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We found an Omega Marine Chronometer in going through my Father-in-Law’s things this weekend. He is a veteran of the Coast guard and is in a nursing home now. As you can see in the attached picture, he has replaced the original band and the gold serial number plate as been lost. It is not running, but the housing does not appear to be compromised or damaged.

I would appreciate any thoughts on the following before I send it in to Omega,…

1) Can it be fully restored?
2) How much (approx.) it would cost – for the band, serial number plate, possibly crystal and bezel?
3) Anyone know where to find an original (model 1200?) band? Have struck out online.
3) Estimated value (both before and after restoration).

I understand that it's a somewhat rare and special watch, I would just like some more information and an idea of it’s true value before we start the process. Any opinions/help/direction will be appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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Thanks - should I keep looking for a band/bracelet, or will Omega provide as part of restoration service? Where to send it? I am thinking that the US locations - NJ, CA & FL - would just turn around and ship it overseas anyway, so start with Omega SA in Switzerland?
 

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Thanks - should I keep looking for a band/bracelet, or will Omega provide as part of restoration service? Where to send it? I am thinking that the US locations - NJ, CA & FL - would just turn around and ship it overseas anyway, so start with Omega SA in Switzerland?
Yes, the US service centers would ship it to Bienne. Try contacting Dalton Toledo in L.A. I've seen some of his work, including a couple jobs for forum members, and he does fantastic work.
 
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