The Constellation family has played a rich part in Omega's heritage with the model first launching in 1952. Created to celebrate Omega's 8 precision timekeeping awards, it was for many years considered Omega's flagship model. By the early 1970s, the advent of electronic and quartz watches was forever changing the face of watchmaking. Omega was an early adopter, initially choosing to use tuning fork electronic movements developed by Bulova.
A tuning fork movement differs to a more familiar quartz movement. Rather than passing current through a quartz crystal, it oscillates a tuning fork, giving watches that use these movements a distinctive humming sound. In addition, rather than advancing the seconds hand in a one second impulse, the seconds hand moves in a beautiful smooth sweep.
Our example is made from 18ct yellow gold and is presented in remarkable condition for its age. The watch features a coin edge bezel, a solid gold guilloche dial with date aperture at three o'clock and an integrated solid gold bracelet with a jewellery-style clasp.
The watch comes with an original Omega box and is believed to date from 1972.