From NASA to the Olympics to James Bond, Omega is one of the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet. It has been creating its luxury watches since 1848 and is claimed to perfection. The Omega watch’s diverse collection is perfect for all the missions varying from athletes to astronauts.
History of Omega
Omega – the last letter of the Greek alphabet symbolizes perfection and accomplishment of a task. The story of the Omega Watches began in 1848 at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Omega was founded by Louis Brandt at the age of 23 when he decided to open a Comptoir d'établissage, a sub-contracting sales office for watch manufacturer where the watch components were assembled into the finished products.
In 1880, Louis-Paul and Cesar Brandt shifted into a small factory in the city of Bienne /Biel, and this was done due to the accomplishment of a greater supply of manpower, communications, and energy. With the production of their first Omega series-produced calibers in 1895, the pocket-watches Labrador and Gurzelen achieved an accuracy of within 30 seconds a day.
Within a period of four years and with a production rate of 240,000 watches produced annually, Louis Brandt and Fils became the largest producers of watches in Switzerland. Their notable Omega caliber became an outstanding market performer when it went into production in 1894. The primary reasons for its salability were its easily interchangeable parts along with its simplicity of construction. Henri Rieckel, the company’s banker suggested the name “Omega” for their latest watch - which got an overwhelming success and thus the name was adopted as the sole name for all the watches of the company from 1903.
Both of the Brandt brothers died in 1903, leaving the fate of Omega company under the control of four people including Emile Brandt who was only 23 years of age and the oldest amongst the others.
Omega acquired popularity over the years and achieved an enormous amount of success. The British Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches as their official timekeepers for their combat units in 1917 and so did the American army in 1918. In 1932, Omega became the first to be trusted with the official timekeeping of all disciplines at the Los Angeles Games.
One of the significant achievement by the Omega was the world record of accuracy, which was granted to them by the English observatory of Kew-Teddington in 1936. They were also awarded the Olympic Cross of Merit for "exceptional services to the world of sport", in 1952.
Now let's take a look at Omega prominent models and learn about some more of Omega success story.
The Omega Seamaster was created with the sole purpose to challenge the toughest conditions and to take hold of the moment which provided the most exciting experiences for men. Introduced in the year 1948, this Omega Seamaster model is notable for its precision, strength, and resistance which makes it a favorite choice for many sportsmen. And this list includes one of the world's best swimmers of the 1990s, Alexander Popov; The fictional character James Bond and many others.
The Omega Seamaster consists of a number of angles and curves which differs the way light is reflected from its case and still, it does not include any sharp corners, which makes it perfectly comfortable to wear. Seamaster watch is also one of the most dependable watches for deep diving due to its luminescent coating on the hands and markers. Thus suitable for being the Omega Dive Watch.
Let’s have a glance through this model’s history and its achievements:
1932: Omega launches its first water-resistant watch named Omega Marine. It was water resistant up to 135 meters and was the first in the Omega Seamaster family.
1948: Omega produces its first Omega Seamaster. It was galvanized by the waterproof qualities of Omega Marine along with the popular The 30 mm model.
1962: A North American pilot and submariner claimed that after an accident he found his Omega Seamaster in a completely working condition at a 45-meter depth. Whereas the surprising fact to be noticed is that the watch guaranteed waterproof only up to 30 meters.
1981: A world's record in scuba diving was broken by Jacques Mayol who was equipped with nothing but the Omega Seamaster watch.
1995: America's Cup was won by the team of New Zealand in which Sir Peter Blake and each crew member of the team wore an Omega Seamaster 300 on their wrists. And thus it was declared as the official timekeeper for America's Cup 2000.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is considered as the father of the modern chronograph. And it is also the first watch which was worn on the moon. Although the original Omega Speedmaster watch was primarily targetted at the motorsports.
The first Speedmaster watch was introduced in 1957, with the ref. CK 2915 which is now known as the "Broad Arrow" - because of its prominent arrow-tipped hour hand. However, the designs of the latter models during the late-1950s to early-1960s differed from that of the contemporary Omega Speedmaster.
The Omega Moon Watch
The next reference in the Omega Speedmaster was CK 2998 which accidentally became the first Omega watch to go in the space. It was worn by the Astronaut Walter Schirra during the 1962 Project Mercury ‘Sigma 7’ mission. And later in the year 1965, the Speedmaster watch proved itself as the only wristwatch that had passed all 11 of NASA’s tests for space travel.
The first Omega Speedmaster (Reference 105.012) was worn by Buzz Aldrin on the moon on July 21, 1969, as a part of Apollo 11, which resulted in the adoption if its name the “Omega Moon Watch.”
Thus with varied options available from Omega Seamaster to Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, you can now pick the style of your choice. And with variable choices in the Omega Mens Watch collection, one can attain the perfect personality.
Omega Top Models
Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph
Omega was the first watch brand to make it to the moon on July 21, 1969. This was worn by Buzz Aldrin as he stepped out unto the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission. The same model was also brought along by Neil Armstrong though was left on the Lunar Module. Aldrin’s exact watch however was said to have been stolen along with other personal belongings upon his return. Fortunately, Armstrong’s Omega Speedmaster was saved and is now with Washington D.C.’s National Air and Space Museum.
Today, the Seamaster is popularly known as the James Bond watch. It first appeared on the wrist of Pierce Brosnan in 1995 when he starred Golden Eye. This was a Omega Seamaster Professional 300 model. The present day 007 Daniel Craig alternates between a Omega Seamaster Diver 300M and a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M. This product line however is also associated with the 1971 Seamaster Ploprof design. It was initially water-resistant up to 600 meters though is now able to withstand depths of up to 1,200 meters.
It has undergone some changes since 1952 though has maintained its elegant looks and extremely precise movements. The Omega Constellation came in gold and steel while the Constellation Deluxe appeared only in gold. It was the Constellation Grand Luxe however that provided a more refined look which had a gold and platinum finish. The collection eventually evolved into 1982’s Constellation Manhattan with its iconic four griffes which appeared to be holding the watch bezel in place.
Omega De Ville
This was originally part of the Seamaster family in the 1960s before it eventually branched out into an independent line in 1967. Its simplicity and classic design aspects give a timeless quality to it. Omega combined this with modern elements to produce an award-winning watch collection. The Omega De Ville was given the Grand Prix Triomphe de l’Excellence Européenne as well as six “Golden Roses” during the Baden-Baden design awards in the 1970s.