This is where it gets tricky: As you can see not all watches that can be counted to the Pie-Pan family have a very pronounced pan-shape. This ref. 14393 shows an almost flat dial without any sector-texture. Photo @goldammer.meThe Omega Constellation is one of the most well-known watches today and throughout its 70 year history. However, this flagship has seen numerous references and designs. To better navigate the reference jungle I’ve put together this guide – to not loose track of how much the constellation has evolved. This here is our first attempt to bring a little order, starting with the first ~20 years and blueprints (the ”Pie-Pan” era) of this timeless idea called the Omega Constellation.The dial colors paint a similar picture. White dominates with 46%, but already close behind we see golden and silver dials with 26% and 19%, respectively. All color options often further feature golden hands and hour marker, adding to the exclusivity and the warm hue of these fascinating early references.* This is only a rough first reference guide. We’re open to suggestions on more fine-grained referencing systems. And I’d love to hear everything I missed… there probably is a lot.
The earliest examples of the Constellations hit the market in 1952. Those were Chronometer-Class watches with quite distinct design elements. A very recognizable detail is the dome-shaped dial. On these dials, the outermost area between the hour marker is split into 12 facets. A very unique look and the reason this style is under collectors most famously known as the ”Pie-Pan” dial.
It’s not just a Royal Oak anniversary year that we are celebrating in 2022. The Omega Constellation is celebrating its 70th birthday. Born in 1952 and kept in production all throughout the years the ”Connie” is a true flagship of the brand. But if we compare the appearance of this horological giant over the decades we see quite a lot of variance.A clear design framework but so many variants… Most Pie-Pan Constellations have the dauphine hands, center-second, dog-leg lugs and the automatic movement in common. Yet there’s date vs. no-date; dial textures; domed vs. classic pie-pan; stick, baton, arrow and trapez hour markers; steel, yellow and rose gold; and so much more variance. Photos @goldammer.me
What is the most sought after Omega constellation?
The earliest versions had soft, inwardly curved lugs and were most often two-tone (gold capped and steel). In the solid gold versions, white and rose gold are the most desired by collectors.
Unlike other collections like the Speedmaster or Rolex’s Datejust, where the core design features stayed more or less intact, the Constellation collection changed its general appeal drastically. From the dial layout, to hand-styles and even case-shapes you could find almost every possible variant you can imagine. From the get-go Omega’s aspirations for the Constellation collection has been to manufacture a high-end mechanical watch for the connoisseurs. This becomes even clearer when we take a closer look at the applied materials. Most of the pieces – 43% – were produced in gold, 19% gold-capped or bicolored and 38% in steel. Conclusively… there are hardly any other more versatile and adaptable (vintage) watches from the middle of the 20th Century and in general. Dress it up or down, it’ll always work! Photo a Constellation 168.005 gold on gold @goldammer.meFigure 1. Quantitative Guide to the Omega Constellation Pie-Pan. Showing the relative popularity – with respect to all Omega watches of the time – on the left, the distribution of case materials (middle left), dial colors (middle right), and hour markers (right). Data from Chrono24.
What is the purpose of a pie pan?
Noun. (cooking) A pan for holding and shaping the dough and filling of a pie, made of a heat-conducting metal, glass or other ceramic, and (more recently) silicone.
Here, we can have a more quantitative look at this design archetype and its features. With data from over 500 Constellation watches gathered from Chrono24 we can make a first estimate to how common these pieces in all the variants are**. Table 1. List of common Omega Constellation references from the ”Pie-Pan” era, their key design features and some of the known variants. approximate availability Nevertheless, design is an extremely important factor for us and for the love of (vintage) watches in general. I believe if you can understand a design you can value and cherish it more completely. The Constellation is the brands signature for precision, a figurehead that needs to be cased properly. Thus, this guide is an attempt to define what comprises the Constellation design and tries to show where it varies.The early ”Connie” is classically depicted with arrow hour markers. This is indeed the case for the first references, yet as we’ve seen later Pie-Pan variants dominate the overall picture. Thus, the classic stick 66% and baton marker (with onyx inlay) 18% are the most prevalent alternatives. But the stylish arrow comes in third, about 13.5% of the pieces features this mesmerizing, and also my personal favorite, hour marker.
