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(49576) Omega 3188.8.131.52.04.001 Speedmaster Professional "Alaska Project", 31132423004001, limited edition re-creation of prototype watch made for NASA astronauts, limited to 1970 pieces, stainless steel on a stainless steel bracelet, has additional white leather NATO strap and red protective case for extreme temperatures, Caliber 1861 manual wind movement, chronograph, white dial with luminous hands and hour markers, water resis...
(49619) Omega 3184.108.40.206.99.001 Soyuz Apollo 35th Anniversary Speedmaster, 31130423099001, limited to only 1,975 pieces worldwide, stainless steel on a stainless stee; bracelet with a folding deployant clasp, manual wind Omega caliber 1861 movement, 12-hour chronograph, black dial with meteorite subdials, hour markers, and hands, water resistant to 50m, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm. Like new with Omega Presentation box and pap...
(49617) Omega 3220.127.116.11.01.001 Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase, 31130443201001, stainless steel case on an alligator strap with a stainless steel deployment buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 1866 movement, 48 hour power reserve, chronograph with date and moonphase display, black aventurine dial which resembles a star field, luminous hands and indexes, sapphire crystal, display back, size 44.25mm, thickness 14.8mm. ...
(50275) Omega 18.104.22.168.04.001 Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer, 21032422004001, 210 32 42 20 04 001, stainless steel case on a rubber strap with a stainless steel buckle, automatic Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800 movement, 55-hour power reserve, white wave dial with date at 6 o'clock, luminescent hands and hour markers, black ceramic rotating bezel, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm, sapphire cryst...
(50271) Omega 22.214.171.124.03.002 Seamaster Co-Axial Planet Ocean Summer Blue 21530402003002, stainless steel case on a stainless steel bracelet with deployant buckle, automatic movement with Omega Master Co-Axial Caliber 8900, 60-hour power reserve, date at 3 o'clock, "summer blue" PVD varnished and treated blue dial with ceramic blue bezel, sweep second hand, luminous hands and hour markers, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 6...
(50192) Omega 3126.96.36.199.01.001 Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, 31132403001001 "First Omega in Space" commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Speedmaster to orbit the earth, numbered edition, stainless steel case on a strap with a matching stainless steel buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 1861 movement, chronograph, black dial, water resistant to 165ft, diameter: 39.7mm, thickness: 14mm. Like New with Omega box and pa...
(49988) Omega 310.63.42.50.01.001 Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Sedna Gold, 31063425001001, 18K "Sedna" rose gold alloy on a strap with Omega Sedna gold deployant buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 3861 movement, 12-hour chronograph, black dial, black tachymeter scale, display caseback, water resistant to 100ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm. Like New with original Omega box.
(49930) Omega 3188.8.131.52.01.001 Speedmaster "Speedy Tuesday" Limited Edition, 31132423001001, commemorating the 5th anniversary of the online #speedytuesday phenomenon, numbered edition (1405 of 2012), stainless steel on a strap with a stainless steel buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 1861, chronograph, black dial, water resistant to 165ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm. Like New with Omega box, leather watch roll, additional N...
(49748) Omega 310.60.42.50.99.001 Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, 31060425099001, limited to 1,014 pieces, 18K yellow gold on a 18K yellow gold bracelet, manual wind Omega caliber 3861 movement, 12-hour chronograph, gold dial, bronze colored tachymeter scale, display caseback, water resistant to 100ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm. Like new with special edition box and papers dated 2020.
(49922) Omega 310.60.42.50.10.001 Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional "Moonshine", 31060425010001, 18K "Moonshine" yellow gold alloy on a matching yellow gold bracelet with deployant buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 3861 movement, 12-hour chronograph, green dial, green bezel with gold tachymeter scale, display caseback, water resistant to 50 meters/167ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 13.2mm. Like new with Omega box and papers from 2023.
(50190) Omega 184.108.40.206.03.001 Seamaster Co-Axial Planet Ocean GMT 600m, 23290442203001, titanium on a titanium bracelet, automatic movement with new Omega Caliber 8605, 60-hour power reserve, chronometer date at 3 o'clock, blue dial, blue bi-dorectional diver "Liquid Metal Bezel", center sweep seconds hand, luminous hands and hour markers, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 2000 ft., diameter: 43.5mm, thickness: 16.3 mm. Like...
