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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!
Hi, and welcome! I'm pretty far from being an authority on Connies, so hopefully someone a lot more knowledgeable will chime in here.

From what I can tell, the dial appears to have been redone. The minute markers look off in places, the "Constellation" font looks wrong and the lack of hyphens on either side of the 'Ts' is a pretty good indicator. I can't tell if the end of the batons have degraded lume spots or that is a reflection of the batons on the case inside.

Some of the other stuff you said seems correct, but better someone else comment.:cool1:
 

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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:
Pie-in-the-sky, piehole- pie on a stick...ooops, sorry! :biggrin:

Seriously though, you may be correct about the photo quality plus crystal damage making of an obscured impression of the dial and markings, but some of the minute marks appear skewed. That could also be an optical illusion due to the pie-pan shape of the dial as well. Like I said, I'm woefully bad with all things Constellation. :blushing:

As to the lume, it would have been found at the outer edges of the hour markers.

This is like the beginning of a fun episode of a favorite crime drama.:thumbup:
 

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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...
That's a 10-4, K. Please keep this unit apprised of any changes in status.:cool1:



















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