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You are more bad ass then your watch.
You might be able to find parts online but I'd send it to a specialist not Omega.

I know, I know people do not like damaged watches but get it running with a new crystal and hands but leave the case damage.
It's a hell of a story and your good luck piece.
 

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Wish you a speedy recovery OP!

I’d put the watch in a glass box and put it on my shelf and count my blessings for sure!!
 
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I am happy to hear you are okay considering the speed but I guess now we know it's not crash certified.
Jewelry insurance could actually help in this kind of case.
 

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Watches can be replaced, just glad you're OK. Sounds like that could have gone a lot worse. I bet that watch can be brought back to life, and even if it's imperfect it's still a sweet watch and a hell of a conversation piece. Good luck with it, and keep us posted on how it goes.


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Assuming you're OK, since you're posting this, which is good news for motorcycle incidents.

May be just my two cents, but I would just get it functional, replace the crystal (and bezel it looks like it needs) but leave the scarred up case and dial the way it is, then continue to wear it every single day. Not only does it look pretty cool (in my opinion at least) but you won't be worried about damaging it, and deeper meaning could be taken from continuing to wear something that survived that crash with you.
 

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Glad to see you are Ok overall and able to post. As a an avid motorcyclist that has been reading so much about local moto fatalities in my local community, it’s nice to read something to the contrary.

Excited to see how your watch turns out, I think you should have it repaired
 

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I finally got around to calling my insurance company. I'm only covered for $1000, but that's better than nothing. It's a prompt for me to look into a rider for my other watches, though I don't have any that are nearly as expensive as my Speedmaster. I'll be taking it to my local shop to see what it'll set me back in repairs today.

I'm also finally walking without crutches and driving, though I look like Quasimodo. Still great to be able to get out of the house on my own accord.
 

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I finally got around to calling my insurance company. I'm only covered for $1000, but that's better than nothing. It's a prompt for me to look into a rider for my other watches, though I don't have any that are nearly as expensive as my Speedmaster. I'll be taking it to my local shop to see what it'll set me back in repairs today.

I'm also finally walking without crutches and driving, though I look like Quasimodo. Still great to be able to get out of the house on my own accord.
 

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My first watch guy politely explained why he couldn't work on it. Sourcing the proper parts would be challenging, and there's no telling how many it would need. The canon pinion was ground down as well and the hour wheel was dorked up as well. It was a crapshoot whether the bezel could be fitted with the case in its current shape since the ring may not seat properly. There were no hard feelings, but he suggested I take/send it to Omega.

I went to my local Omega store next. As much as I like these watches, it's rare that I like going into the stores. Often, but not always, they have a stuffiness to them, even if they see me wearing one of their watches. This was a stuffy place. I did, however, get an estimate on repairing, though I don't think I could take it to the bank. The person reviewing my watch was just a salesperson, but she said it needed a case ($1880), a dial ($244), a bezel ($171) and a full service ($750). Total was $3045. I was told the full service includes replacing the crystal and making sure the watch works properly. I couldn't really believe that $750 would replace all the other obviously broken components, and I did not want anything replaced that wasn't necessary for it to work properly (like the dial). The sticker shock didn't get me as much as the seemingly too-good-to-be-true full service. At that point I'd assume buy my own case and bezel, then send it off.

Instead I went to another well-reviewed watch shop. The guy there looked at it and did what he could to evaluate the damage, taking it apart a bit more to see if there were any other obvious signs of trauma. He agreed that the case may need to be replaced for the same reason (bezel not seating) but it's possible they could fix it without replacing the case. His SWAGs were as low as $1100, but more likely it would be a couple thousand. This is better than Omega, but more importantly I got a better feeling from this shop (like the first shop) so I left it for further evaluation by the owner. I'm hoping to hear something by the weekend.
 

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Price does seem cheap for the service considering what it went through.

It might just be me but I wouldn't change anything unless absolutely necessary. I'd keep the case and dial and just change the crystal and get the movement sorted. Battle scars and all that.
 

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We're in agreement there. I did not want the dial replaced, for example. I'd also prefer for the case to be salvaged, but not for money's sake. If everything comes back replaced with new, I'd just assume buy a different watch and keep this one as is.
 

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We're in agreement there. I did not want the dial replaced, for example. I'd also prefer for the case to be salvaged, but not for money's sake. If everything comes back replaced with new, I'd just assume buy a different watch and keep this one as is.
Is the case that bad? I can't tell from the photo.

I know what you mean, there is a point when it almost seems pointless trying to bring it back when you could just spend it on something else. Would look pretty cool though.

Edit: reminds me of that Rolex Air King that got wrecked on a motorway (freeway) from being left on a car roof of something. I think it belongs to the guy who owns Toxic Natos.
 

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I'd take another picture if the watch weren't at the watch shop, but there is about a 30 degree section of the outside of the case that has been ground pretty coarsely by the pavement. This is where the bezel ring would have a difficult place to sit smoothly, up near around the 10-11 o'clock marks.

The rest of the damage was just about like Archer laid out. One of the pushers was indeed bent.

The movement was also "split" horizontally for some reason. I'm not up on my watch anatomy to regurgitate what the shop said it could be, but it would require more review.

I'm amazed at how much the case itself costs. For all of the fine-labor to assemble and finish the number of pieces inside the watch, the case is a heck of a lot of money!
 

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I was wearing gear (except kevlar pants) that day, so I didn't get too torn up above the waist, but my right wrist (where I wear my watch) fared a bit better than my left. My right knee, however, is an example of why you should wear ALL of your gear all the time...
I wear everything but pants. I've been thinking about searching out a pair that looks, and feels, more like jeans.
 

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The good news are there plenty of kevlar jeans available, but there are only a handful of business casual appropriate pants. Just not enough for every day rotation. I have a pair from Bilt that are not bad, and I have a pair that I had my tailor line with kevlar and coolmax. That was kind of expensive, but not out of the ordinary for motorcycle pants. I plan to get some knee armor for when I ride to work again if I don't have proper motorcycle pants: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/icon-street-knee-guards

For reference, I was wearing a pair of these when I went down: https://www.weargustin.com/store/chinos-148-brown-olive-military-corduroy-chinos

One of the knees blew out immediately and that really, really sucked but the rest actually fared pretty well with no holes. The 14.5oz fabric probably helped. That said, every crash is different. I rolled for most of my crash on relatively new asphalt and that contributed to how well my pants held up. Concrete, chipseal, or potholed pavement will eat you up, especially at highway speeds.
 

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Just looking at the picture in the OP, without even reading the post, my first words were "motorcycle accident". Low sided.

Glad you're OK.
 
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