(50149) Omega 3220.127.116.11.01.001 Speedmaster "Speedy Tuesday" Limited Edition, 31132423001001, commemorating the 5th anniversary of the online #speedytuesday phenomenon, numbered edition (1409 of 2012), stainless steel on a Nato strap with a stainless steel buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 1861, chronograph, black dial, water resistant to 165ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm. Like New with Omega box, leather watch roll, strap-c...
(50072) Omega 210.30.42.02.03.002 Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer James Bond 60th Anniversary, 210304203002, stainless steel case on a stainless steel bracelet with a stainless steel deployant buckle, automatic Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8806 movement, 55-hour power reserve, luminescent hands and hour markers, blue aluminum bezel ring and dial, rotating bezel, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm, domed ...
(49324) Omega 310.63.42.50.01.001 Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Sedna Gold, 31063425001001, 18K "Sedna" rose gold alloy on a strap with Omega Sedna gold deployant buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 3861 movement, 12-hour chronograph, black dial, black tachymeter scale, display caseback, water resistant to 100ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm. Like New with Original Omega box and papers dated April 2022.
(49008) Omega 310.60.42.50.99.001 Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, 31060425099001, limited to 1,014 pieces, 18K yellow gold on a 18K yellow gold bracelet, manual wind Omega caliber 3861 movement, 12-hour chronograph, gold dial, bronze colored tachymeter scale, display caseback, water resistant to 100ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm. Like new with special edition box and papers dated 2019.
(49598) Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 18.104.22.168.01.001, 21062442001001, black ceramic and Sedna gold case with laser ablated waves on a rubber strap with a stainless steel tang buckle, luminescent hands and indexes, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 300 meters, diameter: 43.5mm, thickness: 14.5mm. Like New with Omega box and papers dated 2022.
(50086) Omega 310.32.42.50.02.001 Speedmaster Professional "Silver Snoopy Award" 50th Anniversary 31032425002001, stainless steel case on a blue nylon strap, in-house manual wind Omega co-axial master chronometer caliber 3861 movement, 50-hour power reserve, solid silver dial with contrasting blue sub dials, embossed silver medallion of Snoopy on the 9 o'clock sub dial, blued hour markers and luminous hands, blue ceramic bezel with...
(50150) Omega 22.214.171.124.03.002 Seamaster Diver 300M 75th Anniversary "Summer Blue" Co-Axial Master Chronometer, 21032422003002, 210 32 42 20 03 002, stainless steel case on a fabric NATO strap with a stainless steel tang buckle, automatic Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800 movement, 55-hour power reserve, "Summer Blue" wave dial with blue luminous skeleton hands, date at 6 o'clock, luminescent hands and hour markers,...
(49197) Omega 3126.96.36.199.01.001 Speedmaster "Speedy Tuesday" 2 Ultraman Limited Edition, 31112423001001, released as a tribute to the original Ultraman Speedmaster which featured an orange chrono seconds hand, limited to 2012 pieces, stainless steel on a strap with a stainless steel tang buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 1861, chronograph, black dial with luminous hour markers and orange accents, orange chrono seconds hand, water...
(45456) Omega 145.022-69 ST Speedmaster Pre-Moon 145 022 69 ST 14502269, stainless steel HF case on an Omega 1171 bracelet with 633 endlinks and a folding deployant clasp, original "dot over 90" bezel, manual wind Omega caliber 861 movement, original black dial with original tritium lume present is beginning to turn slightly tropical (a nice feature of this reference), 12-hour chronograph, 29M serial number (c. 1970), diameter: 42m...
(46435) Omega 105.002-62 Speedmaster 10500262 105 002 662, original stainless steel case is in excellent condition, leather strap with a 60s Omega tang buckle, manual wind Omega Caliber 321, original black dial with applied metal Omega logo and original hands, correct dot over 90 bezel is in excellent condition, hesalite crystal with omega logo still visible in the center, dust cover, 19.8M movement serial, diameter: 39mm, thicknes...
(49956) Omega 188.8.131.52.10.001 Seamaster Diver green dial 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Ceramic, 21092442001001, 210 32 42 10 01 001, stainless steel case on a Green rubber strap with a Omega tang buckle, automatic Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8806 movement, 55-hour power reserve, black wave dial, luminous skeleton hands and hour markers, black ceramic rotating bezel, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14.6mm, sapphire c...
