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Hey everyone. So glad to have found this forum. It's awesome knowing that there are so many people this passionate about watches heh.

Recently was passed down this Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000. It has a gold-colored strap but guessing it's not real gold. Here are some pictures: Photo Album - Imgur.

It doesn't have enough sentimental value to me to keep without wearing it; just enough to have kept it around for a few months without thinking about selling it. Would like to start wearing nice watches as is my right as a man haha. I'm 22 and just graduated from college. Could envision myself maybe wearing this watch if it were silver, but not sure about the gold with my skin color. What do you guys think? The way I see it, could either sell it for about $400 or change the strap. Really coming from a clueless perspective on this, so would definitely appreciate some thoughts, including good alternatives to this one!
 

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I have the same skin tone as you, but am of the opposite frame of mind. I'm more comfortable with gold than with silver-toned pieces. Personally I don't see anything out of the ordinary! Have you considered a two-tone (gold and silver) bracelet?
 

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Once it's gone, you'll never get it back.
Wait, I have an idea - and it's a doozy! That watch has a caliber 102x inside, which is not as sought after as the earlier Cosmic day/dates with the 75x calibers. Right now it's probably gonna bring $300 - $350 on eBay given that it obviously needs to be serviced. (* that means properly cleaned, oiled, and adjusted by a professional watchmaker)

OP / watchingmywrist, here's what I'll offer you: I'll buy it for the average market value of $325 and cover shipping. Then, 20 years from now when you realize how stupid your mistake was, I'll sell it back to you.

..... but don't count on it being $325. :sneaky2: Of course we'll have to account for inflation, the rise in value of vintage watches (and these late 60's / 70's pieces with in-house movements are the ones that stand to gain the most - a consensus among experienced vintage Omega collectors), and then add the stupidity+regret tax when we figure the price. According to today's numbers that would put the price of the watch at $5,623.74 give or take. Think about it! That's a friggin' bargain for the ONLY Seamaster Cosmic that's YOUR family's heirloom.

Keep the watch. You'll only waste the money on beer and/or girls at your age and you'll wish you didn't make a bad decision later on in life.







..... or ignore us "old guys" which you'll probably do anyway. Too bad you won't remember this thread when you're 52 and your oldest son tells you about the cool ________ (fill in any approptiate heirloom) that his friend just got handed down through the generations and asks why you don't have anything like that in your family. :001_tt2:
 

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Fellas, really appreciate the wise advice. More context: a great-uncle gave this to me. Not a very close family member and the background on the watch isn't an incredible story. I have been trying really hard to resist my hoarding instincts. It's actually been in my drawer for two years now. So, that said, totally get your advice and it is much appreciated. If there was something I could do to make this work better for me, like change the bracelet to a brown/black leather strap (something that's stylish...don't really have a great sense of style but I do know that I don't like the gold) then I would totally keep it and wear it. Thoughts?
 

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I've seen them on straps, but a normal one won't fit because of the shape of the case. You'd need a notched strap that would slide into the relatively small gap between the lugs like the Lüm-Tec in this post:

http://www.watchtalkforums.info/forums/official-lum-tec-forum/57141.htm#post517036

You might need to know this information: it's a model 366.0826 and it needs a notched strap with a mm gap at the lug end. And just so you know, it's a caliber 1022 and was first offered in 1972.
 

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The other thing to consider is that just because you don't feel it's stylish today doesn't mean that the style or your attitude towards that style might not change in the future. :)

Even if it you don't care about it as an heirloom, it's still cool to have. When my Grandfather died in 2003, my Grandmother offered me a shoebox full of watches that he had. I turned them down and have regretted it ever since. You will have enough to regret when you get older. Don't add this to the list.
 

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I totally agree that you should keep the watch.
Though if for any reason decide to sell the bracelet I am interested in it.
Could you tell me the ref. No of the bracelet?
I own a watch just like this and I'm not sure if it is 1198/221 or 1198/195
 
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