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    Newbie questions about Constellation

    Hello everybody,
    I am female and this is my first Omega. Originally I wanted Constellation Iris '95 with rose gold and diamonds, but my inner Scrooge vigorously protested , so I had to buy a used Constellation from probably 20 years ago from eBay. I really like it, it's very elegant and comfortable, and the size is perfect for my wrist. Also, new Constellations don't come with date except for automatic ones, but I needed quartz because I don't wear watches for a long time during the day.

    I've been lurking on this forum for some time, and I have a couple of questions. First, some painted numbers on the outer bezel of my Omega are worn out. Would it be easier to fill them, or polish out the rest of them? Can it be done at home, or it needs to be taken or sent somewhere (to a watch place?)

    Second, I want to take the watch to a watch place to be cleaned and serviced, and the bracelet to be polished. Should I take it to a regular watch guy that I know - but I don't know if he had any experiences with Omegas (although he probably will charge me less). Or should I take it to a watch place that specializes in vintage watches and is more experienced with Omegas (but probably will charge me more)?

    Thanks you!

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    Re: Newbie questions about Constellation

    Hi and welcome mrv,

    as for your questions on refubishment and service of your constellation, IMO you should send it to the Omega service centre for full check up + refinishing.

    There will no substitute to their service for your timepiece and you will get your watch back looking pristine and new!

    The only downside is the $ cost and length of time which needed by them to complete such service..

    Cheers

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    Welcome to club omega!!

    Should I take it to a regular watch guy that I know - but I don't know if he had any experiences with Omegas (although he probably will charge me less).
    --If this regular watch guy is somebody who has a brick and mortar shop and is somebody who you can trust, I don't see why you couldn't let him work on the watch. (I have a friend here in town who has been in the watch repair business for well over 40 years.) If he doesn't have the time to fix something, he'll tell me. He's also been very fair, honest, and reasonably priced.

    Or should I take it to a watch place that specializes in vintage watches and is more experienced with Omegas (but probably will charge me more)?
    --In my opinion, being that the watch is a quartz and is "out of warranty" I don't think you need a "vintage specialist".

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    Re: Newbie questions about Constellation

    Nice ladies watch!
    Nothing complex about quartz maintenance - get a new battery and replace the seals, but the seals are whats important. I would not have anyone work on it that can't check the water resistance once they are done.
    Get a "purple" Scotchbrite pad and carefully go over your bracelet, it'll look good in no time. (don't use the more abrasive pads). Can't help you onthe bezel.
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    Re: Newbie questions about Constellation

    Thank you for your answer. The bracelet has smooth (polished) and brushed parts, is Scotchbrite for smooth or brushed areas?

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    Re: Newbie questions about Constellation

    Quote Originally Posted by mrv View Post
    ... is Scotchbrite for smooth or brushed areas?
    it's for the brushed areas. for the smooth areas you'll need a metal polish.

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    Re: Newbie questions about Constellation

    I couldn't find this purple pad in any local store, so I used a regular yellow and green pad. It worked very well, all my scratches are gone!

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