(49101) Omega 310.60.42.50.10.001 Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional "Moonshine", 31060425010001, 18K "Moonshine" yellow gold alloy on a matching yellow gold bracelet with deployant buckle, manual wind Omega caliber 3861 movement, 12-hour chronograph, green dial, green bezel with gold tachymeter scale, display caseback, water resistant to 50 meters/167ft, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 13.2mm. Like new with Omega box and papers from 2023.
(49444) Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 "Ed White" 3184.108.40.206.01.001, 31130403001001, stainless steel case on a matching stainless steel bracelet with a folding deployant clasp, manual wind Omega caliber 321 movement, 12-hour chronograph, 55-hour power reserve, black dial with luminous hour markers and hands, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant to 5 bar, diameter: 39.7, thickness: 14mm. Like New with commemorative Omega...
(47686) Omega 145.022-69 ST Speedmaster Pre-Moon Straight Writing 145 022 69 ST 14502269, stainless steel HF case on an Omega 1171 bracelet with 633 endlinks and a folding deployant clasp, original "dot next to 90" bezel, manual wind Omega caliber 861 movement, original black dial with original tritium lume, 12-hour chronograph, 32M serial number (c. 1969), diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm, Excellent Condition.
(47905) Omega 220.127.116.11.03.001 Seamaster 300 Co-Axial, 23360412103001, 18k rose gold and polished titanium case and bracelet, automatic Omega caliber 8400, 60-hour power reserve, resistant to anti-magnetic fields to 15,000 gauss, matte blue dial, vintage-toned luminous material, "liquidmetal" blue ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal, display back, water resistant to 300M, size 41mm, thickness 15mm. Like New with original box and pap...
(46824) Omega 18.104.22.168.06.001 Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 21032422006001, 210 32 42 20 06 001, stainless steel case on a rubber strap with a stainless steel tang buckle, automatic Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800 movement, 55 hour power reserve, grey wave dial with blue hands date at 6 o'clock, luminescent hands and hour markers, blue ceramic rotating bezel, diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm, sa...
(48119) Omega 22.214.171.124.01.004 Seamaster Co-Axial ETNZ Planet Ocean Deep Black GMT, 21592462201004, 215 924 622 01 004, Ceramic Zirconium Dioxide case on a black kevlar/rubber strap with a ZrO2 deployant buckle, chronometer, automatic movement with new Omega caliber 8906, 60-hour power reserve, date at 3 o'clock, black dial with blue and red trim, black Zirconium Dioxide bezel with blue and red trim, commemorative caseback with ...
(47357) Omega 145.022-69 ST Speedmaster Pre-Moon Straight Writing 145 022 69 ST 14502269, stainless steel HF case on an Omega 1171 bracelet with 633 endlinks and a folding deployant clasp, original "dot next to 90" bezel, manual wind Omega caliber 861 movement, original black dial with original tritium lume, 12-hour chronograph, 32M serial number (c. 1969), diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm, Excellent Condition.
(46277) Omega 145.022-69 ST Speedmaster Pre Moon Transitional MEISTER Dial, 145 022 69 ST, 145022, stainless steel Omega 1039 bracelet (4/69) with 516 end links, very rare transitional dial found on Caliber 321 Speedmasters and the very first Caliber 861 examples and even rarer with a "Meister" stamp, case is in excellent condition and very sharp, little to no polish, manual wind movement Omega caliber 861, chronograph, tachymeter,...
Omega Speedmaster Professional Alaska Project SS LIMITED 2009
Omega Speedmaster Soyuz Apollo
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Aventurine Dial
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42MM 2023
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean "Summer Blue"
Omega Speedmaster Professional Numbered Edition SS
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Sedna Gold 2022
Omega Speedmaster "Speedy Tuesday" Limited Edition SS
Omega Apollo XI 50th Anniversary Speedmaster 18K Yellow Gold
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional "Moonshine" Green Dial
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial GMT Blue Dial Titanium
Omega Speedmaster "Speedy Tuesday" Limited Edition SS
Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond 60th Anniversary Co-Axial Master Chronometer
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Sedna Gold 2022
Omega Apollo XI 50th Anniversary Speedmaster 18K Yellow Gold
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black SS / 18k Sedna Gold 2022
Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary 2022
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 75th Anniversary "Summer Blue" 42MM UNWORN
Omega Speedmaster "Speedy Tuesday" 2 ULTRAMAN Limited Edition
Omega Vintage Speedmaster Transitional c. 1969
Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.002 c.1962
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Ceramic UNWORN
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional "Moonshine" Green Dial
Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 "Ed White" Chronograph
Omega Vintage Speedmaster c. 1969
Omega Omega SeaMaster 300M Titanium / 18k Rose Gold
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42MM
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ETNZ Deep Black GMT 600M Co-Axial Ceramic
Omega Vintage Speedmaster "Straight Writing" c. 1969
Omega Speedmaster MEISTER SIGNED Dial SS Transitional / 1039 Bracelet COMPLETE
Guide to Omega Watches
Omega produces roughly half a million watches every year. As one of the most popular watch brands in the world, Omega accounts for 8.8% of total annual sales within the overall market.
