Omega Question

I recently discovered my father鈥檚 Onega Constellation at the bottom of a jewellery box. It is not running and the case is quite dirty. I ask those who have experience in such Omegite matters: should I take it to a local watchmaker? AD? Query Omega?

The watch was probably purchased new in the 1990s and worn continuously for a decade. I honestly don鈥檛 know its history beyond that.

I live in a major metropolitan area (LA CA).

Looking forward to the Cruncher Crew鈥檚 thoughts.

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Definitely send it in. They'll give you an estimate. They fixed an old Constellation for us - $650 ish.

Take it to the AD! you may end up paying an extra couple hundred $鈥檚 more than the local watchmaker but you will get 2 years warranty and everything is done as per the level of reconditioning required to meet Omega鈥檚 strict standards.

I can鈥檛 tell if the case is just dirty or both dirty and a little bit dinged, sending the watch to Omega via an ad will certainly return a superior full service but the case and bracelet will be buffed and refreshed only with what Omega calls their best effort. In my personal experience a competent local watchmaker should be able to perform a good full service but might lack the skills with regards to the case, will save you a few hundred, depends on what is important to you.

Only thing to consider if you send it to Omega is that they do not care in any way about preserving the vintage look and feel of the watch. Their goal is to make it look as new as possible again and they will want to replace as many components as they can to achieve said goal.

There鈥檚 nothing wrong with that, just something to be aware of. If you want the watch to simply run again, i.e. only servicing the movement, then you鈥檙e probably better off looking for a reputable and reliable local watchmaker.

Lastly, sending it to Omega for reparation/restoration will likely cost far more than the alternative.

TOwguy

I can鈥檛 tell if the case is just dirty or both dirty and a little bit dinged, sending the watch to Omega via an ad will certainly return a superior full service but the case and bracelet will be buffed and refreshed only with what Omega calls their best effort. In my personal experience a competent local watchmaker should be able to perform a good full service but might lack the skills with regards to the case, will save you a few hundred, depends on what is important to you.

It shows signs of a harder life than I would have imagined my father dishing ou, but he did wearing it constantly. It replaced a LeCoultre that he wore for nearly half a century. Omega seems the route to take.

karlontime

It shows signs of a harder life than I would have imagined my father dishing ou, but he did wearing it constantly. It replaced a LeCoultre that he wore for nearly half a century. Omega seems the route to take.

I can support that decision 100%, Omega will respect your father鈥檚 watch. I always choose authorized service centres with access to parts, best machinery, etcetera. Good luck.

My step father has the same watch (albeit with the gold dial and bezel insert), his is quartz. Assuming this is also a quartz, it may only need a new battery and a bit of oil. Hopefully won鈥檛 be too expensive, even if Omega do it. But make sure to put them on notice to contact you before replacing any parts. They tried to change the bracelet on my SF鈥檚 with a new one for an exorbitant fee because it is looking a bit scruffy. He politely declined.

Many thanks for the input!!

jumpingjames

My step father has the same watch (albeit with the gold dial and bezel insert), his is quartz. Assuming this is also a quartz, it may only need a new battery and a bit of oil. Hopefully won鈥檛 be too expensive, even if Omega do it. But make sure to put them on notice to contact you before replacing any parts. They tried to change the bracelet on my SF鈥檚 with a new one for an exorbitant fee because it is looking a bit scruffy. He politely declined.

The minute hand doesn鈥檛 engage the stem when setting, so I鈥檓 guessing there鈥檚 more to it than that. It never occurred to me that it might be quartz, but some quick research shows that the automatics are labelled as such. Swatch has a service centre pretty close by- I鈥檒l drop by there soon!