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Do any of you know anything about this Omega Constellation model?

  1. Perrier

    Perrier Jul 15, 2016

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  2. Mouse_at_Large

    Mouse_at_Large still immune to Speedmaster attraction Jul 15, 2016

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  3. Kwijibo

    Kwijibo Jul 15, 2016

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    it's not the most desirable conny. It'as more or less a 2892A2 inside. It's not a bad movement but not probably the more sought after too. presonnaly I don't lile the design of these constellations. Neve understood them.
     
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  4. Perrier

    Perrier Jul 15, 2016

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    Cheers guys.

    Maybe I'm weird but I feel these designs have an Egyptian vibe to them, and that's why I like them.

    Also, they're unique looking.
     
  5. lillatroll

    lillatroll Jul 15, 2016

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    Omega has something for everyone, if you like it and want one, why not? I like omega 70s quartz watches, some people wouldn t wipe their behind with one. Each to their own.:)
     
  6. mondodec

    mondodec Editor Constellation Collectors Blog Jul 15, 2016

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    I'm more concerned about the watches with which people DID wipe their behinds, so as to studiously avoid them :)

    Seventies quartz watches are growing in popularity because of their quaint fusion of electronics and mechanics, which is a pity because many of the guys who were expert in their repair are falling off their respective perches.

    Same thing will happen to these Manhattan Connies IMO, especially the earlier Compressor style examples without the chunky bezel where the claws were actually functional. Give it a couple of decades and the sheer novelty of the design will raise more than a few eyebrows.

    Cheers

    Desmond

     
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  7. Perrier

    Perrier Jul 16, 2016

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    Hi Desmond

    Thanks for your reply. Could you explain what you mean by 'Compressor style'?

    Thank you.
     
  8. mondodec

    mondodec Editor Constellation Collectors Blog Jul 16, 2016

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    Both of the original Manhattans (rounded dial and rounded square dial) did not have a bezel and the crystal and gaskets were secured to the case by the claws at nine and three. So while the claws are only decorative now, they originally served a function. See below.

    The 368.0865 seen below is very uncommon, because most of the two original styles were in quartz and only a handful using the cal 1111.

    I think these are a classic, at least in the making, because the design and engineering of the case pushed the boundaries of case design and were unique in the sense that other compressor systems had a bezel. Also I think the aesthetics of this design are impressive, and while IMO many watch collectors on forums have been "socialised" by their on-line peers not to like these pieces very much, this design has legs as a collectible.

    The very first batch of these had indeed a 2892 under the bonnet, however it was the highest grade 2892 worked up and regulated as a chronometer and also was coated in the same copper/berrylium rose metal as previous fully in-house calibres.

    I've been shadowing 368.0865s for some years now, and on average a beat-up example will fetch around $650.00 and a pristine model a couple of thousand. But, they slip under the radar for most.

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  9. Perrier

    Perrier Jul 16, 2016

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    Awesome as always, thanks.