Those sly dogs in the Orient who produce ‘Pinchbeck’ cases (an alloy of zinc and copper used as imitation gold), create fake Constellation dials and fit them with tired old bangers of similar calibre from lower shelf Omega marques are getting slyer!!!
Having been sprung using fake case numbers such as 091919 and 163.001 on their fake gold cases, our intrepid criminals have resorted to no case numbers at all. I have seen a number of these cases surface over the past twelve months, the latest of which may be this listing on eBay by seller executivetime. I say may be, because this case back may have been photographically or physically altered to block out one of the above fake numbers. No matter, the case is fake as clearly demonstrated by the poor rendition of the Helvetia (Lady's head) and the other case stamps. Click here to view this appalling imposter.
Executivetime claims to have been in the watch business for 18 years, and one would think that those behind this enterprise would have had enough experience with Omega models to know that no Omega Constellation was ever powered by a calibre 565. Further, after 18 years in the business one could expect such a seller to be able to determine the difference between a shoddy facsimile of a pie pan dial and the real thing. You would further expect experienced sellers to know about such fakes as part of their stock-in-trade knowledge.
What’s the use of eighteen years experience to buyers if it doesn’t reassure them about a seller's product knowledge on the watches they sell and ability to tell the difference between the genuine article and a series of Chinese confections that are well known in the industry to be fakes?? It makes one think that the seller has had, in reality, only one year’s experience and simply repeated that one year's experience 18 times!
This listing underpins the plain fact that on eBay 100 percent feedback means little and 18 years experience means even less. This listing ended with the fake Constellation having attracted a maximum bid of $1705.00. We can only hope that executivetime acknowledges that it has sold a fake and makes a full refund to the winning bidder.