Omega Constellation ref. 368.0852

Brand: Omega

Model: Constellation ref. 368.0852

Year of production: +/- 1973

Diameter (without crown): 33mm

Description

Omega presented the first wristwatch with fully integrated bracelet to the market in 1969. This design was revolutionary and maybe even paved the way for later iconic steel sportswatches with integrated bracelet like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Phillipe Nautilus. Inside the case beats the Omega cal. 1011, a high frequency automatic chronometer. Omega thought that “Constellation” was such a strong brand that the Omega signature was repositioned to the 6 o’clock position. The case size is only 33mm when measured, but due to it’s design it looks much larger and wears very comfortable on my 18cm wrist.

The bracelet isn’t very heavy and wears very comfortable. The bracelet is the original 1155/146, original to this watch and in very good condition. The bracelet is currently suitable for a 18-19cm wrist, with over 2 cm of extra links inside the clasp and one spare bracelet link.

Condition

Dial: very good, some very small scratches and marks

Case: unpolished, shows signs of wear

Crown: original, with Omega logo

Crystal: acrylic crystal, slightly damaged at right corner, no scratches

Movement: Omega cal. 1011, very good condition, fully serviced, 12 month warranty

Bracelet: unpolished, some stretch but good for it’s age, shows signs of wear

 

Some background information

Omega Watch Co was founded in La Chaux de Fonds in 1948 by Louis Brandt, under the name La Generale watch Co. The company collected watch parts manufactured by craftsmen in the region and assembled then into complete watches. The company started to focus on industrializing the manufacturing of watches and making parts interchangeable. In 1894, the caliber 19 was launched. Soon after, this calibre was named Omega, the letter that stands for perfection in the Greek Alphabet. in 1903, the decision was made to sell al watches produced by the company under the name Omega. 

In 1903 Omega was employing well over 800 employees and producing over 240.000 watches a year, making it the biggest Swiss watch manufacturer of that era. Omega won numerous medals for precision timekeeping in chronometers trials. As a result from these achievements, Omega was appointed official timekeeper for the 1932 Olympics. In 1948 the Seamaster was introduced, followed by the Constellation in 1952, the Speedmaster in 1957 and the De Ville in 1960. 

Additional information

Weight 0.500 kg
Dimensions 20 × 15 × 9 cm