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Potential eBay purchase: Constellation 168.029

  1. jheezy

    jheezy Oct 26, 2019

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    Hi all,

    I've been studying up on Constellations for the past couple of months, aiming eventually to purchase either a 168.045 or maybe nice a C-Case. I've read quite a few "does this look good?" threads and practicing with eBay listings. I think this one looks pretty decent: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1970-Vintag...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

    My assessment: Correct writing and font, correct hands, lume present on hands and dial. Correct dial and bezel in good shape. Case has correct brushing, but unsure if it's over-polished (back in particular). Medallion is crisp. Movement is all the same colour, no signs of rotor rubbing; some discolouration, but not probably okay? Correct reference number and movement. No shot of the open case, which makes me worry it could have some rust or pitting. No gasket shown either.

    Is this a good example to bid on? What did I miss in my analysis? Thanks in advance, and for all the great content I've enjoyed up until now!

    Some photos:
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  2. WYO_Watch

    WYO_Watch Oct 26, 2019

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    Meh, just buy mine ;)
     
  3. Walrus

    Walrus Oct 26, 2019

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    Looks good, I don’t like the day date on Connie’s but plenty of people do.
     
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  4. Lotus_Eater8815

    Lotus_Eater8815 Oct 26, 2019

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    Nice homework! Be interesting to see how much this goes for, considering I’m looking at a local c-case too, albeit one with a polished bezel. :cool:
     
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  5. jheezy

    jheezy Oct 27, 2019

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    I tend to agree, but I love the look of the 168.045 with the integrated bracelet, so this one caught my eye. I think this one will come down to price.
     
  6. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Oct 27, 2019

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    Personally I wouldn't buy anything from them simply based on the number of horrible over-polished redials they offer.
     
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  7. jheezy

    jheezy Oct 27, 2019

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    Wow, nasty. Well that does give me pause.
     
  8. ChrisN

    ChrisN Oct 27, 2019

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    It's not easy picking up on things but, there is evidence of rotor rub as marked in red below and the movement appears greasy/oily, for example, as circled in green. If you see these things, budget for a service.
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    Cheers, Chris
     
  9. jheezy

    jheezy Oct 27, 2019

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    Thank you for the tips!
     
  10. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Oct 27, 2019

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    I'll add movement hack jobs to the list.
     
  11. chanbar

    chanbar Oct 27, 2019

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    Is the crystal supposed to have the omega symbol on it?