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    My Constellation rejuvenation project

    Not too long ago, I purchased a non working, late-80s Omega Constellation 396.1080 for the heck of it cause I figured it'd be a fun project. It's a little small at 33mm but my wrist is very rounded so I thought it'd wear okay. I'm by no means a watchmaker, but I figured swapping a movement and cleaning up a case was within the scope of my limited skills. This is how it looked when I got it:

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    From the other pictures of this model I've seen, it appeared that someone had swapped out the module in an attempt to revive the movement. Didn't work.
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    I started dis-assembling it:
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    Cleaned up the bracelet and case back with 800 grit wet and some fine scotchbrite, making sure to tape off the polished areas so they'd remain polished:
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    Replaced the incomplete clasp with one sourced from the 'bay:
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    Found a NOS 1438 movement for a whopping $40, also on everyone's favorite auction site, and started by transferring the dial:
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    Hands mounted:
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    Cleaned the case with 800 grit and scotchbrite, and polished the shiny bits with a small buffing wheel on a Dremel:
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    Mounted the new movement in the case:
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    Here's a pic comparing the two, with the new one in the case:
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    And here's the obligatory wrist shot once everything was put back together:
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    Now I have something I can grab when all my mechanicals are all wound down!
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    Re: My Constellation rejuvenation project

    Very nice! And good work.
    I bet you pick up a surprising amount of non-WIS compliments on it. My Connie gets more positive remarks than any of my other watches, can't figure it out.
    Get the larger size Bergeon fiberglass 'scratch pen'. It fits perfectly in between the polished parts of the bracelet (hinges?) and makes touch ups a breeze.
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    Re: My Constellation rejuvenation project

    Quote Originally Posted by Donf View Post
    Very nice! And good work.
    I bet you pick up a surprising amount of non-WIS compliments on it. My Connie gets more positive remarks than any of my other watches, can't figure it out.
    Get the larger size Bergeon fiberglass 'scratch pen'. It fits perfectly in between the polished parts of the bracelet (hinges?) and makes touch ups a breeze.
    Thanks! And come to think of it, the Constellation is the only watch I've ever been complimented on by a non-WIS. One of the compliments I received was from a waiter at a fancy restaurant in the TPC San Antonio, and you can imagine the kinds of people who go through there. Maybe it's the shape, it just looks fancy? Unless he was a WIS and I didn't know, and he recognized the Connie's distinctive shape.

    Thanks for the tip on the Bergeron pen, I might have to pick one of those up.

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