The co-axial escapement was developed by George Daniels in 1974 in an effort to reduce friction between the pallet fork and the escapement wheel, and to eliminate wasted motion within the escapement assembly. Daniels was able to fix these issues by stacking two balance wheels using a common axis. One of the wheels is used for locking and the other for unlocking. By separating the functions, the co-axial escapement reduces friction and unnecessary motion within the system and as a result, watches equipped with the technology have the ability to function more accurately and also require less frequent servicing. Omega adopted the Co-axial technology in 1999 with the introduction of their caliber 2500.
NASA began the search for a dependable chronograph appropriate for space travel shortly after President Eisenhower launched the Apollo Program. Rolex, Hamilton, Longines-Wittnauer, Bulova, Elgin, Omega, Benrus, Mido, Gruen, and Lucien Picard were among the companies who made prototypes for NASA's watch testing. NASA put these prototypes through a battery of tests, including extreme temperature fluctuations from minus 260 degrees to over 260 degrees Fahrenheit, gravity simulations, humidity tests, and an acceleration test to guarantee shock tolerance. After all of the rigorous testing, the only watch that remained functional was the Omega Speedmaster. NASA certified the Omega Speedmaster for both space flight and extravehicular travel in March 1965 and it remains NASA's official timepiece to this day.
On July 20th, 1969, astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar module and touched down on the moon's surface. Strapped to his wrist, was an Omega Speedmaster Professional, reference ST105.021, with a Lemania-based caliber 321 inside. This reference is a more durable version of the Omega prototype that was used in the NASA testing. A blockier 42mm case with crown guards and bigger chronograph pushers was part of the redesign. The bigger pushers give greater grip for the astronaut while outfitted in full equipment, and the blockier housing adds extra shock and acceleration protection. These modest adjustments secured the modern-day Speedmaster's appearance, which we have grown to know and appreciate. Unfortunately, in the 1970s, Buzz Aldrin's Speedy was stolen while in transit from NASA headquarters to the Smithsonian Museum where it was set to be displayed for the world to admire.
In 1983, the Swiss watch group SSIH, which at the time included Omega, Tissot, and Lemania, merged with the watch conglomerate ASUAG, to create what is now known as the SWATCH Group. Over the years, the SWATCH Group has built up a diverse portfolio of 18 watch brands ranging in both quality and price. Omega occupies a unique space in the “upper-mid-tier” of the portfolio’s hierarchy, and sits alongside brands such as Blancpain, Harry Winston, Glashutte Original and Jaquet Droz. Omega is widely regarded as the second most popular watch brand in the World.
History of Omega Watches
The Omega Legend began humbly like so many other pioneering horologic entrepreneurs of the 19th century, but it's founder's legacy would literally go to the moon. A 23-year-old watchmaker named Louis Brandt opened his small pocket watch workshop in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland in 1848. He was a comptoir d'etabilissage, a superb technician, and a sub-contracting watch manufacturer. A passionate perfectionist and artist, his watches were beautifully accurate and his reputation in Switzerland as well as all over Europe was notable. He came along at the cusp of the industrial change in watch making, as Switzerland prepared to embrace the idea of mass production and interchangeable components for the pocket watch, essentially an American vision brought to Europe by Civil War veteran Florentine Ariosto Jones of Boston.
Although Brandt died at 54 in 1879, he'd thoroughly prepared his sons César and Louis-Paul Brandt to love his business.
After their father passed away they rented a floor in a building in Bienne and set up a modern watch production manufactory using their father's legacy and the money he left to them. They were educated in history and the classics and their company Louis Brandt & Frere produced watches with Golden Age names like "Celtic", "Gurzelen", "Helvetia", "Jura", and "Patria".
