Comments on: Watchco NOS Omega Seamaster 300’s: Authentic? http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/ Vintage, Military, and Omega Watch Blog Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:46:32 +0000 hourly 1 By: Doug Hawley http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-132096 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:03:07 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-132096 Very late reply, but I ran across this trail and couldn’t resist pointing out what,to me, seems obvious. Chuck seems to be making the assumption that they are not real simply because the idea seems to be too uncanny that they would suddenly now be distributing watches made from stockpiles accumulated over 60 years. But this actually fits quite well with the timing of the globalization of world markets especially hobby and collector markets due to the development of the internet and eBay. It’s highly unlikely that their local Australian market would have supported this prior to the mid 1990’s. And recall that Omega and Rolex sportswatches were dirt cheap 30 years ago; why would they have bothered? Watch parts are small, so accumulation and storage is literally unlimited. So having abundant NOS seems plausible and the timing of selling them now seems even predictable. This doesn’t guarantee the NOS 300’s are real, but just saying they couldn’t be real because of the coincidence of the timing and quantity is not a good argument.

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By: Hector_Mia http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-2611 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:12:52 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-2611 People people people, is pretty obvious, if I’m the manufacture, and i see a company selling my products with my logos and my name on them, and haven’t yet sue them, is because the hare real, because, don’t you guys think that omega will be on their butt for selling non real omegas products? A Multimillion dollar company like omega wont allow a company like Watcho to sell Counterfeit parts. Specially that many watchmakers knows them all around the world and every individual who had bought from them, had restored a original watch with an original part.

I think they are real, but that’s my opinion.

To me it doesnt make any sence, also the

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By: Sam the Sham http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-1884 Sat, 23 Oct 2010 05:20:04 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-1884 The California seller of these SM300’s gets them direct from watchco–personally, I think they are great.

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By: Chris http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-1486 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:32:33 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-1486 I think it’s important to always specify that these are WatchCo/new construction watches to potential buyers.

I’ve seen these consistently described as NOS, which they are not. Nothing wrong with the fact that they are new construction, but that is vastly different from actual NOS items.

My personal suspicion is that WatchCo stockpiled the newly Omega-made replacement/refurbishment parts direct from Omega’s parts department, and are making these watches, perhaps part of why they are no longer official Omega affiliates.

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By: Andrew http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-1326 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 03:19:40 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-1326 Chuck is dead on the money. As a former Omega vendor I can tell you that the likelihood is very slim that WatchCo’s parts are 100% new old service or that assemblages of such are fully produced with genuine Omega parts. The fact that they are *former* Omega AD’s and not current ones suggests that they had a fall from grace, either by fraudulently over-stocking parts and cases and passing them off as factory-made, by servicing with Asian-made parts, or most likely both. In any case, they are NOT NOS and in passing them off as such they are acting in poor faith.

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By: GregB http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-1122 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:50:45 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-1122 I, for one, have no trouble believing that Watchco has the vintage supplies necessary to build these watches from genuine parts. Why? Because I’ve been buying vintage JLC, Omega, Cartier and other parts from Watchco for many years. The things I’ve found in their vast inventory have absolutely astounded me…. EXTREMELY rare parts in quantity. There is simply no way that it would be cost effective to manufacture such a wide array of vintage parts for so many brands and models.

I’ve probably spent $50,000 on Watchco parts and vintage watches over the years and have never received a fake or counterfeit of any kind.

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By: Rrryan http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-418 Sat, 23 Jan 2010 20:56:27 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-418 Every Watchco SM300 I’ve ever seen has contained a movement that had a finish that was fresh, clean, and bright, with no signs of corrosion or wear that would hint at prior use.

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By: John Wilson http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-417 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:53:30 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-417 Bit late for a reply to this Chuck, just picked it up. But if you checked watchcos’ activity on ebay around now you’ll not they’re selling a lot of rough cases/dials which all once housed 565/552 cal movements so I’m with you. Whoever’s making the cases, beit Omega or the Chinese, and no matter how good they are the end result is not what it purports to be. Made up watch..yes. N.O.S. definately not. You noticed a sudden increase in the availability iof N.O.S. plongeurs recently too?

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By: snak http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-320 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:39:30 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-320 As one who owns a Watchco, bought directly from them a couple years ago, I’d venture to say that that all the parts, aside from the movement, are of new manufacture. Case, dial, crown, bezel & bracelet – what other parts besides movement parts would you need?. You can buy these from Ofrei today. These are the same parts Omega uses to refurbish a watch sent to them today.
Also as to the other Watchco eBay seller, I believe that Watchco Australia uses two names, but there are others who don’t seem to be connected at all.

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By: Rrryan http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/2009/11/watchco-omega-seamaster-300s-legitmate/comment-page-1/#comment-311 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 21:01:10 +0000 http://ialreadyhaveawatch.com/?p=993#comment-311 I don’t know what to say, Chuck. If say you’ve been in the business 30 years and these have been around nearly 10 years now, I have no idea how you haven’t encountered these sooner if you habitually deal in vintage Omegas. They are common knowledge among collectors.

And again, for the most part these parts weren’t saved for 40 years. Most if not all of them are recently manufactured from an assemblage of vintage and recently manufactured spare parts.

You don’t have to take my word for it either. Ask around, these are well known to serious Omega watch collectors.

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