Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Symbols of luxury and prestige, Constellation wrist-chronometers have been the standard-bearers of Omega’s luxury watchmaking since 1952.
On the dial: the name Constellation, highlighted by an applied gold star. On the case back: the famous medallion featuring the Observatory of Geneva crowned by a constellation of eight stars. These denote Omega's participation in precision trials, which it won in 1933 and 1936.
To celebrate the company’s centenary in 1948, Omega launched its first automatic wrist-chronometer: the well-named Centenary model. Produced in a limited edition, the Centenary was not intended for series production. However, the world greeted with watch with such delight that is was clear there was great demand for such a precious and exclusive piece of watchmaking.
The Constellation was developed in 1952, a true synthesis of the most advanced horological technologies. The chronometer status of each Constellation was certified by an official rating certificate with a special mention “for especially good results.” A 1962 advertisement boasted, “Each Omega Constellation holds the Swiss Government’s top degree for accuracy.”
Another source of pride for Omega is their close connection to the Olympic Games. The first appearance of a Constellation in the press featured the Olympic Cross of Merit, which Omega was the only company to receive. Omega continued to grow their sports image with advertisements exhibiting achievements like the “Mile of the Century,” in which for the first time in history two competitors, from different countries, both ran a mile in under four minutes. The race, taking place during the Commonwealth Games in 1955, was of course timed by Omega.
The Constellation saw many different dial and case designs over its run. This model shown here bears a distinctive "pie pan" dial, so-called because of its resemblance to a pie pan. Its hour markers and hands were also distinctive: diamond-shaped markers and sharp sword hands that would characterize the model from its earliest inceptions.
This particular model is a reference number 14393/3 SC. In the reference number, the first five digits denote the Omega-specific case reference number, while /3 denotes a model variant (although some people mistakenly believe it shows year produced). Finally, the two final letters are used to denote specific case-back types to allow them to be matched up correctly with the correct movements. In this case “SC” stands for “Seconde Centre” (center seconds).
With a distinctive style that effortlessly combines a mid-century aesthetic with the precision that Omega stands for, the Constellation is the perfect fit for a collector who desires a chronometer with a strong history of horological excellence and tons of flair.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.