In 1885 they introduced their first series (mass) produced caliber named the "Labrador", a lever movement that had a precision within 30-seconds a day. By 1889 they were enjoying an unprecedented success, becoming the largest watch manufacture in Switzerland, producing over 100,000 examples a year. Their advertising poster showed photographs of all fifteen of the modern high-ceiling, and well-illuminated work rooms of their manufactory, essentially setting a world standard for Switzerland and everywhere else. They were the epitome of the promise of modernization.
In 1892, discretely in partnership with prestigious watchmaker Audemars Piguet, the brothers introduced the First Minute-Repeater timepiece, a miniaturized version of a complicated pocket watch for the wrist that chimed the minutes and hours.
Two years later, in what would be a watershed moment for their company, they brought out a 19-line watch caliber they called "Omega" after the final letter of the Greek alphabet, traditionally as well as symbolically suggesting it was the end-all and be-all, which many thought it was. It became a game-changer throughout Europe; the Omega caliber had easily interchangeable components, was relatively simply constructed, and it enjoyed an overwhelming success, proving that high production and such a diminutive size didn't mean a lessening of precision and accuracy.
In 1900 the first wristwatches with the Omega name were produced and used by British officers in the South African Boer War, gaining a reputation as a rugged military watch.
These watches, powered by the Caliber HN B movement, were later exhibited at the Universal Exposition in Paris, where they won the Grand Prix. The depth of their abilities at scientific achievement were beginning to seem bottomless; however, like true partners, in 1903 both César and Louis-Paul Brandt passed away.
They, like their father, had also instilled in their children a love for the industry, and so they had no problem leaving one of Switzerland's largest watch manufacturers (with 800 employees who created 240,000 watches a year) to their children, Louis' sons Adrien and Paul-Emile, and Cesar's sons Ernest and Gustave. The four inheritors received the company with the Omega caliber at a height of success, and in 1904 that innovative caliber eventually led to their official renaming of the brand to the "Omega Watch Company", which was allegedly suggested by their banker Henri Rieckel.
Already renowned for a scientific degree of accuracy in their timepieces, in 1905 the company became the official timekeeper for Swiss sporting events.
Their Omega brand was synonymous with precision, and in 1909 they made an international sports debut by officially timing the Gordon Bennett Cup – a precision balloon race. By 1909 they had indeed become a global phenomenon as they began selling watches on 6 continents. Their series-produced watch movements were accurate, well made, and easy to maintain and repair with that new 20th century modularity that revolutionized the watch industry.
The first war in which soldiers wore wristwatches gave Omega a new place in history. In 1917 the British Royal Flying Corps made Omega watches their official timekeepers for its combat units during World War I, followed by the American army in 1918.
Following the company's triumphant service in the Great War, Omega's chronometers won the top awards at the prestigious observatory timing competition in Neuchâtel in 1919.
As the multi-faceted Art Deco movement was sweeping post-war Europe in 1925 Omega exhibited their breathtaking Art Deco watches at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne, once more winning the Grand Prize and turning European fashion on its ear. This was followed by further first places in 1931 when they set precision records in all six categories at the Geneva Observatory trials. That same year they released a prototype of the first two-weight automatic movement, providing bilateral winding, quickly becoming the industry standard.
In 1932 Omega became the first watchmaker to officially time the entire Olympic games in Los Angeles making them the premier event timekeepers to this day. They were able to time 1/10th seconds for those Olympics, but the company has progressed with the years and in 2021 they now measure to 1/1000th seconds.
That same year of 1932 they introduced the first commercially sold diving watch that was double case sealed in cork, named the "Marine." It was water resistant to an astounding 135 meters, as well as one of the most fashionable dive watches ever made with its Art Deco tonneau design. It was dive-tested by Commander Yves Le Prieur, the French naval officer who invented the aqualung. It was tested to 73 meters in Lake Geneva, but five years later it was found to actually be completely waterproof to 135 meters.
In 1936 Omega introduced a brand-new technology to the Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen using two separate chronographs to time the downhill skiing races – one at the start and another at the finish of the competition.
The great American runner and winner of 4 gold medals, Jessie Owens, was timed by an Omega 185 chronograph. They also set the world precision record of 97.8 points at the observatory exhibition at Kew-Teddington in England, and in 1940 they introduced photoelectric cell technology to the Olympics.
