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FS: Omega Constellation Reference 168.005 circa 1963

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Brand / Model / Vintage: Omega Constellation Reference 168.005 circa 1963

Movement: Very clean Omega in-house caliber 561 automatic movement, 24 jewels, date chronometer. The 55x/56x/75x family of Omega calibers are widely considered to be the finest mass-produced movements in the history of watchmaking. Movement number 20,3xx,xxx.
Case: Iconic "dog leg" or "grasshopper lug" steel case shows signs of wear commensurate with age. Case appears to have received minimal polishing, if ever. Edges retain their shape and are quite sharp. Case comes in at a classic 34mm width (excluding crown) by 42mm long. Distance between lugs is 18mm. Visible scratches are seen on the case back and it clearly looks to have been polished, yet the distinctive Observatory logo is strong and well defined.
Dial / Crystal / Handset / Crown: Original dial with lacquer finish is near perfect--no signs of flaking, pimpling or discoloration. Applied Omega name, Omega symbol and star and framed date window are original as are the raised rhodium plated hour markers. Lumed Dauphine hands are original. All 12 lume dots above the hour markers are intact. Crystal is original (micro-etched Omega logo present at center) and shows some superficial cracks and scratches around the periphery. Omega signed winding crown is original.
Bracelet: Omega seven-row Beads of Rice bracelet with "15" end pieces.
Condition: This watch has been stored away and unused for decades, therefore I highly recommend having this collectible timepiece serviced at the time of purchase. Over the years the original seal deteriorated and effectively fused the case shut. A special jig and wrench pins were configured at ABC Watchwerks to safely open the case. Currently the case back is only hand-tightened. Although the winding mechanism is tight, the watch can be wound and when worn throughout the day keeps good time.
Notes: It’s a pleasure to glance at your wrist and realize the unique, classy and perfectly proportioned 168.005 was designed by the great Gerald Genta. This is an excellent example of the early 60’s Omega Constellation, easily one of the finest pie pan dials I’ve ever encountered.
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Payment & Shipping:
Sale price is $1,900 net to me, including free shipping in the U.S. Payment by bank wire or PayPal from verified accounts. Face to face transactions are possible in Los Angeles. Packages are sent via USPS Priority, fully insured and will require receiver’s signature confirmation. Inspection period of three days and returns accepted for any reason with full refund minus shipping and insurance fees.
Contact via email: [email protected]


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