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  1. I'm not perfectly sure this is the right forum for this post but I don't believe I'm breaking any forum rules or so I hope!? Anyway, I’m looking to buy my first manual vintage OMEGA (to restore and service) and as I really lack the necessary experience and knowledge, I’d really appreciate your advice on this OMEGA GENÈVE 14k (12 images). It looks legit to me, and it has the (metal piece) logo on the crown and on the strap. The watch probably needs cleaning up, the movement a service, and the crystal a polish, all of which I’d really enjoy and would be able to do myself. The current bid is now €113 ($129/£98), but I’d expect it to go for quite a bit more. Auction ends in about 10 days. So basically, I have two questions; legit and what would be a reasonable price? I’ve looked at “completed listings” on eBay but there are so many variations that it’s very difficult for me to form an opinion. Here’s what the seller has to say about it (translated through Google Translate from German to English): “Manual winding. Nice received and running! Should perhaps be cleaned and polished .. Classic OMEGA Genève men's watch from 14k 585 gold solid cal. 601 from approx. 1972 Manual wind, used, beautifully preserved, the mechanical Omega movement is running. Original Omega crown, black leather strap, gold-plated omega clasp. Diameter of the watch without crown about 33 mm. Private sale without warranty or guarantee, no return.”
  2. Thank you watch friends, extremely valuable information! I hope that I'll win it and I look forward to giving it a solid overhaul, not just the movement but the entire watch. It's going to be especially interesting to see if I can get the 14K gold case really clean and shining. I also hope I'll be able to restore the crystal, it really depends on how deep those cracks go. Speaking of, I've read that all (?) genuine crystals have the OMEGA logo engraved in the centre. I don't know if this watch has the original crystal, although it seems likely. Anyway, is this engraving made on the inside or the outside of the crystal? It should make sense if it's on the inside!
  3. So, I found myself another vintage OMEGA candidate (early 70-ties), this time housing a cal. 1030. Five pictures of it here. It meets all my priorities (previous post) and I think I can get it for a decent price. Here's what the seller has to say about it: "Men's watch Omega Geneva, 14 carats, calibre 1030, diameter 36 mm with crown, is working, crack in the crystal. Note: not serviced!" However, two things bother me, and I'd really appreciate your advice. Firstly, the gold colour of the hands doesn't seem to match the gold colour on the 5-minute indices. The hands look darker. Secondly, I read that all legit OMEGAs have the OMEGA-logo on the dial as a separate piece of metal, but in this case, it looks printed. I'm pretty sure the info I got only applies to newer or more exclusive OMEGAs, or perhaps just to OMEGA Seamaster, but I'm not sure. Perhaps this is a legit "budget" OMEGA and therefore has a printed logo on the dial?
  4. Beautiful watches and I believe I see a theme! Thanks for sharing!
  5. I keep my watches in a cardboard box from IKEA (Yes, I'm Swedish). When I see an interesting watch on eBay, I buy it, service it (if I have the time), and wear it (if serviced) for a while. It then goes into the cardboard box. I've been meaning to inventory that cardboard box for a long time, but for fear of finding too many watches (is there such a thing?) I've been putting it off. Anyway, today was D-day, and I took a picture of each. Most of them were bought on eBay but not all. Some I have built and/or modified myself. I haven't yet written any documentation, but please feel free to ask if you see anything that catches your eye. BTW, the Panerai is fake! I don't like fake watches. I don't wear them, I don't buy them (anymore), and I don't sell them. Oh, and there is another one on its way from Moscow; a vintage Vostok Radio Room Amphibia (can't wait for it). I'll list it first. Hope you'll enjoy!
  6. VWatchie

    Vostok question...

  7. VWatchie

    Vostok question...

