Omega’s Constellation series has been around since 1952 — predating both the Speedmaster and the “300” version of the Seamaster — but has in recent years been relegated to the fringes of the Omega portfolio, at least on the men’s side; the ladies’ Constellation models received a makeover as recently as 2018. Omega will follow up on that facelift this year, with the announcement this week of a major new Constellation Gents collection, comprising 26 new models, a variety of case materials and dial colors, and — for the first time in the series — Master Chronometer movements.
The newly released Constellation models, all sized at a modest-yet-contemporary 39 mm, represent the fifth design generation for the venerable dress watch. The first in 1952, which famously sported a “pie-pan” dial, was followed by the now-iconic 1982 version — with its barrel-shaped case with four “claws,” half-moon facets at top and bottom, mono-link bracelet, and indices on the bezel — whose main elements have factored into every version since, including the softer, rounder 1995 iteration, the enlarged “Double Eagle” models of 2003, and the most recent revamp in 2009.
The updates applied to the men’s Constellation encompass both the exterior design and the interior technology. The outside refinements include polished and beveled edges along the case and bracelet; a slimmer bezel with redesigned Roman numerals; a slimmer profile and more elegant finishing for the claws; a conical crown; redesigned hands and hour markers visually inspired, Omega says, by the triangular facets of New York City’s Freedom Tower; and new mid-bar bracelet links with a comfort-release function, as well as optional leather straps.
Inside the cases — which are made variously of stainless steel, 18k yellow gold, Omega’s proprietary 18k Sedna gold, or a combination thereof — you’ll find the collection’s significant interior upgrade, an Omega Master Chronometer-certified movement, with automatic winding, a co-axial escapement, magnetic resistance to 15,000 Gauss, a silicon balance spring and a power reserve of 55 hours. The steel and two-tone models are outfitted with Caliber 8800, the all-gold models with Caliber 8801, which features all of the above in addition to a bidirectional rotor in gold to match the case.
The Omega Constellation Gents’ collection ranges in price as follows: $5,280 for the steel-cased models on leather straps; $6,050 for steel on bracelets; $7,450 for two-tone steel-and-Sedna gold or steel-and-yellow-gold; $9,000 for two-tone on steel bracelets; $9,100 for two-tone on leather with diamond indices; $10,600 for two-tone on bracelets with diamond indices; and $31,000 for all-gold (case and bracelet).