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Rare 18 carat Omega Constellation Jeux d’Or watch with citrine glass

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Rare 18 carat Omega Constellation Jeux d’Or watch with citrine glass

A brief history on Andrew Grima:

Andrew Grima (1921-2007) was known as an innovative jewellery designer, whose designs won him prestigious commissions from numerous patrons including Princess Margaret, Jacqueline Onassis, and HM Queen Elizabeth II. Earning multiple awards and accolades, including a Royal Warrant, in 1969 Omega commissioned him to design a collection of 85 jewellery watches in a unique and captivating style. Titled ‘About Time’, the collection included designs that used a gemstone in place of a watch glass, that would allow the wearer to see “time through stone.

Here is a brief edited article taken in part from the Omega Museum’s website about the Omega Constellation:

The progenitor of the Constellation line is without doubt the appropriately named “Century”. A limited edition self-winding chronometer wristwatch launched in 1948 to celebrate the firm’s 100th anniversary. This watch, not intended for series production, was greeted with such enthusiasm that the decision was taken to create a watch with all the same qualities on an industrial scale. It started with the movements, which were all self-winding chronometers that had received the mention of “Especially good results” during testing.
The line would soon develop into a series of watches which were finished to different degrees. The Constellation Deluxe was available in gold with applied gold indexes on the dial. And finally the Constellation Grand Luxe, which was available in gold and platinum with corresponding dial and the so-called “Brick link” bracelet.
The form of the Constellation remained little changed until 1964 when the so-called “C-case” watches were introduced. The name was a reference to the form of the case, which resembled two interlocked Cs. The change would also be incorporated in the first ladies’ Constellation, launched in 1967.
The 1970s saw the introduction of quartz technology to the wristwatch and this also applied to the Constellation line. Some of the most accurate watches ever produced in series were developed for the Constellation line, including the famous Marine Chronometer which is, to this day, the most accurate autonomous wristwatch and the only watch to be certified as a marine chronometer. However it wasn’t a Constellation Marine chronometer that stunned the watchmaking world with a 0 error rating. It was a calibre 1021 self-winding movement destined for a Constellation that held the distinction of achieving absolute perfection when it received its certificate marked “Especially good results”, showing a variation of 0.00 after 15 days of testing in five positions and at varying temperatures.

A brief history on the sigma dials:

The history behind sigma dials is a very interesting one which has now made watches with these dials highly sought after. The sigma dial is discreetly marked with the Greek letter sigma (Ó) on each end of the T SWISS T or SWISS at the bottom of the dial. From 1970, watch companies who were members of the l’Association pour la Promotion Industrielle de l’Or (APRIOR), such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, IWC, Omega and Vacheron & Constantin to name a few, produced dials with the sigma letter to notify that the hands and index markers are made in gold. This was used at a time when the Japanese “quartz revolution” started coming in, and sigma dials were produced for one main reason – to notify when gold parts were used on a watch, including the dial to subsequently add to both the financial and intrinsic value of a watch. An important and quite interesting point to note, is that the sigma dials can be found on watches that are made all in stainless steel ie case, band and bezel, but with a sigma dial, not the index markers and hands.

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