Today's offering showcases this classic Constellation with "De Luxe" dial.
The second half of the 1950's and the 1960's were an important time for Omega. In 1955 Omega introduced a new series of movements that would become famous powering their flagship watch, the Constellation, and would be officially certified by the "Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres" (Swiss watch governing body) as a chronometer, the highest honor given to a movement. Then in 1960 produced 20,000 Constellations in succession that all achieved chronometer status with no failures.
One such movement was the 500 series. These robust movements were one of the finest extensively produced automatic movements and is the mechanism that powers the Constellation featured here.
Here are some of its features:
- Beautiful and desirable De Luxe dial with striking large gold indices
- Long 46 hour running reserve keeps the watch consistently running, even when not worn daily
- Precision micrometer regulator for small timing adjustments
- Classic and elegant waterproof style case with 14K gold Constellation emblem on the back
It has fully Omega parts down to even its period correct Omega band and buckle, which show only light signs of being worn
Its shapely case is scratch-free with signs of previous polishing. It retains all of its star on its observatory logo medallion on the back.
Its striking silver dial was well-restored in vintage times and shows only light aging under magnification. While we usually associate this reference with having a cal. 505 24 jewel Omega movement, this one has a cal. 552 24 jewel Omega movement that is not chronometer signed and likely swapped during a needed servicing at some point.
One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
It is running exceptionally strong and true, keeping time better than most brand new Omega chronometers in our testing recording position.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Note: An example of this model resides in the Omega Museum in Switzerland, and a published example can be found in Marco Richon's work, Omega: A Journey Through Time, 2007, approx. pg. 367. We have previously sold three watches to the Omega Museum for display and sold a similar Constellation in steel with black dial to a private collector who sent us an offer slightly higher than the Museum's offer to us in somewhat of a private bidding war between the two to us for it.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Movement no.: 21,245,615
Year made: c. mid 1950's to early 1960's
Model: Ref. 2852-8 SC
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Automatic
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel and gold
Case condition: Scratch-free with signs of previous polishing. It retains all of its star on its observatory logo medallion on the back.
Dimensions: 35mm wide (excluding crown), 42mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver, signed Omega and Constellation, hand-riveted gold wide vintage styled markers, luminous dots, "De Luxe" version, well-restored during vintage times, only slight aging visible under magnification
Hands: Original, gold, luminous dauphines
Movement type: High grade caliber 552, 24 ruby jewels, shock resistant, micrometer regulator
Movement markings: Omega Watch Co., Cal. 552, 24 Jewels
Width between lugs: 18mm
Band: Period correct Omega Teju lizard band and Omega buckle, only lightly worn
Crystal: Acrylic, unsigned, excellent condition
Servicing: One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running exceptionally strong and true, keeping time better than most brand new Omega chronometers in our testing recording position. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com 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.