BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: Omega Constellation Chronometer Series "Pie Pan"
Year of Production: 1966
Movement: 561 / 168.004
Number of Jewels: 24
Hand and Dial: 3D 18K Solid Gold Baton Indices with Dauphine Hands
Lug Width: 18mm
Strap: Brand-New Hi-Quality Two-Tone Genuine Leather Strap with Gold Buckle and Built-In Quick-Release Spring Bars
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
The Omega Constellation has a very interesting history that needs to be told.
The year 1933, at the Kew-Teddington Observatory, Omega set world records for precision in every category and repeated this achievement in 1936. A total of 8 records were accomplished between 1933 and 1952 (2 chronometer records and 6 first-place awards) thereby giving this timepiece its name Constellation with the 8 stars, and an observatory on the back case - very symbolic indeed.
The Constellation made its debut in 1952 to succeed the Omega Centenary, and was initially equipped with the Cal 354 AKA “bumper automatic” that does not fully rotate a full circle but instead, it "bumps" off springs at either end of its pendulum arc hence a back and forth movement, giving it a rather distinctive feel on the wrist – you can actually feel the rotor "bumping." Invented by English watchmaker John Harwood in 1923, this "bumper automatic" may be considered the world's first "kinetic" energy system.
Omega introduced the 500 series of movements for the Constellation in 1958 that uses a full rotor system used in modern watchmaking. The dial that accompanied this movement was affectionately known as the "Pie-Pan" - one of the most gorgeous and timeless dials one will ever come across - it is simply mesmerizing.
Here we have an 18K Omega Constellation 168.004 with caliber 561 in MINT condition. The Cal 561 was extensively used in many constellation models especially the 168.004 and various Pie Pan series because of its high performance.
It has a beautiful two-tone silvery-white dial, gold date window, 3D gold baton Indices with dauphine hands that are found well preserved after a deep cleaning.
Its traditional gold-filled case was cleaned via carefully cleaned and polished as best as possible without compromising its gold-filling, shape and lines albeit a few miniscule scratches that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. The crystal was given a good polish and is now in near mint condition.
The crown is original and located at the traditional 3H position and is easily accessible. The date does not come with quickset capabilities. The time quickset works flawlessly by pulling out the crown to adjust the hands accordingly. The gold-filling has worn down hence the omega logo is not visible.
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and a 60 hour calibration was conducted on 14 December 2023. In short, it was given an overall and not a general servicing, and should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the well revered 561 movement, it has 24 Jewels and operate at a high-beat 19,800 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows superb readings i.e. rate of +1 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 197 with a relatively straight line! Such readings are truly exceptional even by brand new modern automatic watch standards whereby the accepted tolerance is -20 to +40 seconds a day! This is a testament to the quality, excellent power reserve and longevity for such a vintage timepiece, the meticulous care provided over the years, and of course the painstaking expert calibration conducted.
The case width and height are approximately 35.5mm (with crown) and 40mm respectively. The lug width is 18mm and the leather strap can accommodate wrists up to 20.0cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
A brand new hi-quality two-tone genuine leather strap with gold buckle and built-in quick-release spring bars is provided as part of the deal. The Buyer has the option to choose a different design and / or colour strap from my array of straps should he / she wishes to do so.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch in mint condition, and the movement within squeaky clean and well maintained. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. An aftermarket box or purposeful carrying pouch will be provided instead.
Bear in mind that this watch has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and preserved for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
Yes, there are many other same / similar models in the market, BUT none as beautifully aged and as well maintained as what you see here. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind watch will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone born in 1966! Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 400.00 to S$ 600.00 for a proper overhaul and S$ 150.00 to calibrate an Omega timepiece; and S$ 60.00 to clean and polish the gold-filled watch case - these costs do not apply when purchasing this timepiece. So, if anyone was to sell such a timepiece at a low price yet claim that it has been serviced, one has to ask what kind of servicing was conducted, if any.
This is a highly sort-after Omega Constellation Chronometer Cal 561 168.004 Automatic Watch; so, be unique and wear something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the Omega die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector for that matter!