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The new Omega Constellation 41mm Meteorite Collection

Omega's Manhattan-inspired collection expands with meteorite dials, integrated bracelets and new materials.

| By Brice Goulard | 5 min read |

One of the oldest collections in Omega’s history, the Constellation has been around since 1952 (only surpassed in longevity by the Seamaster). First a classic, elegant chronometer-rated watch, the Omega Constellation drastically changed in the 1980s with the introduction of the Constellation Manhattan distinguished by its integrated design and hallmark claws. Revived in 2019 with a feminine collection, followed in 2020 by 39mm men’s models, the range that matters today is the Omega Constellation Gent’s Collection 41mm, released 4 years ago. Already appealing, with its cleverly modernised design, 5 new references now join the collection. And there’s more to these watches than just the meteorite dials. 

The current Omega Constellation collection comprises a wide array of versions, ranging from compact feminine versions, including editions with a small seconds display, mid-size models for men with a 39mm diameter and, at the top of the range, slightly bolder, more technically advanced and rather appealing 41mm watches designed with casualness in mind. Available in steel with ceramic bezels, in two-tone options, or in yellow and Sedna gold, all references were, up until now, worn on an integrated hybrid strap in rubber and alligator. And except for one reference, all feature a ceramic bezel.

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This year, Omega has decided to look back at this collection and introduce several updates. And while the most important of them is the introduction of meteorite for the dials, there are also differences regarding the materials and bracelets. As a short reminder, this specific look for the Constellation, with its tonneau-shaped case, its claws on the bezel, its half-moon facets and overall integrated look, is linked to an important change in the collection from 1982, with the launch of the Constellation Manhattan family. The watches we’ll see today are the direct descendants of this rather flamboyant watch designed by Carol Didisheim. Somewhat forgotten for some years, this design came back in 2019 and 2020, with the launch of the Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39mm, followed by these bolder and more modern 41mm models.

These five new Omega Constellation 41mm models, part of the fifth generation, have new dials made from meteorite. With three models available in steel and two in gold, the dials are produced using a meteorite from Sweden, the Muonionalusta meteorite – a mostly iron-based meteorite with a significant proportion of nickel. Like the Gibeon meteorite, it showcases a classic Widmanstätten pattern, however, there are slight differences in the structure. 

To obtain the colours, the base meteorite dial is PVD coated either with Sedna PVD gold, Moonshine PVD gold, green PVD or blue PVD. The silver model isn’t PVD coated and has been finished with a galvanic treatment to produce a colour as close as possible to the original material. Depending on the model, the applied markers and the Constellation star – which are classic elements of the collection – are either black PVD-treated, 18k white gold, 18k Moonshine gold or 18k Sedna gold. 

Depending on the colour, the bezel of these new Omega Constellation 41mm Meteorite models is either ceramic (black ceramic for the silver version, green ceramic on the PVD green version) or metal, with the Roman numerals in positive relief obtained by laser ablating (for the blue, Moonshine and Sedna versions). The blue version has a bezel in grade 5 titanium.

Some other notable updates regarding this collection. Next to the meteorite dial, it is the first time that the Constellation is available in 18k Moonshine gold (the brand’s proprietary yellow alloy) – previous models were made from classic 18k yellow gold. Also, it is the first time the 41mm models are available with a steel bracelet. The bracelet is the same as the one used on the Constellation 39mm, and these are interchangeable between both sizes – identical lug width. It is closed by a triple folding clasp with comfort release, allowing a 2mm extension.  

For the rest, we’re talking about the same technical base as the steel Constellation 41mm we reviewed in this article. This means a watch with the collection’s emblematic Manhattan design, yet highly modernized, with a certain luxury sports watch vibe. The case, whatever the material used, measures 41mm in diameter, 13.5mm in thickness (we’d love to see it thinner) and a compact 44mm lug-to-lug measurement. The polished claws, the hallmark of this collection, are used on both the gold and ceramic bezels, together with the rounded half-moon facets. The watch is water-resistant to 50 metres.

