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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1957
    Reference No: 2852
    Movement No: 15'009'694
    Case No: 112'594
    Model Name: Constellation
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 501
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold, expandable brick link
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega’s Constellation model was the firm’s most luxurious, technically perfect and costly model. Fitted with the in house calibre 501, an observatory tested chronometer, it was available in stainless steel or different versions in precious metal. The present example, a reference 2852, is from 1957 and unites a number of elements dear to an avid collector. Most evidently to the beholder is the stunning and unrestored black engine-turned dial featuring applied hour markers in gold but also the Omega symbol, Omega name and Constellation star in 18 carat gold. Furthermore, this Constellation still features the original gold bracelet, a rarity by itself. The watch is overall in excellent original condition and features the correct crystal, recognisable by the microscopically small Omega symbol in the centre.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Ref. 2852
A fine and rare yellow gold wristwatch with centre seconds, date, bracelet and black engine-turned dial

35mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF7,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF9,375

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