Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. it was founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. They are today part of the Swiss Swatch Group.
Omega first introduced the Constellation in 1952. At the time it was Omega's flagship timepiece. The first models had a Cal. 354 bumper movement in them. Later in 1955 Omega introduced the Automatic Cal. 50x, followed in 1959 by the Cal.55x (no date) and 56x (date) versions. Many of the Constellations came with pie-pan dials, diamond indexes, and fancy lug configurations. All the gold Constellations of that time have the Observatory of Geneva hand engraved on the back. The stainless steel and stainless steel/gold versions had a gold medallion on the back with the Observatory of Geneva. The eight stars above the Observatory stand for the many exploits of Omega in the world Chronometer competition. Celebrating the fact that all Constellations are Chronometer Certified.
This 34mm Gold Plated round case has elegant tapering lugs. A lug to lug length of 42mm ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. The case sides are polished stainless steel while the top surfaces are gold plated creating an interesting contrast of materials. On the right side, a signed crown. A fine gold plated bezel holds a domed crystal. The Pie-pan silver dial catches the light perfectly as you rotate your wrist. Slim onyx inlaid baton indexes mark the hours. At 3 o'clock a date window. Dauphine's hands with onyx inlay alongside a center seconds hand complete this classic dial. On the reverse a stainless steel screw-down case back with the Constellation Observatory medallion in the center. Inside an Automatic Omega Cal. 561, 24 Jewels, 19,800 beats per hour. Fitted on an 18mm suede quick-release strap with an Omega reproduction buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Omega box or Omega papers. The watch comes paired on a very nice fitting suede strap with a reproduction Omega buckle. The watch is from Circa. 1962 and is in worn, vintage condition as you can see from the photos. Overall, however, the watch is very good for its age and the dial is completely original and never touched. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
This reference of Constellation offers everything I personally love in a Constellation, beautiful pie-pan dial (Which is completely original on this one), interesting design of lugs, elegant curves, and gold! But the great thing is this being gold capped with steel back allows the watch to be priced FAR more affordable than the alternative in solid gold.