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    Omega Vacation Purchase!

    I always thought the blue seamaster looked great. I wonder why it doesn't get more love then it does. If I had to choose between blue and black, I'd go blue every time! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. http://www.ablogtowatch.com/omega-sp...ch-space-race/
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    Speedy Pro in Chicago

    Just not mine... A nice discovery, while at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Anybody know how to get in touch with archer? My Google fu was unsuccessful
  5. Thanks everybody for the recs so far. I'll check out archer, and I forgot about Rikki. Has anyone sent vintage Omega to him?
  6. I have a friend at work who mentioned that he has an old 1960s (maybe 50's?) omega seamaster that he inherited from his grandfather (it has an inscription from his grandmother to his grandfather). He's not a huge watch guy (he has a luminox and victorinox quartz, which is still more then most I suppose), but I told him he could get it serviced and restored for 300-800 bucks (blind guess). That said, he was very much interested. My question is pertaining to omega service in general. I know all about Rolex RSC service, and I've learned of a few trusted non RSC guys from this great forum, but I don't know much about omega. Do they do great work at Omega, and do they take good care of vintage pieces? Any help would be great. I'll try to get a picture in a few days. Thx (I posted this on one other site as well)
  7. This will actually be the best help Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  9. I've gone thru maybe a half dozen strap/bracelets and I've found a bunch that are great. Notably, the older style bracelet from Otto frei and a gasgasbones nylon strap, both for that authentic moon/nasa look. That said, I've finally found the killer app for me. It was just an ebay seller that had good reviews and made his own custom straps. The side stitches and ash grey/black leather are perfect. The leather is thick and has that "creasy" look that gives a weathered look, without actually artificially "weathering" the leather, if that makes sense. It helps that it happens to fit perfectly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Would it be correct to assume it will keep its brand new shine forever, barring any catastrophic chip/damage? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  12. I'm in Chicago for the weekend and I went to the nice omega boutique on the magnificent mile. I checked out the Dark Side in person, and it looked great. Anyway, I was wondering if there have been many long term reviews or issues with chips or cracking. Also, since it's ceramic, will it keep that brand new shine indefinitely? Any owners or general experience would be appreciated. Thx Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My Flippin' Life

    This might be a bit long and self involved, but if there's any group of people in the world who might be interested, it's this fine group at TRF. In the last few years I have gone thru a number of SS models. Of course, I'm well aware that after all these flips, I could have saved up cash and put it towards another Rolex. Luckily I've been very fortunate with my trades and kept the damage to a minimum. More importantly, now I know.... First was a Sub-C, which was a great watch. In particular, I am a big fan of the glide lock clasp. I picked it up new from DavidSW. Unfortunately, for me, it was just a bit too heavy. After much consternation, I decided to trade it to a friend. It has turned into his daily driver and it looks quite great on him. In return, I picked up his: Mid 1990's coke jubilee 16710 with holes (and cash on top). This was a superb watch that was like new, as it had been sitting in a safe for most of its life. The jubilee was pristine and tight, and he serviced the movement right before the trade. For reasons I can't fathom now, I traded this gem away. To this day it's my deepest watch related regret. In the end, I traded the 16710 for: A 16610 late model Sub (from OCROLEXGUY). After a while with the GMT II, my urge to own the iconic sub overwhelmed me. I figured the lighter version would work better then the sub-c. As expected, it proved to be more comfortable than the sub-c. After a while, though, I found that I was always deciding between my titanium Seiko shogun and my sub. The Seiko Shogun was the perfect work watch, and I always felt that they were occupying the same niche. While I'm not going to pretend they are the same class of watch, I was always slightly bothered that they were so similar. For whatever reason, the sub did not fully sing to me. I still don't know why. At this point, I decided to go a different route, which resulted in: A 116234 SS DateJust with blue stick dial (DavidSW again). I was perfectly happy with the 36mm case, and I love jubilees in all forms. I happily rotated this with my other main watches, and at this point, these were a bark day date, speedy pro, Seiko shogun, and the DateJust. However, I was spending a lot of time thinking about that GMT, and I really felt like one sports model and one day-date was a good pair. That said, I never had any issue with the 116234 and enjoyed wearing it. I've been realizing that you can only wear so many watches, so I decided that a change was in order. I made a decision that for any new Rolex to come in, one would have to go out: And thanks to DavidSW, I think I've settled on my final Rolex (and by final, I mean my last Rolex for the next few years... hopefully). It's a late model 16710, currently with a black bezel and oyster. My preferred configuration will be the coke jubilee, but I'm very happy with the setup right now. I love the versatility and plan to swap things out as mood dictates. I've already picked up the coke bezel, and I'm on the lookout for a nice jubilee. So ends my real life exploration of the Rolex line. Just like I said after every previous flip, I'm finally happy with my setup. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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