So, what is an Omega Constellation? What defines this collection if not the appearance? It’s the strive for precision. One thing all Constellations have in common is their Chronometre status, a level of precision and accuracy beyond normal standards. As such this collection is more an idea, a promise to the inclined enthusiast that these pieces will tell you the time, the right time, and in a very distinguished way… it doesn’t really follow a default design.
Well… hopefully I gardened the (early) reference jungle a bit and disentangled some of the question marks for the potential buyer, admiring enthusiasts and vintage newbies. The Pie-Pan Constellation is a true classic of the late 1950s and early 1960s and carries a lot of its Zeitgeist. Originally envisioned to challenge Rolex’s Datejust it became its own success story. Modern watches might be more precise than the original Constellations but they can’t beat the history started with this one archetype!The attention to detail is phenomenal. Omega’s engineers and designers of the time crafted a well-constructed kaleidoscope incorporating every square-millimeter of the dial. Photo a Constellation 14902 with black dial and bracelet @goldammer.me
Over the course of these first couple of years Omega did actually use three different numbering systems. The classic 2-letter 4-digit system prior to 1962 and the more modern 3-digit dot system from 1962 to 1988 and an overlapping 5-digit period between 1958-1962. So here’s a list of the more common references of the Pie-Pan era*:
Reference Jungle The Omega Constellation is one of the most well-known watches today and throughout its illustrious history. However, looking back on 70 years of this flagship numerous references as well completely different designs have come up. You easily loose track of how much the constellation has evolved. This here is our first attempt to bring a little order into the reference jungle, starting with the first ~20 years and blueprints (the ”Pie-Pan” era) of this timeless idea called Constellation.
In the 1950s this is the finest of the finest from Omega. A 1958 Constellation 2943 gold on gold. Just look at the immaculate finishing on the dial, the brushed center, the playful arrow/diamond hour markers… a metal-made dream come true. Photo @goldammer.me
Yet there are other very common features. The hands are almost exclusively ”Dauphine” shaped, the pieces are round, the movements are automatic with center-second, the crowns are mostly faceted, and we find a very unique lug-shape often referred to as ”dog-legs”. A lesser known feature is also that these pieces could come in three different finishing levels: ”standard”, ”de Luxe”, and ”Grand Luxe”.
Who designed the Omega Constellation pie pan?
Black Pie Pan 1964 Gérald Genta Design.
** An important point to keep in mind with this analysis is that listed watches are most likely biased towards higher-value pieces. As such this might skew the distribution in terms of for example the material but also in general the amount of Constellations vs. other collections from the brand.The Pie-Pan era lasted for round about the first 20 years of production. Looking at how common these Constellations are in comparisons to other watches from the brand we observe that particularly with the introduction of the date-complication in 1958 the numbers strongly rise to about 15% of all Omega watches of the time. Overall, the Pie-Pan is most sought after from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s.
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What is OMEGA pie pan?
Those were Chronometer-Class watches with quite distinct design elements. A very recognizable detail is the dome-shaped dial. On these dials, the outermost area between the hour marker is split into 12 facets. A very unique look and the reason this style is under collectors most famously known as the ”Pie-Pan” dial.
Thanks to the Chrono24 Escrow Service, your payment is fully covered. We keep your money in our escrow account for 14 days after delivery of your watch. Thus, you have time to carefully inspect your order knowing your money is safe in our account. Only then do we send the money to the dealer.The 1980s and 1990s Omega Constellation watches are from an era in which watch collecting almost didn’t exist. If someone did collect watches, it was incredibly niche, and these watches were never aimed at collectors. Rather, they were bought because customers just needed a nice, reliable watch. With the updates that came in the 2000s, these Constellations became thick and bulky. In a way, that’s a pity because, with the thinness of the cases and their integrated bracelets from the prior two decades, they would have been perfect in today’s watch world.
