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In-Depth - Vintage Omega Constellation WatchesThe vintage Omega Constellation may be the watch that basically started all this for me personally. The fervour for replica watches that may be. Quite a few relatives of mine had (and have absolutely) an Omega Constellation also it were these timepieces that got me thinking about replica watches from the start. I inherited an excellent vintage Omega Constellation from 1968 that i truly cherish simply because it is within the wrist of my grandfather for upwards of Four decades (every day). I also bought some Constellation replica watches myself likewise in recent times.So, it's about time I offer the vintage Omega Constellation a little bit of well-deserved attention here on Fratello Watches. Ever before, we (Bert Buijsrogge so i) visited a collector of rare and vintage Omega Constellation and Longines Conquest replica watches and chose to do a photo shoot for collections. Each of the vintage Omega Constellation models you will see on this page are made beyond gold and possess this Milanese gold woven bracelets. Even if owners love them incidentally. Although some people might Omega Constellation replica watches were delivered this way, additionally, they came on gold rice grain bracelets and leather straps.Omega Constellation HistoryThe Omega Constellation watch had been the flagship inside the Omega collection. This type of family into their collection goes to 1952 and according to Omega's Laugh out loud Time publication (2007) that it was his or her limited produced Centenary collection was so an excellent source of demand by customers. This 1948 Omega Centenary commemorated the 100th birthday from the Omega company and it was their first automatic chronometer watch. It had not been stated in series production however the need for them was high, that Omega chose to develop a new class of automatic chronometer replica watches in 1952: The Constellation.The very first Omega Constellation models had bumper movements and distinctive diamond shaped hour markers. The replica watches inside the photo above also feature the diamond shaped hour markers for their pie-pan shaped dials. The Dauphin hands were chosen before the late 1960s.After a few years, around 1955, the replica breitling watches calibre 354 bumper movement with chronometer rating was replaced by the calibre 50x series. This movement were built with a normal rotor and came in several versions (date/no-date). In 1959 this selection of movements was succeeded through the calibre 55x (no date) and 56x (date) movement families. Be aware that some of these movements were also used in Seamaster models, only in very rare cases these people were chronometer certified. One of the better online resources on this topic could be the Omega Constellation Collectors blog by Desmond. Younger crowd incorporates a nice breakdown of the various dials and cases which are found in the Constellation collection.Rich Dials, Fancy LugsOne of the things that make Constellation be noticeable - in my view - through the other Omega groups of this time, could be that the dials on these Constellation models were richly decorated. The application of gold dials, gold hour markers, onyx hour markers, gold hands and gold applied logos and wording can be something that wasn't seen on some of their other collections to the extent. Several of the gold dials were built with a satin-brushed finish, others a sun-guilloche pattern or even a cross-hatched dial. There were a variety of dials intended for the Omega Constellation from the 1950s and 1960s.The pie-pan dials (see photo below) were commonly used inside vintage Omega Constellation replica watches. Using the gold diamond-shaped hour markers is less frequent and simply seen for the earlier models. In the 1960s Omega added the utilization of the Onyx stick markers on many of the Constellation models. Better said, these are generally gold hour markers by having an Onyx inlay.Another thing that makes all the Constellation popular with plenty of collectors are the type nice fancy lugs. Those early Omega Constellations have rounded lugs and were later more restyled on the 1960s. Much more rectangular, sharp edges but still very elegant (2nd photo below).Constellation Deluxe, Constellation Grand Luxe, Constellation II Deluxe CalendarOmega also used Deluxe, Grand Luxe and Deluxe Calendar to indicate a few of there Constellation models. It gets to be a bit unclear whether these replica watches were built with a more refined finish, more costly dials or gold bracelet. The vintage Omega Constellation 168.010 I inherited came originally on a gold Milanese mesh bracelet for example and it was also dubbed 'Constellation II Deluxe Calendar'. It has a quickset calendar (calibre 564) the successor from the Constellation reference 168.004. I also eventually own a vintage Omega Constellation 168.004 with a calibre 561 movement and a much the same dial. This model was indicated as being the 'Constellation II'. I ponder what the 'Deluxe Calendar' from the 168.010 adds to it with regard to finish and execution.For some models breitling geneve watches , it's very clear why they it is known as the Constellation Grand Luxe, when