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Watch Guide: All You Need to Know About Omega Watches

May 19, 2021 05:46 PM

Louis Brandt founded Omega in 1848 at the age of 23 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In his family's house, he built an assembly workshop. After his death, his sons took over the business, Louis Brandt et fils company. The company relocated to Biel / Bienne in 1880, a bilingual city in the canton of Bern, where it remains today. From there, it expanded and concentrated on all aspects of watchmaking. 

Omega watches have made remarkable history for their success. Its fame heightened because of the significant group of people that chose this brand as their official timepiece. That includes NASA, the famous James Bond, and the Olympics, to name a few. It also received a high score of 97.8 in 1936 at Kev Observatory and was recognized for world precision records. These recognitions attest to the high performance that Omega maintained through the years.

Remarkable Features

 

Sapphire Crystal

Omega uses synthetic sapphire crystal with an extraordinarily scratch-resistant and anti-reflective treatment. The sapphire crystals undergo the Verneuil method, also known as flame fusion, before production and finishing. It entails melting the raw material with an oxyhydrogen flame and then crystallizing the molten droplets into a cylinder. The resulting sapphire crystals are scratch-proof and extremely strong, ensuring clear vision at all times. These sapphire crystals are rated nine on the Mohs hardness scale (from 1 to 10).

Magnetism-resistant

The output of a watch may be harmed or stopped by magnetism. Omega's groundbreaking Master Co-Axial calibers, on the other hand, resist magnetic fields of 15, 000 gausses by using a silicon balance spring and the Nivagauss alloy and other non-ferromagnetic materials in their movements.

Precious Gems

Omega gives the precious gems with utmost care to perfect craftsmanship and maintains their beauty.

  • Diamond. It uses white color diamonds from "Top Wesselton" that range in clarity from pure to very, very small inclusions. The cut is carefully chosen to maximize brightness in selecting the best weight in Carat. 
  • Mother-of-pearl. Omega ladies range features top-quality mother-of-pearl dials enhanced with unique features, all created with exceptional ability and delicacy.
  • Meteorite. Designers adore iron meteorites because of their criss-cross Widmanstätten pattern, which refers to the ribbon-like flecks that emerge after special processing. However, this type of meteorite is not suitable for Master Chronometer certified watches because of its magnetic iron content. Lunar meteorites with irregular stone patterns were used instead.

Ceramic and gold combination (Ceragold)

Omega Ceragold is the first product that allows ceramic watch pieces to have 18K gold decorations. For the first time, the method used to make a ceramic bezel with 18K gold numbers and scaling results in a beautiful combination of the two materials.

Metals

Metals have different characteristics, and Omega aims for resistance against scratch, corrosion, magnetism, extreme temperatures. You can find these features on its cases, bracelets, buckles, clasps, and movement components for an alluring look. The beautiful Omega watches come with red gold, yellow gold, white gold, and stainless steel. These make the watch more elegant and suitable even for those who have sensitive skin.

Alloys

Omega developed exclusive alloys to produce timepieces with good quality material, boosting the brand's designs with entire new colors and increased durability. Each creatively composed alloy has special benefits while providing consumers with unique designs in the watchmaking industry.

Ceramics

For more than ten years, Omega is incomparable when it comes to the use of ceramics. Ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic material produced by firing at high temperatures. It is one of the most common options for consumers when choosing their timepiece because of these features:

  • two times lighter than stainless steel
  • non-magnetic 
  • chemically inert
  • hardwearing
  • highly scratch-resistant 
  • hypoallergenic
  • environmentally friendly 

 

Best Selling Models

Seamaster

Seamaster was introduced in 1948 as it celebrated Omega’s 100th anniversary. It has become the favorite timepiece in the James Bond movies since 1995 as the fictional naval commander wears it. Its line produces automatic and manual winding, chronograph, and quartz watches. Omega cleverly adapted the concept, fitting the Seamaster with a rubber O-ring to avoid water ingress, after seeing rubber gaskets used on submarines. 

In 2005, Seamaster Planet Ocean was a modern men's diver's watch with a maximum water resistance of 600 meters. Omega later expanded the collection that includes chronograph, GMT, and ladies' versions. Some of the Planet Ocean models have bezels made with Omega's Liquidmetal technology, which results in a smooth, scratch-resistant surface. 

Speed master

Omega first introduced the Speedmaster chronograph in 1957. It produced model varieties over the years, reproducing some of its vintage models.  NASA selected the Speedmaster as its official timepiece in 1965, declaring it "flight qualified" for space missions after rigorous testing.  

The astronauts wore the Speedmaster Professional, also known as the "Moonwatch, " when Apollo 11 made history by landing on the moon for the first time in 1969. It is the first watch to feature a tachymeter scale on the bezel, hand-wound timepiece with tri-compax style, and “Broad Arrow” hands.

Constellation

Omega Constellation is always a common option among female customers, and Cindy Crawford is one of them. Today, Constellation ladies' range is now vast, with a variety of models to choose from. You can choose from mechanical and quartz models and various case sizes and gem-set versions that exude luxury. 

It was introduced in 1952 and is part of the Omega's 100th anniversary or 'Century' limited series where excellent precision is preferred. It described a picture of the Geneva Observatory under a star-filled sky on the early editions of its case back. Omega reached new accuracy in chronometric experiments at the institution in 1951, so they chose this particular observatory.  

De Ville

The classic Omega De Ville was first introduced in 1967 and is known for its clean lines and complex inner workings. The De Ville is a dress watch that contrasts with Omega's sportier designs. It is an excellent accessory during formal occasions because of its classic designs. 

De Ville was the first timepiece to feature Omega's groundbreaking Co-Axial escapement. It can resist 15, 000 gausses of magnetic fields and has an in-house caliber 9300 that powers this timepiece up to 12 hours. Available in 42 mm, you can choose between rose gold and stainless steel. 

Conclusion

Omega made a significant impact on world history when it became the official timepiece during the first landing on the moon. Aside from that, the brand’s name got more popular upon being seen on the James Bond series. These appearances say something about Omega’s excellence.

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