The good news is that the models from the 1980s and ’90s can be found for very attractive prices in the pre-owned market today. As I collect Constellation models, I have a few of these, and they’re fun to wear. While the Constellation ’95 series (yes, introduced in 1995) is a step up in quality compared to the models from the 1980s, they are all great wearers. They’re incredibly thin, usually have an integrated bracelet, and have reliable movements inside. You just need to be able to deal with the sizes. The automatic versions are 36mm in diameter, but the quartz-powered models are around 33mm. That sounds small, but the case shape makes them wear and appear larger on the wrist. However, given the craze for smaller watches these days, the size should be considered a plus. You can read more about the history of the Constellation “Manhattan” models here.
I don’t think a Constellation should be manual wind, these were always automatic (or quartz). But even the quartz ones are bulky IMHO, I think they need to do a new thin movement.By the way, I appreciated reading the article as I’ve always admired the ETA-based Constellations, but when I dress up I prefer to wear a vintage (mid 1095s) Seamaster or Constellation. This “Manhattan” reference is actually also referred to as the second generation. It was a 1987 release in which Omega moved the Roman numerals from the dial to the bezel. The claws also lost their initial function of pressing onto the crystal to aid in water resistance. This model has Omega’s caliber 1111 inside, the predecessor of the 1120 (also based on the ETA 2892). Interestingly, this model has a sapphire case back, so you can look at the self-winding movement. It measures 36mm in diameter. From the same era as the Constellation above is this quartz-powered Day-Date model, reference 398.0869. With a diameter of only 33mm, it’s smaller than the automatic models above, but it still wears fairly well on a larger wrist due to the shape of the case and the integrated bracelet. According to the seller, it’s only 6mm thick, but we can’t confirm that. It’s definitely a thin watch, though. The gold rims around the day and date sub-dials and hour markers bring some contrast to the white dial.I always assumed that Omega produced beefy divers because that’s what consumers want in a dive watch. In fact, I cross-shopped between a PO and Sub and felt that the thicker PO was a better dive watch. The crystal and sapphire case back also add height.
This one has a 36mm case, and it wears incredibly thin. Inside, you will find Omega’s caliber 1120. It’s a movement based on the ETA 2892-A2, which is bulletproof. The automatic versions are chronometer-certified like most Constellation models (even quartz ones) were at the time. But this watch is hardly about the movement inside. When Omega started to use its in-house-developed calibers for the Constellation in the 2000s, these watches became bulky. These thinner models basically wear like a bracelet.
I got my father the 1502.30.00 (the stainless steel three hander with the date complication) in 1999. When he passed away in 2021, the watch was “returned” to me because nobody else in the family wanted to wear it. Now that I have it in my hand, and have worn the watch a few times, I can definitely feel its 90’s vibes. The case & bracelet design is a large deviation from all of the previous Constellations.A watch dealer in the UK is offering this Constellation 1202.10 for €2,550. You can find it here. This specific model was also available with a white dial and dials with diamond hour markers.
The 1502.30.00 is not quite the Manhattan, but it is dressy, nonetheless. If I’m not mistaken the ETA 2892 is exactly 1 mm thinner than the ETA 2824. The ETA 2892 (Omega Cal. 1120) is definitely a good and reliable movement for thin & dressy watches such as the 95 Constellations.There are many Omega Constellations from the 1980s and ’90s on the pre-owned market, and prices (can) start really low, especially when coming from private sellers. Just make sure that the bracelet is complete and works flawlessly. Many of the parts for the older (1980s) models are hard to get.Are you sure? My Caliber 8900 Globemaster is only 1mm thicker than a modern Datejust 41. Rolex watches aren’t exactly slim either I would say.. (looking at my Sea-Dweller while typing this)The 1980s and 1990s Omega Constellation watches are from an era in which watch collecting almost didn’t exist. If someone did collect watches, it was incredibly niche, and these watches…
Not entirely true, as the Co-Axial escapement was already in their caliber 2500, which was a modified 1120. It’s the 8xxx and 9xxx that are a bit obese.
