The fake cases coming out of Vietnam and China are getting better, but they're still not good enough to fool the fastidious buyer...thank every God in the Universe for that! My thanks to a fastidious eBay trawler for bringing this crime against the horological community to my attention. Forgive my hyperbole, but really!
EBay Seller StantheMan is listing a "RARE Omega Constellation PiePan Auto" with a fake case and dial. I don't know if Stantheman is aware that this is a counterfeit case and dial so let's give him the benefit of the doubt. But I have to say, Stan, that this 'rarity' is about as rare as a George Bush malapropism!
Click here to view this abomination.
Stantheman states that "The case has very very little ageing marks and wear. The dial is Original and the glass is in Perfact Condition." Well, what would you expect of a fake case and dial, Stan, aging and patina? Now, that may be a little too much to ask of our Oriental fakirs, wouldn't it? An original? Well, I guess it is, as original fakes go.
Stan goes on to say "My photos do not do this Watch any Justice at all". Well Stanley, old cheese, if we were to do any justice to this watch at all, we would place it under a steam roller and invite the media to watch the crushing of yet another Oriental confection masquerading as the real thing.
Stan says that the watch "just Looks so Stunning", and I agree. It's taser-like in its potential to stun an unsuspecting purchaser who takes this watch into a reputable expert to assess its originality.
There are numerous essays on this site about these fake Oriental 'wannabees' and so I am not going to reiterate what's wrong with this pretender. If you feel inclined, post a comment on what you think is wrong with it.
Stan, we're gonna watch you from now on.
Here's another fake cased 167.005 (click here) with a 1969 serialled cal 564 that has a decidedly Franken appearance. The calendar model mid-500 series should be encased in a 168.005.
Any amount of window dressing of the listing and hyperbole, seller tarka55, will not obsure the fact that this watch is a FrankenDog. Avoid like the plague.