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A SMILE ON YOUR DIAL?

A dial is, perhaps the most prominent design element of a watch. In spite of the quality of the mechanism or its quality for timekeeping, if the dial is poorly stained or damaged it makes the watch look sub-standard, tired or worn-out and lowers its value.

Most collectors are turned off due to the discoloration and flaking dials on other than original Omega Constellations. Many shy away from such watches because of the general assumption of moisture being the primary reason for dial degrading. The theory goes, that dials that are discolored provide an indication omega of a possibly rusty movement and are best avoided.

Another possible reason for dial discolouration, and it should prompt the buyer who is a bit shrewd to scrutinize watches with dials that appear discoloured.

Sun damage is another cause of damage to paint, and sun can mimic water damage to the paint on dials in many cases.

A gorgeous movement with no water damage is possible to lay under, and this kind of damage to the paint, although not ideal for collectors of original watches, is ideal for restoration. However, even the most experienced buyers must be cautious when buying watches with badly deteriorated dials – you need to determine very carefully whether the dial has been damaged by sunlight or water.

The first thing that needs to be done in the event of spotting an Omega with a badly discoloured dial is to examine the bonnet using a jeweller’s loup. A clean, rust free movement is easy to identify, and If the seals that seal the case are holding up, there should be no obvious rust spots on the non-copperized parts of the mechanism, and there will be there is no evidence of corrosion on the case, in particular at the caseback seam.

If the movement has held up to the elements, history or use, you have a choice: Buy and then restore (or have restored) or continue your journey to find an old Omega with a genuine dial. If you choose to go down the restoration option, you could have the watch shipped for inspection at Omega in Bienne waiting for quite long time, then get the watch back with a brand-new factory dial.

For Pie Pan Constellations, however it is believed that Omega has exhausted its factory dials and will be replacing the old Pie Pan dials with convex Constellation dials from the same time. Given the increasing probability of being unable to locate the authentic Pie Pan dial, you could opt to go with a re-dial.

So if you choose to make a new dial, what are you letting yourself in for? If you can source an outstanding re-dialer – they are scarce and hard to come by A dial that is refinished to look like an original can make your watch appear more appealing.

Butfrom the viewpoint of collecting authentic Omegas it may not improve the value of the piece – there’s an exception, and we’ll look into that in the future. From a vintage collector’s perspective of view, a polished dial reduces the value of an item when compared to the original, intact dial that could have a nice patina.

What’s the reason? Well, generally, dials that have been refinished aren’t in the same class as the original factory ones. A lot of refinished dials aren’t able to last for as long and aren’t so durable as the original dials. Some factory dials have baked-on, anodised or other manufacturing finishes like clear coatings that cover the entire dial as well as markers to inhibit the ageing process.

Refinished dials often have paint, have ink stamped script, and are finished to less quality and durability. They can mark more easily and are often not equipped with the quality of the original dials.

Furthermore, a lot of original dials have the markers that are soldered to the dial while in the majority of refinished dials that have been observed, the markers have been put back on the dial instead of soldered (for the reason that soldering can damage the paint on a re-dial) Sometimes, this glue can be so that it is so thick on the back of the dial , that it causes interference with the operation of the watch, particularly when it comes to date models.

A poor re-dial that has inaccurate information could lead to the value of your watch crashing faster than a souffle put in a refrigerator! It’s safe to say there are many more slap-dash or incompetent refurbishing houses than good quality re-dialers. If you happen upon one, treat him as the king of the hill.

Now, to the exception that was mentioned earlier. Because of the globalisation of the market for vintage watches and accessibility of stock the masses have the chance to purchase Omega watches. A new market has emerged within the market of vintage watches for watches from the past that appear almost showroom new. This market is driven mostly by newcomers. I’ve seen this by a steady stream of emails from these individuals, and, to them, ‘look’ is very crucial, and ‘patina’ as well as creativity are often overlooked. This type of buyer will pay massive sums for wearability and style So you’ll see sometimes very high rates being paid for watches with refinished dials.

I’m sure that a lot of newcomers to collecting, if they’re serious about it, will eventually attain a higher level of collecting sophistication and become keen on the finer points of quality, originality in patina’s quality, the depth of patina and other factors that contribute to collectibility.

Because of the shrinking supply of new-old-stock Omega dials, such as Pie Pan Constellations and the other early models, re-dialing will increasingly become a fact of life. In the long run, however, from a perspective of collectability, re-dialling should be an option if you have no other options.

A SMILE ON YOUR DIAL? A dial is, perhaps the most prominent design element of a watch. In spite of the quality of the mechanism or its quality for timekeeping, if the dial is poorly stained or damaged it makes the watch look sub-standard, tired or worn-out and lowers its value. Most collectors are turned off…

A SMILE ON YOUR DIAL? A dial is, perhaps the most prominent design element of a watch. In spite of the quality of the mechanism or its quality for timekeeping, if the dial is poorly stained or damaged it makes the watch look sub-standard, tired or worn-out and lowers its value. Most collectors are turned off…

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