Omega Constellation Watches
The Omega Constellation family of watches was introduced in 1952, and was based on the very popular "Century" design, a limited edition self-winding chronometer presented in 1948. The initial models were offered in steel or gold, while the Deluxe model was only available in gold with applied gold indexes, and the Grande Luxe was available in gold and platinum with a corresponding dial. The line was first known in the US as Globemaster due to a trademark issue that resolved in 1956; that name was later used for a different line of watches. In 1967, the first ladies' Constellation, using the "C-case" design, was introduced. With 1969's presentation of the Integral line, which meshed together the case and bracelet, the Constellation led the way into the use of integrated materials. During the 1970s, the line embraced the quartz revolution and also produced the only watch to be certified as a marine chronometer, the Constellation Marine Chronometer. The now characteristic "griffes" of the series were introduced with the 1984 "Manhattan" series, a model notably worn by Mikhail Gorbachev. 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of the line.