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    Default 8 Military Omega Seamaster 300's W10/0552

    Hi

    Though id share a picture or two of a recent find, eight mil SM300's



    From a haul of 1000 watches, what looks like one lot sold by the MOD in or around 1983, from the estate of a retired watchmaker & have been untouched in storgae for about 25yrs



    Top right watch was this one, 30 minutes with a Q-tip & cleaning fluid!



    They mainly have the same problem in common water-damage, apart from that theyre a wide mix, unmodified crown & CB, modified screw down crown, arabic or BT dials both MOD relume & original Omega. 7 W10's & 1 0552

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    Default This is great!


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    Default Not a great advert for Omega....

    ....Mainly water damage you say in a watch that was sold as "waterproof" ?? and was especially adapted under MOD specifications for the Royal Navy divers and SBS. I'm guessing the fact that you have 7 W10's is that the SAS didn't know how to screw down/ push in the crown correctly after resetting the time! OR it was probably just because they just spent a lot of time operating in swamps and or tropical climates in the 60's and 70's!!
    Great haul by the way.
    Coincidentally I know an RAF pilot that flew during mid 50's - 70's and he slated the Omegas. Constantly being returned to stores for stoppages due to water ingress, showering, swimming, etc. He far preferred the Smiths which he said never let him down.

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    Default simply fantastic ....

    btw this is another proof that just a very small number of military SM 300 have arrived nowadays in pristine conditions ...
    according to my records the % of " untouched " watches is by far even lower than in Rolex milsubs ...
    I also think that SM 300 has a small waterproof capability which depends mainly on the back .

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    Default Back gaskets

    Hi

    Marcello you might be right, several of the CB gaskets are heavily corroded, deffinately not watertight, another has shrunk & snapped leaving a 5mm gap in the O-ring (although that might have dried out/happened later) & another looks like it never even had a O-ring fitted

    Cheer Nick, iv heard similar, always in for repair

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    Thats some bad ass up sm300, i always wanted to buy a well beaten up one like these.
    But something else always cut the queue :P

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    Nice haul there Kev! Bet you had a great time rooting around that box and picking out the treasures! Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,

    Nick.

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    Wow, simply speechless......

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    Would it be too crass to ask how much you paid for this treasure trove?

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    Default The find

    Cheers Nick yes it's been a gr8 time .... a very interesting lot

    500+ CWC W10's
    150+ Smiths
    100 Stop-watches/Timers
    40-50 Hamilton W10's
    40-50 W.W.W's mainly Omega
    8 SM300's
    2 Hamilton 6B
    1 6BB Chrono
    1 Milsub
    Lots of spare cases/movements/crystals

    Unfortunately not all mine. I met this guy selling a few working Smiths & asked if he had any other types or broken watches, so he tells me about this big box .. and like a scene from the film Snatch im off.
    A retired army medic who got them from the estate of a WWII RAF vet he had looked after, who retrained after the war as a watchmaker, his eyesight had begun to fail in the 80's so mainly concentrated on repairing clocks. Luckily he was a bit of a hoarder.
    I tell him what theyre probably worth & buy a couple of dozen. I cant tell you what he paid for them as you'll cry

    This one is a bit of a star-


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    Fantastic find! We haven't had a milwatch hoard as good as this for a long time... hopefully more will find their way onto the market.

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    Default 1 MilSub.

    All I needed to hear.

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    Default just for curiosity ...

    why have you deleted the first set of pics ???

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    Default Pictures

    Forgot to make my Photobucket acc private

    Here are the pictures from my 1st post








    Regards
    Mr.H

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    Default thanks !!

    I will save them for my records !

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    What an amazing story and wonderful pics. Beyond words.

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    Phenomenal find! So the guy who's got them now knows their full value etc?

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    Default Watches

    Well to put it mildly it's been a bit of a journey for the owner finding out what theyre worth, and a new Audi is on the books!

    Although its hard to put a value some of them like the 00X SM above, in 3yrs the SM's will be 50yrs old & tax free in the UK so I guess investors will be chacing them & prices should soar.

    Iv added a lot to my own collection, but have done most of it for the experience. Im in the process of cataloguing all the watches & will be selling a lot of them soon


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