The Constellation has been the flagship of the Omega brand since its introduction in 1952. It was a robust, water resistant, chronometer that was, through its various style changes, always very stylish and it outsold its main rival, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, until 1969.
What put the Constellation ahead of the rest? Well, it was a chronometer, but not only that, at a time when most people only had one watch, an all rounder was very important and the Constellation was the epitome of the all rounder.
It was accurate and reliable, the case was rugged and water-resistant and it was stylish and downright beautiful. The finish on all parts, visible or otherwise is second to none. It has many distinguishing features; the beautiful applied index markers, the delphine hands, the faceted date window, the observatory medallion on the back and, most of all, the “pie pan” dial. It is very distinctive and it carries one of the most prestigious names, Omega
What is a “pie pan” dial? You may ask. This is the 12 edge pattern used in the Constellations and Seamasters for about 10 years, and now, these models are the most desirable amongst collectors.
I find this term “pie pan” a little silly. I had never heard of it until after the internet era. It is said that this nick name comes from the dial’s resemblance to an inverted pie pan. Stretch the imagination enough and this explanation works. Now Omega’s activities are centered in the French speaking area of Switzerland and I have also heard of this dial referred to as douze pans (twelve points). So, I reckon that someone in internet land
changed douze pans to pie pan and having been repeated enough, has made it official. So, sadly, pie pan it is.
Possibly the only weaknesses of the 60’s Omegas was that the dial tended to age severely with time, one with a pristine dial is very hard to find. Happily, in this I have a good one.
I restored this watch myself. It is all original except for the strap. It is signed five times including the watermark Omega symbol in the center of the glass and it is one of my most prized watches