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The problem is...the crystal. The watch is fitted with an ordinary - and not well-fitting - hesalite, which means that any impact by the edge can dislodge it, and send it flying to the floor.
Seamasters, be it in normal or unishell cases, used an armoured hesalite crystal, i.e. one equipped with a metal tension ring. OK, that's not a problem, there are generic crystals of that kind, and they're not even uncommon.
So, I looked up the correct Omega part for the 14730, which is the PX5072. It's a size 316, which means 31.6mm. So, I've started looking for a size 316 armoured hesalite. Because, good luck finding the PX5072 Omega part. Here, it's another hearty "fuck you" to the Swatch Group from me.
What the fuck? Almost all were bought out. Finally, found one. Picked it up today. Went to have the crystal installed.
And...fuck. While it was being pressed in, the crystal just cracked.
The reason is that while the specs for the crystal for this reference provide it as a 316, the case actually takes a size 315. Which means that, well, fuck, looks like Omega even developed their own version of the metric system. Because, like, they couldn't just fucking stick to the normal metric system like they fucking should.
So, Omega measurements seem to not be equivalent to the measurements as per any caliper.
If any of you would ever want to change the crystal in a 1960s Omega, DON'T TRUST THE MOTHERFUCKING SPECS. Get that thing measured.
I'll order a size 315, and here's hoping that it won't fucking snap while being installed.
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