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  1. Waltesefalcon

    Waltesefalcon Jul 22, 2018

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    I was wondering which crown is the original style crown for my new Constellation; it is a 14381-7 SC, serial # 17018382 from 1960. It has an Omega crown but I am pretty sure it is a replacement. Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. pmontoyap

    pmontoyap Jul 22, 2018

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    There are two correct crowns, it can use either the decagonal crown, or the one that looks like a sprocket, if you google you will see it in most of the images. I believe the latter one was common for the american market.
     
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  3. TexOmega

    TexOmega Jul 22, 2018

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    Constellation.JPG DSC07722.JPG Small Decagon crown.JPG

    Mine has an extremely early(17000xxx) serial number with a "skinny" decagonal crown
     
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  4. mondodec

    mondodec Editor Constellation Collectors Blog Jul 22, 2018

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    "Correct" is a funny word that implies that there's a rock of truth out there somewhere that can be uncovered to deliver us absolute certainty. Sadly, in the case of Omega, and probably most aspects of life, that kind of certitude is beyond us mere mortals :)

    There are at least a couple of ways in which to determine "correctness" in respect to Omega watches. The first is what the good 'book' says, that is, how was the design story originally documented, and the second, how the design was interpreted by others, such as in-country agents, advertising and marketing types at Omega and elsewhere and indeed retailers.

    So, given that rider, I would suggest the book says that the decagonal crown is part of the original design story. However, in some advertising material from the the early Sixties published internationally we see at least three crowns being shown with pre-C-Shape cal 56X models apart from the slim decagonal.

    Hence, it depends what reference point against which you wish to establish 'correctness'. For my money, and from conversations with the ever-diminishing group of Omega people who were around at the time, I would argue that the decagonal crown is the most correct, with the clover leaf and other rounded crowns seen in advertising being correct-ish. But, in those instances, they would only ever being correct-ish if the watch originally left the point of sale with that crown. Confused? Join the club, and perhaps we can all then agree that the default is the decagonal.

    Cheers

    Desmond
     
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  5. merchandiser

    merchandiser Jul 22, 2018

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    I believe that the crown on my 14381is “correctish” to quote @mondodec:

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  6. kaisiang098

    kaisiang098 Jul 23, 2018

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    Yup the default will be the decagonal crown like the other constellations, the other will be the flat “scalloped”? crown like this
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  7. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jul 23, 2018

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    @mondodec, when you say that a cloverleaf crown would be correct-ish, are you talking Constellations in general and not 14.XXX's? I've only ever seen cloverleaf crowns on 50s references.

    Here are three 14.381/393s I own:

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    I'd say that the slim scalloped crown and the decagonal one are most likely original to the watches they are on.


    I'd be interested in learning whether or not we could narrow the definition of "default" down to "default for a serial number range of..." or "default for that dial type" or anything like that. Knowing a bit about Omega, it's probably not possible :rolleyes:
     
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  8. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jul 23, 2018

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    @merchandiser would you mind sharing the serial number for your Constellation? It has the same dial design as the one I have with the same type of crown which I've always considered a replacement.
     
  9. merchandiser

    merchandiser Jul 23, 2018

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    17,750,xxx, ref 14381 - 9
     
  10. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jul 23, 2018

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    Hmm, no correlation there. 14381-11 / 18,562,XXX here...
     
  11. mondodec

    mondodec Editor Constellation Collectors Blog Jul 23, 2018

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    I've seen a 14381 solid gold with a clover leaf that the original owner claimed came with the watch, but I tend to agree that it's more common on 18k models of the 50s.

    Cheers

    desmond

     
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