Since the company was founded in 1848, Omega has pioneered a huge range of innovations. The 40s saw their first luminescent ladies’ watch, their first tourbillon movements and the famous Seamaster, whilst the 50s and 60s introduced the legendary Constellation, Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. Over these years, everyone from John F Kennedy to Elvis wore Omega watches on official duties. What’s more, in 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra took his Omega Speedmaster to space on NASA’s Mercury Sigma 7 mission, and in 1969, the Speedmaster first landed on the moon.
Here we have a fully restored range-topping Omega Constellation in 18ct solid yellow gold from 1964. Omega watches are known for having superb watch movements and this model at the top of the range was one of their best. It is a watch you will likely never need to wind since it has such a highly efficient automatic winding mechanism and an outstanding power reserve of 50 hours. It is also a very robust and reliable watch with a highly accurate Chronometer grade movement, all of which making this watch very easy to live with on a day to day basis. The watch has a noticeably heavy, 36mm diameter case which carries the Omega Constellation relief on the outside of the case-back. This is very distinct, indicating the watch has seen only light occasional use. It also has the screw-back case with fresh seals in place, (originally) making the watch water resistant to 30 metres, although this has not been tested and it is not guaranteed*.
A beautifully restored classic ’60s Omega Sunburst dial with original ‘Dauphine’ hands and applied batons inlaid with black Onyx centres and date window at ‘3’. Please take a close look at the photos of this fabulous dial. It picks up the light and reflects it beautifully and matches the case perfectly. This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK. A new Omega centre signed lens has been fitted.
In superb condition and lightly polished, the large and noticeably heavy 18ct solid Gold case measures 36mm in diameter, not including the Omega signed crown. The case is in wonderful condition showing no scratches dings or other marks visible to the naked eye. The outside of the case-back carries the famous 18ct ‘Observatory’ emblem which is in highly original, hardly worn condition – See photos for details of this superb case, especially the Constellation on the back. The Observatory emblem is often worn away to a greater or lesser degree and sometimes greatly so. Here it is distinct and crisp, indicating this watch has seen very little use.
Inside the screw-down case-back, bears the Omega Watch Co. triangle, the correct Omega model reference number – 166.004/14 and Swiss Geneva 18ct Hallmarks.
*Originally specified as Water Resistant to 30 metres. This has not been tested and is not guaranteed. Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The very high (chronometer) grade copper-toned Omega Calibre 561, 24 jewels, automatic movement with date function looks pristine and carries the serial number 21,282,098 which dates the manufacture of this watch to 1964. The movement has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker and it is calibrated to run arrow straight within + 5 secs/day! This is no exaggeration. We have checked the test results on our electronic watch time grapher and therefore have no reservations in providing 12 months written warranty with this watch.*
Note, this model of Omega Constellation has a sunken crown to keep it out of harm’s way.. In practice and in normal use, one will probably never need to wind the watch since the automatic winding is so efficient. The power reserve is specified as 50hrs and this has been tested to confirm this. If the watch is left for more than this, then one just needs to reset the time in the normal way and simply wear the watch. It will then fully wind itself very quickly. To reset the date, the movement also has a semi-quickset date mechanism.
*Please note our 12 months warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Strap and Buckle
The strap fitted is a new nicely matched very high-quality large size dark brown genuine Crocodile strap with an Omega gold plated buckle. Please note, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock, in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. New Omega straps are available in many styles and colours starting at £150. Please let us know your preferences.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are correct, dating the watch to 1964.
Our detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included, with our separate detailed receipt and our 12 months Warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The matching vintage, Omega presentation box included in the photographs is included.
Omega Constellations, especially of this period are very highly regarded by vintage Omega aficionados. If you wish to buy a Classic, Vintage, 18ct gold Omega Constellation watch then this one ticks all the boxes and it comes with a solid 12 months guarantee!
This is a superb, highly collectable top of the range vintage gold watch from one of horology’s most famous names, which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to treasure and enjoy! It will make an excellent evening wear dress watch as well as be a practical, highly accurate and reliable timepiece to wear on an everyday basis. Omega Constellations, especially of this period are very highly regarded amongst aficionados of the brand but however, you may wish to view this, as each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold watches grows ever larger, the limited supply allied to high demand, means prices will inevitably climb ever higher!
We promise you, you will never be disappointed you bought this watch! From every aspect and no matter how closely you look, it is immaculate and cannot be faulted.
A word on our prices… We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
We are happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
*Note – 12 Month warranty only included if the list price is paid.
If you have any questions please call on Landline 0207 727 7095 or Mobile 07515 949250
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Please note we welcome part exchanges.
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