The luxury fake Omega Constellation can be a bit of a touchy subject for enthusiasts. It’s a watch that’s held fast to its early ‘80s form that first debuted with the Constellation Manhattan, and thanks to the cyclical nature of fashion trends, is finding itself in the right place at the right moment these days.
Of course, the history of the perfect copy Omega Constellation is diverse, beginning in the early ‘50s and with some of the most beloved dress watch designs to ever come out of Omega, even to this day. The Constellation name represents two very different sides of the same coin, and with Omega expanding the collection further, we thought it’d be wise to give it a fair crack with some wrist time.
A Brief History The seeds of the Constellation were planted with a watch built to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary, which happened in 1948. That watch was called the Centenary, and it provided the foundation for what would become the Constellation proper in 1952, both mechanically (with the 331 ‘bumper’ movement) and aesthetically (‘Lyre’ lugs and dauphine hands). It was a great looking watch and, unsurprisingly, the Constellation that followed was pretty good looking as well. The Swiss movement replica Omega Constellation saw a number of variants and upgrades through the years, from sniper dials to precious metal cases, and of course, that pie pan dial. Ah yes, the pie pan dial, a detail that likely pulled many of us into the world of vintage watch collecting. These dials feature a raised central stage that falls off at angles created by connecting the hour markers. These watches had character that holds up today as original and approachable, and thankfully prices haven’t become obscene on nice examples. These are the Constellations that many of us think of when we hear the word, but this is a watch that has never really stood still.
Whether you’re an extreme diver or not, there’s something just plain interesting about a watch that can make it to the bottom of the ocean and come back to tell the tale, and the luxury fake OMEGA Seamaster Ploprof 1200m Co‑Axial Master Chronometer Titanium is just that. Known as the Ploprof for short, the ultra extreme diver has a measured water resistance up to 1200M, or about 4000ft, and today rests as the brand’s most water resistant, in-production diver, being beaten out only by special projects like the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep.
The overall design of the watch derives from a 1970s original known as the Seamaster 600, which soon after came to be now as the waterproof copy Omega Seamaster Ploprof, short for “Plongeur Professionnel” or professional diver when translated from French. Yet where that vintage design fell short in its overall heavy weight on the wrist and as a result limited functionality for an already niche consumer, the refreshed 2015 launch of the watch brought with it a lightweight, highly wearable titanium shell and as a result massively expanding intrigue in the professionally-focused design
Looking at the watch, there is a lot to like in its massive construction. Measuring 55mm wide and 48mm tall, and shaped from a single block of titanium, the cheap copy Omega watch is instantly recognizable with its overall geometric looks. It’s case is functionally driven, featuring a left side crown and guard, huge uni-directional bezel, and corresponding right side anodized metal bezel lock button holding the element in place, while an automatic helium escape valve sits at the bottom of the column. Every detail is professionally focused for the toughest of underwater challenges, even down to its polished grade 2 titanium “sharkproof” mesh bracelet, further adding to the diver’s distinct sense of adventure.
On the dial, functionality once again reigns, the layout being relatively straightforward, and with the focus clearly on legibility over all else. Bright lume-filled hour markers line the edges of the surface, while a large vintage-inspired handset passes over the slightly textured grey look to indicate each passing moment. OMEGA kept the design clean and simple, avoiding any extraneous complication like a date window or chronograph, and in effect keeping the wearer focused on the here and now, which if you’re a diver hundreds of feet below is all that really matters. The latest edition of the best quality fake Omega Ploprof was unveiled in 2015, and came as a follow-up to the modern re-launch of the design in 2007, itself based upon the 1970s Seamaster 600 Ploprof watch, a watch which has become a cult-favorite vintage diver since its retirement in 1979. The 2015 edition is, from a specs position, the most technically sound derivative of the design yet, complete with a solid, yet lightweight grade-5 titanium case, a durable brushed finishing, highly legible dial, and a master chronometer movement. The movement itself, showcased via a sapphire exhibition case back, is OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8912, upgrading the 8500 family of calibers used in the 2007 edition with incredible anti-magnetism, and a METAS-certified master chronometer rating.