    Never heard of a Vostok calibre 2809 (but I guess I could be wrong). Are you sure it isn't a 2409? (very common, and very reliable, in my experience). If so, then yes, the stem is the same for all 24XX movements. Definitely, the same for the 2409, 2414, 2415, and 2416B which are the ones I have been working on. Looking for a replacement? I'm curious, so please tell us more! I'm a big fan of Vostok watches and their 24XX movements.
  8. There are so many aspects of buying a watch that I just had to think through my priorities. 1. OMEGA vintage (a "luxury" Swiss brand, known to most people). 2. Ticking decently. 3. In need of cleaning, crystal polishing (or crystal replacement), a service, and perhaps some minor repair. 4. Looking good enough that I'd be happy to wear it after my overhaul. 5. Being able to sell it (after my overhaul) with a decent prospect of earning a bit on the deal. Although, I so far I haven't been able to sell any of my (I don't know how many) watches (read "children"). So what would be a decent price for this watch in its current condition? The one mentioned in my previous post. I'm not that many years from retirement, and I'm trying to figure out a way to make some extra money on top of my pension by combining benefit with pleasure. I absolutely love "tinkering" with watches. I've built a watch by sourcing parts on eBay for approx. $250, and lots and lots of work on the movement (4 pictures here), but I sort of doubt any or very little profit could be made if I were to try to sell it on eBay. I'm now building another watch (very Paneri like with a California dial, no seconds hand) based on the Unitas 6498. After all, when you can buy a watch looking just as good from China for less than $100, I think the prospects of getting, say near or around $500 or thereabout is very slim.
  9. Well, at that price point, I’m afraid it is pretty much way beyond my budget! As my main purpose is to get an opportunity to dive into an OMEGA movement (but I also would like to wear it), I found this “beauty” (5 pictures) on my local eBay is Sweden (tradera.se). Again, I'd really appreciate your opinions (legit, reasonable price, etc.)! This is what the seller has to say about it (translated from Swedish to English by Goole and me): "OMEGA SEAMASTER mechanical men's watch steel + original strap RUNS WELL." "Description: OMEGA SEAMASTER mechanical men's watch in steel with original strap (lizard?) Large second, date at 3 o’clock. Calibre 610 ref. 14384 2 SC. The watch runs well and has the ORIGINAL CROWN and GLASS with some small cracks. PLEASE NOTE ... A LITTLE RUST AT THE STEM .... !! Gasket in poor condition. Size about 32 mm excluding the crown. The watch is sold in its current condition. See pictures and description."
  10. I've now been wearing my red and black radio room Amphibia/Albatros (first picture of the first post in this thread) for exactly one month since I last regulated it (Vostok cal. 2409 manual). December 27th it was 29.5 seconds late, and today it's 32.5 seconds late. It has lost three seconds in a month! It's been a long time since I wore a quartz watch, but as I remember it, those weren't much better than that over time. Of course, it largely depends on how the watch is worn, stored and wound, but nevertheless, I'm "blown away"! Who said Russians weren't up to the Swiss!?
  11. Мне это нравится!
  12. VWatchie

    Hi from Sweden!

    Välkommen Robert!
  13. Interesting development of this thread! From my watch collection to repairing quartz watches! Anyway, I don't mind one bit, as long as it is Russian!
  14. VWatchie

    Hello from London, England

    Welcome, Mark! Here you'll find a very friendly and helpful community and large quantities of very useful information! Enjoy!
  15. VWatchie

