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Second opinion on this Constellation Pie Pan

  1. timoci_nz

    timoci_nz Aug 2, 2020 5:01am

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    It's my first post on this forum and my first time considering/buying a vintage watch. I've been quite drawn to the Constellations and wanted to get some second opinions on this particular Pie Pan.

    I've been scouring the internet and this forum for similar examples of the dial with arabic numbers but have yet to come across one like this. All the other examples seem to have cross hairs on the dial.

    The crown has definitely been replaced, which leads me to think there might have been other modifications?

    Would appreciate any feedback or thoughts!

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  2. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Aug 2, 2020 8:56am

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    The case has been heavily polished. The lugs looks like well-used bars of soap.

    I like the dial though.
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  3. Caliber561

    Caliber561 Aug 2, 2020 10:50am

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    My steel 14900 (with crosshair) says hello!
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    From what I've seen, earlier 14900/14902 (first generation dog-leg cases) tend to have crosshairs more often.

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-SOLID...4900-SERVICED-551-vintage-watch-/123723507197
    There does exist a 14k 14900 with the same arabic cardinal dial as the watch you are interested in. However, it is missing the "Officially Certified" script, like the previous generation of pie pans, which I suppose makes sense.

    If you want to be sure that the dial is not redone, get close pictures of the dial script that clearly show the watch's serifs. Matching the minute idiosyncrasies of the dial text is the most surefire way to verify a dial's originality. That said, the dial of the watch in question looks pretty good, imo.