My best thrift store finds ever!! Before and after pics above..Read the full story below..
Those of you that have been following this blog for a while know that I am also a watch collector and I am very passionate about watches. Most you also know that I run an eBay store as a side business, so I go thrifting at least 4-5 times a week. I have been looking to purchase a Vintage Omega for a while now. I am partial to piepan constellations and have been very close to purchasing one a few times. I was giving myself a budget of $1000 max to spend on it. Well, on thursday night, I stopped into one of my regular thrift spots and after browsing the store for about 20 mins and finding nothing, I decided to leave. On the way out I did my customary check of the jewelry cases which usually never yields anything good but to my surprise, I saw two beautiful vintage Omegas!! The way they were positioned I couldn’t see the price and I was a little nervous because this particular thrift store will sometimes jack the prices way up if they know they have something good. This store had a fake Cartier priced at $1599 one time. Anyways, I had someone come and open the case for me and to my absolute delight, the gold seamaster below was priced at $14.99 and the other was priced at $9.99. Now I was wondering if they were running. I shook the silver one and it immediately starting running. Score!! I wound the gold seamaster and that also started running. Score again!!! My heart was racing. I had the employee ring me up and I got out of there as fast as I could!! I was also very nervous that they weren’t real, but I figured for that price, they were worth the risk. They also had some hideous busted up bands on them which made the watches look bad, but I saw the potential.
I get them home and I discover that the vintage Seamaster was made in the 50’s, 14K gold filled with a beautiful chocolate dial and also features the highly sought after “bumper movement”. These go for close to $1000 or more on eBay under the right circumstances! The silver watch is a vintage Omega Geneve and was made in the 70’s. That watch could probably fetch $300-$500 on eBay if I sold it. I also discovered that they both have the original crystals on them because I was able to find the small omega logo that was etched in.
As as far as the condition, they both seem to be in great shape to me. The crystal on the silver watch is pretty scratched and the crystal on the gold watch is scratched but not as badly. Honestly, I love the way they both look and I really don’t think I’m going to do much as far as polishing them or replacing the crystals etc…These are vintage watches and I want them to look as such. After a trip to my watchmaker to get them cleaned and put some new bands on, I love the results! I have a NATO strap coming for the silver one. The best part is that they are both keeping great time! When the time comes I will service them as needed. These are staying in the collection!!