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  1. JaguarMiked

    JaguarMiked Jul 5, 2016

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    Good morning,
    I'm new to this forum - so I apologize if this is the wrong place to look for parts or help with parts.

    My 1967 Constellation is missing the outer bezel. I tried Otto Frei, but no luck.

    The watch is an 18k Or Massif.

    Case reference 168.025.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! (This is a daily wear watch - so any replacement bezel doesn't have to be perfect).
     
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  2. mondodec

    mondodec Editor Constellation Collectors Blog Jul 5, 2016

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    Phew, You may have to go to an Omega service agent and they will probably refer you to Bienne. As an 18k model, buying a 14k gold cap version as a donor wont work because the gold colour will be different.

    Your watch looks stunning, and well worth the trouble and expense of going the Omega Bienne route, something that I wouldnt ordinarily recommend.

    Good luck in your search.\

    Also you may like to invite or pm "Archer" a forum member to comment on whether bezels can be sourced form Omega. He has access to Omega parts.

    Cheers

    Desmond
     
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  3. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jul 5, 2016

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    In another thread a member says that a 18KT case back for a Seamaster was €1800, if I remember correctly. That should give some sort of indication as to how much this'll be. €1000?

    Could a plated SS version work? I'm probably going to laughed out of here for that suggestion ::facepalm2::
     
  4. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jul 5, 2016

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    The bezel is definitely not cheap, but still available from Omega...
     
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  5. JaguarMiked

    JaguarMiked Jul 5, 2016

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    Lol. I did think about that. I think the missing ring is less obvious than a mismatched ring. Otto Frei has a stainless steel ring for $800!!!
     
  6. JaguarMiked

    JaguarMiked Jul 5, 2016

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    I have sent Omega a request for quote on the part.
     
  7. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jul 5, 2016

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    They won't sell you the part I expect, but will ask for the watch to be sent in for a full service.
     
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  8. JaguarMiked

    JaguarMiked Jul 5, 2016

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    I also have a friend who is a goldsmith. If I could get a piece to borrow so it could be copied - that might work too. The material of the borrowed ring wouldn't matter.
     
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  9. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jul 5, 2016

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    You can always take it to an independent watchmaker that has an Omega parts account.
     
  10. JaguarMiked

    JaguarMiked Jul 5, 2016

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    I have one of those!! Yes, I should. (I always like to try and do it by myself first)
     
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  11. JaguarMiked

    JaguarMiked Jul 7, 2016

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    Ok, so I got a response from Omega and they want the watch for a complete service to Omega standards. I expected as much.
    Has anyone sent their watches to Omega? Can I get the original parts that were removed returned with the watch? Can I tell them how invasive I want them to be? Or - do they consider it their watch that I'm just borrowing for a bit, so they will do what they think is required?

    A light restoration would be nice, but I'm worried about overpolishing, etc.

    Thanks!
     
  12. styggpyggeno1

    styggpyggeno1 ΩF Enforcer ....and thread killer Jul 7, 2016

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    Or you could start posting ín the "ghost bezel"-thread... ;) like me (also having a watch missing its bezel).

    Sorry - could not resist. I do not even know if you are aware of the phenomenon called a ghost bezel. Just a little fun with it (and not of you)
     
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  13. JaguarMiked

    JaguarMiked Jul 7, 2016

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    I am aware of the ghost bezel! I think it's an interesting argument - keep or restore. It might be my ocd, but I hate having things missing.
     
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  14. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jul 7, 2016

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    You can always take it to an independent watchmaker that has an Omega parts account.