So...A beautiful nearly pristine '71 chunky connie with the integrated bracelet for so little it almost hurts. ( i actually explained to seller once i saw the minty condition that if he has any more watches to sell he owes it to himself to learn how to take hi-rez images and post the full 12-not 3 blurry images that scare the bejeezus out of most sensible collectors here. i guess morphed my unhealthy risk taking habits into the more innocuous risks of the wild wooly world of vintage watches
I've been looking to score one of these since I passed up an amazing NOS one 6 yrs ago b4 Omega vintage truly sky-rocketed. It was also a time when these integrated bracelet vintage were not so popular or well liked. Guys wanted the flexibility of switching bands. I just loved the super chunky case design. It goes with-imo-my f300 integrated 'cone' SM.
Long story short: Inexperienced eBay seller takes 3 crappy pics of the '71 connie (with an incredibly hard to photograph textured SS dial to boot). He says it runs well but is not very forthcoming with details. [I thanked him so profusely today that I expected him to crack at least a full sentence. But he just said, "glad you liked it". Oof. Anyway--Most vintage guys would have run miles with blurry pics-no cal. shots and not much description. I was able to place straight lines over the blown up dial to check for font line-up and authenticated original dial. Still not sure why I had the 'hunch' but I went with it and nobody bid after 3days at a $225 start with a $400 BIN. I actually missed the whole damn thing. I thought I blew it and wrote him to ask if he sold or was re-listing. He said he's realist. So I told him I missed the auction @ $225 by a minute, would he take thats? Right
Sure he would. @ minutes later he said "sure". period. Thats it. Iv'e been fretting for the 4 days it took to get here that it would be another let-down. But no let-downs today. Today is 'Diamond-in-the-rough' day. Yay.
[my only question for vintage guys here (if anybody knows about Omega bracelets and clasps here) is what do I have in terms of the bracelet clasp? All the other integrated bracelet connie';s I can find pics of from 70s seem to have the pushed up logo with smooth clasp while this clasp has the indented trapezoid logo. Anybody think its not original to watch? Have to say-seller told me it was out of estate from old relative and was never worn and not likely had a clasp replacement but I'm not a clasp expert. I always thought these went on some speedies? Whatever. I'm too pleased to actually worry about the clasp style-which I like anyway. I have at least half a dozen of the more regular style vintage 60s-70s clasps. Any help much appreciated.