What’s It Worth? Collecting Omegas

Omega watches have often been considered the underdog of collectibility when compared to Rolex. But not by us. Today we will examine (and offer to buy from you) Omega watches from the fairly common to
the three “holy grails” of Omega.

First, all Omega men’s watches pre-1980 have value. Even beat up and not running — just about anything will bring $100. If a chronograph, pre-1980 versions will bring $1,000 to $5,000 in stainless steel! Condition is important as is movement. They used many different movements back then; some common-looking ones will still bring $3,000 to $7,000! (Size matters as well, with large 37mm+ versions bringing a huge premium whether chronograph or time only.) Next up are the “holy grails” (as the collectors call them).

First, the SPEEDMASTER REF 376.0822. Please note many Omegas look alike. Unless it has a day/date and a Lémania movement, they are only worth $1,000 to $3,000. It must be a huge 42mm and have a Lémania
inside. They only made 2,000 of these as they were unpopular at the time. We’d pay $10,000 to $25,000 for one (original papers a plus).

Second, the Ultraman Speed-Master, 145.012-67; Must be made in 1968 with serial number between
26.076.000 and 26.079.000 with original orange hand. We’d pay $5,000 to $20,000.

We Pay Top Dollar For Used Omega Watches

Third, if you have the Sea-master 300M ‘Big Triangle’ in steel with calibrated bezel, Reference
165.024. with a caliber 552 movement in the 24 million serial range, you will be $2,000 to $10,000
richer. There are similar watches that are much cheaper.

There are hundreds of Omegas that bring $100 to $10,000, between the fairly common $100 versions and the $30,000 versions above. Share this article with your friends, please, and bring your Omega watches into our store. We pay fair and we are experts. Smaller cases: Around 34mm or 36mm, which are good for collectors who prefer a retro look. Larger cases: Around 38mm or 40mm, which are good for a more commanding silhouette

Some of the most famous Omega models include Sea-master and Speed-Master. When valuing a vintage Omega watch, you can consider:

  • The model and serial number
  • The condition of the watch
  • The condition of the movement
  • The service history of the watch
  • The authenticity of the watch
  • The rarity and history of the watch
  • The size and fit of the watch
  • Original packaging and papers

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