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  1. ctyne

    ctyne Nov 21, 2018

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    64201E5E-BBC6-4EF1-B933-BF769821B090.jpeg 835646B3-48BF-4207-B590-D1326D15FCB8.jpeg D1BCCF32-294D-456A-8516-5C7ECEE9E7CF.jpeg I took a leap on a watch I liked from a local dealer. It looks cool, the price was low and it is my first Omega. All and all it looks real and is in good condition. (Constellation 168.045 368.845)

    The one question I had on it was the smooth bezel (not the normal coin edge). I am not sure if that was a customization or just one of the lesser options. Did anyone see that before?

    The only matching picture I found was in an old ad that had this in the background. I have seen the Date only versions with this bezel, but not the 751 cal.
     
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  2. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Nov 21, 2018

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    Don't think it was a customization or option when it was new. The original serrated bezels on these were solid 14K white gold. It could be that the bezel was melted down for gold value and a steel version was made to take its place.

    I don't know if the bezels on these were interchangeable with the date-only version (which I think also had steel, not gold, bezels).

    At one time, Ofrei.com was selling replacement steel bezels for this case. However, I don't remember if they had plain versions.

    Hope this helps,
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  3. ctyne

    ctyne Nov 21, 2018

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    Thanks Gator! That makes total sense. I will keep an eye out for a replacement bezel to try and get it back to "stock".
     
  4. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Nov 21, 2018

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    Good luck with that. I recall that when Ofrei.com had them, the new steel bezels were going for around $400. I can't even imagine what a 14K version would sell for as a spare part.

    Probably would be easier and cheaper to buy a "beater" replacement watch with an original bezel. Note that yours likely wasn't the only one that had its bezel "harvested".
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  5. ctyne

    ctyne Nov 21, 2018

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    Well, that is more than I paid for the watch. I will keep it as is. Thanks a ton!
     
  6. Sherbie

    Sherbie Nov 21, 2018

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    It could be genuine

    Look at Desmonds essay on cal 751 constellations on his web site omega constellation collectors
     
  7. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Nov 21, 2018

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