WS 7: Vintage Omega Seamaster Gasket Ring Replacement

Water resistance of Vintage watches

Even the watch contains a new O-Ring and the O-Ring of the crown is greased, I would not submerse the watch in water. Older watches are not made for splashing, showering or SCUBA diving in my opinion unless you have water pressure tested the watch case. Water pressure equipment is quite expensive (ca. USD 4'000) and normally found in bigger watch workshops only. To me the reason to replace the O-Ring was to make the watch resistant against the hot and humid climate in Thailand. As much as I liked the watch, since it was on a strap, it did not get much wrist time and thus I decided to sell it to someone that has a chance to wear it more often. And the new owner is as enthusiastic as I was about it. I had regulated the watch's very easy to operate swan neck regulator and the watch keeps excellent time according to the current owner.
I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I had started these pages in April 2003 and then never really found time to finish the article. Until today, Friday 25th 2004 when geriatric insomnia chased me out of the bed at 3 o'clock in the morning. Rather finish a watch article then rolling from one side to the other in the bed, right?

Reto Castellazzi, Bangkok April 2003 to June 2004

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