Thanks for the nice overview of “youngtimer” Constellations. My favorite is the ’95, I still remember how I admired the advertising of those days. These watches truely show how two-tone can be done nicely – the slim profile is an essential part of the package. I also find modern Constellations much too bulky. It’s the single reason why I didn’t buy one. Probably Omega should think about a slim manual-wound version with the 8910 caliber instead?I think they need to fire those designers that made the Constellation the way they are now and hire Eric Giroud or something. The “modern” Constellation starting with the “Double Eagle” to the current catalog are just plain ugly and thick. I understand that it’s due to the movement used inside which cal 8500/8900 are a really chonky boi but with the 8800 everything became a possibility as it’s basically 2892/1120 re-engineered like a tank with coaxial escapement and there’s no excuse to not remake the Manhattan 85′ a far out possibility with cal 8800.
This version of the Omega Constellation in steel and 18K gold (ref. 1202.10) was my grail watch when I was young. Compared to the very first Manhattan model (the first picture in this article), the claws push down on the bezel instead of the sapphire crystal. Also, the Roman numerals are on the bezel instead of the dial. And speaking of the dial, the ones used in these Constellation ’95 models have a wonderful motif, adding some depth to them. It is also the first Constellation “Manhattan” variation with the dauphine hands. In the 1990s, Omega used ambassadors like Cindy Crawford, Ernie Els, and Pierce Brosnan to promote the Constellation ’95 series.I did 2 Seiko Lassale mistakes in the late 80’ies thus thin watches was a thing as far as I’m concerned, but not compatible with the things I put watches through. Warky, you just need to look out for reference 1202.10. You can thank me later! It’s the best version out there IMHO (I “upgraded” with a 1202.30 dial btw ;-)). I have an automatic constellation with the logo of the Philippines airline at 9 o’clock. Found on the internet at a very good price.absolutely love it’s slimline case and unusual detail on the dial,such an easy watch to wear.definitely a keeper. The bracelet is in the same style as the other second-generation models, and it has a folding clasp with a single-pushbutton release. As you can see above, it was possible to have half links to create a better fit on the wrist. This model was also briefly available (in the late 1980s and early 1990s) on a leather strap with a slightly different non-integrated case construction. This watch is on offer from a dealer in Poland with a price tag of €1,000. You can find the offer here. I have this watch, circa 1998, and I love it-so smooth and perfect on the wrist. I literally forget I’m wearing it. I have the perpetual calendar version, which I really wasn’t into until I realized I didn’t have to adjust the date monthly; of course it’s quartz, which I’m assuming is the only power source the perpetual calendar came in. At any rate, it’s a mainstay in my collection and one I will never part with…unless it dies, in which case I’ll probably have to find another.Believe Constellation was THE ultimate gift for celebrations in the 2nd half of the 90’ies, at least for the upper middle class. Close friends of mine got the gold variants for their wedding anniversary, and the watches were everywhere in the press.Not sure if the (95) Constellations ever became disregarded, but I believe the series was at it’s peak then, perhaps later iterations made their standing suffer . I still like them but have asked myself for some time, whether they have aged well. I believe the 95’s do whereas others have not, and I take no interest in the ones presently offered by Omega. The bracelet on this watch is slightly different from the first-generation and later 1990s models. The small bars stick out a little bit, whereas the later models have a smoother design. This 1980s model is being offered by a dealer from Germany and priced at €2,090. You can find the offer here. Du hittar oss på Arranging Things där vi fortsätter leta, välja, sourca, designa, köpa, sälja och i största allmänhet bara verkligen gilla grejer. Vi har ju även butik (både online och live) och instagram som du är mycket välkommen till!
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Vi använder kakor (cookies) för att webbplatsen ska fungera på ett bra sätt för dig. Genom att surfa vidare godkänner du att vi använder kakor. Läs merThe date window on the original is not actually rectangle, rather having edges, as opposed to the copy that has all corners at right angles. And that number 2! No flowing line to it, just ram-rod straight – looks like it is on parade in the military.
Is the Omega Constellation waterproof?
The screw-down case-back and sealed crown make this watch water resistant to 20 metres*.
