In our world driven by novelties and social media, it’s sometimes easy to forget things that have been presented only a few years ago. But today, we’ll give a look at a watch that is somehow underrated, a discreet model that, however, encompasses all the savoir-faire of fake Omega… and more. With its focus on precision, and the addition of one of the most practical types of calendar, the Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar is full of arguments, but also some polarizing details. So today, we’ll give a look back at this timepiece.
A TRIBUTE TO EARLY CONSTELLATION WATCHES
As we explained in this in-depth historical article, the Constellation is one of the most enduring collections of Omega. It even came to life before the legendary Speedmaster. While today the name often refers to watches with integrated bracelets and bezel with signature claws, the high quality replica Omega Constellation started its life with a different objective.
Following a limited edition watch in 1948 to celebrate Omega’s centenary, the brand unveiled the series-produced Constellation, a family of luxury copy watches originally destined for men fitted with calibre 354, in 1952. Among multiple emblematic features, some distinguished the first members of the Constellation family: a star and the name of the watch above the 6 o’clock marker and a sealed caseback with a medallion featuring the Observatory of Geneva crowned by a constellation of eight stars. While multiple movements were available – calibres 351, 352, and 354 with bumper rotors and replaced four years later by calibres 500, 501, 505 and subsequently, in 1966 with calibre 561 for the date model, and eventually calibre 564 – all will be entirely devoted to precision, with chronometer certification. And this will become one of the hallmarks of the Constellation.
Another important feature of the early models is a design trait, the so-called “pie-pan” dials. With its raised central area and sloping peripheral chapter ring for the hour markers, the dial looked just like an upside-down pie-pan investing the watch with depth and originality. Described as a “12-sided” dial, the pie-pan models are hotly contested among vintage watch collectors.
With this in mind, and looking at the current collection… Well, you might now understand where most of the design elements are coming from.
THE COMEBACK OF THE ORIGINAL CONSTELLATION CONCEPT, WITH THE GLOBEMASTER
In 2015, Omega will unveil something fundamental for the brand, which isn’t a watch, but its Master Chronometer certification, now spread around almost the entire collection. In addition to COSC chronometer certification, the Master Chronometer certification goes eight steps further and replicates real-life wearing conditions to ensure the Swiss movement copy watch is resistant to magnetic fields and water – a certification that was conceived together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology METAS.
In order to present this new certification, which represents the epitome of precision and reliability for the brand, Omega decided to revamp the Constellation name, which was already representing, back in the days, the best of precision from Biel. And as an ode to the early cheap copy Omega Constellation watches, the Globemaster features a “pie-pan” dial and the Observatory of Geneva on the back. Originally presented in 2015 as a time-and-date watch, with an hour hand that can be set independently, the brand launched the following year a model with a highly interesting complication, the annual calendar.