Men's and Ladies Omega Constellation Watches from LSMwatch.com
Omega launched the Constellation series of watches in 1952 defined by their elegantly refined cases and dials with ultra-precise movements. The Constellation watch came from an earlier model named the Century watch which was a self-winding chronometer watch released in 1948 by Omega in honor of the watch maker's 100th anniversary. The Century watch was a meant for limited production but was received with so much enthusiasm that Omega decided to design a watch with similar qualities and capabilities and hence the Constellation watch came into being. The Constellation watch series soon expanded far beyond the parameters of the original watch design, growing to include the Constellation Deluxe watch only available in gold with applied gold indexes and diamonds along the dial, and finally the Constellation Grand Luxe watch, which was available in gold and platinum, while the original version of the Constellation watch was available in stainless steel or 18K yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold.
The Constellation watch first appeared in the United States in 1956 as the Globemaster watch due to a trademark conflict, and Omega eventually produced a Globemaster line of lesser quality watches.
In 1958, the Constellation watch line was further expanded with the Constellation Calendar in the watch. It was available in the three different levels of finish from the standard watch to Grand Luxe watch that featured 18K white gold, 18K yellow gold, 18K rose gold, or Platinum set among flawless diamonds.
The Constellation watch was again updated by Omega in 1964 with the introduction the C-case version of the Constellation watch, named after the form of the watch case that resembled two interlocked Cs. The change to the watch would be included in the launch of the ladies series of the Constellation watch by Omega in 1967.
The 1960's saw numerous changes, and updates imposed on the new models of the Constellation watch from Omega including square dials and many different types of pavé diamond watches.
In the 1970's Omega introduced a quartz option to the Constellation line of watches. Several variation to the Constellation watch series were released by Omega during this time including the Constellation Marine Chronometer watch which is, to this day, one of the most accurate autonomous watches ever produced and the Constellation watch was the only watch to be certified as a marine chronometer watch.
The evolution of the Constellation watch line continued in 1982 when Omega brought out the Constellation Manhattan which featured four "griffes" or claws which originally held the sapphire crystal of the watch in place and helped ensure the Constellation watch remained waterproof. The success of this watch feature made it a standard in the Constellation line of watches from Omega. Many of the features introduced in the Manhattan Constellation model of watch from Omega are still part of the series today including a half-moon facet on the lugs of the watch. The integrated hinged bracelet of the watch and indexes on the bezel of the watch.
In 2012 Omega marked the 60th anniversary of the original release of the Constellation watch which continues to set the standard for luxury watches and remains, as its original advertising claimed, for those “who want the finest watch that man can make”.