1973 Very Rare Omega Constellation Emeraude Automatic Model 8310 in 18ct Gold

Product Code: OMCONBRACONO5

Availability:In stock

This Watch

We have here an incredibly rare Omega Constellation from 1973.  The watch inspired by the About Time collection that was designed by the English jewellery designer, Andrew Grima.  Grima is recognised as one of the greatest modernist jewellery designers of the 20th century, with clients including Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. 
 
This Constellation, from the Emerald/Emeraude series, has a stunning 18ct gold, rectangular case.  It comes on its original 18ct gold, bark-finish bracelet and is a real show-stopper of 1970s design!  Inside the case is the ultra-thin, automatic Omega caliber 712, fully serviced by us and running strongly.
 
The original, 18ct gold and gilt, tapestry, guilloche dial has black baton markers and gold-tone hour and minute hands.  The dial is signed with the Omega logo and 'Constellation' at 12 o'clock and 'Omega, Chronometer, Automatic' at 6 o'clock.  The watch has its original, Omega tiger's eye cabochon-set winding crown.

Extra Points 

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.

The watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with our 12 months, non-waterproof service cover.


What we think

It isn't every day you see a watch like this - a true statement piece!  Watches designed by Andrew Grima are still highly sought after by collectors of both Omega watches and Grima jewellery and we are hugely excited to have such an exciting piece of both watch and jewellery history!

 

Spec Stuff

Reference : 8310
Movement : Cal. 712
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa 1973
Case Size : 42mm
Case Thickness : 8mm
Lug to Lug :
 18mm
Lugs :
 
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
No
Case Material :
 18ct Gold
Service History :
 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty


Brand : Omega
SKU : OMCONBRACONO5
Case Size : 42mm

1973 Very Rare Omega Constellation Emeraude Automatic Model 8310 in 18ct Gold