Omega's flagship line for decades, the Constellation represents style, luxury, attention to detail, robust function, and most all, superior precision. Elegant and stately, it's well-suited for both casual and professional dress.
Today's offering showcases this rare mens Omega Constellation Manhattan watch in steel and solid 18K gold. Designed by Carol Didisheim, the Manhattan became one of Omega's iconic designs. Produced in only limited numbers and for only a little over one year in 1984-1985, this rare automatic first edition Manhattan had an unusual crystal with index painted on the underside.
Our friend and Constellation expert Desmond Guilfoyle described it this way: "The Omega Constellation Manhattan is a bona fide technical and aesthetic icon of the nineteen-eighties. It is one of a handful of early nineteen-eighties watches that have so far stood the test of time. It stands alongside the Piaget Polo, the revived Cartier Tank Watch, the Movado Museum Watch collection, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Swatch as true emblems of nineteen-eighties watch design.
The reason for the use of a crystal with under-painted hour markers in the early versions of the Manhattan was for both design and practical reasons. The claws were designed to ensure water resistance by holding the crystal and gasket firmly against the case body. The design called for the crystal to be seated well into the case and there was a need to eliminate the bezel and thus lower the profile of the watch to match the ultra-thin trends of the time."
While Omega fitted the majority of these Manhattans with 32mm cases and quartz movements, this uncommon automatic chronometer model had a 36mm case, the same diameter as a Rolex Datejust.
For the movement of this watch the company used their caliber 1111 mechanism, based on the ETA 2892-2, worked up to officially certified chronometer standards. As Desmond points out ETA's movement has achieved an impressive reputation for quality, reliability, accuracy and precision.
Our first edition Manhattan is in beautiful condition - it is fully Omega and presents as about a 9.6 out of 10.
The dial has been previously meticulously refinished - the printing could pass as Omega factory done to the naked eye.
A Master Watchmaker has just freshly serviced the movement making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Note that the color in the photos came out looking slightly off-tone. The gold is traditional 18K yellow in color.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Constellation, ref. 368.0865
Year made: 1984-1985 - The model was only produced for just over one year.
Case material: Stainless steel and solid 18K gold
Dial: Black with gold applied Roman indexes, outer minute track, aperture for date, expertly refinsihed
Movement: Omega caliber 1111, an officially certified chronometer, gilt finished, 21 jewels
Case condition: Mint with light signs of polishing
Crystal: Sapphire, mint condition
Dimensions: 35mm wide excluding the crown
Hands: Original, gold batons
Band: Omega Constellation bracelet, steel, extension clasp, sized to fit a wrist up to approximately 7.75 inches, adjustable, presents as mint condition with mild stretch
Serviced: Yes, freshly serviced by a Master Watchmaker.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.