Omega Extract of the Archives has arrived!

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The price seems pretty reasonable IMHO, given that the whole package is comprehensive and very nicely presented.

One has to remember that it is the £ that has crashed against the CHF (and against most other currencies). Back in 2008 the exchange rate was approx 2.4 vs 1.2 today. Hardly the fault of the Swiss.
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Have been thinking of doing this for a while. Yes a bit expensive, but it adds a sense of completion I guess.
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Hello there

I got an email back from Omega, they will be issuing me with a refund and no archive extract.
I don't know how I missed this info, when filling out my order, but they only do watches made before 2010.
As mine was from around 2016/17 obviously, it's not available.

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magicman wrote: Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:51 pm Hello there

I got an email back from Omega, they will be issuing me with a refund and no archive extract.
I don't know how I missed this info, when filling out my order, but they only do watches made before 2010.
As mine was from around 2016/17 obviously, it's not available.

Regards Steve
That is surprising. Does it mean that their record keeping has changed for the worse I wonder?
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I presume they assume you have provenance of more recent stuff.
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I'm already learning stuff from this website! I've got a Seamaster Deville from (I think) the early-mid 60's that came from my grandad and I'd love to know more about it.
As an aside, I also got this Luftwaffe map of North Liverpool from the same grandad which seems like it would be of interest to some.


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I've been meaning to do this for my own Omega Seamaster 300m.
I'll try and get around to it soon ;)
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It seems the service is temporarily unavailable :(
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tempus fugit wrote: Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:17 pm Well I'm delighted to have come back from a trip away to find this large envelope waiting for me. I've heard a lot about these but this will be my first time receiving one.

Was purchased around 6 weeks ago on the Extract part of Omega's website. Details duly entered and monies paid (120CHF, or about £97, EUR110 or US$125), I sat back and (im)patiently waited until now.

Well it was worth the wait, and also a bit surprising in terms of what I learnt. Let's take you through the unpacking, but first a few pics of the watch and the serial numbers. More pictures on this thread.

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You can see the movement is a 286 calibre (seen at 2 'o' clock), with movement number 20798360 (at 4 'o'clock).
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Note the 135.007-63. This indicates a caseback from 1963, which is when I thought the watch was produced. Well, let's see...
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I'm holding the envelope (address hidden to protect the guilty)...
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Nice heavyweight paper, and embossed front and back.
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Inside the letter it's signed by the museum curator, Petros Protopapas.
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Now let's turn to the extract itself. A beautiful card folder, sealed with wax embossed with the Omega logo
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Inside the first flap, a museum card. Not sure when I'll use that, but hey.
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Now the exciting bit, the extract itself. All the info they have on my watch, and signed by the President and CEO of Omega to boot (yes, his actual signature - must be quite time-consuming to sign all the extract requests but a nice touch by Omega). Oh, and yes I am enjoying a bottle of Corona Extra as I write this, although not intended to be in shot. :)
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And in more detail. So, looks like I have a genuine, authentic and original watch! Yeah! The calibre, movement and watch case ref all match their archives (otherwise, no extract and Omega give you your money back). But wait...my caseback says 63 - meaning the caseback was made in 1963. Yet my movement has a February 1964 production date. So this means my case was machined in 1963 but then sat around until the new year until the movement was produced - and presumably mated some time after February 26th. Not unusual when you think about it - but just shows that you can't assume exact years with almost any watch without archives to confirm exact production dates of the component parts.
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And here is the little beauty laid alongside her archive extract certificate. Now I know her a little better, and I feel more 'connected' as a result when she sits on my wrist, beating away. A little piece of history, some years older than me but still stunning.
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Out of interest, what do you actually send them? Do you have to send in the watch, or open it up to get movement numbers and so on?
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