1966 Omega Constellation Date Automatic Chronometer Model 1685416 in 18ct Gold Case with Box and Papers
Product Code: AWCOM2448
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This Omega Constellation is one of the most stunning Constellation sets we've seen! It features a rare and beautiful, solid 18ct yellow gold, screw-back case which houses the ever-reliable, automatic Omega caliber 561 chronometer rated movement, fully serviced by us and running strongly.
The original dial has the date function at 3 o'clock and is signed 'Omega, Automatic, Chronometer, Officially Certified' at 12 o'clock and 'Constellation' at 6 o'clock. Baton markers sit inside the outer minute track and gold-tone hour, minute and central seconds hands sit in the centre of the dial.
The watch comes with its original box and papers, which is rare for a watch that is 50+ years old! We've paired the watch on a brown croc grain leather strap for a more casual look, but this watch looks great on anything!
Founded by Louis Brandt in 1848, Omega started out as La Generale Watch Co., an unassuming, but international business. It wasn't until 1885, when the company had been taken over by Louis' sons, that the first mass-produced caliber, the Labrador, was released. By 1903, the company had renamed itself Omega and only two years later were they the official timekeepers at many sporting events across Switzerland. Omega stepped onto an international stage in 1932 as the official timekeepers at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the first of over 20 Olympic Games. Omega were one of the 12 companies, now known as the Dirty Dozen, commissioned to produce watches for the British Military during the Second World War. One of Omega's most iconic watches, the Seamaster, was introduced in 1948 to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Over 70 years later, it is still one of Omega's best selling watches. Omega made headlines in 1962 when Wally Schirra wore the Speedmaster as part of NASA's first crewed spaceflight programme, making the Speedmaster the first watch to enter space. It was only a few years before the Speedmaster became the official chronograph for the American space missions and was worn by Buzz Aldrin as well as the Apollo 13 crew. Omega are still involved with NASA and have been instrumental in creating vital pieces of equipment for space exploration. Omega's reputation continued to soar in the 1990s with Omega Seamaster worn by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. As well as post-1995 James Bonds, Omega has been worn by the likes of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Prince William, Rory McIlroy, Ringo Starr, Michael Phelps, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney.
All Omega Constellations are 'Chronometer Officially Certified' watches, which means that they are tested to the highest possible level. Omega have called it "the most distinguished-title a watch may carry." In order to achieve this title, each of the 153 essential components that make up these watches undergo 360-hour accuracy and reliability tests and inspections.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
A fine original omega constellation example with some character as you would expect from a 1966 piece. A Perfect choice for the person who appreciates original paperwork and it's quite rare for a watch still to retain this.
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : Circa. 1966
Case Size : 35mm
Case Thickness :
Lug to Lug :
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Yes
Case Material : 18ct Gold
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
Brand : Omega
SKU : AWCOM2448
Case Size : 34mm
Case Size : 35mm