Earlier this year, I detailed 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 just didn’t get ready for them.
When Omega presented its Constellation “Manhattan” arrangement for women in 2018 ( Karina announced about those here ), I was eager to perceive what the refreshed adaptation for men would resemble. Also, when the second was there, I was upbeat about the plan refreshes. The more manly lines were a major improvement, as I would see it. Sharp edges working on this issue and arm band, cleaned aspects 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 additionally makes it fascinating. The silk ones are particularly cool and help to remember those C-formed 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 a survey, 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 of every 18-karat Sedna gold. This is Omega’s own rose gold composite and it, obviously, has a gentler tone to it than yellow gold. This specific Omega Constellation reference 188.8.131.52.03.001 comes on a crocodile tie with 18-karat Sedna gold collapsing catch. Having the Constellation 39mm on the wrist, promptly 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 in light of the average state of the case, with its half-moons and the hooks on the bezel. While the hooks had the capacity of pushing on the gem on the original, it later turned out to be simply a plan include as the bezel wasn’t covered any longer by the sapphire precious stone. Also, it makes me think about my C-molded Constellation (see above), as a result of the silk dial. This dial isn’t just accessible in the Sedna gold models, yet in addition 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 an advanced watch, both from a creation point of view 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, yet it additionally shouldn’t have the thickness of a games watch.
Well, the uplifting news is, that Omega chipped away at the thickness of the watch. In any event 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, however just barely. On the wrist, my interests softened away. I wear my Globemaster a ton, and the thickness never disturbed 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 a redesign of the type 8500, which was presented back in 2007 (time passes quickly). Created in-house, this new arrangement it workable 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 affirmed. That implies that the development is chronometer-ensured, is against attractive up to 15,000 gauss, is exact with a normal every day deviation somewhere in the range of +0 and +5 seconds out of each day, and furthermore performs impeccably with a low force save. 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, not at all like the COSC chronometer affirmation 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 likewise comes up short on the GMT work or, better said, the free hour setting. I scarcely utilize the autonomous hour setting on my Globemaster and would incline toward the snappy set date that the 8800/8801 has. From my own insight, I can underline the extraordinary presentation of Omega’s in-house movements.
In the fourteen days of transitory proprietorship, I can’t truly comment on the 8801 in this Constellation, yet following 3 years of possessing the Globemaster, it is ok 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 unquestionably 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), yet this one has the blue gator tie with a comfortable 18-karat Sedna gold collapsing catch. It is exceptionally simple to change, without the requirement for any devices and protected with a pusher framework. The crocodile tie is of astounding quality, pleasantly completed on the edges and with a somewhat delicate covering. It doesn’t need time to break in, dissimilar to numerous different lashes we will attempt. Everything relies a piece upon your own skin and sweat, yet these lashes will keep going a significant long time I would say. All things considered, be set up to dish out a decent +-€325 when you need a replacement.
I am a devotee of the Constellation assortment and consistently have been, regardless of whether it is the initial 1952 model, the 1960s pie-container, or the 1982 Manhattan. My first Omega observe additionally turned out to be a Constellation. From that point forward, I have accumulated 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 really like and which Jorg has depicted so well half a month prior in this article on Fratello . This 39mm rendition of the new Constellation (likewise accessible in 36mm!) is certainly a preferable 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 tie, I think gold makes the Constellation DNA “pop” somehow.
Steel (beginning at €5,500) makes it maybe somewhat more flexible, 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 honed edges, brushed surfaces, cool dials, and eminent in-house Master Chronometer developments, we will see a greater amount of them in the flesh.
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