When World War II began Omega utilized its history of military watchmaking to once again support the effort, shipping thousands of watches to the Allied forces, and eventually sending 150,000 of their "Dirty Dozen" military wristwatches to Great Britain, which were issued to elite units, artillery, and radio operators in 1945.
The company introduced their iconic Omega Seamaster dive watch after World War II in 1948, designed by Rene Bannwart in honor of Omega's 100th anniversary, on the suggestion of Omega's sales director Adolphe Vallat.
The concept was to produce a watch for the working American male with the durability and precision of their military watches, with virtues such as shock protection and anti-magnetic resistance. At 34mm in diameter, the Seamaster was beautifully made and accurate, with outstanding water resistance.
The designers and engineers at Omega introduced the Constellation line in 1952, the first of their officially certified wrist chronometers as well as their contribution to higher fashion. It was named for the eight stars on its emblem that represented the eight precision records set at the Geneva Observatory and at Kew-Teddington; however, sleek and stylish designs accompanied that supreme accuracy. At the Helsinki Olympic games in 1952 they introduced the first electronic timing technology for which they won the Olympic Cross of Merit for Omega's pioneering contributions to sports.
Up until now Omega had made all of its innovations and advancements with men's styled timepieces.
In 1955 they released their Ladymatic, the first automatic chronometers for women, watches of compact dimension and beautiful styling with rotor-driven automatic movements. In December of 1956 Omega strapped a Seamaster to the fuselage of Canadian Pacific Airways flight 302 for a journey over the Polar route from Canada to Amsterdam for 9-hours of sub-zero punishment: it landed in perfect working order.
In 1957 Omega released the watch that would become a legend like no other. Jacques Reymond, who worked for Omega's subsidiary Lemania, had been working on a new chronograph design since 1942, built around the caliber 27.
Called "321," this new watch was further developed by Albert Piguet, with the now iconic case designed by Claude Baillod, on a team with prototype maker Georges Hartmann and machinist Desire Faivre. This became the Speedmaster in 1957, after fifteen-years of experimentation and research. 1957 was a year of three Omega professional legends, including the pioneering "Speedmaster," (which eventually became the "Moonwatch,") the "Seamaster 300" dive watch, and the "Railmaster," the first wristwatch to resist magnetic fields of more than 1,000 gauss.
In 1961 President elect John F. Kennedy wore an Omega slimline watch to his inauguration on January 20th , and on October 3, 1962, Astronaut Walter Schirra took his Omega Speedmaster Chronograph into space for 9-hours on board the Mercury Sigma 7 rocket. In 1965, NASA, after rigorous testing of all chronometer/chronographs, chose to use the "Speedmaster Professional" chronograph wristwatch as it's official timekeeper.
It was the first watch designated for Extravehicular Activity and it's still the only certified watch with the NASA stamp of approval. In 1967 the one millionth Omega chronometer was certified. That same year saw the introduction of the De Ville line of dress watches with the ultra-slim caliber 620, with Omega De Ville watches winning 6 Golden Rose awards at the Baden-Baden design awards over the next several years. 1967 also saw the Omega introduction of "touchpad" sensors for swimming competitions, utilized in every Olympics since 1968. It was also the first Olympics to use Omega electronic timekeeping for every event.
In 1969, on July 21st, when astronaut Neil Armstrong said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," becoming the first human being to step onto the moon, he wore his Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph, taking the brand 238,900 miles farther than any timepiece ever produced.
This was also the year that Omega installed 9 precision timekeeping instruments on the cockpit of the new Concorde SST. Until the plane was retired in 2003, Concorde pilots wore Omega watches, including Captain John Hackett, the first pilot to take the plane across the Atlantic Ocean.
When NASA dodged disaster with the Apollo 13 moon launch in April of 1970, it was because the astronauts had to manually fire an engine in order to re-align the craft for re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, using their Speedmasters to time the critical 14-second fuel burn. This happy ending led NASA to reward Omega with the "Silver Snoopy Award," because like Charlie Brown's dog, the astronauts were able to keep their sense of humor in such a dire experience.
Apollo 17 mission Commander astronaut Gene Cernan wore his Omega Speedmaster for three days on the last moon visit, while module captain Ron Evans used his own Speedmaster to conduct heat and flow convection experiments. Capturing the world's imagination, the two-millionth Omega chronometer was certified in 1972.
