Constellation is one of Omega’s oldest collections, having been present for 66 years. The Constellation Manhattan, which debuted in 1952 as a men’s chronometer, has gone through several aesthetic modifications, from pie-pan dials in the 1950s to ultra-thin quartz watches in the 1970s, culminating in the collection’s unification in 1982 with the Constellation Manhattan’s trademark claws. Many Constellation models now have Master Chronometer movements, which stay true to the family’s original mission of combining luxury and precision.
A new Omega Constellation model will undoubtedly enchant luxury watch collectors. Small seconds sub-dials, a new 34mm case size, additional diamonds, and Master Chronometer calibres will be added to the Constellation in 2021. Let’s explore the new Omega Constellation Small Seconds Collections.
New Constellation Small Seconds
New Omega Constellation models have a small seconds sub-dial, vibrant dial colors and diamonds, a new 34mm case size, and, most importantly, all are powered by Omega’s outstanding Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre. The Constellation’s signature claws and half-moon facets, as well as the bezels carved with classic Roman numerals and the brilliant light of 38 diamonds, are instantly recognizable.
Specifications: Omega Constellation Small Seconds
OMEGA is launching a new range of Constellation Small Seconds watches this year, with additional diamonds and a few unique features. The new collection’s case measures 34mm and is made of steel and 18k Sedna gold. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystals cover the front and back, and they can withstand 50mm of water. The diamond-set bezel and burgundy dials with a sun-brush finish are two of the collection’s most appealing elements. With a 55-hour power reserve, the hour indications are all diamonds. Chronometer and METAS certifications are also included. The Constellation adds a small seconds sub-dial to the mix, which was previously only available in a three-hand & date style. The small seconds are echoed by another circle corresponding to the central minute’s track, which is located at 6 o’clock and intersected by the circular date window.
Prices: Omega Constellation Small Seconds
Constellation Small Seconds is available for purchase at the following retail prices: CHF 35,500 18k Sedna gold with the integrated gold bracelet; CHF 10,900 two-tone steel and gold with a brown dial and integrated bracelet; CHF 7,550 all-steel model with a blue dial and integrated band; CHF 14,200 two-tone steel and gold with a mother-of-pearl dial and a leather strap
Omega Constellation Background
In 1952, Omega launched the Constellation watch series. Two defining elements of the earliest Constellation watches were a star and the 6 o’clock marker, and a sealed case back with a medallion portraying the Observatory of Geneva capped by an eight-star constellation. The image of the observatory was intended to represent Omega’s chronometric achievements and world precision records set in 1933 and 1936 at Kew-Teddington.
The first models had bumper rotors with calibres 351, 352, and 354, which were replaced four years later. In 1966, calibre 561 for the date model, and then calibre 564 for the final model. English watchmaker John Harwood found a practical method of accumulating kinetic energy. The rotor of antique bumper movements swung back and forth at roughly 120 degrees, ‘bumping off’ a pair of springs on opposite sides of the watch, unlike modern automatics, which rotate fully 360 degrees.
The pie-pan dial was a unique characteristic of several Constellation watches in the 1950s and 1960s. The pie-pan dial gradually gave way to flat dials and more unusual case forms and sizes by the mid-1960s. In 1969, the first integrated bracelet/case was introduced. The Reference BA 768.0803 for ladies and BA 368.0847 for gents were touted as the “first watches in the world to be equipped with bracelets truly integrated with the case”.
In 1982, the Constellation Manhattan series debuted. The four screwed ‘Griffes’ or claws extending from the casing over the dial were a characteristic element of this line, which was still powered by quartz movements. The highly polished claws at 3 and 9 o’clock would become Manhattan’s signature feature. The claws were not only eye-catching, but they also had a practical purpose in keeping the case to ensure water resistance.
The Omega Constellation Family
Collectors may expect new stars with Omega’s newest addition to the Constellation family. This state-of-the-art 29 mm bright blue clock gives the glittering wonder of a celestial galaxy while remaining loyal to its timeless elegance. A wristwatch with twinkling, sleek blue glass, a diamond-pavéd bezel, and diamond hour markers in a stunning array of stainless steel, 18K Sedna gold, yellow gold, or steel and gold blends transports you to the stars above.
The 18k Sedna gold model, with its rich burgundy sun-brushed dial, diamond-set bezel, and incremental diamond hour markers mounted in gold holders, is the first and most elegant model to enter the Constellation family. The biggest diamond is at noon, and the size of the diamonds gets smaller as you get closer to the date frame. The little second’s dial and the minute’s track are both framed with diamonds. Sedna gold is also used for the skeletonized leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, as well as the little second’s hand. With its brushed links and polished central bars and bevels, a Constellation mono-rang integrated bracelet in Sedna gold completes the picture
The Omega Constellation is very comfortable to wear. It’s one of those classic watches that practically every collector seeks out at some point in their never-ending quest for a new addition to their collection. Dealers and collectors judge the extent of wear or over-polishing on a Constellation by looking attentively at the stars in the Constellation logo. In the greatest cases, all of the stars are visible and haven’t faded with time.
Constellation watches are always appealing due to the sheer amount of versions available, ranging from classic pieces to more bizarre designs and beyond. Each one contributed to the Constellation’s current state in its unique way.
Due to the Omega Constellation’s nearly 70-year production history, older versions are abundant on the secondary market. However, this collection contains a wide spectrum of variations, and there are a few more factors to keep in mind when looking for one to add to your collection.