The Omega Constellation has never been one of the main Omega watches on my radar. This fact is interesting to me because I’m a big fan of Omega watches in general. If you talk to Omega, you will learn some interesting things that will make sense if you consider it. The world is divided into two main Omega markets. These are the Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster markets, and the Omega Constellation and De Ville markets.
The US is mostly the Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster markets. That said, if Omega is correct, they will be selling more De Ville and Constellation models in the east. So while these more fashionable models are not a major part of Omega’s image in the West, foreign style watches rather than sports watches are the main source of total Omega watch sales. With that in mind, I went on to review two different Omega Constellation men’s watches.
In a way, this review comes close to when Omega Constellation Solid 18k Gold Luxury Women’s Watch 126.96.36.199.57.002 promises to release a redesigned Constellation collection of watches next year . That said, the current Constellation comes from around 2007, just as De Ville helped launch Omega’s new in-house movement. As such, both models include the 8500/8600 series of in-house automatic movements.
Currently, the maximum size of the Constellation men’s watch is 38mm wide. I think this will change next year as the size of the Western market increases. Personally, I think that for the American market, the “OMEGA Constellation” should be at least 40 millimeters wide (and possibly 42 millimeters maximum). I will be reviewing the steel OMEGA Constellation Co-Axial Day Date 38mm reference. 188.8.131.52.01.001 and the 18k Sedna gold OMEGA Constellation Co-Axial 38mm reference 184.108.40.206.02.001.
At least in the modern sense, the steel model is probably more classically known as a “constellation”. The Constellation has been a member of the Omega family since the 1950s, but in 1982, it took on a modern form with the Manhattan Constellation. Renowned watch designer Gerald Genta designed the Omega Constellation in the early 1960s, but not the Constellation Manhattan, although it was clearly inspired by some of Genta’s popular designs from the 1970s.
The Omega Constellation Manhattan introduced the replica omega watches iconic “case claws” and single tapered bracelets that are still part of the design today. Of course, another key part of the Manhattan’s unique aesthetic is the Roman numeral hour ring on the bezel. The Omega Constellation Co-Axial Day-Date steel date watch has the look of a modern Constellation watch, while the 18k Sedna gold dial is inspired by an earlier model of the Omega Constellation from the Manhattan era.