1961 Omega Constellation
Brand and manufacturer - Omega, Switzerland
- Year - 1961
- Serial # 18190454 ; model # 14393 9 sc
- Movement & caliber - Automatic 561
- Case diameter - 34.5mm
A stainless steel Omega Constellation model with an applied baton marker dial. This watch has the slightly less common Constellation case with the straighter lugs, as opposed to the popular 'dog leg' lugs, and features very clean and sharp geometric detail overall. These cases represent classic Omega styling, and really leaves very little not too like. There were mainly three case makers that made these cases for Omega. There were mainly three case makers that made these cases for Omega; "CB," La Centrale Boîtes of Bien. "HF" Huguenin Freres and finally the third largest Omega casemaker, "SGR," who was entrusted to execute many "dog-leg" Omega cases. This case was made by CB," La Centrale Boîtes of Bien, and is stamped "CB" inside the case back.
They are easy to wear, a great size, and will look as good with jeans and a white t-shirt as they will with a suit and tie. Omega has a long history and vast product range, and one of the classic watches the company still produces today is the Constellation. First introduced into the line in 1952, it remains a cornerstone of the brand today. This Constellation example dates to the early 1960's, 1961, and was given a couple of characteristics that would go on to define the collection. The dial has the Constellation branding on it, and you will notice the applied star logo as well. On the detailed caseback is a depiction of the Geneva Observatory with eight stars that represent the eight observatory chronometer competitions Omega won in the 20th century. In this case the media is gold plated. These high grade automatic movements, in this case the caliber 561, made for the Constellation line are chronometer-rated, which is printed on the beautiful silver dial. The cross hair dial is a non-luminous dial, with the dauphine hands having no luminous material running through them either. The markers also have no lume plots applied to the ends. The dial itself has some discoloration and some slight bubbling on it. It will be rather divisive; for some it will be a turn off. For others it will give that real vintage look that reflects the life that an over 60 year old watch has lived. It is, however, all original and not refinished. The case overall is strong, there are signs of light polishing, but all of the lines are sharp and crisp. These all steel case versions watches wear well, wearing large thanks to the large dials, slim cases and longer lugs.