Please tell me about this vintage Omega

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    Please tell me about this vintage Omega

    I received this circa 1959 Omega from my wife for a 40th birthday present. I have not been able to find any information on it online. It is in a two piece case, with a c.302 movement. The case is stamped 14k gold. I assume the diamond markers were added sometime in the last 50 years. It keeps decent time for a 50 year old watch, ~30 slow per day.
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    Some questions:
    What model is this?
    Could this model be white gold?
    Are the diamond markers aftermarket?
    The power reserve is about 25-27 hours, and it winds smoothly, but stiffly. Is this normal for a small movement this old?
    Does the movement look ok from this photo (borrowed from the seller)? Anything I should be concerned about with the caliber 302?

    Thanks in advance for any help. This is my first, but hopefully not my last vintage watch.

    Chris

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    Re: Please tell me about this vintage Omega

    It's a refinished dial for sure, probably recently and the diamonds were added at that point. Omega didn't make very many white gold models, so a picture of the 14K marking and one of the inside of the caseback is necessary to confirm it is gold and not stainless steel.

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    Re: Please tell me about this vintage Omega

    Thanks ulack focus. Here are picutres of the caseback and the inside of the case. I think the marking at the bottom of the inside might be a 14K marking, but I am not sure.
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    Re: Please tell me about this vintage Omega

    On the inside of the caseback is an arrow with a J in the middle - this is the symbol for the Jonell watch case company. They're a US case maker for Norman Morris, Omega's American agent back then. It does seem like it's all authentic Omega parts with a refinished dial, it's just tough to tell if it's all original. Either way it should make a fine dress watch and keep very accurate time as long as you maintain it properly.

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    Re: Please tell me about this vintage Omega

    I'll leave questions of originality to the experts, but all things aside, it is a very fine watch indeed. I am sure it will look great on your wrist for many years to come.

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