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  1. Henri68

    Henri68 Jul 2, 2016

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    Hello everybody,
    Firstly, thanks to all of you on this forum, there is so much knowledge on it!

    I recently got an omega constellation at a bargain price and I would like to have your feedbacks on it, on all the points I probably missed.
    The basics information I have :
    Year : 1961
    Nb on Case : 14381 11 SC
    Caliber : 551
    Serial on caliber : 18282217
    Probably this one : http://www.omegaaddict.com/members/display.php?mode=display&watchID=196 ?
    This watch is the same generation as the famous pie pan, but with a different dial... Is it the original ?
    The dial has been refinished, but not perfectly... the "swiss made" is missing :/

    Here some photo from the seller :
    Index and hands with onyx
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    I wonder what means the "CB" at the botom Watch3.JPG

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    I will never understand who is dumb enough to polish the gold medallion and lost all the details...
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    Here the caliber, I can see that the screw to push the regulator is missing... Which can be easily replaced I guess.
    Do you see anything else wrong ? All seems to have the same patina.
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    I don't think I will try to open it myself
    This watch keep the time well.
    So if you say that is not a franken watch and it is worth it, I will probably service it.

    Thank you for your feedbacks.
     
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  2. Fost

    Fost Jul 2, 2016

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    Hello... You should have asked before buying I guess... Dial.is poorly repainted and the case is more than overpolished...
     
  3. Fost

    Fost Jul 2, 2016

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    Sorry I didn't read everything so I looks like you already spotted all the bad point...
     
  4. WatchmakerTheory

    WatchmakerTheory Jul 2, 2016

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    Yes, the dial has been refinished, and the case is polished. But I still really like the watch. It looks great, and you should be very proud of it :)
     
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  5. Peemacgee

    Peemacgee Purrrr-veyor of luxury cat box loungers Jul 2, 2016

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    Congratulations on your new Connie
    I wearing mine right now
    Same style but with cross hair dome dial
    Couple of years younger than yours
    CB is the case maker
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  6. Fritz

    Fritz genuflects before the mighty quartzophobe Jul 2, 2016

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    My similar '68 Connie says hello! Yeah yours isn't perfect but it still looks great and if it was at a good price and your happy with it what the hell, enjoy it!

    and Welcome!


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  7. Henri68

    Henri68 Jul 8, 2016

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    Thank you for your feedbacks.
    This watch is now at my watchmaker for service.

    @Fost, Why does it look poorly painted to you ? the only flaw I see, is the missing "swiss made" ..
     
  8. Peemacgee

    Peemacgee Purrrr-veyor of luxury cat box loungers Jul 8, 2016

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    Not the best of pics I know
    But have a look at the style of lettering on mine
    Yours should look like that
    It's all not quite right
    See the pointy As in Automatic on your dial?
    But check out the Constellation in particular
    And the minute markets are too long
    Hope that helps
     
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  9. Henri68

    Henri68 Jul 8, 2016

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    Ah right... You have good eyes :)
    The "Automatic" is really big and bold on mine
    Hopefully, I am not too picky for my first omega watch ^^
    Maybe it will be worth a good refinishing of the dial in few years.
     
  10. noelekal

    noelekal Jul 8, 2016

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    It's ok, Henri. You wear it and enjoy it. I have a couple of Constellations. One's an early purchase and was my first Ebay Omega purchase back in Ebay's early days. It's dial is a refinish as well. I never knew until much later. It's been a great watch for a long time now.

    I'm just pondering what to do about the dial. I could punt and trade away the watch, but perhaps there's a fun project there.

    Thanks for posting. Omegas with onyx markers are appealing to me.
     
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