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Restored Vintage Omega Seamaster - Plastic Crystal?

I am looking for a classic looking watch to wear for my wedding. I don't want something too expensive since there are other more important things to save for right now (like a house), but I do want something classy and classic.

After looking around and doing some research I think a vintage Omega Seamaster would fit the bill. I've seen some restored ones on Ebay, but a lot of times they that the crystal has been replaced with "new plastic crystal". I would generally assume plastic to not be the best option.

Can anyone comment on this?

Also, other than Ebay, what are other (dependable) sources for restored Omega watches? I don't want to overpay, but I want a quality product.

Sapphire crystals weren't really introduced to watches till around the 80s. If you are looking at watches that date earlier than that, chances are that it will have a plastic crystal on it which some feel is better than sapphire since you can remove scratches from plastic crystals and they don't shatter if you drop the watch.

Best Regards,

Damon When your watch gets out of order you have a choice of two things to do: throw it in the fire or take it to the watch-tinker. The former is the quickest. -MT
Thank you. So plastic doesn't equate to a lower quality restoration? That was my only concern.
Plus, acrylic crystals have a very appearance/different optical qualities from mineral glass or sapphire crystals. Even if you could fit a sapphire crystal to a vintage watch -- and that would be tough, due to the case designs -- the crystal probably would not look correct.

I actually prefer acrylic crystals. They don't show fingerprints, and -- like Damon said -- they are easy to maintain and are forgiving. Scratches can be easily buffed out with a soft cloth and some Brasso (or a plastic polishing compound like Polywatch).

As far as good retail sources for restored Omegas? That's difficult. We can't recommend particular retailers on the forum. If you send me a PM, though, I might be able to steer you in the right direction.


-- Bokonon Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan
should have an acrylic crystal.
There are some decent examples to be found on eBAY - the "trick" is to buy the seller. If you need help with finding reliable dealers send me a PM. Collection - Omega Borad Arrow RAF issued 30T2. Omega chronometer 30T2-SC. Seamaster bumpers cal. 28.10, 342, 351, 354. Seamaster Deluxe (14K) cal. 500. Omega Speedmaster Pro. 861. Omega Dynamic Chrono. Omega Memomatic cal. 980. Longines cal. 30L. Dubey & Schaldenbrand Aerodyn Duo.
It's part of the character of the watch. Let no good deed go unpunished.
I have a small bench buffer/grinder with a 7" polishing wheel that will buff out any imperfection really nicely. If you are in US, these are cheap at Home Depot. etc.

If considering a replacement, be aware that most of the originals have a tiny faint omega logo embedded in the plastic (underside) over the watch center. Snak
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