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The Constellation was once Omega’s flagship model. A contemporary of the Speedmaster Professional, Seamaster SM300, Railmaster and DeVille, the Connie was top dog. The line was launched by Omega in 1952, after a limited production of a watch commemorating their centennial in 1948 that was aptly named the Century. While the Century was never intended for retail production, it received such wide acclaim for both its sumptuous case design and it's chronometer-level accuracy that Omega decided to launch a new line. Beginning with their self-winding movement, Omega built a watch that matched their ideal for what a modern (at the time) watch should be.
Omega adorned the newly-minted Constellation line with a likeness of the Cupola of the Geneva Observatory. This observatory was one of several in Europe that put watches through a rigorous testing process with accuracy standards much more stringent than those of the Control Officiel Suisse des Chronometres, or COSC. These tests, lasting between 30 and 50 days, were broken down into eight categories of overall accuracy. Watches that passed the rigorous scrutiny were dubbed Observatory Chronometers and were awarded a special Bulletin de Marche from the Observatory that tested it. The cupola is a reminder of the watch's superior engineering, the eight stars a nod to Omega's acing of every category of the observatory accuracy tests in 1931.
Over the years Omega produced many different Constellation models, with a wide variation in case shape and dial design. The most desirable dial among collectors is the “Pie-Pan”, nicknamed for the close resemblance between the dial shape and the baking dish. Three-dimensionality on a dial of any watch is visually arresting, let alone a dress watch, and this unique and elegant design element has made the Pie-Pan very collectible.
Most Pie-Pans are gold-plated, as was en vogue in the 1960s, and steel examples are thin on the ground today. This example, featuring the automatic caliber 551 in stainless steel with a matching Omega bracelet, is a gorgeous example of one of the rarer variants, featuring slim baton makers and dauphine hands. This watch absolutely oozes style and elegance, and it’s hard to name a more interesting, or better quality, vintage dress watch.
Stainless steel case is approximately 34 mm (excluding crown). Omega Calibre 551 Automatic Movement. Circa 1961.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition, with minimal signs of wear and signs of light polishing. Omega 12-sided 'Pie Pan' dial is in excellent condition, showing minor stippling. Alpha hands are in excellent condition. Case back is in excellent condition. Omega-signed crown.
Includes steel Omega-signed bracelet.
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