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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    Well, I pulled the trigger today! Picked up the 215.30.44.21.03.001 from my local AD. It's is the blue-dialed, 43.5 mm Seamaster Planet Ocean with the 8900 movement. I gotta say it's a beast of a watch. Compared to my titanium Breitling Aerospace EVO (quartz), it's like comparing the weight of a Japanese 1 yen piece to a Double Eagle gold coin. Still, on my 7.5" wrist, it wears well. I'll post pics tomorrow when the lighting is better. I'm really liking the micro adjust bracelet (I have a mosquito bite on my wrist and the swelling makes my normal bracelets fit tight. It's a pretty watch and checks a box in my WIS journey.

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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    Grats on your first omega. 1 of many to go along with that sea master


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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    Congrats

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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    Congrats on the PO. The adjustable clasp is fantastic.

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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    Big congrats, enjoy!
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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    Congratulations. I was going to say why settle for black if you crave the blue version. Great choice. And definitely get that vintage Omega serviced. You’re lucky to even have that opportunity.

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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    Quote Originally Posted by clarosec View Post
    That'd be an awesome first purchase, but...

    SERVICE THAT '53. Do it for him.

    For context: I still have one grandfather's Seamaster De Ville quartz from 1980, still running. I also have the other grandfather's 1957 Constellation calendar, still running. Last time I had the Connie serviced, it was $300 at my local watch guy. New mainspring bushing and a pile of inside work. Now running +5s/day. Prior to that, it hadn't been serviced in 15 years.

    The De Ville I change the batteries myself. It loses time because of non-mercury batteries but who cares.

    think about it this way: New battery in a quartz every 2 years at $40 a swap (average, in Canada, if not doing it yourself.). At year 14, you've spent: $560. Compare that to my Connie service.
    I think the Deville just needs a service as using a non mercury battery tends to speed up the watch instead of slowing it down. The Merc batteries were 1.3v and the current cells are 1.5v. This is what caused a few Accutron watches to speed up until I got them serviced. If your Deville is like my Omega Mega Quartz, it was set up for both types of battery (non merc and Merc)

    I would think it just needs a cleaning. Other then the electronic board and coil and a few other parts, the watch had a lot of the gears that a non quartz watch has and Omega serviced them (they were not throwaway movements), they were serviced like a mechanical watch.
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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    I agree with the other posters saying you should service your Dad's 1953 Seamaster ... if he balks at spending a couple hundred dollars to get it serviced, I doubt he would be happy that you spent more than 10X that amount on an entirely new watch for him. I think offering to have his old watch serviced is a wonderful gesture that reinforces the uniqueness and story of the piece that he already owns. I recently took my vintage Seamaster to a watchmaker, who estimated that it would cost about $300-$400 to service. That seems to be about the going rate.

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    Re: It's Time for an Omega!

    The blue is a keeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    I think the Deville just needs a service as using a non mercury battery tends to speed up the watch instead of slowing it down. The Merc batteries were 1.3v and the current cells are 1.5v. This is what caused a few Accutron watches to speed up until I got them serviced. If your Deville is like my Omega Mega Quartz, it was set up for both types of battery (non merc and Merc)

    I would think it just needs a cleaning. Other then the electronic board and coil and a few other parts, the watch had a lot of the gears that a non quartz watch has and Omega serviced them (they were not throwaway movements), they were serviced like a mechanical watch.
    That's a fair point. The 1342 (from what I remember from the last time I opened it a few months ago) is an unregulated movement. The hour skip-set is great and the minute/second setting is... hilariously infuriating. :)

    Maybe I'll bring it in one of these days. In the meantime I run the minutes forward a bit every other month or so. Makes for a nice dilemma in the mornings (apologies for poor lighting):

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    2018 Omega Speedmaster Professional (calibre 1861) / 1957 Omega Constellation calendar (calibre 504) / 70's-80's Omega Seamaster De Ville Quartz (calibre 1342) / Orient Star Seeker (40P51) / Citizen Aqualand Duplex (C506) / Orient Journeyman (46K40)/ Seagull 1963 chrono 42mm (ST19) / Stuhrling Canterbury (ST-90050) / Casio AW 300 Yacht Timer / Seiko Ana-Digi (H-556) / Seiko SKX007 (7s26) / Invicta Pro Diver 8928OB (NH35A)

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