Earlier this year, I announced about the new Omega Constellation 39mm Gent’s assortment. The lines of this model are somewhat more honed than the past model, and they are currently all outfitted with the in-house type 8800/8801 developments. My lone worry, as I wrote in this article , is the thickness of the case. Let’s check whether that has been tended to by Omega.
I never truly paid heed to the Constellation “Double Eagle” assortment from 2003 and the later 2009 Constellation assortment (38mm). They were a lot bulkier than the Constellation watches that were produced using 1982 to 2002 and by one way or another I essentially didn’t get ready for them.
When Omega presented its Constellation “Manhattan” arrangement for women in 2018 ( Karina revealed about those here ), I was eager to perceive what the refreshed adaptation for men would resemble. Furthermore, when the second was there, I was glad about the plan refreshes. The more manly lines were a major improvement, as I would like to think. Sharp edges working on this issue and arm band, cleaned features on the brushed wristband, and better-planned applied hour markers. The new Constellation 39mm Gents’ assortment looks more develop, compared to its archetypes. The variety of dials likewise makes it intriguing. The silk ones are particularly cool and help to remember those C-molded Constellations from the last part of the 1960s and mid 1970s.
But, the truth will eventually come out, and the thickness of the case was as yet a slight worry for me. I mentioned the Constellation 39mm for an audit, and Omega was glad to supply us one for an involved test drive.
Constellation 39mm in Sedna Gold
Omega didn’t simply send me any Constellation 39mm, yet one out of 18-karat Sedna gold. This is Omega’s own rose gold compound and it, obviously, has a milder tone to it than yellow gold. This specific Omega Constellation reference 184.108.40.206.03.001 comes on a croc tie with 18-karat Sedna gold collapsing catch. Having the Constellation 39mm on the wrist, quickly makes me consider two different Constellations that I have in my private assortment. The absolute first Omega Constellation “Manhattan” from 1982 (reference 398.0864), as presented above, and my Constellation 168.029 from 1970.
The first due to the commonplace state of the case, with its half-moons and the hooks on the bezel. While the hooks had the capacity of pushing on the precious stone on the original, it later turned out to be just a plan highlight as the bezel wasn’t covered any longer by the sapphire gem. What’s more, it makes me think about my C-formed Constellation (see above), due to the silk dial. This dial isn’t just accessible in the Sedna gold models, yet additionally for the hardened steel and bicolor variations.
But, that’s where the comparison closes, frankly. The Omega Constellation 39mm has little to do with these vintage models. It is a cutting edge watch, both from a creation viewpoint just as from a plan viewpoint. It includes the most recent age of Omega’s in-house developments. What’s more, that, regardless of anything else, clarifies the expanded case thickness.
The absolute first Omega Constellation Manhattan estimated only 6.5mm in thick. From that point forward, they’ve just become thicker. The Constellation isn’t actually viewed as a dress watch, so it doesn’t should be super slim, however it likewise shouldn’t have the thickness of a games watch.
Well, the uplifting news is, that Omega chipped away at the thickness of the watch. At any rate optically, it looks less thick than its archetype. At the point when I took my Omega Constellation Globemaster — likewise 39mm in breadth — out of the bank safe, I estimated a thickness of that case and it is 13mm. The 39mm Constellation I have here estimated 12.5mm in height.
So, it’s compliment than my Globemaster, yet just barely. On the wrist, my interests softened away. I wear my Globemaster a great deal, and the thickness never troubled me. The equivalent applies to the Constellation 39mm. During the time I had it on my wrist, I didn’t disapprove of it.
Caliber 8801 Movement
The type 8800 family is an overhaul of the type 8500, which was presented back in 2007 (time passes quickly). Created in-house, this new arrangement it feasible for Omega to bid farewell to the type 2500 developments. Type 8800 (and 8801 for the gold watches, similar to the Constellation we have here) is Master Chronometer confirmed. That implies that the development is chronometer-ensured, is against attractive up to 15,000 gauss, is exact with a normal day by day deviation somewhere in the range of +0 and +5 seconds out of each day, and furthermore performs impeccably with a low force hold. An outline of all the Master Chronometer tests can be found here . It is acceptable to realize that every one of these tests have been performed with the development cased up, dissimilar to the COSC chronometer confirmation that just applies to the development itself.
The type 8800/8801 is somewhat more slender than my type 8901 in my Globemaster, and there are some more contrasts. The force hold of type 8801 is 55 hours rather than the 60 hours of the 8901. It additionally comes up short on the GMT work or, better said, the autonomous hour setting. I barely utilize the autonomous hour setting on my Globemaster and would favor the brisk set date that the 8800/8801 has. From my own insight, I can underline the incredible presentation of Omega’s in-house movements.
In the fourteen days of brief possession, I can’t truly comment on the 8801 in this Constellation, however following 3 years of claiming the Globemaster, it is alright for me to say that the Master Chronometer development beats any remaining watches I have or have at any point had. To wrap things up, I truly appreciate taking a gander at the 8801 development, so a sapphire case back is certainly valued.
Strap and collapsing clasp
The Omega Constellation 39mm is additionally accessible in full gold, implying that it comes with a full gold arm band (for €31,600), however this one has the blue gator lash with a comfortable 18-karat Sedna gold collapsing catch. It is not difficult to change, without the requirement for any devices and defended with a pusher framework. The gator tie is of astonishing quality, pleasantly completed on the edges and with a somewhat delicate coating. It doesn’t need time to break in, dissimilar to numerous different ties we will attempt. Everything relies a piece upon your own skin and sweat, yet these lashes will keep going a serious long time as far as I can tell. All things considered, be set up to dish out a decent +-€325 when you need a replacement.
I am a fanatic of the Constellation assortment and consistently have been, regardless of whether it is the initial 1952 model, the 1960s pie-dish, or the 1982 Manhattan. My first Omega observe additionally turned out to be a Constellation. From that point forward, I have assembled a little assortment of them throughout the long term. I halted with the Constellation’95 models, as the 2003 Constellation Double Eagle that showed up as a replacement to them was not for me.
I consistently needed a commendable replacement of the Manhattan, which I genuinely like and which Jorg has portrayed so well half a month prior in this article on Fratello . This 39mm variant of the new Constellation (additionally accessible in 36mm!) is unquestionably a preferred gesture to the Manhattan over its two archetypes from 2003 and 2009. As far as I might be concerned, a Constellation needs to have in any event a dash of gold. Regardless of whether it is bicolor, or full gold, even on a lash, I think gold makes the Constellation DNA “pop” somehow.
Steel (beginning at €5,500) makes it maybe a smidgen more adaptable, yet the Omega Constellation to me is a watch that doesn’t should be. All things considered, (at €5,700) that makes my statement — it pops. I trust that with the new arrangement of Constellations, with their more keen edges, brushed surfaces, cool dials, and brilliant in-house Master Chronometer developments, we will see a greater amount of them in the flesh.
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