An outstanding Omega Constellation 18 carat solid rose gold automatic chronometer calendar wristwatch manufactured in 1959, in excellent overall condition. The case and two tone dial present beautifully and the movement runs perfectly and keeps time with the calendar function working correctly. This timepiece has been very well cared for and from its condition, like so many expensive high end watches, can only have been worn occasionally. The high quality Hirsch strap is fitted with a gold plated Omega buckle and the crystal has the Omega emblem etched into the centre. The watch is signed six times times on the case, dial, crown, movement, crystal, strap and crystal.
The vintage Constellation was Omega's top of the range waterproof chronometer and it remains one of the most sought after and collectible of all vintage watches. And the Pie Pan model is the most revered of them all, especially the 18 carat gold model. The Constellation competed with other prestige watches made by its main competitors. In its day it was considered to be the best of the best, out-shining even a Rolex Oyster. A chronometer, as opposed to a chronograph (a stop watch), is a timepiece that has passed a series of stringent tests to demonstrate very accurate time keeping (hence the emblem on the rear cover).
Dial: finished in two tone satin silver, in great condition presenting very well on the wrist, with hours marked by applied rose gold coloured batons with black inserts. The dial is signed "Omega Automatic Chronometer Constellation Officially Certified Swiss Made". It also bears the Omega emblem and the Constellation star. The hands are in very good condition and the signed Omega crystal is clean and clear. I believe the dial has recently been professionally restored to a very high standard.
Case: 18 carat solid rose gold, in great condition, measuring approximately 35 mm across, excluding the signed crown and 44 mm from lug to lug. Looking inside the snap on back cover it is signed "Omega" and "Dennison Made in England", showing that Omega imported the watch and dial to Birmingham, England where it was cased by A.L Dennison under licence. The case bears the Birmingham Assay with the letter "K" which dates it to 1959. The observatory emblem on the back shows all eight stars visible. The case shows absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Movement: beautifully crisp and clean Omega cal. 504 automatic chronometer grade calendar movement with 24 jewels, running strongly and keeping time. The serial number, dates the watch to 1959 which marries up with the Assay date on the case.
Strap: Hirsch brown leather crocodile grain strap fitted with a gold plated Omega buckle. Attached to the watch, the strap measures approximately 224 mm from buckle tip to last hole.
It is not often that you see a watch that is only one year shy of 60 years old in this condition. The vintage Omega Constellation is a highly collectible timepiece, particularly so the 18 carat solid gold model so do not pass by the opportunity to buy this beautiful watch.