Vintage Omega Constellation C-shape date 14k Yellow Gold with Yellow Gold Bracelet 168.009 from 1966

$ 10.538

The Omega Constellation Reference 168.009, produced around 1966, epitomizes the elegance and precision that has made the Constellation line a cornerstone of Omega’s legacy. This particular model, crafted in 14k gold and paired with a matching 14k gold bracelet, is a remarkable example of mid-20th-century luxury watchmaking. Its mint condition, highlighted by a pristine champagne dial, showcases the timeless design and meticulous craftsmanship that are hallmarks of the Constellation series.

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Description

Design and Features

The 168.009 features a C-shaped case, a design introduced by Omega in the mid-1960s to modernize the Constellation line. This case design, characterized by its integrated lugs and smooth, flowing lines, was a departure from the more traditional round cases of earlier models. The 14k gold construction not only adds a layer of luxury but also ensures durability and a lasting shine. The matching 14k gold bracelet complements the case perfectly, providing a seamless and sophisticated look.

The champagne dial of the 168.009 is adorned with applied gold indices and dauphine hands, both of which are enhanced by the original lume that has aged to a pleasant, custard hue. This dial configuration not only provides excellent readability but also contributes to the watch’s overall aesthetic appeal. The iconic Constellation star sits proudly above the 6 o’clock position, a subtle yet significant detail that signifies its chronometer status.

Movement

At the heart of the 168.009 is the Omega Caliber 564, an automatic movement renowned for its accuracy and reliability. The Caliber 564 is part of Omega’s celebrated 500 series of movements, which were known for their robust construction and precision. This movement features a quick-set date function, a practical feature that enhances the watch’s usability. The chronometer certification of the Caliber 564 attests to its superior timekeeping performance, making it a trusted companion for everyday wear.

Historical Significance

The Omega Constellation line was first introduced in 1952 and quickly became synonymous with precision and luxury. The name “Constellation” itself is a nod to Omega’s numerous achievements in chronometer competitions, symbolized by the observatory medallion on the case back, surrounded by a constellation of eight stars. These stars represent Omega’s world records in precision timekeeping.

The introduction of the C-shaped case in 1964 marked a significant evolution in the Constellation line, reflecting the design trends of the 1960s towards larger and more integrated watch cases. This design not only provided a modern aesthetic but also improved the watch’s structural integrity and water resistance.

Collectibility

The Omega Constellation 168.009 is highly sought after by collectors, especially when found in mint condition with its original gold bracelet. Its blend of historical significance, elegant design, and mechanical excellence makes it a prized addition to any watch collection. The 14k gold case and bracelet, combined with the champagne dial, create a timeless look that remains fashionable decades after its creation.

In summary, the Omega Constellation Reference 168.009 is a shining example of Omega’s ability to combine luxury, precision, and timeless design. Its historical significance and exceptional condition make it a true collector’s piece, embodying the rich heritage of the Omega Constellation line​

What we love:

  • Wonderful condition
  • Amazing bracelet

What you should know:

  • Unless otherwise stated, it is common for vintage watches to not come with box and papers. In the rare example that a watch does come with box and papers it will be mentioned in the description. All purchases come with a bespoke black wooden watch box and warranty card.
  • Case has been polished at some point in its life.

Additional information

Brand

Omega

Caliber

564

Case Diameter

35 mm

Case Material

14K Solid Gold

Dial Color

Champagne

Movement Type

Automatic

Time Period

1960-1969

Dial

Factory Original