This rare, yellow-gold Omega Constellation “De Luxe” reference 2799 from the late 1950s represents one of Omega’s most premium offerings of the period. It has its original, solid-gold “pie-pan” dial, with beautifully contrasting finishes throughout. It also has its original, 18-carat Omega flat-link bracelet. The watch was delivered to Italy on the 16th of July, 1956.
Originally introduced in 1952, following the the highly-successful ‘Centenary’, the Omega Constellation was designed as a luxury dress-watch, manufactured to achieve Chronometer status by the “Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres” (or “COSC”). The Constellation has since become synonymous with luxury-chronometer watches, crafted at the highest level - with elegantly-refined cases, highly-finished dials and ultra-precise movements.
This stunning Omega Constellation “De Luxe” example is from 1956 (With serial number 114 XXXXX). Whilst the aesthetics are undeniably attractive, it is the condition that stands out. The round, solid-gold case and lyre-shaped lugs are perfectly-preserved, while the double-bevelled bezel retains its original shape. As with all Omega Constellation examples, the case-back bears the hand-engraved symbol of Omega’s famous records for precision, the Observatory medal - referencing the chronometer trials’ location, with eight stars in the sky to represent each chronometer record broken 1931.
Although the Constellation model is known to many simply by the name, a number of much rarer examples exist, designated the Constellation “Luxe” range - effectively highly-premium equivalents of the classic Omega Constellation. This example, the reference 2799, was the first “De Luxe” model to feature an O-Ring rubber-based gasket between the press-in case-back and case.
The solid-gold dial is exceptionally well-proportioned, featuring hand-riveted, faceted indexes for the hour markers. The centre of the dial subtly features an inner-minute track and is lightly-brushed, balanced with an outer high-polished “pie pan” edge. The classic styling is further expressed through Omegas gold ’daulphine’ handset, complementing the unique shaping of the gold hour markers perfectly. The Omega emblem and logo are applied, along with the small Constellation ‘star’ symbol at 6 o’clock.
The watch carries Omega’s self-winding, chronometer certified calibre 354 (adjusted to 5 positions and temperatures) at its heart, beating at 19,800 A/h, with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Where the Constellation itself is considered collectable, this “de Luxe” example is considerably rarer. Having been preserved in near-original condition, it is surely one of the best examples of one of Omegas rarest watches, that may not reappear on the market for some time.
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CONDITION, SERVICING & PROVENANCE
This watch has been preserved in near-original condition, it is surely one of the best examples of one of Omegas rarest watches, that may not reappear on the market for some time. The watch was delivered to Italy on the 16th of July, 1956, and comes with an extract from the archives. The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year mechanical warranty from A Collected Man.
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DELIVERY & RETURNS
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