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Original steel buckle
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.018
Since its establishment in 1848, Omega has been a trailblazer in the world of exceptional watchmaking and innovation, with the Omega Constellation standing as the pinnacle of its product line.
Today, we are delighted to present the Omega Constellation Linen Dial 168.018 from the 1960s, and it will be showcased at PAN 2023. This exquisite timepiece boasts a stunning 35mm stainless steel case with straight lugs, housing the renowned Caliber 561 automatic movement. What truly sets this watch apart is its rare linen dial, distinguished by its broad hour markers and square block hour markers at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions. Inside, the tritium-coated hands ensure perfect readability. This highly unusual dial layout is sure to captivate every watch enthusiast.
For collectors of all levels, this vintage Omega Constellation Linen Dial 168.018 represents an exceptional opportunity to own a piece of horological history. Notably, it features the original buckle, adding to its charm. Discover this timeless treasure at PAN 2023.
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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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