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OMEGA

A company of the Swatch Group, OMEGA has been behind major revolutions in watchmaking technology and the timekeeping of numerous Olympic Games. Its watches are worn by world-famous celebrities and have travelled to the moon, the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.

About

Although Louis Brandt founded the company in 1848, it was his two sons, Louis-Paul and César, who built it up to be a leading watch manufacturer. The name “OMEGA” came from a 19-ligne pocket watch movement that was produced from 1894 using industrial methods and replaceable parts. Ten years after the introduction of this movement, its name was adopted by the company.

In the early decades of the 20th century, OMEGA was a pioneer in the development of watch movements, winning numerous precision competitions such as those staged by the observatory at Kew-Teddington in England. OMEGA made its debut as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games in 1932 and has presented numerous innovations in sports timekeeping technology ever since. The company currently has a contract to carry out this prestigious role until 2032, to mark its centenary in sports timekeeping. OMEGA is also linked with many individual sports such as golf, sailing, athletics and swimming.

Because it outlasted a number of its competitors in some of the most severe tests ever devised for a wristwatch, the OMEGA Speedmaster has a unique place in the history books, as the first watch to be qualified by NASA for space flight. This legendary watch was used on all NASA piloted missions, including all six lunar landings.

OMEGA has also revolutionised the very heart of watchmaking with the launch of the Co- Axial Escapement in 1999, and more recently, its Master Chronometer certification, approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), which sets the highest standards in the watch industry in terms of precision, magnetic resistance and chronometric performance.

1894
The 19 ligne (OMEGA) calibre, manufactured using groundbreaking industrial techniques, gives the company its name and establishes OMEGA’s reputation.
1932
OMEGA takes on its first role as Official Timekeeper when a lone watchmaker attends the Los Angeles Olympic Games with 30 pocket chronographs.
1969
OMEGA’s Speedmaster, qualified by NASA for all manned space missions, becomes the first watch worn on the moon, in the first of six lunar landings.
1999
OMEGA launches the Co-Axial Escapement: the first practical new mechanical watch escapement in 250 years.
2015
OMEGA introduces the Master Chronometer Certification: the highest level of testing in the watchmaking industry.
Philosophy

OMEGA positions itself as a brand that is both aspirational and inspirational. Its collection is based around four well-established watch families that are constantly being re-invented with the use of new materials and technology, both inside and out. The company has also teamed up with a number of non-profit organisations to promote conservation and clean energy in partnership with its high-profile ambassadors.

Collections

Constellation

Unmistakable thanks to the four claws that clamp the bezel to the case, the Constellation has endured for well over half a century. More recently the Globemaster has added an extra touch of refinement to this collection.

De Ville

The epitome of elegance, De Ville watches showcase the best in watchmaking from OMEGA, including the world’s first central tourbillon, as well as the refined Ladymatic and Trésor lines.

Seamaster

This sought-after watch is equally at home on the wrists of sailors, swimmers and ocean explorers, as it is tucked elegantly under the tuxedo of James Bond as he scopes out his nemesis.

Speedmaster

This is the collection that was qualified by NASA and flew to the moon, giving it the inevitable nickname of the Moonwatch. Avid collectors and owners know that no Tuesday is complete without their Speedmaster.

Watches

Omega watch – home of the Omega Seamaster and Omega Speedmaster

Omega watches are without a doubt one of the biggest names in the Swiss watch industry today. The Omega watch collection includes a number of famous watches like the Omega Seamaster, Omega Speedmaster, Omega De Ville and Omega Constellation. Omega has made every kind of watch, from quartz watches to automatic chronograph watches. In more recent history, Omega pioneered the commercialisation of the co-axial escapement watch and the master chronometer watch certification.

The Omega Speedmaster watch - A legendary watch

Arguably the most famous watch in the Omega collection, and certainly the most collectable Omega watch, is the Omega Speedmaster chronograph watch. When this Omega watch landed on the moon in 1969, the Omega Speedmaster watch, with its stainless steel case and bracelet and black chronograph dial, immediately became an iconic watch. The original Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, the Omega watch worn by the men on all Apollo missions, has remained untouched ever since, keeping its manual wind watch movement, although a number of more recent versions of the Omega Speedmaster watch have been fitted with the automatic co-axial escapement watch movement and received master chronometer watch certification. Over the years, the traditional stainless steel case of the Omega Speedmaster watch has made way for more luxurious versions of the watch in gold and innovative materials like ceramic, in black for the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon watch. This kind of Omega watch has pushed up the average price of the Omega Speedmaster watch collection, but the price of the legendary Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch still makes it a highly affordable watch.

The Omega Seamaster watch

The Omega Seamaster watch is a diver watch that comes at a highly competitive price. Since the Omega Seamaster watch was launched in the 1950s, the watch has seen many different incarnations and is offered with quartz, automatic and automatic chronograph watch movements. The Omega Seamaster Professional watch is perhaps most famous as the Omega watch worn by James Bond on screen in every film since Goldeneye, spawning a number of sought-after limited-edition watches.

The Omega Seamaster watch comes in a range of stainless steel case and stainless steel bracelet options including the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean. The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra offers a more refined alternative to the Omega Seamaster Professional, with water resistance to 150 metres, as well as the first Omega worldtimer watch with the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer.

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean takes things in the opposite direction, with a rugged design and double the water resistance of the Omega Seamaster Professional (600 metres). The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean celebrates a number of the brand’s partnerships on the ocean, including the Volvo Ocean Race and Emirates Team New Zealand, and welcome ceramic as an alternative material to stainless steel in watches like the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black, with black, blue and red dials and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Blue in blue ceramic with blue dial and blue strap.

The Omega De Ville

The Omega De Ville watch collection encompasses a wide range, including many Omega watches for women, such as the Omega De Ville Prestige. As a luxury line, the Omega De Ville features cases in yellow gold and rose gold and appeal to both men and women. The Omega De Ville central tourbillon was the first of its kind and has recently been upgraded with the proprietary Omega co-axial escapement master chronometer movement.

The Omega Constellation

While the Omega Seamaster and Speedmaster watch collections have long been geared towards men, like the De Ville the Omega Constellation watch offers something for women as well as men. The Omega Constellation comes in combinations of stainless steel and gold and was the first Omega watch to use the master co-axial chronometer movement.

Omega NATO strap shop

Omega has its own online shop selling NATO straps for its watches. The shop webpage provides all the details about each strap and allows you to view the strap on a variety of watch heads.