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    Omega Geneve (Italics) Automatic

    Hello, I have recently started the rather expensive hobby of collecting watches. I recently purchased an Omega "Geneve" for £150, but I am struggling to find information on it's history, date of manufacture, provenance etc. The dealer was not much use either unfortunately. I have been told, however, that the italicized word "Geneve" means that it is one of the original Geneve's produced by Omega in the 1950's or 1960's. That is all I know about it.

    Photo of watch attached. Not in mint condition, and the strap is new but the watch seems to keep perfect time after all these years.

    Does anyone know much more about this watch? Any info would be very much appreciated.
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    Re: Omega Geneve (Italics) Automatic

    You will want the serial numbers from inside the case if you want the definitive information and to confirm that it is still in its original condition. Photos help here a lot.


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    Re: Omega Geneve (Italics) Automatic

    Very nice looking vintage omega!!

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    Thank you very much for your reply. I am so new to this that i dont know how to unscrew the back. Will go to a watch shop. Thanks again!

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    Re: Omega Geneve (Italics) Automatic

    It is true that the script generally denotes the earlier generation of the Genève models. However, it is the manual wind versions that are the most sought after by collectors, as they were produced beginning in the early '50s, and were marketed (with their outstanding 30mm movements) as one of Omegas highest end models.

    That being said, the automatics are also nice, and if your movement is in good condition, then you certainly obtained a nice watch for the money.

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    Sorry to hi-jack the thread but I just got passed down this Omega and I have no idea about if it is original or not. Any ideas?? All I know is that it's 18k pink gold and has a cal. 268 movement.
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    Re: Omega Geneve (Italics) Automatic

    One would need to see far more detail (front closer up, back, insides.....) to be sure. If you were passed it down from a "reputable source" and you know that it has a Cal. 268, there is a high chance that it is all original, though.

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    Re: Omega Geneve (Italics) Automatic

    Genève is not equal to Genève, to begin with. In the Fifties and early Sixties, "Genève" denoted a watch manufactured within the Geneva city limits, so they were quite exclusive. In the late Sixties and later, however, "Genève" became the "Budget" line of watches in the Omega range - for instance, the movements they were equipped with, were those that had been used in Seamasters for three to five years aleady. Also, the designers were given more of a free hand on these, so vivid colors and eye-catching case shapes are no unusual features, either.

    Your watch seems to be from the late Fifties, early Sixties, so in all likelihood has been actually built at Geneva. Did you try to look it up in the Omega Vintage Database yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shangstar View Post
    Hello, I have recently started the rather expensive hobby of collecting watches. I recently purchased an Omega "Geneve" for £150, but I am struggling to find information on it's history, date of manufacture, provenance etc. The dealer was not much use either unfortunately. I have been told, however, that the italicized word "Geneve" means that it is one of the original Geneve's produced by Omega in the 1950's or 1960's. That is all I know about it.

    Photo of watch attached. Not in mint condition, and the strap is new but the watch seems to keep perfect time after all these years.

    Does anyone know much more about this watch? Any info would be very much appreciated.
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    Going to the OVDB I found this. It looks pretty similar. I have a vintage Seamaster with the same movement. Very nice classic piece. Enjoy it.

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    Re: Omega Geneve (Italics) Automatic

    great watch
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