Omega’s Constellation started life as the limited production Omega ‘Century’ developed for the brand’s centennial in 1948. The Century was meant to embody what Omega was all about at the time: high quality, high finishing, and automatic chronometer accuracy. After rave reviews, the brand developed the Constellation for commercial production in 1952.
Many Constellation references and variants are out there. The ‘Pie-Pan’ dials, particularly those with fancy angled lugs, are considered the most collectible but have long been difficult to find in excellent condition. When in the market for a Constellation of any kind, pay close attention to dial and case condition above all else— all of the variants were extremely high-end Omegas of their time and will wow an owner today so long as the example is original.
Being an Omega Constellation, this watch was designed as a stylish dress watch but its design fits in somewhere more in between a dress watch and a sports watch. While unconfirmed this straddling of genres could be the result of the pen of famous watch designer Gerald Genta. He was doing work for Omega during this era and the case bears some of his classic styling elements of the era.
While the design of this watch is fantastic, the most notable feature is certainly the Omega Caliber 711 movement. This is an ultra-thin movement coming in at just 3mm thick. For comparison that is approximately the thickness of two pennies stacked on top of each other. In order to make a movement this thin omega has to redesign the entire movement configuration, integrate thinner plates and bridges and create parts with extremely precise production tolerances that permit the spaces between wheels and other parts to be reduced. It is all in house Omega and a true work of art that has shown its durability and resilience over the years.
The 36.mm rectangular shaped case is in very good condition. The case shows scratches from wear over the years but the beveled edges are still crisp and the watch retains the correct finishes on its surfaces. Additionally, the watch wears the correct crown and four screw observatory caseback.
The Dial and Hands
The reference 155.0013 is rarely seen and even less so in this grey grid dial variant. The overall condition of the dial is excellent with no major flaws to note. The printing is crisp and the watch wears the correct handset.
This watch is powered by the ultra-thin in-house Omega caliber 711 automatic movement. The watch is currently running. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Caliber 711|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Clasp Type||Stainless Steel Buckle|