What if you could get a chronometer-certified, vintage watch from a major Swiss brand with an in-house movement and unique dial for $1k-$3k? Well, you can. Omega’s Constellation, which has been in production since the early 50s, has gone through myriad iterations over the years, but perhaps the most interesting are the “pie pan”-dial models of the 1950s and 1960s, which feature raised dials similar to those of certain Rolex Datejusts. There’s as much variety here as there is with vintage Seamasters, so be sure to shop around before you pull the trigger.
The wonderful thing about the Speedmaster is how little its fundamental design has changed over the past 60+ years. Yes, it’s used different movements, and there have been dial tweaks, but for the most part, a Speedy is a Speedy is a Speedy. Meaning, you can get a great reference 3950.50 with a tritium dial or even a more modern early 3570.50 with a tritium dial for under $5k. Sure, that’s no small amount of scratch, but compared to the price of, say, a Daytona? Yup — quite a steal. And you’re still getting an in-house Omega movement, a matching bracelet (should you desire), and that gorgeous Speedy dial and case.