A fabulous Omega Constellation gold shell chronometer wristwatch manufactured nearly 60 years ago in 1960. It is in amazing original un-restored condition and comes with its original guarantee certificate, chronometer certificate and papers bearing serial numbers matching the watch and showing the watch to have been sold by a German vendor based in Frankfurt in 1961. The bezel is made of 14K solid gold, the lugs are 14 carat solid gold shell (a thick sheet of solid gold bonded to stainless steel, not gold plate) and the back of the watch, which is made of stainless steel, bears the observatory emblem in 14K solid gold. The watch comes with a new good quality leather strap fitted with an Omega buckle. In great overall condition, the case and dial present very well and the chronometer grade movement runs strongly and keeps time This timepiece is signed five times, on the case, dial, crown, movement and buckle.
The vintage Constellation is a beautiful, rugged and reliable watch, still suitable for everyday wear. A chronometer, as opposed to a chronograph (a stop watch), is a timepiece that has passed a series of stringent tests carried out by the world’s major observatories to demonstrate very accurate time keeping (hence the observatory emblem on the rear cover).
It was Omega's top of the range waterproof chronometer and today it remains one of the most ionic, sought after and collectible of all vintage watches. It is a high end model, produced to compete with other prestige watches made by its main competitors and in its day more expensive than a Rolex Oyster Perptual. Omega watches have shot up in value over the last few years and when you look at the price of a new model, now nearing £2000 for a basic timepiece, it is little wonder why. And if you look at the current model range, in my opinion the vintage models eclipse anything you will see new in high end stores.
Dial: factory original, in fantastic condition, finished in satin silver with hours marked by applied gold coloured batons. The dial is signed "Omega Automatic Chronometer Constellation Swiss Made". It also bears the Omega emblem and Constellation Star. The crystal is clean and clear. The dial is showing VERY light patina but considering the age of the watch, the condition is absolutely amazing. It would be extremely difficult to find anything better unless the dial has been newly restored.
Case: 14 carat solid gold bezel with 14 carat solid rose gold shell over stainless steel lugs, in good condition measuring approximately 34 mm across, excluding the signed crown (which looks to be original and correct for the period) and 43 mm from lug to lug. The stainless steel screw back cover displays the 14K solid rose gold observatory emblem in the centre with all eight stars are visible. Looking inside cover it is signed "Omega". The case shows the inevitable marks from use over the years but no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to point out to you. There are some light tool marks on the back of the case which could be polished out if desired.
Movement: cal. 551 Omega fully automatic chronometer grade movement with 24 jewels and adjustment to five positions and temperatures for chronometer standard accuracy. It is running well and keeping time. The serial number, dates the watch to 1960.
Strap: generic brown leather lizard grain strap fitted with an Omega buckle.
Papers: original guarantee certificate showing the vendor and date of purchase together with the chronometer certificate. The documents bear the correct serial number which matches that marked on the movement (17009659)