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 replica watches.
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.
188.8.131.52.01.001 and the 18k Sedna gold Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm ref. 184.108.40.206.02.001.
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.
The Omega Constellation Manhattan cheap fake watches UK 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.
As a pre-Baselworld 2017 treat, Omega today announces a new flavor of Speedmaster with the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer replica watches UK that features a “racing dial.” With accents in sporty orange and the distinctive style of minute track associated with popular historical models, its vintage-inspired looks are backed up by a movement with Omega’s latest technology. It’s like a Moonwatch but with an auto racing twist.
The alternating pattern of the minute track comes first from a 1968 Speedmaster model and has since featured on many racing-related Speedmasters, but fewer modern ones. Some of the old Michael Schumacher Speedmasters come to mind for me, as well as the more recent Speedmaster MKII. It’s a charming touch, for sure, and shows that Omega knows and pays attention to its collectors.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer watch has a 44.25mm steel case that Omega says has a thinner profile due to “work done on the sapphire crystal.” Other subtle changes include the slightly enlarged subdials for improved legibility. We expect good legibility from Omega as well as a good lume experience, and white Super-LumiNova on the hands and the beveled 18K white gold arrowhead indexes should provide that. The orange accents on the dial extend to the orange wording on the polished ceramic bezel (with brushed “Liquidmetal” tachymeter) and then to the holes in the perforated leather strap that reveal orange rubber underneath. The varnished orange hands, though, are my favorite part.
The automatic caliber 9900 movement Omega fake watches inside was introduced in the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean last year at Baselworld 2016 and was the first chronograph movement with Omega’s new METAS certification. The 9900 operates at 4Hz with a 60-hour power reserve and the Master Chronometer designation promises that it is accurate to between 0 and +5 seconds per day, as well as resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. No caseback images from Omega for now of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer, but the 9900 movement is also fantastic to look at.
Those who know me know that I’m a big fan of Omega as a watch brand, so when I was asked to be one of the Omega cheap fake watches UK team members who would test-drive an Omega Globemaster for a few months, I gladly accepted. I’m also keen on the bygone Omega Constellation models, so the Globemaster with its “pie-pan dial” and “C-shape case” was an intriguing model for me to wear.
Note that while I, Matt Smith-Johnson, am doing the main watch review, other members of the aBlogtoWatch team will weigh in at points below with their thoughts on Omega’s Globemaster collection and their respective experiences.
Each ABTW team member got to pick which Omega Globemaster series replica watches they wanted to wear, and for me that had to be the all-stainless-steel model with silver dial and bracelet. For me, the all-silver look means you pay much more attention to the individual finishes and lines of the design. You can lose some of those details when the watch uses a few colours or different kinds of material. An all-steel watch, on the other hand, needs to have a solid design foundation to work. It’s sort of like driving an all white car — it’s got to have a great silhouette, or it looks like you’re driving a cheap refrigerator.
That said, I am also a huge fan of the yellow gold version, especially on the alligator strap. In fact, I really love how the leather looks on the Globemaster. Since I’m already a fan, however, I figure the steel bracelet levels out the playing field and my personal bias enough to make this a fair review. Now, let’s get down to brass tacks.
From what I have gathered after years of watchnerdery, the name Globemaster comes from the name originally given to US market Constellations in the mid 1950s. This was due to a legal dispute with Lockheed Martin, as their warplane-become-civilian-transport was called the Constellation, affectionately known as the “Connie.” If you spend a bit of time on Google, or fall into an Omega forums click-hole, you can find some images of these non-branded Globemasters from the 1950s. You could also just take my word for it and spend your time like a surface-dwelling human being.
Surface-dwelling aside, what’s really neat is that Omega new cheap replica watches had actually stamped some pre-pie-pan dials with the Globemaster name. If you can find one of these, you’ll notice the contemporary Globemaster uses the exact same script treatment on its dial. It’s an interesting callback, and I have no idea why Omega decided to resurrect this long-forgotten naming convention.
For 2016, Omega has released a collection of Omgea Speedmaster moon phase replica watches, a complication that pays homage to the watch’s unique history as the watch NASA took to the moon. Last year, Omega unveiled a Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon collection, but this year they want to show off the storied space history and also show off their new METAS-certified in-house caliber 9904/9905 movement housed in the Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watches.
To satisfy Speedmaster fans, and as the the brand tends to do with its new releases, Omega is offering several versions of the new Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watch. First, in stainless steel with a cool blue liquid metal dial and blue alligator strap or on a steel bracelet. Second is the version in Sedna gold with black alligator strap Omega replica watches. Third is a rare yellow gold one but with green liquid metal bezel. And finally, there is a limited edition platinum version with a super-cool red liquid metal bezel. Additionally, the platinum version also includes a tiny magnifying glass on the date hand semicircle which helps to see the date more clearly. Omega says that this little addition is not so easy to achieve and, at least for now, it is only on the platinum version.
The Omega replica Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watches all share the new caliber 9904/9905 movement which is a METAS-certifiedMaster Chronometer, meaning there are rigorous anti-magnetic and performance standards that exceed the industry-standard COSC Certification. This follows Omega’s promise to make all their watches pass the METAS certification and at the same time move all of their collection to become anti-magnetic. This is primarily achieved by using a proprietary nonmagnetic alloy for all parts of the watch and movement as well as using a silicon escapement.
The movement is made of 368 parts as well as 54 jewels. The automatic movement operates at a frequency of 28,800vph (4Hz) helping provide the Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watch with a 60-hour power reserve. As we mentioned earlier, it is antimagnetic to the tune of 15,000 gauss. This movement also features Omega’s silicon Si14 balance spring and free-sprung balance. By the way, when you see a 9905 movement, that just means the rotor and bridge on the balance wheel is made of Sedna gold. In the 9904, these are Rhodium-plated. Both feature Geneva waves in arabesque and blackened screws, barrels, and balance wheels.