they was included with a wonderful gold Reinhor brick bracelet and a silver box. However, these models - despite their symbol of Deluxe, Grand Luxe or whatever - used the same movements using the same finish. And then there are some white gold and in many cases platinum models, which are very rare and indicated Deluxe and Grand Luxe. Confusing.Observatory of GenevaAll gold Constellation models have the observatory of Geneva hand-engraved within the back. The stainless-steel models and gold/steel designs include a (gold) medallion within the back while using observatory of Geneva. In which the dial features this gold star highlighting the model name 'Constellation', the situation back has the observatory engraved within a starry sky. The eight stars on the case back are a symbol of the many exploits of Omega on the globe chronometer competition. Once i wrote above, the Constellation is definitely a chronometer watch rolex replica . An accreditation that proofs the high accuracy of an movement. Apart from the Constellation, a few other groups of the Omega collection also included replica watches that have a chronometer rating. However, the vintage Omega Constellation is the flagship of the trademark during that time counseled me rated chronometer.1970s and later..In my view, the vintage Omega Constellation watch is best between 1952 and 1970. The elegantly shaped cases, fancy lugs, 10-sided crowns, beautiful copper-coloured movements and rich dials of people early vintage Omega Constellation replica watches were substituted with clunky shaped 1970s models. There are several beautiful 'iconic' models in it just like the rectangular Constellation Marine Stardust using a dial made of aventurine quartz. Playing with general, you can say that they just don't breathe exactly the same class as those earlier models.You will could state that the Omega Constellation collection lost a little bit of direction in those years. Lots of the latest models, case shapes and so forth. It had not been until 1982 the location where the former flagship of the trademark was reinvented replica rolex yacht master watch . For the reason that year, the Omega Constellation 'Manhattan' was introduced. This new design with its four claws that pressed about the crystal, a built-in bracelet and chronometer movement (nevertheless for the quartz models, who have some other standard for chronometer certification certainly) function is by Carol Didisheim and is also still in the collection. Even though the design was updated over the years, the original 1982 design is still clearly being followed. The existing Omega Constellation family members are not accepted as their flagship anymore, it is a quite popular watch in most countries (e.g. India and china). Recently Omega even reintroduced the pie-pan dial with a Constellation limited edition.Collecting Vintage Omega ConstellationIf you have industry to obtain an antique Omega Constellation, there are numerous of products you will need to take into consideration. One too can it be is really a small watch for today's standards. Which has a diameter of approx. 34mm it's very small. In retrospect, it was quite smart of Rolex to create their Oyster Perpetual Day-Date (ref.1803) in 36mm, as that's considered normal for a long period while 34mm is recognized as small for 10-15 years now. Since I mentioned the Rolex Day-Date anyway, it is interesting to find out that the full gold vintage Omega Constellation with gold bracelet became a bit more expensive in those days compared to Rolex Day-Date 1803. Even though the Omega Constellation Grand Luxe with a gold Reinhor bracelet fetches in excess of the common gold Day-Date on President bracelet, most gold Constellations remain cheaper to obtain compared to a gold Day-Date.However, the vintage Omega Constellation prices have gone in the final years. Please ignore the prices you might have observed in the OmegaMania 2007 catalogue, simply because it looks like there is a great deal of 'air' inside prices several of the auctioned replica watches fetched. A little wise practice plus the help of marketplaces like Watchrecon.com, Chrono24.com as well as the various sales forums will reveal you could have got a nice gold Omega Constellation for approximately $3000 USD. For the nice early gold Constellation (Deluxe) with those big diamond shaped hour markers the purchase price will probably be a lot of course. If you need to come with an Omega Constellation on a gold bracelet, like pictured in this posting, the retail price may even double. However, always keep in mind that it is about condition!Although Omega has the ability to service lots of their vintage replica watches, creating a calibre 354 (bumper), 50x, 55x or 56x serviced costs. Omega is transparent during these servicing prices. Consider this complete maintenance service prices around the Omega website you may have an illustration in the costs. The mentioned calibres are in the 4th category (very old calibres). An entire overhaul with the watch has been done on estimate though.Thank you very much for the collector of this beautiful Omega Constellation replica watches who wish to remain anonymous. *This article appeared first on June 28th, 2014 and has been upgraded since.