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Omega Constellation 18K Ref# 168.009 / 168.017 - Excited on this one :)

  1. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 23, 2015

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    Hi Guys and Gals,

    I am excited to say I picked up a very clean and minty condition Omega Constellation 18K C Case. The crystal has the omega symbol along with the crown. Watchmaker said it was in pristine condition, does have a few marks on the caseback. It almost looks though it has never been polished as you can see the manufactures brush marks in the gold ( ref first picture). I was originally going to flip it as the deal I got was very good, considering they are selling the same one in my local watch shop for 3k+ and on the Bay for 2K+. However, it has grown on me tremendously and I don't think I could part ways with out regret! I just found a vintage buckle for it last night ( Authentic ), and I am on a hunt for an Omega Band, any sellers?? I know they are not as sought after as the pie pan that I just found, and or many others, but I think having a solid 18K gold watch is pretty freaking cool :)

    Please let me know your thoughts on this watch!
    Best,
    Jason
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  2. TNTwatch

    TNTwatch Apr 23, 2015

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    Good catch! Is it white or yellow?
     
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  3. noelekal

    noelekal Apr 23, 2015

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    It is quite an appealing example of the style and I always like obtaining solid gold models.

    I can't quite make up my mind about these Constellations. I've gone from curling a corner of the lip in disdain in bygone years to having a slight wistful yearning to have one example in the watch menagerie. Was a common style seen as new watches on wrists when I was young.
     
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  4. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 23, 2015

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    They work really well on some people and not at all on others, I bought a steel one and as soon as I put it on it looked wrong for me completely and didn't sit on my wrist well. My dad tried it on and it was spot on for him, go figure.
     
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  5. timeismoney

    timeismoney Apr 23, 2015

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    This is what they call a slippery slope, before you know it you have to buy a box for them :)
     
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  6. Bill Sohne

    Bill Sohne Bill @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 23, 2015

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    Hi

    That example has wear, and edges are rounded .....that one used to have a bracelet you can see the tale tail signs of the marks left by the bracelet under the lugs...


    Here is an example that looks just about untouched .



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    Good hunting

    Bill sohne
     
  7. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 23, 2015

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    This watch is 18K yellow gold, was not that big into the yellow gold, yet it grew on me quite quickly! :)
     
  8. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 23, 2015

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    I personally like how it has a little more weight and size then the other vintage watches I own. Thanks for the reply! :)
     
  9. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 23, 2015

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    Ha! I know right?! My wife is already wondering, but she wanted me to keep this one :)
     
  10. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 23, 2015

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    Great watch, it is a little different as it has the different dial, makers are outlined, and shows the actual day, but I love it. You know I think it just may be some glare from the picks, but the watch does not appear to be rounded? However, the watch did have a solid 18K bracelet, but did not have the original clasp so I opted out of that option. Until you brought it to my attention I did not notice the backside had little dents wear the band used to be. Oh well, I look at the face the most of the time :) Nice watch by the way!
     
  11. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 24, 2015

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    You mean the bevel at the ends of the lugs where it has a flat section rather than being rounded?
     
  12. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 24, 2015

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    I'm not sure, nothing seemed very round to my eye, and seeing another one side by side today, they seem to be very identical. However, they both had straps on and I was not really staring at the backs. Could be true, gold is soft:)
     
  13. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 24, 2015

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    Yea Bills is about as sharp and unpolished as you'll find one of those, the bevels and edges are how they should have been from new, they can easily get worn down.
     
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  14. Hijak

    Hijak Apr 24, 2015

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    This is the beveled edge they are all referring to...
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  15. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Apr 24, 2015

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    Unfortunately that watch has been heavily polished - not only are the sharp edges gone but the case lugs are much thinner (as is the case itself) than it should be. If it was sold to you represented as mint or even in excellent shape with a price to match then I think you should consider returning the watch.
     
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  16. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 24, 2015

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    Thank you for this awesome reference:) I do know see what is going on. from the other pictures it was so hard to tell.
     
  17. JasonPDX

    JasonPDX Apr 24, 2015

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    It's all a learning process thanks to you guys! Appreciate all the responses, fortunately I get such deals on my purchases because they are always cash-is. This watch I basically paid the weight in gold. I do now see what your saying, however It has been seen by two watchmakers and the movement and everything else is in fantastic shape. Guess they just did not know about the polish and or original shape. It's a keeper for me, but its great to know all this info, and to be able to get this kind of feedback on a forum is amazing!

    Thank you so much for all the response:)
     
  18. Hijak

    Hijak Apr 24, 2015

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    Its a great watch, its easy to find a sharp case in steel, not so easy in gold! Put that on a nice brownish/maroon lizard or alligator and you'll be styling!!!::love::
     
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  19. Bill Sohne

    Bill Sohne Bill @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 24, 2015

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    Hi Jason

    IF YOUR BUYING AT SCRAP VALUE OF THE GOLD ... ITS A GREAT DEAL. You can wear it everyday with out issue... or guilt.

    enjoy it !!!!

    Best

    bill sohne
     
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  20. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 24, 2015

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    168.0009 =168.0017
     
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