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Hello everyone. I'd like to share a recent find and get some feedback from you. I've been interested in watches for several years, but I've only recently decided to actively pursue the hobby. I consider myself a lightly seasoned newbie :biggrin:!

My wife found this watch last weekend at an estate sale. I know nothing about it's history or service life.

When she brought it home, I knew nothing about it, so I turned to these forums and the net and began hours of research (especially here and at Omega Constellation Collectors :thumbup1:). Here is what I believe I know so far... (feel free to break out your red pens and correct me! :blushing: )

It appears to be a mid to late 1960s Constellation Pie Plate.
It has double T markings that indicate it was once luminous on the hands and hour markers.
The hands, calendar bezel, and star are faceted.
Several of the batons are discolored or patinaed.
The face is gold toned and has some patina and dust. It looks better in person.
The lettering on the face is slightly raised under a 10x loop.
There are a lot of surface scratches on the crystal and case.
The case rear is very worn, maybe from over polishing. It is also pitted. Under a loop, I can read WATERPROOF and below that 168.025 TOOL 105.
The crown is not original.
The crystal appears to have some stress cracks. It also has the Omega symbol in the center, however I lack ability to photograph it.
It is wearing a Speidel Twist-O-Flex band. It is not in their current catalog.

Since photos speak louder than words, I've attached a few. Again, it looks better in person than in the photos.

It has been running since she brought it home and appears to be keeping time well. I've been wearing it the past few days and I have not noticed any major loss or gain. I was able to advance the date properly.

Here is where I need some guidance. I know I need to have the case opened so I can get you all the serial number and movement number. I plan to get to that within the next few days. After reading a lot of the posts here and elsewhere, I'm of the mind to have it cleaned and serviced. I am looking for the best options to have that done. What would be a reasonable price I can expect to pay? If I decide to go that route, I may consider hunting down a new band or strap for it as well.

Having said all of that, please give me some of your opinions so I can have some options to consider.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Wetworks,

Thank you for your insight. The hyphen comment is very interesting. I re-checked it with a loop and I cannot see any evidence that they were ever there. All of the rest of the lettering is sharp and clear in person under a loop. Remember, the pictures represent my lack of photography skill more than anything else! :tongue_smilie: The crystal is so scratched is casts shadows onto the face. In person, the face has a pretty even gold tone, if that matters. Also, the minute batons are all centered on their respective marks. Several of them are missing the black coloring (paint?) in places, allowing the gold to show through. I'm not sure where the lume would have been originally.

ulackfocus,

Thank you as well for the welcome. I'll tell her she did good! That is good news about the case and movement. I'm hoping the movement is original and correct. I plan to take it to a local Omega dealer and see if they'll open and let me look it over. I plan to get a quote from them as well for a cleaning and service. I'll heed your advice and let it run down since I may not get to take it there as soon as I'd like to.

I was thinking of getting a correct crown as well as a replacement crystal, but like with all things, I'll have to price it all out and go from there. For what it's worth, I've been wearing it since Saturday and I've gotten two or three compliments on it even in the relatively poor shape it's in. I'm looking forward to giving it the treatment it deserves.

Lastly, I knew that. Pie plate, pie tin...:blushing:
 

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This is the city. I was working bunco on nightwatch...

Then I woke up and realized my photo skillz needs workin on...

I looked at the hour markers along their outer edges. There appears to be a dark residue near some of them. I wasn't sure if it was lume or patina (or my eyes).

The minute markers appear to be consistant and regular under a loop (when I look between all of the crystal's scratches) but I'm keeping my mind open to all posibilities.

PS 3.1415926535
 

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Gator,

Thank you for the very helpful information. Your watch is great! My goal is to get this one to that level.

Kyle,

You are right about the wear on the lugs. The gold is worn along some of the sharp edges on the lugs.

Finally, the watch is home resting. I'm on an unexpected road trip to the UP in Michigan. 3G coverage is spotty where we are. I expect to return by mid-week. I will continue the quest when we return. Have a safe holiday.
 

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Everyone,

After carefully weighing all of the available witness statements and physical evidence available, the case has been transferred to the forensics lab for additional analysis. The preliminary lab report is very encouraging. The watch has been deemed authentic and worth servicing by one of the top men in the business. Once the funds are transfered from bean counters to the lab, the real work begins.

Case updates to follow...
 

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Everyone,

The "crime lab" finally finished "processing the evidence". The "entire case" took a little longer to "investigate" than I anticipated, but I think it is solid. :laugh:

For the jury...

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And finally my pie plate :blushing:

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I was a little confused at first, but I'm much better now. :wink:
 
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