Omega

“Innovative watchmaking is the cornerstone of Omega’s heritage but it is inspired by sports timekeeping, our conquests of space, our advocacy on behalf of worthy organisations and, of course, our enviable role in support of the world’s favourite spy.”

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Featured Omega watches

Speedmaster Moonwatch

Models: Moonwatch Professional

Seamaster Diver 300 m

Variants coming soon

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 m

Variants coming soon

Collection: all models

Constellation

Variants coming soon

De Ville

Variants available soon

Seamaster

Variants being compiled

Speedmaster

Variants available soon

Specialties

Variants coming soon

Discontinued and vintage Omega watches

Compressor

1968-1975

Dynamic

Article in preparation

Flightmaster

1969

Geneve

Article in preparation

Ranchero

Article in preparation

Celebrities wearing Omega watches

Omega watches have been worn by many celebrities, from politicians and musicians to athletes and socialites.

  • Gianni Agnelli, former head of FIAT and Italian industrialist, wore an Omega Seamaster Ploprof.
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin, American film and television actor, producer, and retired professional wrestler, wears an Omega Seamaster Professional Chronograph and is an avid watch collector/enthusiast.
  • Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States, wore a blue Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz.
  • Alton Brown, television personality.
  • Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist, broadcaster and former presenter of motoring television show Top Gear, wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean and a Seamaster Professional 300M.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, wore a gold Omega Constellation “Manhattan”.
  • Tom Hanks, American actor, producer, writer, and director, wears an Omega Speedmaster Professional.
  • Jack Hanna, American zookeeper and the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, wears an Omega Seamaster Professional.
  • Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, was known to gift Omega watches to prominent dignitaries, and there are many Omega watches in circulation bearing his signature.
  • John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.
  • Alfred Freddy Krupa, one of the TOP 10 Modern Ink painters, wears an Omega Seamaster Automatic Compressor 1970 since 1989. It is in his family for nearly 50 years, previously owned by his grandfather famous artist and inventor Alfred Krupa Sr.
  • T. E. Lawrence, the British military officer and diplomat, owned an Omega pilot’s watch. This watch was purchased at an antiques stall in Wales with a service receipt made out in the name of Lawrence’s pseudonym, “T. E. Shaw”. The owner appeared on an episode of Antiques Roadshow in 2000, at which time it was given a value of £10,000. A later episode revealed that it had been purchased by the Omega Museum in Biel/Bienne.
  • Reinhold Messner, mountaineer, adventurer and explorer, wore an Omega Speedmaster Professional.
  • Elvis Presley, American singer, actor and one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, wore a black-dialed Constellation Calendar. Most notably, a 1960 Omega watch gifted to him by RCA Records to celebrate his sale of 75-million records and retailed by Tiffany & Co was auctioned on May 12, 2018, at Phillips in Geneva for $1,812,500 including fees. It is, to this date, the highest price ever paid for an Omega watch.
  • Adam Savage, American special effects designer, co-host of The Discovery Channel television series MythBusters, wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph given to him by his wife.
  • Prince William wears an Omega Seamaster 300M Quartz which was a gift from his late mother, Diana Princess of Wales.
  • Mao Zedong (Chairman Mao), the Founding Father of the People’s Republic of China, had an Omega for 31 years (watch given by Guo Moruo in 1945).

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About Omega

Check here the more detailed information about Omega watches.

Omega SA is the Swiss luxury watchmaker of Omega watches based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.[1] Founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. Read more in Wikipedia.

Innovative watchmaking has always been in the core of Omega’s tradition. You can read more about the history of the company and Omega watches at Omega’s official website.

You can buy Omega watches at the following websites, shops and retailers:

  • Official retailers
  • Amazon

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Innovations and milestones

Omega’s pioneering spirit is well shown by its multiple patents and invention in its more than 100 years of history. Some of the company’s most noteworthy achievements are:

