About Omega Watches
Omega makes some of the world’s most popular Swiss luxury watches with icons such as the Speedmaster, the Seamaster, and the Constellation under its belt. In 1848, Louis Brandt founded a watchmaking workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, which would eventually become Omega. The company’s name is actually taken from a groundbreaking watch movement that Louis Brandt’s sons, Louis-Paul and César made in 1894—the Omega Caliber.
From the outset, the Brandt family was committed to manufacturing precise and accurate timekeeping instruments. This was particularly evident in 1931 when Omega set six precision records in all six Geneva Observatory trials. The following year in 1932, Omega became the official timekeeper of the Olympic games in Los Angeles and Omega continues to be the Official Timekeeper of the Olympics. In addition to the Games, Omega is also heavily involved with other major sporting events, particularly in golf, swimming, and sailing.
The 1940s and the 1950s were landmark decades in Omega’s history. To mark the company’s 100th anniversary, Omega unveiled the first Seamaster watch in 1948 as a robust and water-resistant watch. In 1952, the first Constellation dress watch joined the brand’s catalog, named after the eight stars that represent another eight precision records set by Omega. Finally, in 1957, Omega introduced its Professional line of watches with the Speedmaster chronograph, the Seamaster 300 dive watch, and the antimagnetic Railmaster watch.
While the Omega Speedmaster was originally conceived as a watch for motorsports, characterized by the combination of a stopwatch function and the tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel (the very first chronograph to move the tachymeter from the dial to the bezel), the watch soon became world famous for its association with space exploration. The Speedmaster Professional became flight-qualified by NASA in 1965 and it made history in 1969 when it became the first watch worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin. As such, the Omega Speedmaster Professional is now affectionately known as the "Moonwatch". Vintage Speedmaster Professional watches are particularly popular in the secondary market.
Omega continued to evolve the Seamaster collection over the decades to house watches ranging from sporty chic luxury watches like the Aqua Terra to dive watches like the Seamaster Diver 300M, Planet Ocean 600M, and PloProf 1200M.
Since the 1990s, Omega has been the official watch of the James Bond movie franchise and releases a collection of special edition Omega James Bond watches with every new 007 film. In fact, Omega is closely linked with Hollywood and moviemaking, counting stars like George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and Eddie Redmayne as official brand ambassadors.
In 2015, Omega established a new watch certification process complete with eight tests approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). Omega watches that pass both the COSC and METAS tests are now called Master Chronometers.
From vintage-inspired timepieces to ultra-modern watches made from high-tech materials, Omega’s catalog of luxury Swiss watches offers a vast assortment of styles and complications at a range of price points for both men and women.