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Has Everyone Been Doing Their Homework? Fake Constellation

  1. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Dennis @ ΩF - vociferous quartzophobe Staff Member Oct 25, 2012

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    Daniel, on a complete side note Thanksgiving is coming up here in America. Canned cranberry sauce (more like gel than sauce) is a staple. Every time I see your screen name I think of carving an Ω symbol out of it and posting the picture. Would make a nice avatar! :p
     
  2. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 25, 2012

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    Dennis with your ideas and my Photoshop skills we could conquer the entire foru, Uh, never mind. :D
     
  3. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Oct 25, 2012

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    Can't quite visualise. Feel free to fiddle with my avatar - given that I didn't choose it in the first place!
     
  4. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Oct 25, 2012

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    Oh, and please don't tell me you take your cranberry sauce straight out of a jar/can!

    This year, take the jar/can, add half a cup of nice red wine (maybe an Aussie Pinot Noir), a cinnamon quill, a star anise, few cloves, orange peel, and ground nutmeg. Simmer on the stove for 20 min, until combined. Much nicer!
     
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  5. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Dennis @ ΩF - vociferous quartzophobe Staff Member Oct 25, 2012

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    My sister makes real cranberry sauce from actual fresh cranberries. Yuck! I want my "can"-berries. The whole experience, from the shhhhhlup it makes coming out of the can to the sliced lunch meat serving style just screams Thanksgiving to me. Everything else is from scratch (well, we don't grow our own turkey) but not the can-berries.
     
  6. alam

    alam Oct 25, 2012

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    good franken specimen for a very comprehensive lesson on How to Spot a Fake 101! :thumbsup: I did not get that many right :(
     
  7. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Oct 25, 2012

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    A Frankenwatch I could handle. This one is an out-and-out fake.

    I need to report it now,
    gatorcpa

    Edit - Someone paid almost $900 for this POS!? :eek:
    Now I do feel ill....
     
  8. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Oct 25, 2012

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    I did that too when I first saw it this morning, we'll see if it comes down...
     
  9. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Oct 25, 2012

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    Mods: could you add the photos to the thread, for later reference?
    Thanks heaps!
    I am on an iPod and almost Impossible for me to do it
     
  10. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 25, 2012

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    Been done.
     
  11. seamonster

    seamonster Respectable Member Oct 25, 2012

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    Respectable Member Privateday7

    Learning to pick up refinished dials or 'improved' watch-cases, frankens and fakes, etc, is more than a life-long journey, for people like us.

    The unscrupulous elements are taking advantage of the ever-growing pastime and passion of vintage-watch collecting. Be wary and consult the forum, before picking up anything, let it be just for a small sum of our hard-earn $.

    Thank-you.
     
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  12. Privateday7

    Privateday7 Oct 25, 2012

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    Respectable member Seamonster,
    Thank you for your advice. It is very true.... I am beginning my journey, and this forum really help new guys like me with its vast knowledge, resource and helpfulness. For that I express my gratitude.

    It also increase my respect to all of this forum members.

    Warm regards,
     
  13. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Oct 26, 2012

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    I think this was a really good thread! Thanks x350 for doing this!
     
  14. fjf

    fjf Oct 26, 2012

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    +1
     
  15. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 26, 2012

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    I know! Every time I THINK I'm starting to get a handle on Constellations I get thrown for a loop, I'm starting to only trust one owner watches or dials with bad patina just because they're less likely to come back as dodgy lol
     
  16. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Oct 26, 2012

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    Is this another one?
    OMEGA CONSTELLATION IN EXCELLENT+ CONDITION WITH BOX: http://bit.ly/TLm3UA
     
  17. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Oct 26, 2012

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    Yes, it is.

    They have even gone the the trouble of doctoring the bridges to create a cal 551, adjusted movement. Note how shallow the chamfering on the jewels on the bridge with the caliber number. The bridge has been ground down and re-engraved with the Adjusted, etc. text added on the rotor bridge as well.
     
  18. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 26, 2012

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    Do you think these sellers actually know they're selling these things, or is it possible that these eBay non specialist antique dealers and pickers are just not smart enough to know that they're being had by the people they're buying off and/or are too greedy to research.
     
  19. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Oct 26, 2012

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    Say it again? What doyoumean by "shallow the chamfering....." Etc etc ?????
     
  20. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Oct 26, 2012

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    This is the only item this seller has, and she has had zero feedback in the last month....
     
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