Should I buy this vintage Seamaster date?

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    Should I buy this vintage Seamaster date?

    Found this in an antique store today. They're asking AUS$490, which is USD$341. It's pretty scratched up and has a chip in the glass though at the bottom. Service history is unknown. It runs, but I'm not sure how accurate it is. I don't have a photo of the back, but it has the seahorse case back that matches what I see on Chrono24 for this model.

    Are those hands original?
    How much would it cost to service and replace the crystal?
    Is it worth the risk?
    Could I resell it in this condition?

    Thanks!


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    Re: Should I buy this vintage Seamaster date?

    I just got an estimate for $650-$750 from a local watch maker of excellent repute to service a very similar piece. That included the crystal swap. The price looks pretty good but just know that you will sink another 2x into properly restoring it. But then it should be good for a long time.

    Personally I would only do it for sentimental reasons with an heirloom (my case) or if you are really into vintage Omegas.


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    Re: Should I buy this vintage Seamaster date?

    IMHO, i don't think you could resell in that condition without at least knowing it runs accurately or was recently serviced. if the cost to restore was also $650-750 for you, i don't think you'd make much money on reselling it unless you could negotiate the $341 down significantly. doesn't seem worth the effort unless this was one you were keeping

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    Re: Should I buy this vintage Seamaster date?

    Hard to say much without better pics, but if that's water damage at the bottom of the dial, I'd definitely leave it, as there's a good chance the movement will also be damaged. You'd never recover the money it would cost to fix it up. There's no shortage of beater Seamasters of this vintage, and you could find a much nicer one for a few hundred more that wouldn't require so much work.

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    Re: Should I buy this vintage Seamaster date?

    Thank you everyone for the advice! Clearly this one is more trouble than it's worth. Much appreciated!

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    Re: Should I buy this vintage Seamaster date?

    Late to the thread, as cool as that is I would pass at that price.

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