|Dial Color:||silver champagne|
|Bracelet/Strap:||WRIST ICONS leather strap made by Jean Paul Menicucci|
|Box/Paper:||Handmade Leather Travel Pouch IF ordered at WRIST ICONS|
Omega Constellation Calendar date 1957 with a solid gold case and pie pan dial
Grab yourself the opportunity to add this perfect example of a solid 18ct yellow gold Omega Constellation date to your collection! This is a rare reference 2943/2954 SC with the first automatic chronometer movement with a date function within the Constellation line.
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.
Let’s look at the history of the Constellation line. The Constellation was originally introduced in 1952 and quickly became a best-seller for Omega while always being a symbol of luxury. Described in a late 1950s advert as ‘For the man who already has a watch’, the Omega Constellation marque epitomizes 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.
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 an observatory crowned by a constellation of eight stars, evoking the numerous exploits of Omega in world chronometer competition.
The movement of this yellow gold Omega Constellation reference 2943/2954 SC with caliber 504 has engraved the number 157810xx . The watch has been made in 1957, therefore this is an early all-original Omega Constellation Automatic chronometer and the first with a date function 2 years after the introduction of the first Omega Constellation..
Now let’s dive into the technical details of this caliber. This reference has a 24-jewel caliber 504 automatic movement adjusted to 5 positions and temperature. The caliber 504 was the first Omega Constellation caliber to carry the date function. The first aspect that contributes to the rarity of this watch is the low production number of this particular model. Only 25 thousand pieces of the caliber 504 were produced, divided amongst four specific models. Thee base caliber was the caliber 500, and, in keeping with Omega’s highly efficient interchangeable parts system, the caliber 504 was a confluence of parts from not only the 500 base caliber but also earlier calibers such as 240, 330, 344, 360, and 470. In fact, most of the components of the caliber 504 are sourced from the earlier caliber 470. Omega’s manufacturing ethos was typically Swiss and had its own history of logic based on the premise of maximizing the initial investment in tooling and economizing production processes by promoting interchangeability of parts. And let’s face it, why design and create the tooling for completely new designs, when strong, robust and proven parts from earlier models could be successfully integrated into new calibers?
What is not to love on the design of this early Connie? It has a 12 faceted silvered pie-pan dial with applied arrow shaped polished and riveted hour markers, accented gilt baton hour markers, black inner minute divisions with five minute markers, polished yellow gold hands and center seconds, date aperture at 3. It has a 34mm polished yellow gold case, with lyre-shaped lugs case and a screw down back, also in18ct yellow gold featuring the cupola of the Geneva Observatory on the back, crowned by eight stars. The case is fitted on a WRIST ICONS leather strap made by Jean Paul Menicucci. The case, crown, dial, movement are all Omega signed.
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.
Reference: 2943/2954 SC
Year: Circa 1957
Movement No: 157810xx signed Omega
Case: It has a polished 18 ct yellow gold case with screw down case back with several hallmarks and case no 3244xx
Dimensions: 34mm diameter; 11mm thickness
Dial: a very nice a sunburst silvered pie-pan dial with applied arrow shaped polished and riveted hour markers, accented gilt baton hour markers, black inner minute divisions with five minute markers, polished yellow gold hands and center seconds, date aperture at 3
Caliber: caliber 504 automatic movement with date function, 24 jewels, frequency 19800 A/h, power reserve: 46 hours
Crystal: Original Acrylic w/Omega Logo in
Bracelet/Strap: fitted on a new WRIST ICONS leather strap made by Jean Paul Menicucci
Lug Width: 17mm
Condition: Pre-owned. Excellent condition with some light signs of wear to case and crystal.