Vintage OMEGA Constellation Automatic gents watch dating from c1959 with original and unrestored pie pan cross hair dial. This watch is model 14381 which has a circa 34mm diameter stainless steel case with a gold constellation medallion. The movement is the chronometer certified Cal 551 with 24 jewels, this has recently been serviced by a master watchmaker.
The watch case is stainless steel with dog leg lugs, the screw-in case back displays a gold constellation medallion. This model should have a gold medallion although this has not been tested and therefore no guarantee provided. There is no definitive guide to the use of medallions, later stainless steel cases have these cast into the case back.Original gold medallions on early models do wear like this one and show no signs of tarnishing. Please note there is a short inscription to the case back. The desirable pie pan dial is original and has an even aged patina. The dial has cross hairs with raised silver dart hour markers.
It is also signed Omega with a raise name and logo, the dial also carries a the raised constellation star. The crown is signed Omega, looks original but this cannot be reliably checked. This watch is fitted with the chronometer certified 24 jewel cal 551 series movement found in early Constellation models from this period. This is a larger movement and therefore means the case is a good size at 34mm in diameter. The movement has recently been serviced and displays a serial number commenceing 17 which dates this watch to circa 1959.
The inside of the case is marked 14381 11 SC. This case number is consistent with the watch movement, style and entry on the Omega on-line database.
This watch has recently been fitted with a new quality aftermarket padded tan leather strap and buckle to match the case. The watch will be supplied in a new red presentation box which is similar in style and proportions to an original Omega box (see photograph). In terms of cosmetic condition, there is little signs of scratching to the crystal suggesting this may be a replacement. Minor signs of wear to the case commensurate with age which has not been polished, no notable damage although these has a short inscription to the case back. The asking price reflects both the rarity, overall condition and the high demand for this particular model.This is an excellent original example and the new owner may wish to have the dial refinished which is reflected in the price. The watch is therefore offered as a 100% genuine and unrestored period Omega watch.
I provide an honest opinion on condition, any omissions are accidental so please pay close attention to the photographs that form part of the description. The item "Vintage OMEGA Constellation Gents Pie Pan Dial Watch c1959 Cal 551 Model 14381" is in sale since Sunday, October 18, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "r2mcl" and is located in Newcastle upon Tyne. This item can be shipped to European Union member countries.