Lovely old Omega - not mine, sadly!

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Lovely old Omega - not mine, sadly!

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This is one for the vintage-heads to ogle! We have a little charity shop in our village that supports local causes, and I took a few unwanted quartz pieces to them a few weeks back. Talking to one of the ladies who run it, she told me she had a very old Omega (1930s, she said) that had belonged to her grandfather and then her father, and yesterday she brought it in for me to see...

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She was born in 1947 and remembers her grandfather wearing it when she was very small, and it passed to her father who wore it regularly until his death 4 years ago aged 92. Now her husband has it, and wears it very occasionally as a dress watch, but it only goes for about 12 hours and loses quite badly. I suggested she should consult a watchmaker to have it fixed and valued (for insurance purposes, as the next 2 generations are lined up to inherit it and it's going nowhere!)

It's in lovely condition, about 30-32mm I'd guess (compare with my watch):

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The dial is wonderful for the age of the watch. Nearest match I found was a round-case with pretty identical dial & hands, 1932, going for £600 on Poshtime

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And guess what...I didn't even try to make an offer for it! :silent: :lol:
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I bet NOT making an offer nearly killed you :D Nice watch, and lovely story, something for the family to treasure.
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Nice watch :thumbup:

I've got a similar, although unbranded silver case version with a 15 jewel mov't.....currently at my watchguy for some tlc :)
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Gotta love the oldies. Shame on you for not asking if it was for sale. :shock:
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xtriple wrote:I bet NOT making an offer nearly killed you :D
Kip wrote:Gotta love the oldies. Shame on you for not asking if it was for sale. :shock:
It was an underlying motive, I will admit!

However, she knew that I'm into old watches from our previous conversations, and her words before producing it were:
"This is NOT for sale, so please don't ask!"

You have to respect that, boys - but I'll confess it was difficult! :lol:
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My grand father died a few years ago, and I just asked my grandmom if he had any watches. She said yup.. so next time I see her I'm gonna grab them. Ill post some pics here if there's an interest.

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leoo wrote:My grand father died a few years ago, and I just asked my grandmom if he had any watches. She said yup.. so next time I see her I'm gonna grab them. Ill post some pics here if there's an interest.

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Do it! When my grandmother died over 30 years ago there was a tray or box of old watches in her house. I had no interest then, but now I really wish they had been kept. :(
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Yea, i'm glad i have an interest now before one of the aunts or uncle gets their hands on them :aufsmaul:
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Yep, I'd be asking to have those!! Looking forward to the pics :)
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leoo wrote:Yea, i'm glad i have an interest now before one of the aunts or uncle gets their hands on them :aufsmaul:
Grab them quick before they disappear. You may have some real treasures there.
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