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A dial is, arguably the most prominent visual feature of a watch. Whatever the superiority of the movement or the quality of its timekeeping capabilities If the dial appears badly discoloured or flaking it can make the watch appear sub-standard, tired or worn out , and definitely diminishes its value.

Many collectors are dissuaded by discolored and flaking dials on otherwise quite original Omega Constellations. Many avoid such watches due to the widespread belief that moisture is the primary reason for dial degrading. The idea is that dials that are discolored provide a good outward clue of a possibly rusty movement and should be avoided.

There’s another cause of dial discolouration that behoves the canny buyer to examine omega  watches with discoloured dials.

Sun damage is another reason of damage to paint, and sun damage may cause damage to the paint on dials in many cases.

A stunning movement that has no water damage is possible to lay beneath, and this sort of damage to the finish, while not ideal for collectors of vintage watches, is perfect for restoration. But even experienced buyers must be cautious in purchasing watches with damaged dials. You need be able to discern with care if the dial of the watch is damaged by moisture or sun.

So, the first thing to do in the event of spotting an Omega with a discolored dial is look under the bonnet with a jewellers loup. A clean, rust-free movement is easy to spot, and should the seals on the case are holding up, there should be no obvious rust spots on the parts that are not copper-plated of the movement , and no corrosion on the case, especially in the seam between the caseback and the case.

If the movement has held up well to the elements and its history of use, you have two options: Purchase and then restore (or restore) or continue on your quest to locate an antique Omega with a dial that is original. If you opt for the path of restoration it is possible to send the watch by Omega in Bienne waiting for quite long time, then receive your watch with a brand-new factory dial.

For Pie Pan Constellations, however it’s believed Omega has run out of factory dials and will be replacing old Pie Pan dials with convex Constellation dials from the same time. Given the increasing probability of being unable to obtain an original Pie Pan dial, you could opt to go with the re-dial.

If you decide to make a new dial, what are you doing? If you can find an outstanding re-dialer – they are very few and far between If you can get a dial polished to look identical to an original dial will definitely make a watch look more appealing.

Butfrom the viewpoint of collecting original Omegas it will not increase the value of the watch – there’s an exception, and we’ll go over that later. From a vintage collectors point of view, a polished dial diminishes the value of the watch in comparison to the original dial that is intact and may be adorned with a beautiful patina.

Why is this? In general, refinished dials are not in the same class as the factory originals. Refinished dials often don’t last as long , and they aren’t as durable as original dials. Some factory dials have baked-on or anodised finishes like clear coatings that cover both the markers and the dial to slow the aging process.

Refinished dials often have paint or have ink stamped script, and are polished to a lower level of quality and durability. They could mark more easily and don’t usually contain the exact level of detail found in the original dials.

Also, many original dials have markers soldered to the dial, but in the majority of refinished dials that have been seen, the markers have been glued back rather than soldered (for the reason that the soldering process could damage the paint on the re-dial) On occasions there are instances when the adhesive is that it is so thick on the back of the dial that it causes interference with the functioning of the device, especially when it comes to date models.

A flawed re-dial or inaccurate detail could have the potential of your watch dropping quicker than a souffle if it’s placed in a refrigerator! It’s safe to say that there are a lot more slap-dash or incompetent houses for refinishing than there are good quality re-dialers. If you happen upon one, treat him like royalty.

This is in contrast to the situation mentioned earlier. Due to the globalization of the vintage watch market and accessibility of stock, many more people have the possibility of buying Omega watches. A new market has emerged in the market for vintage watches for old-fashioned watches that look almost showroom new. The market is driven predominantly by newcomers. I can attest to that through a constant stream of messages from people like these, and, to them, ‘look’ is very important . ‘patina’ or the originality are often ignored. The buyers pay huge price for style and wearability So you’ll see at times, quite expensive costs being paid for watches with refinished dials.

I imagine though that a lot of newcomers to collecting, if they’re serious about it, will eventually develop a greater level of collecting sophistication and will become more keen on the finer points of detail, originality in patina’s richness, and other collectibility factors.

Because of the shrinking quantity of new-old-stock Omega dials, such as Pie Pan Constellations and other early models Re-dialling is becoming the norm. In the long run, however, from a perspective of collectability, re-dialling should be an option if you have no other options.

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