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the expert omega buying genève on advice

Expert (buying) advice on the Omega Genève
Made in Geneva Switzerland, the Omega Genève Automatic, depicted here in this thread, caliber 565, with date, will cost on average between 300 and 1500 USD, depending on condition and materials used - stainless steel or solid yellow or rosé gold. 18k gold stamps should be on the lugs and the crown should be signed with the Omega symbol. The movement has the Omega stamp as well of course.
There are some models of relatively poor quality (even so, it is still Omega), and they usually sold without chronometer certification and of course were fitted with cheaper metal cases, but this was done mostly since the early seventies. These were most often positioned as entry level models. Otherwise though, depending on the exact model, Genèves with movements introduced since the early 1950's and onward (1953-1967) were practically identical to those of the Constellations or other higher-end lines.
Between the fifties and the early seventies the Genève line produced unusually styled watches that didn't fit elsewhere in the lineup, and so high quality solid gold and chronometer-certified Genèves can be found. For instance, as an exception to the more basic line-up of the seventies (1967-1979) - the more economical models of the popular 'Dynamic' range - in 1969 an 18K gold chronometer was fitted with calibre 602. Expect to pay close to 1000 USD for this. 
As the Geneva factory was closed in 1972 and the Genève indication finally disappeared from dials in 1979, don’t expect to find later models. It is of course an easy way to tell the fake from the fantastic deal.

Finally, do not forget about the quality of the leather band, as sellers often tend to factor that in - usually without merit. Automatic does not mean more expensive, as hand wound movements tend to be more robust...
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A nice and concise write-up! Keep those photos coming, I enjoy looking at them.

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