It's a reasonable assumption to make that a watch seller with over 700 auction sales would have a fair idea if they were flogging a Frankenwatch. What's more, with the amount of information on Omega Constellations available on the web, there is absolutely no excuse for a seasoned trader to market an abomination and use the words 'original', 'all-genuine' and 'authentic' a total of five times when describing a watch that is anything but original, authentic and all-genuine. It makes you question, does it not, whether the seller is 'all-genuine' and 'authentic'?
This eBay auction 300288312949, staged by Vintagetraderonline, would be laughable if it weren't for a gormless few and a bevy of neophytes out there who would believe the unmitigated hype surrounding this Franken C-Shape Constellation and bid on it.
Over-polished to within an inch of its life, the watch has a ring-in Pie Pan dial that, contrary to the assertion of the seller, could not live up to the description of having been "professionally" refinished at all. Let's make it perfectly clear - the Omega C-Shaped Constellation never came with a Pie Pan dial, and the restoration job is below average.
Calibre 562 movements never, repeat never, powered C-Shaped Constellations. While some 562s (albeit very few in numbers) were chronometers , they powered Seamaster Chronometers and it has now been established that 562s did not power Constellation models. I suspect either the rotor bridge of an oridinary non-chronometer 562 has been replaced by a properly stamped chronometer bridge or there has been a train bridge replacement. The movement, dial and case is "put-together" as they say, and in no way can this piece of crud invite words like "all-genuine" etc.
The auction is a private auction where the names of bidders are not shown and I would strongly recommend that buyers avoid private auctions at all costs because they can mask shill bidding.
The seller claims, "We are reputable vintage watch traders. We love what we do and take pride in our work. Our customers' complete satisfaction is of utmost importance to us." .........Oh Really!!!!!!!!!
Click here for an essay on REAL Constellation C-Shape models.
POSTSCRIPT: This listing has now been withdrawn
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