Omega Cal 265 – subsecond

Another ‘project’ watch I have had the chance to be involved in, is this very well presented, vintage Cal 265 Omega that was an heirloom given to DS by his uncle.

Omega Subsecond Cal. 265
Omega Subsecond Cal. 265

The picture does not do it credit as I just got an iphone a couple of days ago and am learning how to take pictures with it. If you look closely and if you are familiar with watches from that era, you will be able to discern that the face and hands have been expertly re-furbished or replaced at some point in the last decade or so. There are no visible signs of moisture damage on the dial or hands so this indicates that the work was done quite professionally. When I got the watch, it had quite a few scratches on the acrylic crystal and it was not an original. Replaced this with another after-market crystal and on the outside, the watch looks as ‘good as new’.

The 15 jewel Omega cal. 265, in house, high precision mechanical movement is in very good condition. It has not been recently serviced and if you read my post on ‘How often should I service my mechanical watch‘, I am not an advocate of “needlessly” servicing a watch.

This is a mechanical Omega, 265 Ø 30.00mm, with 15 Jewels that beats at a ‘slow’ 18.000 A/h. It is supposed to have a power reserve of 43h but I have not tested it. Based on the serial number 12089096 it was built circa, 1950 or 1951.

If you have an Omega and would like to have an indication of when it was built, you can click on this link.

The case on this watch measures roughly ~38.50 mm w/o crown | ~39.90 mm w/ crown | ~47.40 mm from lug to lug

Based on the corrosion around the inside of the case, it supports the assumption that this watch was well used – and well taken care off – exactly how a good watch should be appreciated.

Total Project Cost – Less than $10. 🙂

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