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Buying an omega is scary for a noob with a bit of knowledge

  1. mexi-jew

    mexi-jew Nov 20, 2018

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    ive been lurking here, watching ebay auctions over the past year.

    Seems like there’s a lot of ways to overpay esp. in a hot market.

    I ended up buying an old serviced 14k gold plated watch with nice patina and striking baton markers and a case that looks like real gold...from a local guy for 100$ with service...but not an omega....from a distance it kinda looks like a sea master.

    Still want an old constellation. Just trepidation’s to pull the trigger for a couple grand and overpay by half.
     
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  2. Willem023

    Willem023 Nov 20, 2018

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    Welcome! Nice watch, from the looks of it.

    Next thing: do have a look at the Sales part of OF. Lots and lots of reasonable, if not cheap watches, sold by trusted sellers (i.e. OF members).

    Sometimes, life is simple....;)
     
  3. Tet

    Tet I prefer Dilmah do try it Nov 20, 2018

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    Nice waffle dial on that Wittnauer.
     
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  4. Om3ga321

    Om3ga321 Nov 20, 2018

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    Practice will make you perfect.We have all overpaid for a watch , just avoid overpaying too many times.
    It's very nerve racking at the start.
    Hang in there it gets easy , real easy.
     
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  5. Vitezi

    Vitezi Nov 20, 2018

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    Most of my collection could be described this way, so don't worry, not everyone here has a vintage Omega in solid gold. :eek: Vintage watches are just a hobby, and like any hobby, it's a mix between what you like and can afford. But if you fancy a vintage Constellation, take some time to absorb this site...http://omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.com/ ...and keep an eye on the Private Sales Forum. Connies pop up there all the time.
    And welcome to the forum!
     
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  6. blunosr

    blunosr Nov 20, 2018

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    6A2881D5-D1DA-4347-A729-DB839121B104.jpeg Those are nice watches
    Mine says hello.
     
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  7. thenameisnando

    thenameisnando Nov 20, 2018

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    You can certainly get a nice vintage connie for much less than a couple grand also. Like others have said, the private sales section is a good place to start. You would not be alone in overpaying, I’ve definitely done it haha
     
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  8. Dan S

    Dan S Nov 20, 2018

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    Be patient and don't overpay. Especially now.
     
  9. Deafboy

    Deafboy His Holiness Puer Surdus Nov 20, 2018

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    Welcome to the vintage watch club!

    Cool vintage watches don't have to be expensive to be fun; check this out if you haven't already.
     
  10. mexi-jew

    mexi-jew Nov 20, 2018

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    ive paid too much for large modern watches. then i realized i have a small wrist and a 33 to 34 mm old watch looks proportional and reasonable on it, where 42mm looks...dumb.

    I can actually see the leather strap on the front with 34mm

    also, im getting older, but still working, in a suit most days, needing to have people trust me, and theres something soothing in my mind about an old gold watch. kind of stable and,tradotional.
    But slightly different too.

    nowadays, i can actually afford a pricier watch, but overpaying would definitely ruin it for me, because id feel like a sucker every time i checked my watch.

    im frankly not sure,why im much more attracted to omega, v. say zenith or eterna or girard perregaux. comparable watches seem way cheaper in those other brands.

    basically, i think i really dig the omega font. ☺. i also like the font on my old wittnauer tho. but not as much
     
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  11. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Nov 21, 2018

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    Great looking Wittnauer! Welcome aboard :thumbsup:
     
  12. mexi-jew

    mexi-jew Nov 21, 2018

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    You guys are friendly!
     
  13. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 21, 2018

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    Yep, that's what they're known for :D
     
  14. Peemacgee

    Peemacgee Purrrr-veyor of luxury cat box loungers Nov 21, 2018

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    Oddly enough, if you like gold watches, gold cap Connies are less expensive than their SS cousins and they come in many variations, some cost less than others.

    If you like dome dials and gold cap, you’re hitting the sweet spot for a good value Connie and you could be paying half of your ‘two grand’ for a really nice watch dependent on the reference.

    Research as much as you can and try to spot them at auction - you can always post any potential targets here first for a critique.