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What kind of movement does Omega calibre 561 have?

This watch carries the amazing Calibre 561 movement which was Omega’s state of the art movement in the early 1960s. The heavy 18ct watch case measures 34mm in diameter and is in superb all-round condition.

Does the Omega 561 have a quickset date?

The caliber 561 does not feature a quickset date function, mirroring the state of technology at the time. Omega’s main competitor, the Rolex calibre 1570, also did not have quickset date.

Are Omega Constellation watches any good?

Omega Constellation movements have always been highly regarded for their accuracy and dependability so these are considered to be one of the most practical everyday vintage watches you can buy. The beautiful original silver-white starburst dial with a ‘cross-hair’ and date function is simply superb.

What movements are used in Omega constellations?

On your left you’ll see the cal.354 movement as used in those first Constellations. Later on, Omega started using the cal.5xx movements like the 501, 505 and after that the 551, 561 (date) and 564 (quickset date). In 1958 the Constellation Chronometer had a higher number of watches produced and sold than the Rolex Oyster-Perpetual Chronometer.

How big is an 18ct yellow gold watch case?

The sturdy three-piece ribbed, 18ct yellow gold watch case measures 34mm in diameter , excluding the Omega signed crown. The case was made for Omega by Dennison in the U.K. who made watch cases for many of the top Swiss watch manufacturers at this time. Dennison and Sons in Birmingham and Shackman and Sons in London, both produced top-quality cases for almost all of the watch brands you see on this website.

What is Omega watch?

Britain’s Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches in 1917 as official timekeepers for its pilots and again in 1940, RAF Pilots watches were supplied by Omega. The 1940s also saw the first tourbillon wristwatch and the first of the famous Seamaster watches, whilst the 1950s and ’60s introduced the legendary Constellation, Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. Over the years, everyone from John F. Kennedy to Elvis wore Omega watches on official duties. What’s more, in 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra took his Omega Speedmaster to space on NASA’s Mercury Sigma 7 mission, and in 1969 two Speedmasters landed on the moon, worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

When did the Omega Constellation come out?

The Omega Constellation has remained Omega’s flagship Chronometer grade automatic dress watch since 1952 . It was a development of the highly successful Omega Centenary Chronometer Automatics, 2499 and 2500, launched just a few years previously to coincide with the celebration of Omega’s first 100 years of high-end watch manufacture.

When did Omega reach its peak?

Omega movements, design and manufacture really reached a peak in the 1960s, helping to make Omega the most successful and highly regarded brand among the general buying public. At the time, for example, this top of the range Omega sold at a premium over the equivalent top of the range Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date. As can be seen, the spectacular beryllium bronze movement looks superb and is in superb condition.

Where is the minute Omega symbol on the dial?

A new correct replacement Omega lens has been fitted as part of the restoration. This carries the minute Omega symbol in the very centre of the dial.

When was the Omega Watch Co Swiss made?

The movement is signed ‘Omega Watch Co Swiss’, ‘Twenty Four Jewels’ and ‘Cal.561 Adjusted 5 Positions’ with the Serial No. 19436127 which dates the manufacture of this watch movement to 1962. These movements are highly respected for being robust, exceedingly accurate and highly reliable, making this watch perfect for everyday use or evening wear only – as you wish. The automatic winding mechanism is very efficient and if worn regularly each day, this watch will never need winding and seldom need resetting. The movement winds, runs and sets smoothly and is working perfectly, just as it should.

Is the Omega Constellation a vintage watch?

This watch is immaculate, having just completed full restoration by our team. The movement in particular, is in spectacular condition. Omega Constellation movements have always been highly regarded for their accuracy and dependability so these are considered to be one of the most practical everyday vintage watches you can buy.

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When was the Caliber 561 released?

Caliber 561 was released in late 1959 and the first model to feature the new calendar Constellation was the Grand Luxe model OT 16963. The easily observed signature parts of the movement are the train bridge that bears the calibre number and the rotor bridge.

Does the Omega 561 have a quickset date?

The caliber 561 does not feature a quickset date function, mirroring the state of technology at the time. Omega’s main competitor, the Rolex calibre 1570, also did not have quickset date.

How many victories does Omega have?

A total of 93 victories, whereof 72 are real records. A few big names of precisionregulators from Omega are : Alfred Jaccard, Albert Willemin, Werner Dubois, Carl Billeter, Joseph Ory and André Brielmann. Omega decided that it would be important to produce a serie of wristwatches that had the chronometer certificate.

What movement does Omega use?

Later on, Omega started using the cal.5xx movements like the 501, 505 and after that the 551, 561 (date) and 564 (quickset date). In 1958 the Constellation Chronometer had a higher number of watches produced and sold than the Rolex Oyster-Perpetual Chronometer.

How many jewels are in a cal.550?

It is based on the cal.550 movement that was introduced in 1959. It ticks at 19.800 bph, has 24 jewels and is (ofcourse) chronometer certified. This movements lacks a quickset feature, you have to search for a Constellation with a cal.564 movement for this option.

What does the 1 in the Omega symbol mean?

