I'm new to the Omega forums and am considering buying my first Omega. I am seeking advice from experienced Omega owners, especially those with POs.
I have the opportunity to buy a new PO 8500 from a local AD, who is offering 25% off this older 42mm model (picture below is not mine, but does show the model in question). I believe the reference is 188.8.131.52.01.001, but I didn't write it down when I was at the AD.
My questions, that I hope you can help with, are:
1. Does anyone know when was the last year this watch would have been made (my research indicates that 2015 would have been the last production year - is that correct)?
2. Given that this model is several years old (is this considered NOS?), should I already be planning for this to be serviced soon, or can I treat this like any other new watch and service it at an appropriate time in the future?
3. What is the service interval for a PO and how much does a standard servicing generally cost?
4. Is 25% a reasonable discount for such an older watch? I would think I could negotiate a 20% discount from an AD on a current model, although perhaps I'm wrong. It seems like this should be discounted at least 30%?
5. Is the 8900 movement significantly better than the 8500 movement? Should that be a factor in my decision process?
6. Should I just buy a newer 8900 model from a gray market dealer, which I could get at about the same cost?
7. Lastly, and perhaps this is a silly question, but since this is being sold new, would the Omega 5 year warranty apply rather than the 2 year warranty in place when it was made (obviously this is a question I can ask the AD)?
Although this will be the first Omega that I buy, we do have one in the household - the vintage 1950s Omega that my wife inherited from her father. I'm excited to add a new one to my collection.
Thank you for your responses.