I have, many times, cited mid-century Omega Constellations as a fantastic entry point to vintage and outsized value proposition today. This Constellation falls into a different category: something of an apex reference. What started as a humble bridge between sport and dress models in 1952 had, by the mid 60s, become something far more extravagant. This example sports a full day-date, textured dial, white gold bezel, and chronometer certification (with a caseback engraving of the Geneva Observatory with eight stars above to represent the eight observatory chronometer competitions Omega won outright in the 20th century). A niche vintage Omega range elevated to its absolute best through care and attention to detail.
Moreover, this 35mm ‘C’-case generation was penned by none other than Genta in 1964. As prolific as the man was, occasionally a watch or two of his still does fly under the radar today. This is one such example. On this full steel bracelet, the design is hugely cohesive. Examples of this generation are occasionally also made more beautiful by a textured linen dial, here a deep pattern with cross striations that almost feels meteorite-adjacent. This is all underpinned by a calibre 751, Omega’s first Day-Date movement which managed to be just 11.1mm tall despite its engineering for added torque to move both the Day and Date wheels over at midnight without effecting accuracy (all Omega, not based on any ETA).
This example has a sharp case with full polished to brushed contrast on extremities. The linen dial appears unmarred entirely and all tritium applications are a matched deep cream tone. The full steel bracelet is hardly displaying marks either. Everything appears correct and the watch comes from a well-regarded German retailer.
Find this Constellation Day-Date here from Watchurbia listed as POA.