And don’t forget, a fake watch is a fake watch. I can never understand how people are so proud to show off their fake Rolex or Omega watches with pride. Would you be proud to say, ”Look at these fake diamonds that I bought for my wife!”. Trust me, you won’t, your friends won’t, and neither will your wife! Please note that sometimes when a watch is serviced, the incorrect or generic crown may be used instead – not ideal, and of course, not what we do when we service a watch here, but you will see the wrong crown from time to time, so if your watch has the wrong crown, don’t jump to the wrong conclusion straight away. There are quite a few things wrong with this watch, both inside as well as out, as will be pointed out. Fortunately, we had the original version to compare this alongside the copy.The watch case (and back) on the copy was made by ”casting” the original and making multiple copies of it. What you will notice in these images and on the close-up below, is that the observatory and the stars are just not as sharp as the original that has been ”stamped” out.
I must say, that the forgers here have gone to the extent of trying to copy the inside of the back. One can only assume that this is now done, so when photos are taken of it and put on the on-line auctions, this gives it a bit more credibility. Note here not the differences in wording, rather the way both have been written.
Again, the forgers have gone to the extent of using an automatic movement – not too rare in fake watches today, but again, they have gone to the extent of writing Omega and various other (misleading) information on the movement.Brought in for repair because it wasn’t working, this watch was bought from a very well known and large worldwide internet auction site for several hundred dollars.
Let’s first look at the word ”Constellation”. The original on the left has nice script, and a well formed letter ”n”, as opposed to the copy that curls under itself. The letter ”i” has the dot on top – the fake doesn’t. Harder to see, the top of the letter ”a” goes too far up on the copy.
A close up of the balance complete – wonderful in the Omega, just plain boring in the copy, but what do you expect. But how nice in the genuine. Oh so wonderful to admire.
Here is another interesting thing to note – the original (genuine) Omega Constellation crowns are multi-sided. This copy one is more the ”standard” style.
The original on the left is the real one, with the 12 sided dial. The one on the right just doesn’t have that look about it. Ignore the baton markers that have fallen loose, just show the poor quality.Traditionally, the fakes were kept to the more ”modern” watches, i.e. watches only made in the last 5 years or so. However, never let your guard down, and remember the saying that if it’s too good to be true, then it often will be.Det jag är mest nöjd med är de snabba leveranserna. Beställde måndag och tisdagkväll låg mina varor redo i instabox att hämta. Väldigt nöjd med de varor jag köpt också.
Why is Omega Constellation so expensive?
If you’re still wondering why are Omega watches so expensive, we should emphasize again, the fact that their timepieces are made in Switzerland. True watch lovers know, that Swiss watches are craved by every watch enthusiast. In fact, people are willing to pay extraordinary prices for Swiss watches.
I dom här tiderna då det känns som om det mesta blir sämre i världen, speciellt för någon som varit med ett tag och har ganska mycket att jämföra med,73 år. Då är det skönt att CARE of CARL finns !!!Klockentusiaster världen över känner många Omega Constellation vintageklockor som ”pie pan”, tack vare urtavlans karaktäristiskt konvext välvda siluett på ett antal av modellerna, som i stora delar av världen känns igen som en pajform. De första Omega Constellation-klockorna inhyste automatiska ”bumper rotor”-urverk där rotorn istället för att rotera hela varvet, studsar mellan två bumper-fjädrar.
Omega Constellation vintageklockor är högst populära. Omega Constellation blev en uppföljare till den omåttligt populära guldklocka Omega gjorde i 6000 exemplar för att markera sitt 100-årsjubileum år 1948. Omega Constellation lanserades 1952. Modellen fick namnet ”Constellation” tack vare de 8 stjärnorna på bakboetten, där två av dem betecknar kronometer rekord, och de sex övriga första plats-utmärkelser Omega vann mellan 1933 och 1952.