    Watch crystal cracks

    I use this method with my plastic crystals with fantastic results! I've never shared the experience of it cracking. I think you were likely just "unlucky" with this one.
  16. I know this thread is about cleaning solutions, but I'd just like to chip in that in my (limited) experience mechanical cleaning is an absolute must as a complement to reach a clinical state. To this end, my fibreglass scratch brush is my most valued tool. I'm always amazed by how effective, still gentle, it is, for example removing rust, hard to remove dirt, and corrosion from wheel pinions, arbors, teeth, and pivots. After my US cleaning (chemically pure gasoline, isopropanyl, etc.) I'm often surprised to see how unclean certain parts are through my stereo microscope, especially the train wheels.
  17. Oops! I probably haven't seen the 2010 version. It was more likely the 2005. I didn't take much notice as it didn't really appeal to me. Anyway, if I see it I promise to let you know! Yeah, imagine, going to the motherland to visit the factory in Chistopol! My wife certainly wouldn't want to follow along, so we'd probably have an amazing time (pun intended!).
  18. I haven't followed this thread in detail but in my experience isopropanol dissolves the shellac pretty quickly. I've ruined a few pallet forks that way forgetting to pick'em up quickly enough from my final rinse. BTW, is the correct terminology "shellac" or "resin"? I believe Mark Lovick uses the term resin.
  19. If Vostok accepts you, take me along! I've heard somewhere they're very reluctant to accept visitors. As I understand it, Dmitry who runs meranom.com is closely connected to the factory, so maybe if you can win his trust. Also, Dmitry speaks English unlike most Russians (I believe). I know I've seen that "the end of WW2" commemorating dial on eBay a few times in the past but it never really connected to me. I'll let you know if I see it somewhere again.
  20. @HSL Ja inga problem, tack! My idea of selling on eBay came from this; I was considering buying a black new or used STOWA Marine, but felt it was a bit expensive. So I got myself a NOS pocket watch housing a genuine Unitas 6498 (approx. $100), sourced a really nice case very similar to STOWA's (approx $50), a high-quality black Marine enamel dial complete with hands from Germany (approx. $50), and finally a polished Milanaise mesh bracelet (approx $25). So in total approx $225. Having serviced, demagnetized, and regulated the movement meticulously I put the parts together and the end result surpassed my expectations. In my eyes, it looked stunningly good. So, this made me think, a brand new STOWA would have cost me approx $1600. Of course, it would have had the brand name, a decorated movement and flame-blued steel hands, but other than that, I had basically saved myself roughly $1375 by putting together my own Marine watch. The million dollar question is; had I put my black Marine up for auction on eBay, let's say with a starting bid of $449 (of course marketing with some great pictures and explaining about movement and the service - using only the highest quality Moebius Swiss oils in exact accordance with the service schema -, the demagnetizing, and the regulating, and so on), would anyone bid on it, and what would the winning bid be? There are options looking just as good (I'd guess) from China costing a $100, so I guess the market (people into quality and a bit of knowledge) for my Marine watch (and similar projects) is pretty limited. Perhaps too limited!? The idea isn't to try to make a living out of this, but simply try to make some extra money to add to my future pension.
  21. If I live to retire and will be in good health (you never know) my plan is to dedicate a lot of time to this wonderful hobby and perhaps even be able to make some extra money doing it. I really don't know if there's any money to be made by building quality watches and try to market them and sell them on eBay, but I'm going to give it a try. Perhaps branding is more important than I imagine, but I'll see. Also, I've been asked by several people to "have a look" at their old mechanical and automatic watches, but so far I've denied it, having too little time even for my own projects.
  22. I've made up my mind to build a watch around the the ETA 2804-2 (28.800/Manual wind/Date complication). It's diameter is identical to the ETA 2824-2 (25.60 mm), but the height of the 2804-2 is just 3.35 mm, that is 1.25 mm less than the 2824-2. I've been looking around but it seems very difficult (impossible?) to find watch cases designed for the ETA 2804-2, but there are plenty of cases to choose from for the 2824-2. So, I have two questions... 1. Where can I find watch cases designed for the ETA 2804-2, and if that isn't possible...? 2. Would a case designed for the 2824-2 work with the 2804-2? My guess is that it would, but that the case back would be unnecessarily thick?
  23. That dial is definitely one of Vostok's "coolest"! I need one of those in my life, just waiting for the right one to come by... Someone once said: "I'm afraid one day I will die and my wife will sell my watches for what I told her I paid for them."
  24. Looks legit to me (but don't take my word for it) and in fantastic condition. If you can get for $25 (starting bid?) and the shipping is reasonable, then yes it's a steal!
  25. Got in touch with a representative for Carl Zeiss in Sweden to ask for the current price of Lawson's setup. Approx. USD $2000 excluding tax Hmm... think I will go with the Chinese "cheapo solution" when/if I want to try this out.