John Deithelm back? -XX numbers not precise?
I spied this on TZ Omega Forum this morning:
In answer to a question I asked Omega Vintage a couple of months ago about Neil Aemstrong and Buzz Aldrins watches I thought you might be interested to read the response.
This has come from John Diethelm who is well known on this forum and seems to have come back from retirement. Certainly vintage information service seems to be back on line.
It is interesting that the movement number info doesn'e tie in with the details of Neil's watch, but as we all know the movement number dazte is +/- 2 years.
What I have learned is the date, July 1966. I have now asked for info on my own 105.012 which from its movement number is very close to Neils watch.
Also of note is Omega's opinion of the date suffix eg 105.012-65 does not mean 1965 was the date manufactured although the general view is that usually the watch wouldn't have been much later.
I had asked what ref Buzz's watch was (105.003, 105.012 or 145.012?), it appears Omega don't know or don't want to tell!
John's email was sent 14th December 2004 and my question was around 10th October 2004.
It's also interesting to hear that the -xx part of 1960's~1990's case reference numbers isn't a directly tied to the date of manufacturer as we thought. I have to admit I always thought it was interesting that my 105.003 supposedly sat on a shelf in Switzerland for nearly two full years before being shipped out to Iran.