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  1. krillan50

    krillan50 Oct 11, 2017

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    Hello everyone!

    After spending lots of hours reading all your interesting post and see the pictures, I finally got the confidence and bought the watch I have sought after for several years.
    Knowing that the "black connies" are an extremely dangerous market, I think I finally found a genue piece, with a ORIGINAL black dial.
    Its a Cal 551, ref 14381 61 SC with af 18.xxx.xxx movement dating it back to 1958/9.

    Now it just off the the watchmaker for at service and a new crystal!

    Cheers!
     
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  2. krillan50

    krillan50 Oct 11, 2017

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    A better pic of the front
     
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  3. Peemacgee

    Peemacgee Purrrr-veyor of luxury cat box loungers Oct 11, 2017

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    Well the fonts certainly look correct - so congratulations on your black dial.
    At 18,56xxx I would probably date it a little later at 61-63 ish though.
     
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  4. fjf

    fjf Oct 11, 2017

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    Nice black connie you got there!. Enjoy it!.
     
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  5. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 11, 2017

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    Dial looks good to me.
     
  6. Lriper80

    Lriper80 Oct 11, 2017

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    Very nice watch! Congratulations!
    The movement looks like it has a lot of dust on it, or maybe it’s a bad photo.
     
  7. krillan50

    krillan50 Oct 11, 2017

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    My bad, you're right it must be 61'-63' ish :)
     
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    krillan50 Oct 11, 2017

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    Thanks! Yeah, there are some dust on the movement, but it looks far worse on the pic ;)
     
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    krillan50 Oct 11, 2017

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    Thanks guys :)
     
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  10. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Oct 11, 2017

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    Very nice dial! Hope you've got a watchmaker lined up to handle the movement :)
     
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  11. krillan50

    krillan50 Oct 11, 2017

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    Polywatch makes magic :)
    Anyone you would recommend (maybe in Denmark;)) :)?
     
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  12. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 11, 2017

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    Nice 14381 :thumbsup:

    Here's one of mine
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  13. JohnSteed

    JohnSteed Oct 11, 2017

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    A great get. Congrats @krillan50

    Cleaned up great too :thumbsup:
     
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  14. panaitchrono

    panaitchrono Oct 11, 2017

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    Nice models..you made a good purchase...you can post some pictures after it's clean.
     
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  15. TropicConnie

    TropicConnie Oct 11, 2017

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    Lovely watch! Welcome to the dark side of the galaxy. I always like the dials without the 'Officially Certified' text when I see them, just that one line less makes it look very clean and balanced. Alas, my own black Connie has the whole spiel and I'd only ever sell it in order to acquire a black Longines Conquest.
     
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  16. TexOmega

    TexOmega Oct 11, 2017

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    Lovely example, congratulations on a great stalk!

    Another version of the same reference, and I kinda like the third line of script;)

    14381-1 serial # 17,000,xxx

    Gratuitous picture

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  17. krillan50

    krillan50 Oct 12, 2017

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    TropicConnie you're so right :)! Now the hunt goes for another connie with black dial/stainless steel :)

    Lovely Connie you have there;)
     
  18. Noddyman

    Noddyman Oct 12, 2017

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    Any excuse for a photo.
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  19. TexOmega

    TexOmega Oct 12, 2017

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    Same here....any excuse for this one.

    Black dial post COA.JPG
     
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  20. TropicConnie

    TropicConnie Oct 12, 2017

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    Best of luck with your searches. Tropical dial Connies sure are an addictive obsession! If I ever get the urge to sell mine (SS case, black dial, gold markers, black date) I'll let you know.
     
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