Re: Omega Calibre 562 question
- From: dAz <dazb@zipDOTcomDOTau>
- Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 10:31:03 +1100
I do have a couple of questions regarding a vintage Omega Seamaster watch I recently purchased on ebay.
I wanted one of them for a long time and I watched the auctions on ebay carefully before I finally made a move.
nice watch, you did well.
It's an Omega Seamaster automatic date watch with a stainless steel case and a calibre 562. It has a beautiful white dial and seems to be in very good condition. The watch is keeping time very well, I'm wearing this piece now for 3 days and she's still spot on. I've been told that it's not very unusual for a vintage watch to be "off" a minute every day. I also have no reason to believe the watch is not genuine. You can have a look at it on ebay, it's auction # 5054187605.
yes its real :), absolutly no reason at all that a watch of this quality won't still be a good timekeeper even 40 years after it was made.
However, I have one little concern and that is the following. When I shake the watch a little there's a noise as if the entire movement or "something big" is somewhat loose on the inside. I don't know the first thing about watches so I wonder should I bring her to a watchmaker? Or is this normal with this calibre, is it the self-winding mechanism?
ok, the rotor axle is not ball raced like on Seikos or ETA movements, Omega only used a bushed bearing in the rotor, so after a period of time the bush will wear and allow the rotor to hit the case or movement, also possible the rotor axle is broken, either way it would pay you to have it checked now before it gets worst, parts should still be available for the 562.
the movement could be loose too, it has two case clamps to secure the movement in the case and one of these may have come undone, anyway have the watch checked by a good watchmaker to be sure.
Again, other than that she seems to be just perfect.
The other thing is, how do you actually wind the watch manually? When I pull the little "thingy" (whatsitcalled? English is not my first language) I can set the watch, but when it's pushed back into the watch I can wind forever and ever. Do I wind the watch that way?
little "thingy" = Crown
yes you can wind the watch this way, and no you will never come to the end of the spring because the mainspring has a slipping bridle to protect the auto system from shock damage.
also only wind the watch if you really need to, ie; if you haven't worn the watch for a few days, its stopped, so give it say 10 turns wind, then put it on and allow the auto to wind the watch as normal, constant handwinding of an automatic puts more wear and tear on the auto systems than needed
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