|Dimensions:||34mm diameter; 11mm thickness|
|Bracelet/Strap:||WRIST ICONS leather strap made by Jean Paul Menicucci|
|Box/Paper:||Handmade Leather Travel Pouch IF ordered at WRIST ICONS|
Omega Constellation Calendar168.005 from 1966 in stainless steel
This is a great opportunity to purchase a perfect example of a stainless steel Omega Constellation Calendar with a very nice pie pan dial.
In 1948 Omega introduced the Centenary, an automatic wristwatch chronometer to celebrate Omega’s one-hundredth anniversary. The original Centenary was produced in limited quantities (6000 in total, 2000 using the caliber 28.10mm movement and 4000 using the caliber 30.10mm). However, according to Omega, the Centenary was so successful that they started developing a successor that would be produced in large quantities and become a collection on its own.. The Constellations were introduced as a new line-up of watches with chronometer movements to be produced in series.
The Constellation was originally introduced in 1952 and quickly became a best-seller for Omega. Omega Constellation have always been a symbol of luxury. The Constellation has a high performance automatic movement combined with an elegant and a refined exterior. On the dial: the name Constellation, highlighted by an applied gold star. On the case back: the famous medallion featuring anobservatory crowned by a constellation of eight stars, evoking the numerous exploits of Omega in world chronometer competition.
In 1958 the Constellation Calendar was included. It was available in the three different levels of finish from Standard to Grand Luxe. At that time the Constellation was advertised as being for the man who already has a watch, an allusion to the fact that a Constellation was so much more. The form of the Constellation remained little changed until 1964 when the so-called “C-case” watches were introduced. Nowadays Constellation continues to set the standard for luxury and high precision watches.
A specific 168.005 is a stellar all-original Omega Constellation Automatic chronometer from around 1966. It features a stamped original pie pan dial, elegantly understated silver batons and dauphine hands. Its famous 561 caliber chronometer automatic movement which has been fully serviced and regulated. The 34mm case – stainless steel– features the cupola of the Geneva Observatory on the back, crowned by eight stars. We’ve fitted a new brown crocodile strap.
A little history: described in a late 1950s advert as ‘For the man who already has a watch’, the Omega Constellation marque epitomises luxurious precision and a golden era of watchmaking. The marque was launched in 1952 as a new family of automatic chronometer watches. Omega had just reset its own record for precision in 1951, and the eight stars on the Constellation case back celebrate the company’s substantial chronometric achievements at the world’s observatories over the previous two decades – including a clean sweep breaking the record for precision in every category in 1931. Constellations are known affectionately as ‘Connies’ to their loyal fans.
This reference has a 24-jewel caliber 561 automatic movement adjusted to 5 positions and temperature. This Constellation has a sunburst silvered pie-pan dial with applied black accented gilt baton hour markers, black inner minute divisions with five minute markers, gilt lance hands with black inserts and center seconds, date aperture at 3. It has a polished round stainless steel case, with lyre-shaped lugs case and a screw down back, fitted on a WRIST ICONS leather strap made by Jean Paul Menicucci. The case, crown, dial, movement are all Omega signed.
This specific watch is an stainless steel bracelet Omega
Constellation, Ref: 168.005, the movement has engraved the number 238138xx. This movement number dates this watch back to circa 1966. This particular Omega Constellation has just undergone a check by our watchmaker. It keeps good time but I would recommend a service. We can arrange that for you.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month WRIST ICONS warranty that will be invoked from the day of purchase.
Year: Circa 1966
Movement No: 238138xx signed Omega
Case: It has a polished stainless steel and 18ct rose gold capped case with screw down case back
Dimensions: 34mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Dial: a very nice non date railtrack dial dial with applied rose gold accented baton hour markers, black inner rail track minute divisions with five minute markers, rose gold dauphine hands with luminous inserts and center seconds
Caliber: caliber 561 automatic movement with date function, 24 jewels, frequency 19800 A/h, power reserve: 50 hours
Bracelet/Strap: fitted on a new WRIST ICONS leather strap made by Jean Paul Menicucci
Lug Width: 17mm