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The deeper history of dive watches will always be murky, especially on the topic of first-time achievements when simultaneous development had countless brands competing. When…As I mentioned earlier, I would start any collection with an all-steel version as they’re well-priced watches that are reasonably easy to find and still a delight to wear.Constellations have varied greatly over the years. The earliest versions had soft, inwardly curved lugs and were most often two-tone (gold capped and steel). In the solid gold versions, white and rose gold are the most desired by collectors. Platinum cases are rare as hen’s teeth, while the stainless steel grasshopper lug version is among the most sought after – and an excellent choice for anyone wishing to start their collection. As a result, many good quality fake cases have appeared, with references 14900 and 167.005 seeming to be the most commonly counterfeited. There are many points to consider when determining if a case is genuine or not. For me, the easiest is to study the inner case writing and compare it to a genuine model, easily done thanks to Google image search. The bogus font appears more ‘etched’ and not as well defined as the originals.I chose to speak about this model because it was really only produced for one year and so few of them have been discovered. From my experience, it seems the last mechanical vintage Constellation with a pie-pan dial was manufactured for Japan in 1974, the reference 168.0065, which used a calibre 1011 chronometer grade movement with date. The pie-pan dial is slightly flatter than the early versions, and dauphine hands are still present. The raised steel Omega wording is located in the lower portion of the dial on this rare version. The Omega crown is not the 10-sided version, but rather a round crown. I remember discovering this watch when a Japanese gentleman offered it to me years ago and I’ve found only one other since. These are the occasions when watch seeking becomes exciting.
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Rolex is notoriously secretive about their releases, keeping their novelties completely under lock and key until the moment the embargo lifts. Sure, people constantly put…The 10-sided Omega crown is one of the defining features of the vintage ‘Connie’, as collectors often fondly refer to this watch. And if you’ve seen early Constellations with Seamaster crowns, it’s worth noting that these aren’t original. If Omega serviced these watches, they would have been replaced with the correct decagonal versions. Finding a vintage original crown can be a challenge, especially as many fakes have flooded the market. And while the gold-filled crowns are often found with the gold worn off where the Omega logo appears, it’s better to stick with that than replace it with the wrong version.
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The original content on TIME+TIDE Watches is copyright protected. Please email us before re-posting our content elsewhere. When sharing our images on Pinterest or Instagram please use the credit ’via TIME+TIDE’ THANK YOUThe sheer number of variants of Constellation — from the classical pieces of the ’50s to the crazier designs of the ’70s and beyond — makes these watches endlessly appealing, turning collecting into a lifelong quest. No matter how many angles you look at it, the Connie is the king of Omega.
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Another iconic Constellation feature is the Geneva Observatory logo on the case rear. This denotes chronometer grade status of the movement, which means it’s been subjected to a series of performance tests including various temperatures and positions, and remained accurate to between +6 and -4 seconds per day. When evaluating a Constellation, dealers and collectors rate the level of wear or over-polishing by looking closely at the stars in the Constellation logo. In the best examples, all the stars appear clearly, and haven’t been worn down over time.Over the past 100 years, wristwatch trends have changed significantly, yet none stand out more so than the classic square case design. The enduring appeal…
The first of the chronometer grade movements for the Constellation were the calibre 354. These were bumper automatic winding movements, which meant they wound via a rotor that ‘bumped’ back and forth between two springs. The bumps can feel a little jarring, but don’t be alarmed, that’s the way the movement operates. But do try to avoid shaking this watch to death. Later, throughout the ’60s, the majority of Constellations were powered by 500 series movements. These were a full 360-degree smooth rotor automatics, well finished in a copper-coloured gilt. Again, be mindful of counterfeits. The biggest sign of an improper Constellation is an absence of the wording “adjusted to five positions and temperatures” on the bridge of the movement. Without that, it’s not the real thing.
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Editor’s note: This guest post, from noted vintage watch dealer Derek Dier of WatchesToBuy, was written a few years ago now, but the advice is timeless, even if the prices for Omega Constellations are only going up. So, if you’re in the market for one of these old school beauties, make sure you read this first …
The Omega Constellation is so easily wearable. It’s one of those vintage watches almost every collector seeks at some point in their perpetual search for another piece to add to their collection. First appearing in 1952, the Constellation was designed to be Omega’s bellwether watch. This was the brand’s first mass-produced chronometer grade wristwatch and the brainchild of designer René Bannwart (who later founded Corum.) The Constellation was originally called the ‘Globemaster’ in the USA, though it was dropped in 1956 as Douglas Aircraft, manufacturers of the huge transport planes of the same name, held the trademark on the name. (As an aside, last year Omega brought that historic Globemaster name back, in a watch that channels the spirit of the original.) And while the Constellation has a long and broad history, today I’m going to focus on its golden age, which ran from 1952 to the 1970s.Recently HBO dropped their trailer for the upcoming third season of their hit show Succession. The show revolves around an ageing media titan Logan Roy…
Do I need to oil pie pan?