Omega's "Megaquartz" marine-chronometer was released in 1974 with a stunning daily timing variation of just two-thousands of a second, in a precision testing trial that lasted 63 days.
Omega received its 100,000th official rating certificate for quartz chronometers on May 18,1983. That same year a museum for the company was opened on the 16th of December. In 1995 Omega released the first wristwatch with a centrally mounted tourbillon.
In 1999 the company took a huge technological leap in introducing their "Coaxial" caliber 2500 movement.
It replaced the traditional Swiss lever escapement with a coaxial wheel, and escape wheel, and a lever with three pallet stones. Developed by British horologist George Daniels, the new escapement and a novel free-sprung balance combined to greatly improve accuracy and expand service intervals to an entire decade. The structure of the movement was revised to reduce the friction prolong the viscosity of the lubricant on the balance.
A freshly renewed interest in the Speedmaster 300 was ignited by the James Bond film franchise as actor Pierce Brosnan wore his Omega for the third time in 2002 in "Die Another Die," followed by a new Bond played by Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale," which also debuted the Seamaster Diver 300M with it's new coaxial escapement.
In 2008 Omega released its new Si14 Silicon balance spring to reduce deviation and instability, and the new Bond film "Quantum of Solace" premiered with Daniel Craig sporting a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M co-Axial chronometer. Omega once again focused on the ladies by reinvigorating the Ladymatic line in 2010, this time with the new Co-Axial movement.
In 2011 Omega joined Daniel Craig in a partnership to support ORBIS International, an organization treating preventable blindness all over the world, especially for the most vulnerable people on the planet.
Craig accompanied the ORBIS flying hospital to Mongolia to document the incredible effort. Omega introduced a special edition of the De Ville Hour Vision Blue watch to further support ORBIS. That same year The PGA made Omega the official timekeeper for every golf tournament, making the company the technological stable of sporting events.
Omega produced "Planet Ocean" in 2012, an ecological documentary film that was an elegant attempt to raise world consciousness about the plight of our oceans and the endangered marine world. It was premiered at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil and eventually it was shown at the United Nations.
Omega's additional cinematic triumph came that October with the premiere of the new Bond film in London of "Skyfall," in which Daniel Craig dazzles the world with two Omega Seamasters with caliber 8500 movements, including a 42mm Planet Ocean 600M with a black dial and bezel, and a slightly more stylish blue-dial Aqua Terra. In 2013 Omega presented their contribution to combating magnetic fields of more than 15,000 gauss with their Co-Axial caliber 8508, a movement that resists magnetism using non-ferromagnetic materials instead of the traditional protective soft iron inner case.
Omega, no longer confident that the certifications for watch movements met the standards of their new watches, founded a new watch certification protocol in 2015 that was approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
This either matched or was more stringent than the Controle Official Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) standards. Also, that year the Bond film "SPECTRE" premiered featuring a Seamaster 300 version of the 1957 watch except with a new caliber 8400 movement.
In 2017 Omega moved out of their original manufactory in Bienne and into a masterpiece designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. It's a true work of art, ecologically planned, bright with natural light, and with the use of natural construction materials. It was created with a modularity that will allow growth from within for new technologies and machinery. In 2019 the new Omega museum opened, a glass, steel, and Swiss timber beam ovoid sculptural building, also designed by Shigeru Ban. Besides all of the vintage Omega watches, the museum offers fascinating displays, interactive experiences, and instructive movies. It includes a huge walk-in Omega Speedmaster with a Co-Axial escapement, an Omega history of women's watchmaking, a lunar landscape, and of course a "James Bond world" exhibition.
The famous Omega caliber 321, the first movement utilized in the Speedmaster that went to the moon, was brought back into production in 2019, carefully engineered by a group of historians, watchmakers, craftsmen, researchers, and developers.
That year was also notable as The Five Deeps Expedition Team with captain Victor Vescovo took their Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional Chronometer to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in a world record dive of 10,925 meters. In 2019 Omega also released a new sports watch, the Seamaster Aqua Terra "Ultra Light." Produced from an alloy used in the aeronautical industry called Gamma Titanium, it weighs a stunningly light 55 grams.
