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.
In the mid 1970s with the quartz crisis in full swing and high quality low cost quartz watches from Japan posing a serious threat to traditional Swiss watch making, Omega created a special Constellation specifically for the Japanese market as if to say ‘we’re still here and we still make a damn fine mechanical watch’. The Ref. 168.0065 is that very watch and is special not only because of its history but because of its design which features a faithful replication of the lugs of their early 1960s counterparts and a coveted pie-pan dial which had been absent from the Constellation line for years. For a complete history and examination of this reference we suggest Desmond Guilfoyle’s excellent article entitled “The Last Omega Constellation Pie Pan Standing”.
The 34mm stainless steel case is in great condition. The bevels are all intact with all the right angles preserved on the lugs. There are no major or noticeable dings, scratches, scuff marks anywhere on the watch. The watch features the correct signed crystal, signed crown, and signed caseback (the triple crown of signed case parts). The watch comes on a like-new Autodromo ribbed strap.
The Dial and Hands
The brushed silver pie-pan dial and Dauphine hands are in excellent condition and are the highlights of this watch. At the time of this watches release the much loved and collected early pie-pan dials had been out of production for years and with the tiny production numbers of this reference it makes it a unicorn for its era. All of the components are correct for the watch.
This watch features the certified chronometer automatic calibre 1011 movement, the successor to the famous mid-500 series of movements. The watch was serviced in 2019 and a 50 page service report will be included as part of the sale. The seller claims that the watch keeps excellent time being a few seconds on the + side daily.
|Movement||Automatic Omega calibre 1011|
|Case Material||Stainless Stell|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|