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    Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    I just picked up a vintage Omega Seamster Chronograph 176.001 and am about to have it serviced. I"m going back and forth on whether or not to have the face re-brushed and the sides lightly polished. What do you think? Leave it be or freshen it up. Thanks!

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    Re: Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    In my opinion, it's only worth doing if the shop can truly refinish the case to look like the original, removing the scratches, and restoring the radial ("sunburst") brushed pattern on the face and the polished sides, WITHOUT ROUNDING THE EDGES. This is not a simple job and requires substantial and specialized expertise. If you have a shop that is experienced with this type of case restoration, then go ahead. My fear would be that most shops would just haphazardly brush the top in an imprecise way, and polish the sides with a buffing wheel, and the latter would round the edges.
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    Re: Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    Thanks, Dan. You bring up some good points. My watchmaker used to work for Omega in the Miami service center, so I hope he's familiar with the procedures you're referring to. And if he's not confident, he'll be honest with me. Still makes me nervous though. I'm leaning toward keeping the case the way it is. Thanks for your note.

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    I agree with Dan. I think it's worth a shot since it's stainless steel so at least it can be done. That crystal needs to go too! lol

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    Yeah, there's a pretty deep scratch in the crystal. But it's the original signed omega crystal. So I'm a little torn on that too. I guess as long as I get it back... Thanks, Ron.

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    Re: Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    I am sure the sunburst effect you need the right tooling, so even though your watch guy used to work for Omega he may not have the tooling.

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    Re: Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    My opinion, leave it, it's part of the watches history and you can't get that back.

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    Re: Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    In my opinion only a clean to the case, a service on the movement and a polish to the crystal


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    Re: Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    Some watches are better left unpolished and some are a sacrilege to attempt to
    do so. It depends on case to case basis.

    Some are worth polishing and getting them a fresh look. Imo, your is worth polishing, a gentle one...... As others said, make it clear to the watchmaker you only want a surface polish. No rounder edges and if a scratch is too deep it can stay.

    A watch often looks overpolished when ppl go crazy about removing deep scratches....and way too often.
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    Re: Re-finish vintage Omega Seamaster case or leave it be?

    I would only pass the polishing to a person with a polishing portfolio: before -> after samples
    It's a nice and not too cheap watch to risk a damage of the case
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