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Alright guys,

I think my next watch purchase will be a vintage SM 300m either in original condition to be sent off to Omega for restoration or one that has already been restored.
What would normally be the cheaper option? ie how much would Omega charge to get one looking new again?
Where do I start looking for one? I want to avoid the Bay as to many fakes etc.. and I cant be bothered with the hassle. I live in England very near London, are there any AD's there that specialise in vintage watches etc..or if you know a internet AD that is solid that would be great. What sort of prices will I be looking at.
Any help getting me started would be awesome.

Thanks for your time.
 

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hi john
well i got mine from a collector. I was lucky. I sent it to omega via an ad and it cost me as muchas the watch itself to restore it.

you can see some pics here

http://rmicallef.photosite.com/Album1/?page=1


there are quite a number of places where u can find info on how to know it is original or not.

there are also a number which are made from parts of several watches.

good luck

robert
 

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here's a good place to start, in Essex...

http://www.swisstimeservices.co.uk/index.html

Swiss Time is an authorized Omega restoration shop, that also sells pre-owned watches that have been restored. Very nice work but not inexpensive.
In general, it would cost less to buy a restored watch, then to source a good used watch and then spend the time and money to have it redone.
Good luck!
DW, former owner of a Watchco SM 300.

ps: here is the url for Watchco, down in AU: http://www.watchco.com.au/A_index.htm
 

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Though I am new to vintage Omega's... I have learned that watchmaker Tim Mackrain in Arizona does alot of vintage restorations and sells them himself and also on Ebay... The auctions I have followed on Ebay have been very intensely bid upon, because they know Tim does beautiful work and only offers those watches that meet his criteria. He is under the name omega_addict on Ebay. His shop in AZ - if you get one and want it restored - I bet he could do a great job for ya.

Here is a link about him:

http://members.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=omega_addict

Hope I didnt break any rules for posting Tim's info... he may even be a poster here. Just trying to help with some info...

Cheers...
Nate
 
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