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Omega Constellation Ref. 14381-2SC
We are proud to share this very special Omega Constellation in steel. A rare watch that is characterized by a unique bracelet and a mesmerizing dial.
The bracelet is made op of five rows of equal width, of very small individual links. The result is extremely comfortable and a real eye catcher as it plays with the light. This is a very rare bracelet, only having been in production for an estimated two to four years around 1960.
The dial of this Constellation is a work of art. Although even in colour, it displays several different finishing techniques. The outer, downward sloped edge of the pie-pan dial features concentric brushing. Next, we find a narrow ring that is mirror-polished. Lastly, the centre of the dial is slightly raised and finished with vertical brushing. Combined with the appliques and handset, the result is quite simply stunning.
Of course this watch features the exceptional finishing and build quality one would expect from Omega’s top range.
This Omega Constellation Ref. 14381-2SC is now available at Amsterdam Watch Company.
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When Omega celebrated its centennial in 1948, it launched its first chronometer-rated wrist watch, the Centenary, to commemorate the event. The watch was an instant hit and in 1952, Omega decided it was time to expand its chronometer efforts. The Constellation was born as its top line of officially chronometer-rated watches.
The Constellation would be easily recognizable through a star on the dial and a caseback featuring an image of the Geneva observatory and eight stars. A nod to the accuracy records Omega set at the Kew-Teddington observatory in the 1930’s.
The first models featured bumper-automatics. A variation on the common free-spinning rotor, where the rotation is limited to 120 degrees, before the rotor hits a spring. This can be felt when handling the watch as a little bump. After four years, these calibers were replaced by free-spinning automatics.
The earlier models from the 1950’s and 1960’s featured the iconic pie-pan dial. The dial would slope down at an angle around its outer perimeter, providing a very cool sense of dimensionality. Since the look is reminiscent of the underside of a pie-pan, a nickname was quickly born. Halfway through the sixties, flat-dial versions slowly took over. The pie-pan remains a highly sought-after Constellation variant today.
In the 1970’s, all sorts of creative case shapes and integrated bracelets were launched. Different sizes were introduced for men and women. Countless dial variations were sold. Steel, gold and gold-cap versions can be found.
The Constellation is clearly Omega’s high end range. More effort was put into finishing techniques and accuracy. Where the Seamaster and Speedmaster lines were more about utility, the Constellation was (and still is) a tour-de-force in watchmaking precision.
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