The Omega Constellation was first introduced in 1952 and has been continuously available and demanded on the global market since then. The complete watch model series, which includes the watch types Chronometer, Quartz, Double Eagle Chronometer, Double Eagle Chrono and Double Eagle Perpetual Calendar, has a moving and unique story behind it. Over more than 50 years different movements were built, different materials were used for the watchcases and bracelets. Even the basic design was adapted to the different eras.
Since the 80s, the fixed bezel is particularly noteworthy, which, instead of the engraved Roman numerals III and IX, has four polished prong settings. Many celebrities have been spokespeople for the Omega Constellation watch, including Cindy Crawford, but the timepiece could also be found on the wrists of outstanding personalities in world history.
One of the most prominent people to wear it was former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who frequently appeared in public with a special gold Constellation model on his wrist. The model with the name "Manhattan," which was introduced in 1982 by Omega, became, within no time, one of the most recognizable watches in the world thanks to the distinctive handle and the side of the case.
These exceptional features fulfilled not only an aesthetic purpose. The four screwed claws made sure that the sapphire glass and the sealing ring were pressed against the housing and thus the water resistance was ensured.
Furthermore, the Omega watch is ideal for frequent flyers, because it is possible for the hour hand in the movement to be adjusted independently of the other hands, if one changes time zones. This piece of history is driven by an automatic winding movement with co-axial escapement, which provides for greater precision stability and durability. It contains an automatic two-sided winding up mechanism to shorten the winding time.
The Omega Constellation was an integral part to some the key figures who made history. And now it is itself a part of this story. A timepiece, that is inferior to the Constellation is no respect and also has a special history, is the Omega Speedmaster.
The current Omega Constellation collection is divided into a gents’ and a ladies’ collection, plus there are special edition models called Orbis Constellation Star, Sedna and Luxury Edition.
The gents’ collection watches, all wearing the typical star at 6 o’clock, are available with a 35 or 38 mm case. The materials to choose from are stainless steel, yellow and rose gold plus several bicolor versions. It is furthermore possible to buy a diamond version with gemstone markers on the dial and bezel respectively. There are of course various versions of the dial available. The watches are waterproof to 100 Meters.
The ladies’ watches of the Constellation were relaunched in 2009, the design reminding of the original model from 1982. The famous claws are part of that design, of course. The dials were designed totally new though, partially artfully decorated. The current ladies’ collection is as extensive as never before. There are a few more case sizes to choose from: 24, 27, 31, 35 and 38 mm.
A very special model is the Omega Constellation Star, created in favor of the charity organization of ORBIS. It is available with a 24 or 27 mm case, a part of the selling price will benefit the organization. The timepiece has a unique dial and is decorated with diamonds.
Another special version is the Sedna, named after a newly developed rose gold alloy making the metal shine for a much longer period of time. It is the first watch of that kind. Following the release year of the original Constellation model, it is limited to 1,982 pieces.
The climax of the Constellation line is called the Luxury Edition. All watches are decorated with heaps of diamonds, on the case as well as the dial and partially the strap. Some models wear up to 300 gemstones on the dial alone.