That’s one of the advantages being a watch journalist: wearing so many different watches. More than one reasonably could have ever have bought. This week is no exception. I am able to try the Omega Constellation Globemaster in stainless steel and Sedna gold.
A serious model indication, isn’t it? It seems to me that Omega is proud about the specifications of their watches, and they’re eager to let you know them. This two-tone Globemaster is a serious watch as well however.
Personally I’ve never been afraid of gold and steel (two-tone) watches, and a few of them are always in my collection. There are even some watches which I prefer in gold and steel over completely steel. The Cartier Santos, the Ebel Wave, and even the former model of the Rolex Submariner Date are some examples.
And it seems that in general gold and steel watches are gaining popularity again. Tudor brought the meanwhile quite popular Heritage Black Bay in gold and steel (we covered it here), and the watch I’m wearing this week attracts a lot of positive reactions as well. Not without reason.
The combination of steel and Sedna gold is already a very good one, the materials tend to go well together. The deep blue dial in combination with Sedna gold is nothing less than brilliant however. Sedna gold is Omega’s alloy that blends three main elements: gold, copper and palladium. Their own alloy will ensure that the rose gold color will be a long-lasting one (where ‘normal’ rose gold tends to go back to this yellow gold color after a lot of wear). It is an 18K medium rose colored gold, meaning that it has a minimum gold content of 75%. To me it looks like it has some sort of a grey shining over it. Which might be the reason it combines so well with the steel of the casing and the blue of the dial.
It took a while before the Omega Constellation Globemaster started talking to me. It’s a watch I really had to get used to. My first encounter was at the initial presentation just ahead of Baselworld 2015. We did a report on that which you’ll find here. Then in the spring of 2016 I had the opportunity to wear a stainless steel Globemaster for a week. Just before Robert-Jan reviewed it after he wore it for a month. It really started to grow on me however, when I saw Robert-Jan wear his 18K gold Globemaster more often. Meanwhile my initial reticence faded, and the Globemaster gained its position in the Constellation family.
While the model indication of the Omega Constellation Globemaster might be impressive, its reference number and specifications certainly are. If you’re looking for exactly the model I’m wearing this week, look out for Omega’s reference number 188.8.131.52.03.001. A stainless steel case combined with a 18k Sedna gold fluted bezel, fitted with a dark blue leather strap.
Revealed through the sapphire glass case back is Omega’s caliber 8900. Unaffected by even very strong magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss and more. Caliber 8900 has a Co-Axial escapement and is Master Chronometer certified. We explained what that means here.
Protected by an anti-reflective treated sapphire crystal one finds the beautiful dark blue dial. It’s made in the classic Omega Constellation pie-pan style (see here), and look so different in different light conditions. The diameter of the casing could have been learned from the model indication already, so what rests me is mentioning its water resistance of 10 bar (100 metres/330 feet).
Price in Europe for this model of the Omega Constellation Globemaster is € 7.900,= which includes European sales taxes (21%). More information on this and other Omega watches can be found at www.omegawatches.com.
Gerard has been in the watch industry for over two decades now. He owned a watch shop in The Hague, The Netherlands, and besides that he has journalistic and photographic activities in the field of watches. Collecting watches since he... read more