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  1. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 28, 2014

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    Hi,
    I have recently bought a day date Constellation with a 751 movement, its stainless steel, both case and bracelet, and whilst its time keeping is outstanding, the case has considerable corrosion under the lugs. What are my options, can this be repaired or are there either old stock cases available or are there alternative cases to fit this watch. Thanks
     
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  2. Barking mad

    Barking mad Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Sep 28, 2014

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    If that is the case I suspect the movement may have issues as well.. Wow.
     
  3. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 28, 2014

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    It keeps near perfect time and both day and date function work well, the photo makes it look worse than it really is, though there is clearly rust in the lower left of the case, if this were a car it could be welded, and ground and for stainless steel you would use stainless welding rod. My guess is that this is how such an issue could be repaired but to return to my question does anyone know who could do this type of repair...a jeweller?
     
  4. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Sep 28, 2014

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    The cost of any such repairs would be prohibitive relative to the value of the watch.

    Your best option would to be find a donor watch or case on eBay.
     
  5. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 28, 2014

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    That would depend on the cost of the repair and as we aren't talking precious metals its about the time spent rather than material. Any suggestions on alternative watch cases my guess is that as the 751 is an enhancement of the 565 series that such a case could act as a donor?
     
  6. John R Smith

    John R Smith Sep 28, 2014

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    This skilled craftsman can do the job, but I have no idea of the cost.
     
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  7. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 28, 2014

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    Potentially someone could be parting out a redialed or damaged movement one on eBay as Norm suggests, that'll be the best course of action. I've seen 321 Speedmasters with corrosion laser welded up perfectly but at great expense, considerably more than the total value of that Constellation.
     
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  8. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 28, 2014

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    that's very helpful, thank you
     
  9. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Sep 28, 2014

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    BTW, what reference number is the case?
     
  10. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 29, 2014

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    its
     
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  11. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 30, 2014

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  12. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 30, 2014

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    Totally different style of watch, that's a front loader
     
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  13. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 30, 2014

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    thanks your right no indents to remove case back
     
  14. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Sep 30, 2014

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  15. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Sep 30, 2014

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    There are many, many cases which will fit your movement, you need to decide if you want a correct case or just one which will work.
     
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  16. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Oct 1, 2014

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    provided the caseback with the correct numbers fits a replacement case I can't see the harm
     
  17. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Oct 23, 2014

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    can anyone point me towards details of case sizes measurements etc for a 168.016
     
  18. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Oct 23, 2014

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  19. Stewart H

    Stewart H Honorary NJ Resident Oct 23, 2014

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    That rather depends on how you describe the watch when/if you go to sell it.

    To my mind, if the case is correct for the model then that is the second preference to the original case. If it is just a case "that fits" and the model number in the case back doesn't go with the case, then it is a Franken and it would be wrong to try to pass it off as original.
     
  20. lezlangdon

    lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Oct 23, 2014

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    it does seem as if it would fit but I don't like the rounded style of this case so I'll be giving it a miss