Omega Brand Focus
Omega has been redefining watchmaking since 1848 with their pioneering spirit and extraordinary achievements. Today, they enjoy recognition and admiration all over the world as one of the greatest watch brands. 2017 also marks a very special anniversary for Omega, as it's 60 years since the birth of the much-loved Speedmaster.
We’re celebrating this special Speedmaster anniversary with some iconic and new timepieces, as well as delving into their rich history, exploring their revolutionary world and discovering why you should choose an Omega watch.
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 60th ANNIVERSARY
60th Anniversary Of The Omega Speedmaster
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Speedmaster is without a doubt one of Omega’s most loved collections. It was the first watch to ever walk on the moon on the 21st July, 1969.
The Omega 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions
In 1957, Omega released three professional timepieces that would all go on to become absolute classics. The Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster.
Launched at Baselworld, Omega are paying tribute to these three mechanical masterpieces by releasing 60th Anniversary editions of each model.
The Omega Speedmaster
One of our most loved Omega watches, this Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph is among the most iconic and legendary timepieces in the world.
On the 1st March 1965, Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph was flight qualified by NASA for all manned space missions. On the 21st July 1969, the Speedmaster was the first watch to ever walk on the moon.
This Moonwatch Professional still boasts the Omega mechanical calibre 1861, which is the very same manual-winding movement that was worn on the moon.
This timepiece is the perfect way to celebrate Speedmaster’s 60th anniversary.Shop Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional
Omega Apollo 45 Limited Edition Seamaster x 6 – keep out for now
Through The Years
Beginning in 1848, Omega’s history is rich with remarkable achievements and accolades. Travel through the years with this Omega timeline.
Louis Brandt began assembling precision pocket watches with parts supplied by local craftsmen, deep in the Jura Mountains.
Louis Brandt’s son, Louis-Paul, moved the company to a small factory in Biel, which is still Omega’s headquarters today, and got all the local craftsmen in one place to have full control over the manufacturing process.
The revolutionary “Omega” movement was created. Ground-breaking at the time, the high level of precision meant that it was highly accurate and easy to repair – making it the perfect movement to build lots of watches with.
The company renamed as the Omega Watch Company after the global success of this game-changing “Omega” movement. This creation, along with other major industry firsts like the first minute repeater wristwatch and first big date calendar, propelled Omega to the top of the industry.
After setting and breaking records in major watchmaking trials and competitions, Omega’s unprecedented reputation for accuracy led to their appointment of Official Timekeeper of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. This was the first time in Olympic history that one brand had been given this responsibility.
A record that is still unbeaten today - a 47.7mm calibre that was adjusted by Alfred Jaccard sets the famous world precision record in all categories at Kew – Teddington observatory.
A very special year. Omega celebrate their 100 year anniversary and launch their ocean-inspired Seamaster collection, designed with professional scuba divers in mind.
The Constellation collection is launched with the Constellation chronometer watch. This watch was soon after known as ‘The Swiss Watch’ and continues to be an essential part of Omega’s heritage today.
Omega introduce a new legend to their watch family – the Speedmaster collection. This chronograph watch went on to fulfil its destiny and later became the ‘Moonwatch’, thanks to NASA.
The Omega Speedmaster was chosen by NASA as their official chronograph. They declared it flight-qualified for EVA (extra-vehicular activity) and for manned space missions.
Previously part of the Seamaster collection, a selection of watches drop the Seamaster title and are taken out to become their own important collection – The De Ville Collection.
On 21st July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to step on the moon with the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph watch. With this momentous achievement came a unique nickname; the Moon Watch.
Omega created the Marine Chronometer 2400, which was the most accurate and technologically advanced wristwatch in the world at the time.
Introducing another world first, Omega launched the first self-winding wristwatch with central tourbillon and automatic winding crown. Pierce Brosnan wore the Omega Seamaster Quartz Professional in the James Bond film Golden Eye, and Omega watches have since been James Bond’s timepiece of choice in every film.
Omega perfected their revolutionary Co-Axial Escapement movement, invented by Englishman master watch craftsman George Daniels. This movement eliminates friction and is considered one of the most important advances in modern watchmaking. Most Omega watches today include this Co-Axial Escapement mechanism.
Omega introduced its own “Master Chronometer” movement, which has passed tests approved by independent body METAS. To earn the name Master Chronometer, whose movement is COSC certified, the watch must pass tests approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) that replicate real-life wearing conditions and demonstrate resistance to magnetic fields. By 2020 all watches will be at the Master Chronometer standard.
Omega Seamaster Collection
For the lovers of adventure, the Omega Seamaster collection was created to challenge the toughest conditions and experience the excitement of exploration. Since 1948, Seamaster watches have featured excellent chronometric performance and superb precision both in and out of the water.
- The case is identified by its curved lugs, also found on Speedmaster models
- The bezel can be rotated on divers’ and GMT models
- The crown is screwed in and protected by the case
- The caseback features sapphire crystal or Omega’s traditional seahorse medallion
- The dial features highly contrasting hands and hour markers for easy legibility
- The bracelet is inspired by the 3-row bracelet introduced in 1957
Omega Speedmaster Collection
Truly embodying Omega’s pioneering spirit, the Omega Speedmaster collection is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Speedmasters have been a key part of events that have tested the limits of physical endurance and human courage, like being the first watch on the moon.
