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Old 21 September 2018, 10:50 AM   #1
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Vintage Omega Seamaster Identification

Hi all

I have my Grandfather's old watch. It's an Omega Seamaster Automatic Chronometer. It is gold and not gold-plated.

I recently got it serviced and the plexi replaced. I have the original still, and as you can tell it's a little beat up.

Can anyone help me identify it. Thanks in advance.

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Old 21 September 2018, 11:01 AM   #2
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I believe it is a ref 168.022. Caliber 564
Probably made in 1967 or 68.
Most vintage Seamasters are not chronometer grade.
Which makes that one pretty unusual.
Probably would not be able to find a replacement dial.

The reference number and date code should be on the inside of the case back.
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Old 21 September 2018, 11:03 AM   #3
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Looks like it might have gotten water in it.
If not running, could be an expensive fix.
As in just go ahead and buy another movement.
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Old 21 September 2018, 11:06 AM   #4
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When you had it serviced, the watchmaker should have made note of the caliber and serial number. That could help with sorting it out a bit better.

Could you make a picture of the caseback, too?


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Old 21 September 2018, 11:13 AM   #5
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Looks like it might have gotten water in it.
If not running, could be an expensive fix.
As in just go ahead and buy another movement.


I did that to resurrect my Dadís old Omega Seamaster from the same era. It wasnít that expensive since we just used the parts we needed from the donor movement. That $132 saved about $400 in parts alone.

The dial can be refinished as well.


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If you can read the dial, I would not redo it.
I would rather have that dial than a reprinted one.
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Old 21 September 2018, 04:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info everyone.

I'm not sure what happened to it as my Grandfather is a couple of years passed.

The dealers I took it to in Melbourne believe that he may have added some glue to the bottom due to a crack, which might explain the burnt look at the bottom of the dial, but who knows.

Unfortunately I did not ask for any info other than to give it a service and a new plexi. Should have requested an image of the case back for my records. It was working before I sent it in. It is now at +/- 4secs. Which is good I believe.

Will leave as is anyway as it is more of a keep sake rather than something I want to ever sell.

168.022. Caliber 564, made in 1967 or 68 checks out from an image search, I was told that being a chronometer means that it was on the more unusual side. Happy with that just to have a record.

Thanks Milgauss and everyone.
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Good deal - as long as itís original I agree to keep it that way. My dial comment was just FYI. If my Dadís Omega original dial had been better, Iíd have left it alone.

Since youíre going to have it checked again in a few years you can always get the pictures then.


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