Inside the case is the calibre 8900 (steel models) or the calibre 8901 (gold models). Only differentiated by the presence or not of a solid gold rotor and balance bridge, these automatic movements are Omega’s finest with a co-axial escapement, a silicon balance spring, double-barrels in series and Master Chronometer certification. They even feature a practical time-zone function, allowing the hour hand to be adjusted independently in one-hour increments.

The Omega Constellation 41mm Meteorite Collection comprises five models:

  • Steel case, black ceramic bezel, silver galvanic-treated meteorite dial, black PVD markers, steel bracelet
  • Steel case, green ceramic bezel, green PVD meteorite dial, white gold markers, steel bracelet
  • Steel case, titanium bezel, blue PVD meteorite dial, white gold markers, steel bracelet
  • 18k Moonshine gold case, bracelet and bezel, Moonshine gold PVD meteorite dial, Moonshine gold markers
  • 18k Sedna gold case, bracelet and bezel, Sedna gold PVD meteorite dial, Sedna gold markers

Available as part of the permanent collection, these new Omega Constellation 41mm Meteorite models will retail for CHF 8,900 – EUR 10,300 (blue), CHF 9,200 – EUR 10,700 (silver and green) or CHF 40,200 – EUR 46,600 (gold) – prices incl. taxes. For more details, please visit

4 responses

  1. Not sure what to make of these additions to the Constellation Manhattan 41mm range. It is welcome that the 41mm Manhattan can now be had on a bracelet as it seemed an obvious omission just to limit the range to a rubber and leather strap, albeit a waterproof one. The cloured meteorite dials are very pretty too. However, leaving aside the gold versions as the pricing for gold watches is always “irrational”, the “mark up” being charged for the bracelet is quite silly. Comparing the Green and Rhodium meteorite dial versions on stainless steel bracelets to the blue/black and grey non-meteorite dial versions on leather and rubber straps as the only real difference is the dial and the addition of the bracelet as these watches all share the ceramic Liquidmetal bezels. The price of the blue/black/grey dial 41mm Manhattan watches on straps is £6700 but adding the bracelet and meteorite dial takes the price to £9100, that is a increase of £2400. Given that adding a bracelet to the strap version of the watch would cost around £1200 (I know because I was going to buy a bracelet to go with a 41mm Manhattan with a blue dial) means that Omega are charging £1200 for the meteorite dial. For a comparison, the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon with a meteorite dial that is much bigger and more complex than the dial on the Manhattan is £3000 more than the standard Grey Side with a platinum dial but that does include a gold bezel, however so does the Sedna Black Dark Side Speedmaster and that watch is also £3000 more than the standard Dark Side without the gold bezel. Omega’s pricing of this watch therefore seems to be “ambitious” at best and stupid at worst. Lovely as the meteorite dials are you would be better off buying the standard blue/black/grey 41mm Manhattan for £6700 and adding the bracelet for £1200 for a total of £7900. Alternatively, get the grey dial steel bezel version for £6000 and add the bracelet for £7200 giving a similar “all metal effect” tot he blue meteorite dial and saving £1600. In fact the grey “linen” effect dials on the all steel and Liquidmetal bezel Manhattans is very clsoe to the Rhodium meteorite dial anyway so the look would be almost the same for a lot less money. Of course negotiating a discount of the existing Manhattan 41mm is not hard and to sweeten the deal a bit of discount on the bracelet as well could get you the blue/black/grey dial with a bracelet for less than £7000. Something to think about if you are temepted by these.

  2. Beautiful watches but to large for my wrist size….37 or 38mm would be much better along with a reduction in price.

  3. I don’t agree with wanting it thinner, I have a 41mm with the silk dial and I love the thickness, not too thin to be a dress watch, but so classy that it’s not a sports watch either

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