First watch repair post of 2013! :)
I have 3 Omega 351 parts movements in my junk so I decided to see if I could pick up something to make a good watch out of them. What I found was this decent looking Omega on the Bay for a reasonable price.
Said to be in not working condition, the hands looked wrong (not the right length for that dial), and the dial was so-so. In fact, I only noticed half the number "3" was missing when I got it yesterday. Anyway, an hour later, I had it all apart and cleaned:
The mainspring arbor had rusted and broke off in the top plate. You can see in the upper left of the pic I used one of my parts watches to scavenge a mainspring barrel assembly and I decided to use the dial and hands from that watch too. Here is the finished watch:
On this textured dial, you can barely see the word "Omega" and "Seamaster", along with the cross hairs. I still like the overall look and don't mind wearing it like this. I may decide to send the dial out the have it redone.. not sure. I think overall the watch has a nice look to it.
BTW, after reading a previous post a few minutes ago regarding "Frankens", I would like to know your opinions on something like this. The dial and hands came off of a 351 parts movement I had. If I could validate that Omega made a watch with this dial, hands, and case configuration, would it still be a franken? This watch has a case reference of 2577, and all the pics I saw on the internet had the dial and hand configuration closer to this, than what was originally on the watch.
Happy New Year,