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    Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    Hi all,
    The Omega Seamaster has been in my collection for over 30 years. It is a Seamaster Chronometre cal 352, in case C2577-3. The serial number 12,43x,xxx dates it to about 1950 from what I have researched. My question is opinion if the dial is original? The hands look to me to have been replaced, or at least relumed at some point. The tail is broken off the second hand.

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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    The different shades of printing on the dial isn't a good sign. Neither is the fact that there is not an accent mark over the first "E" in Chronometre.

    My guess is that this is an original Omega Automatic dial to which someone added the Certified Chronometre and Seamaster. It is a real nice job and had me fooled for a moment.

    Hands are definitely not right.
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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    The overall dial and the 'thinner' text is original. Someone was not too smart to decide this is a CHRONOMETRE OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED and a Seamaster, clearly both it is not.
    This is a standard Omega bumper automatic watch.

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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    Quote Originally Posted by eldarinn View Post
    The overall dial and the 'thinner' text is original. Someone was not too smart to decide this is a CHRONOMETRE OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED and a Seamaster, clearly both it is not.
    This is a standard Omega bumper automatic watch.
    No, its not a standard watch, it is a 352 chronometer movement inside, marked adjusted temp and 5 position. I can post a scan of the opened back tomorrow
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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    Quote Originally Posted by sterr11 View Post
    No, its not a standard watch, it is a 352 chronometer movement inside, marked adjusted temp and 5 position. I can post a scan of the opened back tomorrow
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    Kind of looks like this one:

    OMEGA Watches: Vintage Watches Database

    Very, very nice watch. I am full of envy.

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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    i think the point gator was making is that it has become more common for sellers to knowing take an ordinary Omega automatic dial and had it re-lettered to make it 'fit' on a chronometer grade seamaster/constellation cal. 352. At best its a franken, at worst a deliberate deception. (maybe there is a small possibility its original dial but imo-I agree with gator.)
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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    This may have been deliberately done or a mistake in good faith;
    From what I now understand it could have started as a chronometer watch missing or damaged a dial.
    Someone may have taken an original dial from a lesser quality similar regular Omega watch with 'missing script' and simply 'upgraded' to be as the one on the original watch by applying the missing text. Either way, the added portion of the text on the dial is not original.

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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    If the movement is a cal. 352, it is quite possible that this watch had a chronometer dial at one point. There were some Ref. 2577 watches that had this movement.

    However, someone in their infinite wisdom, decided to change the dial and hands. Then they added the printing to the incorrect "new" dial to cover up their crime.

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    Re: Question about Vintage Omega Dial

    Here are pics of the movement as promised
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