I'm run off my feet at the moment and haven't much time to post to this site, but this I couldn't resist.
It warms the cockles of my heart to hear that a Connie enthusiast has done his research before buying and discovered yet another variation of a fake 18k Constellation. Here's a transcript of an email from collector 'HA'.
I’ve been a frequent reader of your blog/site, and downloaded all your very well written articles on Omega Constellations, since I am myself a big fan of watches, and (although quite recently) of Omegas in particular. While browsing my local trading site “Tradera” (now owned by eBay), I recently found this watch:
It was the watch that really fuelled my own research , since I REALLY want to find a nice solid gold Pie Pan. I am glad to say, that before the auction ended I had discerned it was a fake, and I owe much of it to your brilliant site. Just wanted to thank you and let you know that your work really helped this watch lover
However, I am sad to say someone fell for the fake and paid about 1000 dollars for it. The seller did not reply to my e-mails, and my report of the auction happened late and no actions were taken by Tradera."
While it's a bittersweet story: bitter for the buyer but sweet to the above correspondent, it makes the effort that it takes to maintain this site all worthwhile.
Click here for my essay All that's Gold if you wish to see a gallery of these fakes.