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Yes to all that, though the Tanks are all very different too, of course.  It's certainly not as clean as the Solo.  But I quite like the edges and chunkiness of it.  Anyway, enough for now - one watch and several shoes paid for this month...next watch will be a while. I think.

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Crowd sourcing help; what strap should I pick up? It comes on black shell, but I wanted to pick up something else. I was thinking gold ostrich from CF (like what Nuke got on his MUT Moon). Or maybe something in navy/midnight, which would have the benefit of being Foo approved with any shoes. I'm open to suggestion.

Nomos has some very nice grey suede straps (I think usually on other watches) and I really like those. Also good for brown and black shoes.
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Cool at the pool but at least sunny and clear.
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*Envy*...congrats, Moo!  Very much on my wish list, and looks fantastic.

Mine too smile.gif
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Hard to even tell what brand he's wearing in this photo.
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You can see here he's wearing his beloved 1016 Explorer.



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I meant the one in Fleming's mind when he wrote that Bond always wore a Rolex.  But like his nylon underpants, short sleeved shirts and aversion to shoe laces, I would suspect that Fleming based this choice also on his own.

Details on Fleming's Explorer here:

http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=120138
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Nomos has some very nice grey suede straps (I think usually on other watches) and I really like those. Also good for brown and black shoes.

Those fit 18mm lug width, so they wouldn't work here, at least not the ones from Nomos.

 

I wasn't really considering gator until Foo brought it up as I always thought I'd wear this watch more casually. I did some internet searching and I'm really like the pics I've seen of the matte gator in navy. When in doubt buy both options, that's the rule of TWAT, right?

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Croc can be worn up or down the formality scale. Extremely adaptive.
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I don't know what has happened, but suddenly I am quite obsessed with finding a vintage Omega Constellation of the "pie pan" variety, possibly a cal. 564. Something like this:

 

 

 

Only the more I research the movements and styles of the Constellations from the late 50s through mid 60s, the more I find myself not trusting any seller I come across. I'm quite convinced that as many as 70% of these on eBay are far from original, if not flagrant frauds from Asia. And most of those available from vintage dealers are gold plated, gold filled or otherwise not simple, basic stainless.

 

Does anyone have a bearing on how to approach a new obsession like this without getting burned?

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Does anyone have a bearing on how to approach a new obsession like this without getting burned?
Buy through a reputable dealer of preowned/vintage watches. There are two in your area that have good reps. Tell them what you're looking for and if they don't have it they may be able to use their contacts in the preowned/ vintage market to find one.

http://www.europeanwatch.com

http://pduggan.com
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Buy through a reputable dealer of preowned/vintage watches. There are two in your area that have good reps. Tell them what you're looking for and if they don't have it they may be able to use their contacts in the preowned/ vintage market to find one.

http://www.europeanwatch.com

http://pduggan.com

 

Struck out at European Watch Co. A rep there told me "We're a very small shop and we have many people who ask us to help them find a particular model...etc." Brushed off. Perhaps Paul Duggan might be of more assistance. Thanks, I didn't know about that shop.

 

So I suppose I'd best just avoid online sellers altogether, eh?

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Croc can be worn up or down the formality scale. Extremely adaptive.

Quite, so long as one chooses the right grain, shape and finish. Hornback is less formal than round grain, which in turn is less formal than an even flat square grain.
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I don't know what has happened, but suddenly I am quite obsessed with finding a vintage Omega Constellation of the "pie pan" variety, possibly a cal. 564. Something like this:





Only the more I research the movements and styles of the Constellations from the late 50s through mid 60s, the more I find myself not trusting any seller I come across. I'm quite convinced that as many as 70% of these on eBay are far from original, if not flagrant frauds from Asia. And most of those available from vintage dealers are gold plated, gold filled or otherwise not simple, basic stainless.

Does anyone have a bearing on how to approach a new obsession like this without getting burned?
Yes.

Step 1: google Omega Constellation Collectors Desmond
Step 2: read and read and read

No other way about it. You'll soon enough discover whether you may have used the term "obsession" wrongly in place of "infatuation".
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Buy through a reputable dealer of preowned/vintage watches. There are two in your area that have good reps. Tell them what you're looking for and if they don't have it they may be able to use their contacts in the preowned/ vintage market to find one.

http://www.europeanwatch.com

http://pduggan.com
You won't have any luck with 3rd party dealers - these watches aren't worth enough to make it worth anyone's time, unless you're happy to pay a big (and unnecessary) markup.

That said the company would have to be a real specialist in piepans to prevent themselves being ripped off.

As far as I know there are no preowned watch companies which specialise in piepans - and depressingly most are in the business of producing franken piepans for quick sale.

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

I don't know what has happened, but suddenly I am quite obsessed with finding a vintage Omega Constellation of the "pie pan" variety, possibly a cal. 564. Something like this:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Only the more I research the movements and styles of the Constellations from the late 50s through mid 60s, the more I find myself not trusting any seller I come across. I'm quite convinced that as many as 70% of these on eBay are far from original, if not flagrant frauds from Asia. And most of those available from vintage dealers are gold plated, gold filled or otherwise not simple, basic stainless.

Does anyone have a bearing on how to approach a new obsession like this without getting burned?

Using a well respected dealer always helps, but even they are not always that good at sniffing out the frankens. Time to educate yourself even further and practice due dilligence. Take pictures of any potential buy to the forums and crowdsource for opinions. I agree with you on the state of affairs on eBay, and walking through Burlington Arcade in London I'm not sure they are all clean either (but certainly overpriced).

I am sure you already read this: http://omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.no/

I bought mine from a local collector after reading up as as good as I managed.

They are lovely watches! Fantastic movements from the golden age of watchmaking, a nice case with lovely lugs, and a size that is modern enough for a dress watch. I love mine satisfied.gif

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Pam 190 with a 8 day JLC movement.

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I guess mine's more of an omelette pan!  That is a stunning pic, NS.

 

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