This might come a bit unexpected, because my focus is collecting fake Omega Speedmaster Professional watches, or at least models that are in the line of Moonwatch descendants. And yes, I do have a Mark II, Speedmaster 125, Speedmaster LCD, Speedmaster X-33, etc. that are already the odd ones in my theme. When Omega introduced the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon in 2013, with its case diameter of 44.25mm, I was smitten by it. The all-black ceramic case, the ceramic dial, and, last but certainly not least, a beautiful in-house manufactured movement (caliber 9300). The perfect modern interpretation of an iconic chronograph.
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon I was going through our big database of pictures that we took during all of our Speedy Tuesday events, and I noticed that there’s not one picture of someone wearing a Swiss movement replica Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. Yes, there are a few wearing the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8, which I still think is one of the best variations out there, but no one is wearing the original 2013 Dark Side of the Moon. It seems it is not the most loved watch among Speedmaster enthusiasts. While the Apollo 8 can be found on the wrists of several collectors, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ref.318.104.22.168.01.003 replica is clearly not perceived as interesting by die-hard Moonwatch collectors.
What makes the high quality copy Omega Speedmaster Dark Side so interesting? How can you create a modern watch, that shares enough DNA with the original design, without becoming yet another heritage model? In the (very far) past, Omega tried this several times and this resulted in the famous Mark series. That endeavor continued up until the Mark V in the 1980s. This was Omega’s playground. We were treated to modern design — futuristic sometimes — with ingredients from the iconic Speedmaster design. Not every Mark series was a success. However, that’s not to say they didn’t become collectible among enthusiasts. Far from it, in fact… Ceramics In the past, I wondered (and also asked Omega during an event in 2011) about a black DLC Moonwatch, and if it would work or not. With the introduction of the perfect fake Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, some of my questions were answered. I like how it looks! And having tried it a few times, it is also one of the few black watches I would wear.
In the past, Omega did some variations on the Speedmaster using the “Mark” identifier, and in my opinion, the brand could have made this Dark Side of the Moon the Mark VI. It brought a few new things to the table for the Speedmaster, such as the ceramic case and dial, of course, but also the in-house developed self-winding chronograph movement. Caliber 9300 This movement ticks a lot of boxes for me. Not only does it have a column-wheel mechanism, but it also has the Co-Axial escapement, silicon hairspring, and a proper power reserve of 60 hours. Last but not least, it is a beautiful movement to admire through its boxy sapphire case back.
Furthermore, the movement has been chronometer certified. The black ceramic case fake Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon was introduced a few years before Omega came up with the Master Chronometer standard, but it is a trustworthy watch nevertheless. You can probably do your own math: it seems inevitable that this will be updated at some point to a Master Chronometer certified watch. It looks cool A lot of my Speedmaster collecting friends ignore the Dark Side of the Moon. It is perhaps too modern, too ceramic, too bulky, but I think it looks cool. And to me, it is still one of the best-looking models from the Dark Side of the Moon collection.
But here’s where it might have stumbled: I think that Omega made a mistake by releasing so many variations of this watch, so soon after this first OG model. Although those are not bad looking pieces individually, it has diluted the concept of the Dark Side of the Moon. The Grey Side of the Moon was kind of a cool edition. It seemed natural to offer your clientele the option of a black or white dial (as Rolex does with the Daytona). But beyond that, the concept perhaps wore a bit thin and eroded the impact of the original model I genuinely like and respect. Modern Speedmaster I can’t believe that the Swiss movement replica Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is already eight years old. It still feels like a very modern watch to me. Is it perfect? No, it isn’t. It could have been a bit slimmer (like the caliber 9900 Racing models and the more recent Apollo 8), for example. But it still impresses me with its looks, and it wouldn’t be bad to have something modern in my Speedmaster box.
My heart is with the Moonwatch. That’s what I love and love to collect. But I also think that every collector needs his or her go-to watch. For now, my Seamaster 1200M PloProf has become a watch that I wear almost daily when not wearing a Moonwatch. But I also “need” a modern Speedmaster that I can wear under any circumstances.
The original Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ticks a lot of boxes! The case diameter of 44.25mm might be an issue for some. However, it suits me well and I’ve learned you really need to try it first before you ignore a watch based on its dimensions. The Ploprof is another excellent example of that.
The aaa quality copy Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon 322.214.171.124.01.003 is in the current Omega collection and retails for €10,800. Check the official Omega website for more information.