Omega Constellation auction

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    Omega Constellation auction

    Hello there,

    I was looking at this 50's Omega Constellation, and it's purely for my own interest now (as the auction is nearly over) but is there something odd about it? As a purely an enthusiast, I'm really have no experience in spotting fakes but was curious about the fact there is only one star featured on the case back (unless the camera didn't catch the others). Is this normal? I'd be really interested in someone's advice on this.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=010

    Many thanks,

    Mark

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    Re: Omega Constellation auction

    The watch isn't a fake. The medallion on the back is simply worn and only one or two stars still show. The dial (possibly an old re-dial) shows lots of wear as well. The crown is a replacement.

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    Re: Omega Constellation auction

    Thanks for your advice.

    Might have been worth a bid, but nevermind!

    Thanks again,

    Mark

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    Re: Omega Constellation auction

    Dont know if anyone cares but in the latest issue of iW magazine one of the contributing editors comments about the 'Omegamania' auction which he recently partook in. In it he stated that anyone wishing to sell a vintage Omega sent it to the factory which refurbished where necessary any parts / pieces in need of attention without stating what actually was replaced. This could mean anything from dial replacement to case replacement. There were very few items which sold near their assumed selling price most going for +130 - 200% estimate. If you bid on items assuming correct original parts and it turns out only the movement is original isnt that a problem?
    This auction apparently drove up prices of vintage Omega watches. Seems odd, usually collectors appreciate a complete original piece. So the watch you mentioned above from Ebay would seem like a perfect candidate for a collector.

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    Re: Omega Constellation auction

    Hi mikeukrainetz,
    So the watch you mentioned above from Ebay would seem like a perfect candidate for a collector.
    Maybe for a blind collector:
    Dial "cleaned" as often suggested for corroded dials,
    all contours polished away, not only the observatory badge,
    movement with almost completely peeled off gold plating.

    In fact, few calibre 501 were used in Constellations, but I guess they should have a position adjustment signature then.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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