The simple answer is, typically, no. My homemade recipe noted above has more than enough fat in it to keep it from sticking. If you are using a storebought pie crust, I would recommend giving your pan a light spritz of cooking spray or brush with a little softened butter- don’t do it on either.
Off the top of your head, what’s your mental picture of a Rolex owner? Some cigar-chomping big-shot in an oak-panelled office? A thrusting young professional…
Vi emballerar och skickar gärna ditt köp till ditt närmsta postombud. När detta är möjligt anges nedan fraktklass XS-XL (XL kan vid större föremål även avse leverans på pall och priset varierar då från angiven avgift och uppåt, beroende på var i Sverige du bor).To grease pie pans really is a personal choice though. If you feel more comfortable greasing them, you should. Just make sure it is with pan release or softened butter.
Pastry brush- I use this for brushing off the pie crust for excess flour. It is also used for brushing the tops with egg wash, heavy cream, etc. Pastry brushes are a must!
Hi, I’m Amy! I am a culinary school graduate working to create a balanced approach to healthy recipes. My recipes are ones that the whole family can love.Parchment paper- I use this for lining my pies to blind bake my crusts. You can also use tin foil, but I think parchment paper is so much better and easier to use.
What is Omega Constellation Manhattan?
Omega Constellation “Manhattan” 368.1075 This “Manhattan” reference is actually also referred to as the second generation. It was a 1987 release in which Omega moved the Roman numerals from the dial to the bezel. The claws also lost their initial function of pressing onto the crystal to aid in water resistance.
Rolling pins- I have several I like, let me recommend a few. This rolling pin is the one I use most often. There are also French rolling pins. I have one but don’t use it as often as the black one.
Baking sheet- Plenty of the pies I bake are fruit pies and they have a messy filling when they bake. I will place this under the pan right before it starts to overflow. Nordicware is a great American company that I love to support.
If you are making a pie and wondering, Do You Need To Grease A Pie Pan Before Putting The Crust In, I have the answer for you. The last thing you want is for the pie not to come out perfectly after all the work you have put into baking it. I thought it would be good also to discuss the importance of the type of pan you choose when baking a pie. While I generally do not grease my pie pans, there are exceptions and I will note those below. The pan will determine the way the pie bakes and the texture of the crust. Let me pass the information on to you and you decide which will give you the best results. Let me first share my very favorite pie dough recipe. Out of all the pie crust recipes I have tried, this is the best of the best. It is the perfect pie crust. It is also a butter crust, which I love for flavor. I have made this recipe hundreds if not thousands of times! It is one of my favorites and my go-to for the perfect flaky crust. This nectarine and blackberry pie is one of my favorite summer pies! My chocolate pecan pie always makes it to our family Thanksgiving and Christmas table. If you are looking for a pumpkin pie variation, let me suggest this praline pumpkin pie! If you need a pie that will feed a crowd, this cherry slab pie is the one you need.I have read in several places a recommendation to brush the pan with vegetable oil, this is NOT something I recommend. Vegetable oil is rarely a good choice for greasing a pan for baking. If I don’t use butter, it is always a pan release. The simple answer is, typically, no. My homemade recipe noted above has more than enough fat in it to keep it from sticking. If you are using a storebought pie crust, I would recommend giving your pan a light spritz of cooking spray or brush with a little softened butter- don’t do it on either. It does not take much to grease it. Scelerisque adipiscing bibendum sem vestibulum et in a a a purus lectus faucibus lobortis tincidunt purus lectus nisl class eros.Condimentum a et ullamcorper dictumst mus et tristique elementum nam inceptos hac parturient scelerisque vestibulum amet elit ut volutpat.
Vestibulum curae torquent diam diam commodo parturient penatibus nunc dui adipiscing convallis bulum parturient suspendisse parturient a.Parturient in parturient scelerisque nibh lectus quam a natoque adipiscing a vestibulum hendrerit et pharetra fames nunc natoque dui.These movements have a very efficient self-winding mechanism and are highly accurate and reliable. This makes this an ideal watch for regular use, should you so wish. Once set and worn, you will seldom need to make any adjustments if worn daily.