- The case is identified by its lugs, also found on Seamaster models
- The crystal is box-shaped and made from either sapphire or hesalite crystal
- The bracelet is inspired by the 1957 3-row bracelet and enriched with two polished lines
- The bezel with a tachymetric scale was a world premiere in 1957
- The caseback features either the seahorse medallion or a sapphire crystal
- The movement is a mechanical chronograph
Omega De Ville
Omega De Ville Collection
A magnificent example of horological excellence, the Omega De Ville collection has not only been recognised for its fashion and elegance, but for its cutting-edge technology. Launched in 1967, the De Ville was the first timepiece to be equipped with the exclusive Co-Axial escapement in 1999.
- The case is designed with a highly elaborate finish
- The dial displays a passion for detail and bears a wealth of manually applied features
- The bracelet is the 7 or 9 row bracelet or a leather strap
- The bezel is either polished or paved with diamonds
- The caseback features a sapphire crystal exhibiting the movement
- The movement showcases Omega’s advancements in watchmaking craftsmanship
Omega Constellation Collection
A dynamic and contemporary expression of contemporary style, the Omega Constellation collection has been an essential part of Omega’s heritage since its launch in 1982.
- The case smoothly integrates the bracelet to form a continuous line
- The iconic curved claws have adorned Constellation watches since 1982
- The caseback features a medallion with an observatory underneath a constellation of 8 stars
- The bracelet is made up of single-piece links connected by polished bars
- The dial features the iconic star symbol
The World Of Omega
From the far corners of space to unrivalled sports timekeeping and silver screen appearances, the world of Omega is full of extraordinary achievements.
Omega In Space
Since 1962, Omega has been quite literally on-hand as astronauts explore space. Its status as the first watch on the moon earned the Speedmaster its nickname in 1969; the Moonwatch. Now one of the most famous chronographs in the word, the Omega Speedmaster is celebrating 60 years in 2017. A true icon of space exploration and style.Shop Omega Speedmaster
Omega In Sport
Omega has a global reputation for its award-winning precision timekeeping, something which is brought to the world’s leading competitions. Omega has been Official Timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932, and also brings cutting-edge timekeeping to other top athletics, swimming, bobsleigh and sailing competitions.Shop Omega Seamaster 2018 Winter Olympics Watch
Omega On The Sea
Decades before venturing into space, Omega set out to explore the sea. Since then, they have played a significant role in ocean exploration. In 1932, the Omega Marine was the first commercially-available divers’ watch and the Omega Seamaster 300 was launched in 1957, which would eventually be selected by the British Royal Navy.Shop Omega Seamaster
Omega On The Big Screen
Showcasing a red-carpet cast of film star ambassadors, Omega continues to be seen on some of the world’s most admired stars including George Clooney, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, as well as cinema’s greatest spy. The Omega Seamaster has accompanied 007 on every adventure since GoldenEye.Shop Omega James Bond Limited Edition Watch
Omega’s Watchmaking Innovation
Constantly striving for world firsts, Omega created the world’s first Master Chronometer watch, which has passed tests approved by METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, that replicate real life wearing conditions and demonstrate resistance to water and magnetic fields.Shop All Omega Watches
Why Choose An Omega Watch?
1 - Omega craft timepieces with traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-industry materials. They innovatively blend ceramics, silicon and new alloys with precious metals to create answers to problems. For example, in 2008, Omega began putting silicon in all watches because it can’t be magnetised.
2 - Omega watches are among the most precise in the world. They’ve set more precision records than anyone else.
3 - The true definition of Swiss made. Every Omega watch is crafted in Switzerland.
4 - If it’s good enough for James Bond… Ever since GoldenEye in 1995, the world’s most famous secret agent has had one piece of equipment he can always rely on; an Omega Seamaster.
5 - Omega are the only brand to partake in an extra quality standard, going well beyond the COSC certification. The Master Chronometer certification, established by METAS (Federal Institute of Metrology) and Omega, proves levels of precision, performance and anti-magnetic resistance like never before.
Looking After Your Omega Watch
Servicing Your Omega
Servicing Your Omega
Like any high precision instrument, a watch needs regular servicing to ensure that it functions perfectly. As a general rule, a watch should have a complete service every four to five years, depending on the conditions in which it is used. This includes completely stripping, cleaning and refurbishing all components and replacing parts where necessary. The components are then re-assembled, lubricated and then fully tested to ensure your watch is ready to go.
A watch’s water resistance can’t be permanently guaranteed. Things like the ageing of the gaskets or by accidental shocks could affect it. The water resistance of your Omega watch should be checked once a year by an authorised Omega service centre.
We have eight stores across the UK that stock Omega, including our very special Omega Boutique in the Trafford Centre. You can bring your Omega watch into any of these stores to arrange a service and get expert advice from our team.FIND YOUR NEAREST OMEGA STOCKIST
Preserving Your Omega
Preserving Your Omega
Here’s some aftercare tips to ensure that your Omega watch maintains its high standard of performance, reliability and appearance.
- Avoid direct contact with chemical products like solvents, detergents, perfumes, cosmetic products etc., as they may damage the bracelet, the case or the gaskets.
- To clean metal bracelets and water resistant cases, use a toothbrush with soapy tap water and a soft cloth for drying.
- For leather straps, avoid water, perspiration, damp, grease, perfume, cosmetics or chemicals and avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
- Unless your Omega is equipped with a Master Co-Axial Chronometer movement, resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss), Omega recommend that you avoid exposing it to powerful magnetic fields such as loudspeakers, refrigerators, certain handbag clasps, iPad cases etc.
- Make sure your screw-in-crown is carefully screwed in to ensure no water enters the mechanism.
- Although current Omega watches are shock-resistant up to 5000g, heavy shocks such as accidental knocks should be avoided.
- After swimming in the sea, always rinse your watch with warm tap water afterwards.
- Avoid extreme temperatures like above 60C or below 0C, or extreme temperature changes.