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Omega cal 265 -51

posted 11 Jan 2015, 01:42 by Markus Helander   [ updated 24 Jan 2015, 09:29 ]

I lied. I flat out lied.

I had completely forgotten the single most exciting piece I had had in the vintage spree days.
Straight from an auction site, with a near as makes no difference price, from 1951, a silver-dialed Omega. I'd like to tell something more specific, but I have to stop at Omega calibre 265 since that's all I ever knew..

The silver dial showed its age. It had blemishes, scratches, dust, dirt - though, it also still had its color. I took it and showed it to my favorite watchmaker and soon we were browsing through the Omega parts catalog. I decided to have the dial and hands swapped to new ones and service the movement to working condition.

There are two images I found of the watch before I had it serviced. They've taken with a 'at-work-camera' back then, and the camera had some crap in its sensor I didn't bother to remove. And since I'm concentrating on typing at the moment, I don't feel like photoshopping it either. So straight out of the camera, from 1951, unknown Omega wristwatch with silver dial, stainless steel case, small seconds and not much Omega logos seen.

 

I picked a military or railroad style dial out of the Omega catalog to replace the rather beat up original silver dial. Hands were replaced, too, obviously. I selected broad arrow styled hands that, in my opinion, looked best with the new dial. The movement was serviced and the watch kept good time. This is what it looked after, also with a new black leather strap.
  

God damn, I feel bad letting this go! If you're somewhere out there, come back! I got a good price, tho. Covered all the modifications, but this would have been something special. This should have been something to keep. But wanted out of the vintage business. Wanted to get something, well my age, perhaps.

Like seen in my previous writings, yet another vintage Omega with small seconds, standard 35mm diameter, another scratched case that I would have surely polished if I had kept it. Reference 2639-2 in the case back, Omega calibre 265 ticking away inside with a serial number placing it's manufacture to 1951.

Oh, and since this was redialed, the lume was also something else!

 

Does the new parts make this vintage Omega a Frankenwatch? It's all Omega, after all. Though, not something that has come out of the factory, I guess. I still think it's a beauty.

Now, seriously, something not vintage!

Thanks!