Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. 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 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.
In 1964, Omega introduced their first Constellation with the “C” case, due to the case resembling two mirrored Cs. The “C” case was a modern move away from the popular round Constellations of the 1950s. The Ref. 168.029 was introduced in 1967,
Our Omega Constellation dates from 1969, its satin-brushed and polished 35mm stainless steel case comfortably sits on your wrist. A slim fluted bezel holds the domed crystal. The white textured dial has even patina with an outer minute track and applied chamfered edge baton indexes with black infill, that play with the light as you rotate your wrist. At 3 o’clock a day/date window. Slender baton hands with black infill are complemented with a tapered center seconds hand. At 12 o’clock an applied Omega and text printed in white. Below at 6 o'clock “Constellation” and an applied star. On the reverse a screw-down case back with an embossed Observatory and eight stars. Inside an Automatic Omega Cal. 751, 24 jewels, 19,800 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on a 19mm Omega stainless steel polished bracelet with a signed folding clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with an original Omega red service pouch, the watch comes with no original paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Omega bracelet with a signed Omega clasp, the bracelet size is **cm. The watch is from Circa. 1969 and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall fair condition as you can see. The watch is in original condition, even with its original Omega crystal, the case and bracelet finish has been redone to a high standard. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
I have always been a huge fan of the Constellation, especially the Pie-Pan dial examples, which I think is the case for most people. But I have to say after some wrist time with this gem, I actually prefer it on the wrist to the Pie-Pan! It fits more of my personal style and love for the 70s design, which this Constellation was ahead of its time with!