The original, unrestored and untouched gold dial is in tip-top condition, as you can see in the photographs. This dial has outstanding bold onyx inlaid ‘baton’ hour indices, these are matched with the original, unrestored ‘Dauphine’ style hands, providing the classic smart 1960s functional aesthetic.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
Omega Constellations have always been highly regarded for their accuracy and dependability, making this one of the most practical vintage dress watches you can buy.The movement has been fully overhauled by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker. This means disassembling the watch movement down to all its component parts, careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Omega parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment before final calibration. This watch, therefore, winds, sets and runs perfectly accurately and reliably within +2 seconds per day, averaged over 5 positions. This is no exaggeration, we have checked and confirmed these test results on our electronic watch timegrapher. Please bear in mind, this kind of performance is outstanding for any watch, particularly of this age. The movement also has a 46 hour power reserve when fully wound. We are highly confident in offering 12 months’ warranty with this watch movement*.
In addition to being perfectly practical for everyday use, this watch will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, as well as be something wonderful to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! Even though vintage gold Omega watch prices continue to climb, we still feel sure that top class examples such as this are underpriced. This is because as time passes and the world market for vintage gold Omega watches continues to grow, limited supply means prices will inevitably climb ever higher.
If you would like to pay by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
What year was the Omega Constellation released?
1952 Named after the eight stars emblazoned on its crest, the Constellation was launched by OMEGA in 1952. Because of its high-quality construction and unfaltering precision, the Constellation quickly became known as “the Swiss watch”.
The case has been cleaned, carefully inspected and very gently hand-polished to remove some tarnish, as this was all that was required to bring it back to its current tip-top condition with no scratches dings or marks of any kind visible to the naked eye. The case-back carries the famous Constellation motif which is almost as new. Being 18ct gold, this is usually worn to a far greater extent, but here it is still crisp and distinct, indicating this watch has hardly been worn. The screw-down case-back and sealed crown make this watch water resistant to 20 metres*.Please note, studio lights, professional-grade digital cameras, and macro lenses can be very unkind to an unrestored vintage watch dial. Also the dial here measures less than 1.25 inches across, so the image you see here may be between 5 – 25 times larger than the watch itself. Therefore please keep in mind you are seeing many tiny flaws which cannot be seen, or will be very hard to see with the naked eye, even under close examination. Suffice to say, on the wrist, in natural light, this dial looks much better and carries a great deal more charm than the photographs portray.
The heavy 18ct watch case measures 35mm in diameter and is in superb all-round condition. As with all Omega Constellations, this watch carries the ‘Constellation’ motif on the case-back which is fairly distinct, indicating this watch has been lightly used and has been very well cared for.
For those that happen to visit the UK on occasion we are of course more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and your watch directly to you there.Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to 1969.
The dial carries the applied gold OMEGA brand and Signature just below 12, with ‘Automatic’ and ‘Constellation Chronometer’ just above 6. An aperture at ‘3’ displays the date register.
*Although originally specified as ‘Water Resistant to 20 metres’, this has not been tested and is not guaranteed. As always, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times. Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will also be provided at the time of sale with our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”. Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however, we decided in this case, due to its exceptional condition, to retain its originality and charm for the many collectors who prefer this. It also helps to contrast with almost all of the other watch dials you see on our website which have been restored.
How can you tell if an Omega Constellation is real?
Don’t forget to notice the Constellation ”Star”. On the genuine, it is raised i.e 3 dimensional, and the fake is simply a flat star stuck on. The date window on the original is not actually rectangle, rather having edges, as opposed to the copy that has all corners at right angles.
The watch is finished with a very high-quality black Alligator strap and matching gold-plated Omega buckle which we feel suits the watch beautifully. However, if you have a preference for another colour or style, please let us know and we will do our best to supply and fit your preferred strap for no extra charge. We carry Tan, Conker, Dark Brown and Black in stock, in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin, but can also obtain most types and colours from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their wonderful range of straps if you wish here.