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.
The Omega Constellation reference ST 167.754 is what we believe most people think of when they envision an Omega Constellation with a 35mm round case and an elegant dial. Interestingly enough Omega sold this case under a few different model lines including as a De Ville. With the Constellation being one of Omega’s premier and most expensive model lines they needed to upgrade the watch in Constellation form. The major difference between the Constellation models and the other models was the inclusion of the upgraded chronometer grade cal. 1011 movement in the Constellation versions rather than the 1012 non chronometer. We are glad to see this watch with the higher end movement.
The 35mm stainless steel case is in very good condition. There are minor scratches throughout and the tops of the lugs show signs of a previous polish but it is great to see the original vertical brushed finish on the sides of the case. The caseback is in similar condition and shows some deeper scratches. The signed crown looks to be correct and the crystal is in overall very nice condition. The watch comes on a lovely new Craft + Tailored textured dark brown strap.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands are classically elegant and ring true to the Omega Constellation ethos of high end dress watches. The silver dial is adorned with long applied hour markers, Omega logo, Constellation start and some printed text including a Swiss Made stamp at the bottom of the dial. The hands are equally elegant and match the dial well. There are no major flaws to note on the dial.
This watch features an automatic Omega 1011 movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Omega Cal. 1011|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|