn't feel small at all and I love the classic styling with the two registers and linen dial.

    One question, though: what do you think about this as a daily, or regularly consistent, wearer? My impression is that the cal 320 is a tough workhorse, but would love to get your thoughts.

    Obligatory wrist shot below. Thanks for looking!

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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    Here's another photo to try to show the linen dial better.

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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    I'd see no problem using that as a daily wearer, after all it's what it was made for

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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    Agree with Matt although as with any mechanical watch, particularly vintage ones, avoid wearing it while golfing and similar shock inducing activities.
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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    Thanks to both of you!

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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    Gorgeous. Is that an original dial? What a great piece to start your journey with vintage watches.
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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    As to the movement, the Omega 320 is simply a Lemania CH27, in production since 1941. Discontinued in 1968, when it was replaced by the Lemania 1872 (a cam-switching version, aka Omega 860). So yes, a reliable workhorse. Whether a better one than its cam-switching successor, depends on whether one believes that column wheel movements are superior to cam-switching ones or not. Some say, that the pushers on a column wheel chrono operate more smoothly, and some say, that there is hardly any difference.
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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    No sir, it is absolutely a trouble to use that daily...it will not take shocks, or moisture, too well... it will only further deteriorate and get scratched....so,your only good option is to send it to me and I shall absolutely never ever take that very very gorgeous watch off my wrist!!!

    Hehe.. kidding you.
    I didn't know about this reference...it has just skyrocketed into my most favorite omega reference.. thanks for sharing snf wear well, just avoid shocks and moisture, and get it serviced so that you know and have proper maintainence history.

    Wear in good health.
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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    MKWS, thank you very much for the insight on the movement!

    And eliindetroit, yes I believe it is an original dial - thanks for the nice words! I'm loving how it wears so far, and how the indices and dial reflect the light.

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    Re: New acquisition and first vintage: Omega ref 2872 with Cal 320

    Thanks very much! I wasn't aware of the reference either until yesterday, and I'm very happy to have found it!
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