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Dating an inherited Omega wrist watch from circa 1916

billy1315

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Thanks for letting me into the group.

Attached are photos of a watch I have been told was my Grandfather's that if true to have been his then it he would have got it between 1914 arrival in Canada and his 1947 death. We are targeting the actual date he got it to be around his first wedding year of 1917. I have not been good at decoding on-line so someone could help with that. Since it has been through watch repairs a few times, with the most recent this past month I'm uncertain of its current vintage. If it is an much older vintage then the ownership would turn to one gentlemen of the previous generation. Interestingly Peter Borud name is on the face. He was a prominent jeweler in Camrose Alberta, Canada. He, like my family, was of Norwegian decent and owned as many as three jewelry shops in 1914.

Please help with 1) dates related to as many components as possible, 2) uniqueness, 3) estimated value

Thanks for your assessments!!
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captainscarlet

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Hi Billy, looking at online serial numbers for Omega, your watch movement falls into the 4,000,000-4,999,999 range. Made between 1910 and 1915. Yours is at the latter end of that time scale. Take into account shipping times of this period (WW1)and the possibility it could have languished in a jewellers inventory for a while it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the watch was indeed your Grandfather’s.
 

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billy1315

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captainscarlet , agemo - Thank you for the prompt help. The wandering date into the 1920's is plausible. His second marriage to my Grandmother was in 1928. I've got it stuck in my head that to a gold watch would be related to a wedding and not just a replacement watch for a famer whose kids took a wagon to school in the 1940's. You are right about the value; this investigation has brought plenty of entertainment to me and a cousin.