Omega - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1965
    Reference No: 168005/6
    Movement No: 24'434'685
    Model Name: Constellation "De Luxe"
    Material: 18K white gold and sapphires
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 561, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 34.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Constellation collection was launched in 1952. The symbol of this collection is engraved on the back: the Cupola of the Geneva Observatory surrounded by eight stars representing the brand’s greatest chronometric achievements at the world’s observatories including the 1931 “clean sweep” at the Observatory of Geneva where Omega broke the record for precision in every category.

    Launched in 1952, the Omega Constellation was considered as one of the most precise and reliable wristwatches at the time. Since its initial release, the Constellation remains as one of the firm’s flagship models, still in production till date. Encased in an elegant 34.5mm diameter case, the present watch is a wonderfully executed specimen with sculpted lugs. However, what sets the present watch apart from the ordinary is the presence of the baguette sapphire hour markers on the dial.

    The present example belongs to the “De Luxe” collection as it features a white gold case, giving the timepiece a touch of extravagance. The angled lugs are very impressive with sharp bevels and finishing throughout - we believe that the watch is preserved in possibly unpolished condition as there are no service marks to the inside caseback. Two deep and crisp hallmarks are visible beneath the lugs and the constellation engraving on the caseback is deep and sharp.

  • 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. 168005/6
A highly rare and attractive white gold wristwatch with sapphire-set numerals, center seconds and date

Circa 1965
34.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF40,640

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024