What is it about Omega constellations?
The vintage Omega Constellation is the watch that basically started it all for me. The passion for watches that is. A number of relatives of mine had (and have) an Omega Constellation and it were these timepieces that got me interested in watches in the first place.
What kind of dials were used on Omega constellations?
There were many different dials available for the Omega Constellation in the 1950s and 1960s. The pie-pan dials (see photo below) were commonly used in the vintage Omega Constellation watches. The use of the gold diamond-shaped hour markers is less common and only seen on the earlier models.
What is the calibre of the Omega Constellation II?
It has a quickset calendar (calibre 564) and was the successor of the Constellation reference 168.004. I also happen to own a vintage Omega Constellation 168.004 which has a calibre 561 movement and a very similar dial. This model was indicated as the ‘Constellation II’.
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What is the case size of the 1950s gentleman’s Omega Constellation?
A superb example of a classic, unrestored, 1950s gentleman’s Omega Constellation Automatic dress watch, with an oversize 35mm, 18ct yellow gold case. Further features include the stunning, unrestored two-tone quilted dial and the amazing condition of the high grade, Cal.501 automatic movement.
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 these 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.
What is the serial number of the Omega Watch?
The movement is signed ‘Omega Watch Co Swiss’, ‘Nineteen 19 Jewels’ and Cal.501 with the serial number 14,827,704 which dates the watch to 1955.
Should vintage watches be kept clean?
As ever our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
Does Vintage Gold offer a refund?
A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will also be provided at the time of sale with our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
Is the Omega watch good?
In addition to being perfectly practical for everyday use, this watch will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, as well as be something wonderful to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! Even though vintage gold Omega watch prices continue to climb, we still feel sure that top class examples such as this are underpriced. This because, as time passes and the world market for vintage gold Omega watches continues to grow, limited supply means prices will inevitably climb ever higher.
What is the Omega Caliber 321?
Inside the 38.6mm case of the CK2915 is the iconic Omega Caliber 321. The Caliber 321 was used for both Speedmaster and Seamaster chronographs and has become legendary amongst Speedmaster collectors. The movement was used from the CK2915 up to the first Speedmaster Professional references (105.012 and 145.012).
What watches were made in the 1950s?
As mentioned in the intro, the world of Omega in the 1950s was defined by the trilogy of the Seamaster, Railmaster, and the Speedmaster in 1957. So it would be hard and pretty much stupid to ignore them in a list of the watches that defined the 1950s for Omega. We’ll kick things off with The Omega Seamaster 300 ref. CK2913. Although the Seamaster had been around since 1948, the Seamaster 300 was Omega’s first proper diving watch that looked anything like the diving watches as we know them today. When the Seamaster 300 was first introduced, it was bigger than the watches in the regular Seamaster collection. At 38.5mm, you could even say it was quite large compared to its brothers.
What was the first Seamaster calendar?
The first Seamaster with a calendar. The Omega Seamaster Calendar ref. 2627 is the first Seamaster featuring a date indication and is a very modest 35.3mm. The Seamaster Calendar ref. 2627 was introduced in 1952 and came with a steel case of a 14K gold-capped steel case. Later, Omega added 18K gold models as well.
How much is the Omega 2627?
The Omega Seamaster Calendar ref. 2627 is not hard to find. Prices differ greatly based on the condition of the piece. Prices for a steel model begin at $400–600. One in pristine condition goes for 1K and over. If you prefer a gold one, expect to pay anywhere from 1,5K to 3K for one in great condition. As stated, the Seamaster Calendar is a great vintage timepiece and a perfect example of an Omega from the 1950s.
How much does a vintage Railmaster cost?
Expect to pay anywhere from 10k to 30K for a Railmaster, depending on its condition. Most vintage pieces come on a leather strap, as most of the bracelets haven’t survived. But if the 2017 re-edition showed us something, it’s that the original Railmaster with a bracelet has the same iconic power as its bigger brothers.
When was the Omega Seamaster introduced?
Exploring the world of Omega in the 1950s leads to finding tons of different Omega Seamaster references. The Omega Seamaster was introduced in 1948 and was inspired by the watches Omega supplied the British Air Force with during World War II.
What is the Constellation line?
The Constellation was an answer to the great demand for the 1948 Omega Centenary that commemorated the 100th birthday of Omega. And for decades, the Constellation line was the absolute top of the bill in the Omega collection.
What makes the Omega Constellation stand out?
One of the things that make the Constellation stand out – in my opinion – from the other Omega families of that time, is that the dials on these Constellation models were richly decorated. The use of gold dials, gold hour markers, onyx hour markers, gold hands and gold applied logos and wording is something that wasn’t seen on any of their other collections to this extent. Some of the gold dials had a satin-brushed finish, others had a sun-guilloché pattern or a cross-hatched dial. There were many different dials available for the Omega Constellation in the 1950s and 1960s.
How small is an Omega Constellation?
One of them is that it is a small watch for today’s standards. With a diameter of approx. 34mm it is quite small. In retrospect, it was quite smart of Rolex to create their Oyster Perpetual Day-Date (ref.1803) in 36mm, as that was considered normal for a long time while 34mm is considered small for 10-15 years now. Since I mentioned the Rolex Day-Date anyway, it is interesting to know that a full gold vintage Omega Constellation with gold bracelet was a bit more expensive in those days than the Rolex Day-Date 1803. Although the Omega Constellation Grand Luxe on a gold Reinhor bracelet fetches more than the average gold Day-Date on President bracelet, most gold Constellations are still cheaper to get than a gold Day-Date.
What is the Constellation watch?
The Omega Constellation watch was once the flagship in the Omega collection. This particular family within their collection dates back to 1952 and according to Omega’s Journey Through Time publication (2007) it was because their limited produced Centenary collection was so high in demand by customers. This 1948 Omega Centenary commemorated the 100th birthday of the Omega company and was their first automatic chronometer watch. It wasn’t made in series production but the demand for them was so high, that Omega decided to create a new family of automatic chronometer watches in 1952: The Constellation.
What is the dial on an Omega Constellation watch?
The pie-pan dials (see photo below) were commonly used in the vintage Omega Constellation watches. The use of the gold diamond-shaped hour markers is less common and only seen on the earlier models. In the 1960s Omega added the use of the Onyx stick markers on some of the Constellation models. Better said, these are gold hour markers with an Onyx inlay.
What makes a constellation attractive?
Another thing that makes the Constellation attractive to a lot of collectors are those nice fancy lugs. Those early Omega Constellations have rounded lugs and were later a bit more restyled to the 1960s. A bit more rectangular, sharp edges but still very elegant (2nd photo below).
When did Omega start making chronometer watches?
It wasn’t made in series production but the demand for them was so high, that Omega decided to create a new family of automatic chronometer watches in 1952: The Constellation. The first Omega Constellation models had bumper movements and distinctive diamond shaped hour markers.
Can you have an Omega Constellation on a gold bracelet?
If you want to have an Omega Constellation on a gold bracelet, like pictured in this article, the price might even double. However, always keep in mind that it is all about condition! Although Omega is able to service a lot of their vintage watches, having a calibre 354 (bumper), 50x, 55x or 56x serviced will cost you.