Omega Geneve Cal.613 18ct 1970

£1,950

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

A Beautifully Restored Silver-White Dial

Original Gilt ‘Index’ Hands & Applied Batons

A Very Well Cared For And Lightly Used Example

High Grade Cal. 613, 17 Jewels Hand-Wound Movement

33mm, 18ct Yellow Gold Case, excluding the Signed Omega Crown

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Wonderful Condition

Brown Crocodile Strap with Gold Plated Omega Buckle

Matching Vintage Omega Presentation Box

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

VGWL 12 Months’ Warranty Included

Free UK Next Day Delivery

Overseas FedEx £45

VGW Reference: Om642
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Description

Here we have a very impressive fully restored 18ct yellow gold Omega Geneve with a beautifully restored Silver-White dial from 1970. Omega watches of this period are very highly regarded for their quality and in particular, their movements, which from this period are outstanding. Here, the Calibre 613, 17 Jewel hand-wound movement is a gem and following an overhaul and service, is running perfectly and is in absolutely sparkling condition!

The Dial

Most of the major watch manufacturers were beginning to introduce more ‘futuristic’ model ranges in 1970, in preparation for the huge competition, disruption and chaos which electronic / quartz was about to bring. This watch retains much of the classic dress watch style with the starburst Silver-White dial and classic ‘Index’  hands, with just a small nod to the future in the form of highly reflective, faceted short ‘batons’ and block indices at 12, 6 and 9. We loosely refer to the later more avant-garde examples of the 1970s as ‘retro’ or ‘retro-futurist’ watches and these have been gaining a strong following in the past few years. This model still retains much of the simplicity of the previous decade with perhaps a small step towards the next, which was all about to get a little crazy. We find it attractive and interesting, a little out of the ordinary and slightly reminiscent of the Mondaine Swiss Railways watch – which in a way is quite a compliment!

This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK. A new Omega lens has also been fitted.

The Movement

As can be seen, the beryllium-bronze, hand-wound movement could not be cleaner or fresher and looks just as it did when it left the factory in 1970. The copper-electroplated beryllium-bronze alloy, which gives the unique reddish gold colour to the movement was used for all Omega movements and some Zenith. This keeps the movement free of any tarnishing and it has the advantage of being non-magnetic. It was more expensive to make movements of this alloy, but Omega had the advantage of very large production runs which helped to reduce the cost.

Manufactured by Omega between 1967 and 1973 the Omega Cal.613 movement is well regarded for its accuracy and reliability making this watch perfectly suited for everyday use, as well as evening wear. This movement is in tip-top condition and has just been overhauled and serviced by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker. It has been calibrated to run arrow straight within +9 seconds per day and this is no exaggeration – we have checked the test results on our electronic timegrapher. This movement also has a 48-hour power reserve when fully wound.  We therefore have no hesitation in offering this watch with our 12 months’ warranty*.

The movement is correctly signed Omega Watch Co Swiss and carries the Calibre 613, along with the serial number 30886274  which dates this watch to 1970.

* Our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.

The Case

The three-piece 18ct yellow gold Swiss made watch case measures 33mm in diameter, excluding the original signed Omega winding crown. This would have been a typical/average gents size watch case in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but it may be considered a small watch by modern day standards. The case, as we would expect from Omega, is very solid and well made. The press-fit case-back closes with a very solid and satisfying ‘pop’ and the case-back is of full thickness and has never been inscribed.

Having been cleaned, carefully examined and lightly hand-polished by our case maker, the case is totally immaculate, being very crisp with no scratches, dings or other blemishes visible to the naked eye. This, along with the superb general condition of the rest of the watch, indicates this watch has received an excellent level of care and only light use.

Inside the case-back, all is correct and as expected and signed ‘Omega Watch Co’, and Swiss Made with the Omega reference 132 021 SP and Swiss Geneva hallmarks.

This watch has not been tested for water resistance and this is not guaranteed. Here, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap & Buckle

A new high quality Brown Crocodile leather strap has been fitted, with a gold plated Omega buckle, which we feel matches the watch perfectly. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin, but we can also obtain most types and colours of strap from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of 18mm straps if you wish here.

The Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are correct, dating the watch to 1970. A detailed Particulars document will be included in the sale with a detailed purchase receipt and 12 months’ Warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will also be provided along with our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.

The watch also comes complete with the matching vintage Omega presentation box as shown in the photographs.

As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy and 12 months’ Warranty.*

In Conclusion

This is a first class example of a top quality Omega Geneve, in 18ct yellow gold with a classic ’70s Silver-White dial and the superb Omega Cal.613 hand-wound movement. The movement is of a high grade and on a par with watches far more expensive than this. Omega watches are highly collectable and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong.

If treated with care this watch will remain a simply wonderful timepiece to use, wear, treasure and enjoy, providing excellent reliability as well as a sound financial investment – as long-lasting as the watch itself. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold watches expands, availability will become more limited, so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!

A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring these to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well-known stores in West London which are very successful, charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.

We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

Delivery is free within the UK and we charge only £45 for worldwide delivery via DHL or FedEx.

Please note, we welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.

We will be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.

If you have any questions, please call our landline on 020 7727 7095 or mobile 07515 949 250 or if calling from overseas our landline number is +44 207 727 7095  or mobile +44 7515 949 250.

We will be happy to answer any questions and offer advice about this or any of our watches listed for sale. If you would simply like some general advice regarding any aspect of vintage watches, including buying, selling, or collecting vintage watches, we will also be happy to hear from you.

Finally, please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches!

Thank you.