Over the past twelve months, some bidders have paid amazing prices for stainless steel and gold plate 'used' and 'new old stock' Omega beads of rice bracelets listed through eBay.
Its not unheard of to see gold plate BORs sell for over USD$350.00 and for stainless bracelets to sell in the 200 plus range.
Most of the bracelets offered are NOT old stock produced in the 1960s. How can you tell? Well, they didnt have bar codes in the 60s! This proves that the bracelets are recently manufactured......... and here's the rub, they are still available today at prices well below that being reached on eBay auctions.
For example, a new BOR stainless steel bracelet can be purchased for USD$147.00 inclusive of end pieces. The gold plated version is available at USD$216.00.
Unless you can prove that a bracelet on offer is a genuine 1960s BOR, why would you choose to pay often nearly double the retail price on eBay when you can buy them freely from Omega agents?
It's rare for me to plug a commercial concern, but if you want the exact same beads of rice bracelet as is being offered on eBay, click here and try Otto Frei or here for Ted's Vintage Watches
(pictured above are the bracelets on offer)
The above post was published in 2007 when BOR bracelets were more plentiful and offered at the prices mentioned above at Otto Frei. Since then, supplies have diminished and prices have risen accordingly.