Black dials on any Omega Constellation are uncommon and, in some cases, rare. A genuine black dial pie pan Constellation in good condition can command from a 20 percent to a 100 percent premium over a similar standard pie pan, depending on the model and the rarity of the dial furniture. For example, mint black dialled Constellations with pink gold dial furniture and lettering will command double the price of a standard dial example.
This is why enterprising vintage watch sellers refinish even relatively good dials in black. Rarely however does a refurbishing outfit go to the trouble of refinishing a domed dial in black to look as though it is a pie pan. Check out this listing by Teutonic entrepreneur Michael Bannach of Mühltalweg 7a, 83131 Nußdorf am Inn, in good ‘ol Deutschland who trades on eBay as j24_jh.
The dial paint is effectively two-toned, the finish on the inner dial is slightly matt and is fashioned to resemble a faceted pie pan dial by straight angling the paint edge from marker to marker. The lettering is white in this fake pie pan dial as opposed to silver in an original black dial, the uppercase font in incorrect, the Constellation lettering is lacking the tell-tale serifs and the star is crooked. They haven’t been able to get the chapter ring correct and it stands too far out from the optically illusive pie pan facets.
No-where in the listing does the seller reveal that the dial is a fake – yes, it’s not simply a refinished dial, but a dial that has been faked to deceive those who do not possess an expert eye. At the time of writing this post, the watch has been bidded up to the equivalent of two-thousand US dollars – quite a coup for the seller, particularly when the watch is only worth about five to six hundred!
Further, this seller has stolen an image from Steve Waddington's Old Omegas web site and blurred the watermark, and therefore I have no compunction in expropriating one of his, seen above!
My advice is that, unless you are an expert, never place an on-line bid for a black dialled Constellation without posting a request for verification on watch forums such as Watchuseek, Timezone or Puristpro. It will save you a lot of heartache.
Oh....and yes, shame on you Michael Bannach!
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