Omega Constellation Chronometer Price
Since the name Constellation appears both on the watch and in its name, where does the Globemaster come from? To explain this, we need to reach back into history and take a short trip to the United States of America. In the first half of the last century, when the Constellation collection made its debut, the name was already in use by another company. This is why the watches were initially sold under the Globemaster logo. In the new, anno domini 2015 generation, the Globemaster name, written in elegant font found its place on the dial, immediately under the Omega logo application. The star – hallmark of the Constellation collection is located in the lower part of the dial.
I remember exactly the moment, when the curtains felt and the guests of the premiere presentation saw the Globemaster model. Because of the fluted bezel many compared it to a Rolex. Even though this element is mainly associated with the extremely popular Day-Date and Datejust models, Omega has used it more than once more than 50 years ago. Besides, if you compare it to the competition, you will notice that it looks different (the fluting is denser). To dissipate all possible doubts, it could have been slightly narrower – I have even mentioned it in my interview with Stephen Urquhart. One way or another, this element is not much “exploited” by the brand, it is not a novelty – just a part of Omega’s history. In this particular case, it has been made of the very hard and resistant tungsten carbide.
Under the sapphire glass you see another element worth a longer and closer look – the dial. The one used in the Globemaster collection is referred to as pie-pan due to its rather special finish. The central, uniform section is surrounded by a dodecagonal inclined ring, with hour indexes applied along the edge. Notice a small detail, the inner ends of the indexes have a triangular incision – perfect match with the tops of the dial’s polygon. Those small but tasty details can make the general perception of the timepiece positive.
Coming back to the indexes – taking a closer look at this watch and having tracked a few historical models I started pondering why didn’t Omega use the shape of a triangle, with the tops matching subsequent “bends” of the dial? Such a design could have a more elegant look. Then I came to the conclusion that the shape used by the designers is an ideal match to the simple, central hands (two of them have narrow strips of Super-LumiNova), giving the face of the watch a slightly sporty personality. Adding all the pieces together, we obtain a proposition that works very well as an everyday watch but also a suit watch with a touch of the wild. The case is 39mm in diameter. It does not seem much but thanks to its shape, the bezel and dial design, the watch looks bigger than it is.
I like watches that need to be worn for a longer while to notice some of the small details and aspects. In this case it is the classic shape of the case, combined with the brushed finish, which gave the watch a very raw and serious personality. This contradiction confirms that this apparently conservative timepiece is hiding something that does not allow referring to it as boring.
The looks are just the looks, the most important is hiding inside the case. I am talking about the 8900 caliber – the first serial caliber to be delivered with a COSC chronometer certificate and an additional document certifying even more rigorous requirements concerning, among other things, accuracy – the „Master Chronometer” certificate issued by the Swiss METAS institute. Any watchmaker may apply for such a certificate but so far Omega is the only one doing it, mainly because of the highly restrictive standards.