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    Default Omega '53 TA with (T) Dial

    Is there any consensus as to whether these are legit or not?

    eBay seller claims "THIS IS AN OMEGA FACTORY RESTORED WATCH AND PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE WITH THE THIN ARROW AND THE TRITIUM MARK".


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    I have this similar dial layout recorded; T not circled -


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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    I have this similar dial layout recorded; T not circled -
    At least that T is centered...

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    I`m currently watching this on ebay and had a few of the same questions. Thanks for asking lol

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    it would be wise to ask the seller what the first four digits of the movement serial number are..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    it would be wise to ask the seller what the first four digits of the movement serial number are..
    Unfortunately, I'm not sure if this is a solid guarantee that the movement is an original issued piece. There were civilian movements made at the same time through the 129*** and 130*** range. There are other clues which can help though.

    Regarding this dial potentially being a Bienne re-dial; does anyone really think that they'd mess up the alignment of the logo, "T" and "Omega" text?

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    OMEGA 53 THIN ARROW MILITARY WATCH 6B/542 1953 RAF NAVIGATORS / PILOTS WATCH























    RARE 1953 OMEGA 6B RAF WATCH, COMPLETE WITH MOVEMENT ANTIMAGNETIC DISC AND SHOCK PROTECTOR RING, MOVEMENT CAL 283, SERVICED IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS, MEASURES 37MM ACROSS, THIS IS AN OMEGA FACTORY RESTORED WATCH AND PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE WITH THE THIN ARROW AND THE TRITIUM MARK
    Last edited by dave; 09-11-2017 at 03:42. Reason: description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodabod View Post
    Unfortunately, I'm not sure if this is a solid guarantee that the movement is an original issued piece. There were civilian movements made at the same time...

    yes, there are subtle differences.

    however my suspicions were aroused due to the serial number being (conveniently?) blurred..

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    That one looks like maybe 120*** or 140***? Also note difference in tarnish on the barrel bridge. There's nothing wrong with replacing movement parts, but would be interesting to know how much of the watch is original.

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    Also, the divisions on the train track don't line-up with the lume plots. Can't see Bienne doing that. The MoD, maybe, but I don't think this is an MoD dial.

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    SERVICED IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS... THIS IS AN OMEGA FACTORY RESTORED WATCH AND PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE WITH THE THIN ARROW AND THE TRITIUM MARK
    supporting paperwork and documentation would be nice..

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    That is not a Bienne dial, and not even the MoD butcher the dials this badly.

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    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under 4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for 5. Recently their price seems to have risen to 8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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