  • In 1892, some 44 years after the company was founded, Louis Brandt, the founder of Omega, manufactured the world’s first minute repeating wristwatch. This milestone in watchmaking was achieved in collaboration with Audemars Piguet, which provided the minute-repeating movement. This historical 18K-gold watch is now kept in the Omega watches Museum in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.
  • In 1947, Omega created the 30I: the world’s first tourbillon wristwatch calibre. Twelve of these movements were made. They were intended for inclusion in the observatory trials in the swiss cities of Geneva, Neuchâtel and Kew-Teddington. They were known as the Omega Observatory Tourbillons. Unlike conventional Tourbillon movement’s whose cages rotate once per minute, the 30I’s cage rotated one time each seven and a half minutes. In 1949, one of these delivered the best results ever recorded by a wristwatch up to that time. A year later, in 1950, Omega broke its own record in the Geneva Observatory Trials.
  • In 1969, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph worn by astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the first watch on the Moon. Although Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong was first to set foot on the moon, he left his 105.012 Speedmaster inside the Lunar Module as a backup because the LM’s electronic timer had malfunctioned. Aldrin elected to wear his and so his Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the moon.
  • In 1999, after the successful development of Calibre 2500, Omega made history by introducing the first mass-produced watch incorporating the coaxial escapement. The coaxial escapement was invented by English watchmaker George Daniels. This achivement by Omega is considered by many specialists to be one of the more significant horological advances since the invention of the lever escapement. The coaxial escapement functions with virtually no lubrication, thereby eliminating one of the shortcomings of the traditional lever escapement. Through using radial friction instead of sliding friction at the impulse surfaces the coaxial escapement significantly reduces friction, theoretically resulting in longer service intervals and greater accuracy over time.
  • On January 24, 2007 the new Calibres 8500 and 8501 began being used in Omega watches. These are two coaxial movements beating at 25,200 bph created exclusively from inception by Omega.
  • On January 17, 2013 Omega announced the creation of the world’s first movement that is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 Tesla (15,000 Gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous movement. A similar movement was used by Daniel Craig as James Bond, though the official collectors watch was labelled as resistant to 15,007 Gauss in honor of the fictional secret agent’s codename. Most anti-magnetic watches utilize a soft iron Faraday cage which distributes electromagnetism in such a way that it cancels the effect on the movement contained within. This type of anti-magnetic case required de-magnetizing procedures of the case. Omega has instead built a movement of non-ferrous materials eliminating the need for such a cage and providing a far greater resistance to magnetic fields eliminating necessity of additional maintenance.
  • In 2015, Omega introduced the Master Chronometer Certification, which denotes that along with a COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) certification, a movement has also passed a series of eight tests set out by METAS (The Federal Institute of Metrology). Master Chronometer watches have a minimum water-resistance rating of 100 meters, a minimum power reserve rating of 60 hours, an accuracy rating of 0/+5 seconds per day, and are resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. The Master Chronometer Certification debuted on the Globemaster but Omega now offers it across many more of its watch collections.

Ambassadors

Some of Omega’s most renowned past and present ambassadors are:

  • Buzz Aldrin: astronaut
  • Alessandra Ambrosio: model
  • Peter Burling: sailor
  • George Clooney: actor
  • Chad Le Clos: swimming
  • Daniel Craig: actor
  • Cindy Crawford: model
  • Tommy Fleetwood: golfer
  • Sergio Garcia: golfer
  • Kaia Gerber: model
  • Naomie Harris: actress
  • Nicole Kidman: actress
  • Rory McIlroy: golf player
  • Michael Phelps: swimming
  • Eddie Redmayne: actor
  • Liu Shishi: actress
  • Thomas Stafford: astronaut
  • Blair Tuke: sailor
  • Michelle Wie: golfer

Sponsorship

Omega has taken an active role in sponsorship of events, namely:

  • Olympic games: Omega has frequently been the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, beginning with the 1932 Summer Olympics.
  • Movies: Omega has been associated with James Bond movies since 1995.
  • Golf: On July 1, 2011 Omega became the official timekeeper of PGA of America through the signing of a five-year agreement that was to carry through 2016. Omega also sponsors the Dubai Desert Classic and the European Masters.
  • Sailing: Omega provided support to Emirates Team New Zealand and partnered as the team’s official watch.
  • Videogames: Omega sponsored the video game Need for Speed II, released in 1997.

Popular culture

  • In the US television series NCIS, lead actor Mark Harmon wears an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean with supporting cast member Michael Weatherly wearing a matching version. In both cases, this is the stainless steel model with orange bezel and black dial.
  • In the US television series Kojak, lead actor Telly Savalas wore a gold-plated Omega Time Computer One, the first mass-produced LED watch.
  • Omega watches have been associated with James Bond movies since 1995. That year, Pierce Brosnan took over the role of James Bond and began wearing the Omega Seamaster Quartz Professional (model 2541.80.00) in the movie GoldenEye. In all later films, Brosnan wore an Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer (model 2531.80.00). The producers wanted to update the image of the fictional “super-spy” to a more distinctly sophisticated “Euro” look.