|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
Omega Constellation Deluxe Ref. 14365
The round case of this timepiece is a work of art, adorned with elegantly sculpted lugs that embrace it with grace. These lugs cradle a truly unique “brick” bracelet, a masterpiece in its own right. Crafted entirely from solid gold, this bracelet consists of meticulously interconnected tiny links. The hidden clasp, featuring a stretch mechanism, along with the exceptionally short links, offers unparalleled comfort, making it perhaps the most comfortable bracelet you’ll ever wear. It’s a testament to the artistry of goldsmithing.
While we could delve into pages of intricate details about this remarkable watch, words alone can’t capture its true essence. We invite you to witness its beauty in person, where you’ll undoubtedly fall head over heels in love with “The Deluxe” – an extraordinary fusion of craftsmanship and luxury.
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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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