The models offered by Omega
The stylish Constellation has a legendary styling que that carries the lines of the strap or bracelet throughout the watch. This was a tradition invented by Omega designer Pierre Moinat in 1964 with the Constellation BA.368.0847 model. The Constellation is a grand and broad line with lots of variations; there are currently 268 selections from 25mm to 41mm with mechanical movements, and there are an additional 9 mechanical Co-axial Master Chronometers with Omega calibers 8700/8701. There are also 436 different quartz battery Constellation watches. Omega has integrated precious metals as well as diamonds into many of the Constellation designs.
Omega calls the Globemaster the "world's first Master Chronometer" as well as their most advanced mechanical movement. A true son of the Constellation models (the dials all have the rhodium-plated Constellation "star"), this Co-Axial Master Chronometer is noted for its fluted bezel, it's "pan" dial (a reference from the first 1952 Constellation), its 39mm diameter, and its caliber powerful Co-Axial 8900/8901 engines. It's water resistant to 100 meters/330 feet and it's available in 11 models in various stainless-steel and precious metals, all thoughtfully anti-magnetic to 15,000 gauss with anti-reflective coated sapphire crystals.
As one of the premier marine and dive watches in the world, this collection has grown to be enormous with it's iconic hippocampus seahorse emblem. Ranging in style and size from a petite 30mm to a formidable 43mm, there are 20 base models with a stunning 282 variations of the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150-meter watches. The more advanced Diver 300-meter Co-Axial Master Chronometers include 7 base configurations from 41mm to 44mm with 52 different models, and for the more professional divers Omega offers the 8 Planet Ocean 600 meter (2000 feet) Co-Axial Master Chronometers with 81 variations from 37.5mm to 45.5mm. The Heritage collection is also quite extensive, with 7 types of Co-Axial Master Chronometers including the Seamaster 300 (37 models), 2 Railmasters (with 8 models), the Olympic Official Timekeeper (14 models), the iconic Ploprof 1200-meter (with 5 models for those 4,000 foot dives), the 10 different City Editions, the Bullhead (3 variations), and the Seamaster 1948 (4 models). To commemorate the 25 years of James Bond and Omega, which started with GoldenEye in 1995, the coming 2021 James Bond film "No Time to Die" will be accompanied by their new Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition. It's lightweight grade 2 titanium, with a mesh Milanese bracelet, and it's powered by the Omega Co-Axial Chronometer 8806 movement.
The Speedmaster, in development since 1942 and released officially in 1957, includes 12 models of the MOONWATCH PROFESSIONAL (each 42mm). There are 32 HERITAGE Speedmaster chronometers and chronographs ranging from 39.7mm to 46.2mm. There are 15 variations of the DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (all 44.25mm). The Co-Axial SPEEDMASTER 38MM chronometers come in 20 different models. The new TWO-COUNTER Speedmasters Co-Axial Chronoscope chronometers come in 7 variations (43mm), inspired by Omega chronograph wristwatches from the 1940's, with spiral "snail" dial track patterns, tachymeters, and pulsometers, but with the new Omega 9908 movement. Also notable in this collection are the new SPEEDMASTER RACING (10 models), the SPEEDMASTER MOONPHASE (13 models), and the SPEEDMASTER CHRONOGRAPH (3 variations). The Speedmaster INSTRUMENTS line has two types of radically different and very futuristic watches – The SPEEDMASTER SKYWALKER X-33 (2 quartz-powered models), and the SPEEDMASTER Z-33, a Solar impulse timepiece powered by a quartz chronograph movement.
There are five De Ville lines, not the least of which are the stylish LADYMATICS with 49 unique models. The HOUR VISION Co-Axial Master Chronometers come in 18 models in stainless-steel and gold (all 41mm in diameter). There are 53 elegant round TRESOR models ranging from 36mm to 40mm, and the De Ville PRESTIGE collection offers 115 models for men, and 84 for women, in an assortment of precious metals, rare dials, and diamonds. There are also 4 new De Ville Prestige models produced in co-operation with ORBIS to raise funds for curable blindness in an ongoing charitable partnership, from 27.4mm to 39.5mm, all with their Teddy Bear logo on the dials/case backs.
As a final thought, the research and laboratory at Omega has always prospered on innovation. Whether it's horologic tech, style, or scientific precision, their quest never ends. Omega has always been of the most progressive pioneers, with that tradition happily supported and advanced by the children and grandchildren of founder Louis Brandt. Omega has always been at the right place at the right time, including on the moon.