This WatchThis all original, unpolished, classic Constellation, model 168.016, has a stunning, flat dial with elegant, onyx-type baton markers. This is the model with the day date function, which sits at 3 o'clock.
The chronometer-tested caliber 751 sits in the gold-capped, screw-back case, which features the signature Constellation logo (the Geneva observatory) on the case back and Omega-signed crown.
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.
What we think
This watch comes paired on the original, gold-capped, Omega-signed, Beads of Rice bracelet. We also have the original box, international guarantee book and retailer's papers. This is a perfect addition for a collector and also a great investment for a first time buyer and can be switched from bracelet to strap at your leisure.
The sale date on the papers is 1973 and the serial dates the watch to 1969-70. It is the perfect birth-year watch for any of these dates.
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1969
Case Size : 35mm
Case Thickness : 11mm
Lug to Lug :
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box, International Guarantee Book, Retailer's Papers
Case Material : Gold-Capped Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty