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Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Omega Constellation has never been one of the main Omega watches on my radar. This fact is interesting to me since I am a big fan of Omega watches overall. If you speak to Omega you learn something interesting that makes sense if you think about it. The world is split up into two major types of Omega markets. Those are Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster markets, as well as Omega Constellation and De Ville markets.

The United States is for the most part an Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster market. Having said that, if what Omega says is true, they sell far more De Ville and Constellation models in the East. Thus, while these dressier models aren’t a major part of the Omega image to the West, it is dress-style watches and not sport watches that make up the majority of Omega watch sales overall. With that in mind, I went on to review two different Omega Constellation men’s watches.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

To a degree, this watch review comes at the brink of when Omega has promised to release a re-designed Constellation watch collection next year, in 2015. That said, the current Constellation collection is from more or less 2007, and like the De Ville helped launch Omega’s new in-house made movements. As such, these two models each contain 8500/8600 series in-house made automatic movements.

Right now, the largest size available for a men’s Constellation watch is 38mm wide. I have a feeling that will change next year as the sizes get larger for the Western market. Personally I think the Omega Constellation needs to be at least 40mm wide (up to maybe 42mm wide) for the US market. What I have for review is the steel Omega Constellation Co-Axial Day-Date 38mm watch ref. 123.10.38.22.01.001 and the 18k Sedna gold Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm ref. 123.53.38.21.02.001.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The steel model is perhaps more classically a “Constellation,” at least in the modern sense. While the Constellation name has been part of the Omega family since the 1950s, it was in 1982 that the Constellation took its modern form with the Constellation Manhattan. The famed watch designer Gerald Genta designed a few earlier 1960s era Omega constellation watches, but not the Constellation Manhattan – even though it was clearly partially inspired by some of Genta’s popular designs from the 1970s.

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The Omega Constellation Manhattan introduced the iconic “case claws” and single piece tapering bracelet that remains part of the design today. Of course another major part of the distinct Manhattan aesthetic is the ring of Roman numeral hour markers on the bezel. While the steel Omega Constellation Co-Axial Day-Date has the look of modern Constellation watches, the 18k Sedna gold model has a dial inspired by an earlier, pre-Manhattan era Omega Constellation model.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

What is Sedna gold? If you aren’t familiar with this term, it is Omega’s answer to Rolex Everose gold. That is, an alloy of 18k rose gold that will not fade in color over time. Everose was developed as an exclusive alloy meant to prevent copper from wearing away and the gold to lose its “rose” color. Sedna works the same way and is designed to ensure more permanence for those who invest in an 18k gold watch. If I recall my facts correctly, this particular Constellation watch was the debut timepiece for Omega to introduce its 18k Sedna gold metal.

The Sedna gold Constellation is lovely, and the warm tones of rose gold are flattering to the overall design. That being said, I think that the Constellation has always looked best with some steel, so it is the two-tone constellation models I like better when it comes to showing off some gold. The dial is neat, and helps this modern Constellation model connect with Omega’s past. Detailing around elements such as the date window frame and the angularity of the face are well-done.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Sedna gold watch is a unique and interesting timepiece that connects a range of Omega historical points. It combines new and old in a uniquely fashionable way. Attached to the case is matching, tapered brown alligator strap. Ask yourself, do you get the full Constellation experience with the watch on a strap versus a full bracelet?

Omega produced this Sedna gold ref. 123.53.38.21.02.001 Constellation watch as a limited edition of 1,952 pieces in celebration of the year that Omega debuted the Constellation family in 1952. Inside the watch is an in-house made Caliber 8501 automatic Co-Axial movement. This is similar to the 8500 movement, but the 8501 adds an 18k gold bridge over the balance wheel and an 18k rose gold automatic rotor.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

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  • MisterDeal

    Wow. I am a Constellation person, but mostly classic vintage – I have a black Gerald Genta-designed Connie with a 1020 (underrated movement) from the ’70s that I love. I was never really into the more ’80s style Connies, I must admit. However, these – the steel in particular – really appeal to me. Omega really is going from strength to strength right now, finding the crucial essence in their model lines, building on them in the new editions, and making them contemporary with the great new movements. Wow.

  • gadgety

    I’ve got a friend with five Constellations that he received as a gift in the early 1990s. They’re (thermocompensated?) quartz, slim, and surprisingly small by today’s standards 32-36mm I believe. 
    Redesign in the pipelen. I think Omega would do well to reinterpret their classic pie pan design, somewhat underwhelmingly reflected in the Sedna gold in the piece above. What makes the pie pans, specially the 60s version so elegant is the nearly bezel less design, with lots of glass highlighting the watch face. They also look large, despite being small, at 32mm. A classic.

  • Maybe I missed it in the review, but what is that thickness? I know watches with Omega Co-Axials tend to be thick and these look that way too. Too bad as I tend to think dress watches should be thinner (no more than 12mm and better at under 10 mm). I suppose they will use a new 9300 series movement next year, but that is still a thick one.

  • Ulysses31

    I find that bezel with the Roman numerals to be quite unattractive, along with those double projections on either side, reminiscent of Harry Winston watches.  Overall it’s a very “Eighties” looking watch.  I prefer the vintage models.

  • Do not want.

  • Meh… I always check Omega watches out at stores, but I’m still to be change by one. Someway, somehow, I associate them with my dad’s watches, too serious ones for my taste.

  • Fraser Petrick

    On the right person, a handsome watch. Personally I could do without the roman numerals on the bezel. Does the Zenith star bother anyone? And the hyphenated O-ME-G-A ?
    So picky we paupers

  • bichondaddy

    Ulysses31 80’s looking in style and size.  If I want to wear something “80’s” style….I’ll dig out my 1980’s Seiko Master Calendar with Moon Phase…..and then I’d probably put it back when my wife would look at it and tell me not to wear one of my “grandpa” watches.  I’d then grab one of my 50 mm watches and wear that instead.  Go big or go home I always say….LOL.

  • Fraser Petrick The bezel brings to mind Bvlgari Bvlgari (or is it Mary Hartmann, Mary Hartmann).

  • SidhartaGT

    I do not fancy watches with numerals outside the dial. Also, by the shift in your voice volume; you turned to refer to something while quoting the price for the Sedna Gold model. Haha. Just an observation.

  • DG Cayse

    I have long been a fan of the Omega Constellation.
    The picture of the steel Constellation on your wrist looks about perfect.

  • spiceballs

    I personally find the current Omegas too thick to be comfortable on my wrist, although their movement intrigues me and their dial layout (here, especially the steel) attractive..  But agree that the numerated bezel just doesn’t work.  I think that they’d do much better to “thin” it out, use a “clean” bezel and place (thin) roman numerals  on the dial with day/date as it is.  OK it might more like a Chris Ward (which ain’t bad!) bad it’d still have the Omega name & movement

  • csong36

    I love Omega but they need to update the bracelet on the Constellation.  It looks so ’80s and outdated.  And I agree with Ariel that it needs to be at least 40 mm.  Less than that and it looks like a woman’s watch.

  • PSGoh

    I was hunting for an everyday watch for my wife last year. and ended with the Omega Constellation (Steel + Silver Face). I find that the Constellation Series is probably the most iconic dress watch which is on par with Rolex Oyster series. Would have gotten an additional Day-Date Constellation for myself if Omega had a nice matching silver face/dial for their Day-Date. without the gold “bits”

    While some might think the bracelet is a bit “out-of-times/fashion” some how I just feel that some “retro-ness” is what is needed to maintain some pedigree of a Iconic/Signature Watch Series. Unlike the DeVille Series, the Constellation definitely shouts out more OMEGA. 😀

  • DG Cayse

    PSGoh I agree with you observation – The Constellation has become an iconic image that is easily identified.
    I am glad to see that Omega has tamed the bars on the bezel a bit. I did find them a bit ‘disruptive’ in the older models – such as the one I own from the mid-80s(?).
    I agree that as a ‘dress watch’ the Constellation is a very clear alternative to one of the other well-known marques. I also think the bracelet is part of its iconic design.
    Just my opinions.

  • AbdulNoorUsman

    your watches is so deceent we can see time easily Omega watches are xelent. It use are many businessmen , students and everyone.

  • LapYoda

    The current design looks much more masculine and contemporary than the previous generation with its smaller claws and Roman numerals in a serif font, and I think it looks quite sharp.  I especially like that they brought back the pie pan dial for the gorgeous Sedna version.  That being said, Omega’s sport models are so iconic and attractive that they overshadow this line and the De Ville, and one would be hard pressed to choose this over a Speedmaster Pro or Planet Ocean.  Maybe if you already had those and wanted a dressier Omega, but then you have competition with the Rolex Datejust.  It’s an unenviable market position for this watch.

  • marbstiu

    SuperStrapper http://themoviebanter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/pee-wee-herman.jpg My face when someone offers this watch to me

  • fortsonre

    Fraser Petrick That “Zenith star” has been around since 1952.

  • fortsonre

    The pie pan dial is nice, and has the exact same hour markers as my 1958 Constellation.  I’ve never really cared for the “Manhattan” Constellations, so it’s nice to see them going back to some of the classic design bits of their past.

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