Omega Constellation Black Dial
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Omega Constellation Black Dial

Many of the watches we offer here at analog/shift represent moments in time, pages out of the index of timepiece history, and we get no greater thrill than revitalizing them and sharing their history with enthusiast and collectors.  But every so often, we encounter watches that defy single moments, embodying instead an horological zeitgeist that rises above individual production years or executions. 

The Constellation line was launched by Omega in 1952, after a limited production of a watch commemorating their centennial in 1948 that was aptly named the Century.  While the Century was never intended for retail production, it received such wide acclaim for both its sumptuous case design and it's chronometer-level accuracy that Omega decided to launch a new line. Beginning with their self-winding movement, Omega built a watch that matched their ideal for what a modern (at the time) watch should be.  

Omega adorned the newly-minted Constellation line with a likeness of the Cupola of the Geneva Observatory.  This observatory was one of several in Europe that put watches through a rigorous testing process with accuracy standards much more stringent than those of the Control Officiel Suisse des Chronometres, or COSC.  These tests, lasting between 30 and 50 days, were broken down into eight categories of overall accuracy.  Watches that passed the rigorous scrutiny were dubbed Observatory Chronometers and were awarded a special Bulletin de Marche from the Observatory that tested it.  The cupola is a reminder of the watch's superior engineering, the eight stars a nod to Omega's acing of every category of the observatory accuracy tests in 1931.

This particular example hails from the early 1960s and pairs a luscious gold-capped case with a glossy black 12-sided quadrant dial and a faceted date window at 3:00, a combination that makes this a stunning watch.  And topped with a set of gold Alpha hands - a feature that was phased out in later 60s models - this piece has the hallmark Constellation look.  

For a closer look at the history of the Constellation line, have a look at the Omega Museum Online, HERE.

Details

Steel gold-capped case is approximately 33.5mm (excluding crown). Omega Reference 14393-61 SC. Calibre 561 Automatic Winding Movement with Date.

Overall Condition: The watch is in great condition over all, with only light signs of wear from age and use. Black glossy quadrant dial is in good condition, but bears some light pitting near the post. Luminous sword hands are in good condition. Steel case back with Observatory engraving and Omega-signed crown. Includes one 18mm brown embossed calf skin strap with matching gold-toned buckle.

SKU: TT01022

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