Fans from North America and Europe are all too familiar with the Speedmaster and the Seamaster. But back in the day, a completely different family owned the title as Omega’s flagship collection: the Omega Constellation. Introduced in 1952, the Constellation was the first watch Omega widely distributed that also bore a chronometer grade. It was lauded for its exceptional timekeeping and unique design, with watches that bore the so-called “pie-pan” dials.
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Release date: 2011
Retail Price: US$2,700
For the longest time, the collection was under the radar for many people, even to the most fervent of Omega fans. But for those in the know, the Constellation was highly sought after, with vintage versions so rare that counterfeits began appearing on the market. The marketing for the Constellation was also not that much of a priority in America where the Speedmaster and Seamaster take the lead. But recent years saw the resurgence of the Constellation, available both in automatic and quartz movements. Today, we’ll be looking at the Omega Men’s 188.8.131.52.02.001 Constellation.
- Movement: Quartz
- Caliber: Omega Calibre 1532
- Display: analog
- Dial window: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Case material: stainless steel
- Case dimensions (diameter, thickness): 35mm, 9.7m
- Bezel material: stainless steel
- Water resistance: 330 feet
Being wearable is among the original Omega Constellation’s strengths, something that can also be said for the Omega Men’s 184.108.40.206.02.001 Constellation. It’s not just because the watch can be both sporty and dressy at the same time;its links are made with utmost comfort in mind. Among Omega’s offerings, the Constellation is known more for its decorations. For our Constellation watch in question, the design is subdued, but the devil is in the details: shiny hands, tick hour marks, and even the cursive text indicating the collection it belongs to. This lends the dial its legibility, besides the lume on the markers and hands. If there’s another edge for this version compared to older, more coveted ones, it’s the finish that seems more refined and smooth.
The watch is quite small for today’s standards. At 35mm, this can be considered to be within the ladies’ watches territory. Developments in the Constellation also led to its thickness that is more than that of older versions. The watch is made sturdier because of this, but it still is a consideration.
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