The Omega Constellation de Luxe was advertised "To Men Who Want The Finest Watch That Man Can Make". Today, this is for many, a grail watch.
Introduced in 1952 the Constellation was the pinnacle of Omega watch engineering. The robust Seamaster, introduced in 1948, had taken the market by storm yet the Constellation was to set the bar even higher. Every one would be independently tested in order to be certified as a chronometer. There was no non-chronometer option!
The de Luxe was the top of the range, the best of the best! 18k gold case and case-back, dial, hands and hour batons indeed, everything was gold!
The watch for sale here is one of the first ever produced in 1952 and whilst it is over 65 years old it is just stunning - striking in reality. The photographs really do not do it justice! Being all gold, the dial still looks fabulous with its polished gold facets (of course it's a piepan) and batons with matching gold hands.
The case is in good condition. 18k gold is relatively soft so the rounded edges may be representative of wear or it may have been polished. The case-back has been polished although it's probably wear that accounts for the non-existence of the Observatory 8 stars. The crown is a genuine Omega replacement. The inside of the case-back is fully marked Omega and 18k gold.
Inside is the acclaimed Omega 354 bumper chronometer movement. The serial number dates it a little earlier to about 1951and reflects Omega stock handling at the time in readiness for the watch launch in 1952. Professionally serviced in July 2018.
Comes with a used leather non-Omega strap and buckle.
1952 Omega Constellation de Luxe
Year 1952 Case Metal 18k gold Back Metal 18k gold Back Type Screw Diameter* 34.8 Length** 42.2 Power Automatic Calibre 354
* mm excluding crown
** mm tip of lug to tip of lug