The ref.type is 168.010. The ‘1’ in the Omega symbol means that it is a revised version of the movement. The dial has a sort of ‘champagne’ color and is a bit damaged at some points.

What movements did the Constellations use?

After that they started using the electronic movements from Bulova/ESA (now ETA) and the Lemania automatic movements. So if you want a watch with an in-house movement, check those vintage beauties. In the early 70s they also used the 75x movements, which are also in-house.

Where did my grandfather buy the Omega watch?

My grandfather bought the watch in 1968 at a local jeweler in Enschede called Kwekkeboom. Kwekkeboom is still situated in the shoppingcentre of Enschede and sells Tag Heuer, IWC, Zenith, Ebel and a lot of jewels. They don’t have Omega in their collection anymore, the reason is unknown, but I am quite glad that they don’t sell it anymore. The salespeople don’t know much about the watches they are selling, like most jewelers in general. My grandfather stills owns all papers that came with it (including the chronometerwarranty) and the red box. Omega was a brand that was just as well known as Rolex is now. A good Swiss watch that was available starting at very affordable prices (Omega Geneve line) and ended in 18kt gold watches with fabulous mechanic movements (Omega Constellation/Seamaster Deluxe).

When was the first chronometer wristwatch made?

So Omega introduced the first chronometer wristwatch in 1939 , called "30mm". Omega produced a lot of chronometer wristwatches, the 100.000th chronometer timekeeper was produced in 1946. In 1952, Omega introduced the Constellation.

What Omega movement was used in the Constellation collection?

Throughout the 50s Omega incrementally improved the movements used within the Constellation collection. The bumper winding mechanism was replaced with Omega’s first bi-directional rotor automatic movement in 1954 with the calibre 470. This was followed shortly afterwards by the calibre 501 in 1955, which upped the jewel count to 19 and swapped the earlier monometallic balance with a two-arm beryllium alloy balance, a harder and more robust material with improved resistance to magnetism and changes in temperature. Calibre 504 introduced the first date complication (non-quickset) to the collection in 1956, while the subsequent calibre 505 upped the jewel count yet again to 24 to reduce click wear in the winding system.

How accurate is Omega 551?

Akin to how the Omega calibres 551 and 561 in the mid-60s achieved average daily accuracy ratings of -0/+5 seconds per day and “especially good results” on their chronometer certificates, the present-day Master Chronometers are also certified to a level twice as precise as a standard chronometer. The modern calibre 8900 offers advantages in anti-magnetism and the technical interest of a Daniels’ co-axial escapement, but I feel like the Globemaster and the “famous 100K” Constellations are close cousins of each other, irrespective of their 60-year age gap.

What is the Constellation family?

For vintage collectors, the Constellation family offers the finest watchmaking Omega had to offer from their “golden era” of the 1950s and 1960s. For neo-vintage enthusiasts, the “Manhattan” Constellations of the 1980s included chronometer certified quartz movements for trouble-free timekeeping precision, coupled with charming art-deco vibes and modest case proportions. For modern watch lovers, the current production Constellation and the Globemaster channel the history and story of Omega perhaps better than any reference barring the Moonwatch, drawing on design elements from distinct eras of the past, while benefiting from the latest cutting edge Master Chronometer movements of the present.

What is a 354 Constellation?

The calibre 354 was not new when the Constellation was launched in 52, having been in service for almost a decade by that point. The design for a uni-directional winding mass that “bumps” off against springs on the inside of the case had itself existed for more than 25 years, being patented in the mid-20s by English watchmaker John Harwood. The calibre 354 featured 17 jewels, with a monometallic balance and flat balance spring, a swan neck regulator and an incabloc anti-shock system. A fine movement by the standards of the time, but limited by an aging winding system that took a considerable amount of wrist movement to wind the mainspring fully. Parts to maintain these movements are now very scarce, so collectors looking to buy an early 354 Constellation would be wise to invest in an additional 354 movement for spare parts.

How accurate is Omega chronometer?

I like to think of this as the first “Master Chronometer” Omega produced, accurate to -0/+5 seconds per day just like their modern counterparts, over half a century earlier.

How many chronometers were made in the Centenary?

By all accounts they didn’t expect the Centenary to be much of a commercial hit, producing it in a limited run of 6,000 units made exclusively in solid gold and presented in a luxe sterling silver box along with an individual chronometer certificate. The public reaction surprised Omega, with collectors proving keen on the combination of precision and practicality that an automatic chronometer wristwatch offered. The success of the Centenary led to the launch of a new series-produced collection of chronometers to capitalise on this emerging market, and in 1952 the Constellation was born.

What is double eagle?

In 2003 the Constellation Double Eagle was launched at the European Masters golf tournament, in which a “double eagle” (better known as an albatross, for non-Americans) is a score of three-under-par on a single hole. The rebranded collection featured the new Omega calibre 2500, a heavily modified version of an ETA 2892-A2 that included the George Daniels co-axial escapement. Quartz versions were also available, equipped with a temperature-compensated quartz calibre 1680 with a perpetual calendar. Both of these calibres were problematic in their own ways.