Omega

Bienne, Switzerland

Omega was founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt in la Chaux-de-Fonds. It wasn’t until 1903 that Omega was first used in the new company name Louis Brandt et Frère – Omega Watch & Co. This was due to the succes of their revolutionary manufacturing and their Omega watch line which became a brand on its own. It wasn’t until 1982 that the name was officially changed to Omega SA. Already in the early 1900’s they had around 800 employees creating 240.000 watches annually. After the founder passed away the next generation took over and continued the succes. In 1930 they became part of the SIHH group together with Tissot and Lemania joined shortly after. By 1970 they were the biggest producer of watches in Switzerland. Due to the quartz crisis things changed and in the early 80’s and name changes the companies became part of the SMH and Swatch group finally in 1983.

Highlights

1848
Founded as La Generale Watch Co. by Louis Brandt
1932
Omega becomes official timekeeper for the Olympic Games
1947
Omega created the first tourbillon (7,5 minutes ) wristwatch with calibre 30L
1948
Introduction of the Omega Seamaster, the first ‘family’ of watches introduced.
1952
The Constellation collection is introduced. For a long time, being the flagship of the brand.
1957
Introduction of the first Omega Speedmaster (and Seamaster 300 and Railmaster)
1962
First Omega Speedmaster to reach space on the wrist of Walter Schirra
1969
Omega Speedmaster becomes the first watch worn on the moon
1982
The Constellation ‘Manhattan’ is launched and lives on today (2019)
1995
James bond wears the Omega Seamaster Professional in GoldenEye
1999
Introduction of the first industrialised movement with co-axial escapement
2007
Introduction of the first in-house developed movement with co-axial escapement
2013
Omega present first watch that can handle up to 15.000 Gauss
2015
Omega introduces the Master Chronometer standard
2017
Omega & Fratello team up for the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday watch, the first watch that is solely being offered online by Omega.

Did you know?

The King

Elvis Presley’s Omega was sold on Auction for 1,8 Million US Dollars making it the most expensive Omega sold

750.000

The annual production of Omega

2017

Omega opened their new high-tech manufacture next to their HQ in Bienne in 2017

125

The Speedmaster 125 was the first self-winding chronograph with chronometer certification in the world

Star

In 1992 you could buy a Constellation with a star (diamond) on the dial. With this purchase, you also had the opportunity to have a real star named after you (or someone else)
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M With White Ceramic Dial An all new version in a small legacy of Omega Seamaster 300M watches with white dials
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M With White Ceramic Dial
An all new version in a small legacy of Omega Seamaster 300M watches with white dials
Report: Sotheby’s Omega Speedmaster – To the Moon and Back Auction Contribution by Lawrence L. McGlynn – Space Collector & Author
Report: Sotheby’s Omega Speedmaster – To the Moon and Back Auction
Contribution by Lawrence L. McGlynn – Space Collector & Author
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My Top 5 Speedmaster Models in Gold
For less than €10.000 a gold Moonwatch will be yours!
Omega Speedmaster X-33 3290.50
How I Ended Up With The X-33 As My First Speedmaster
Capturing the hearts of more and more Speedmaster enthusiasts
Speedmaster for Ladies
The Eagle Has Landed. Speedmaster for Ladies.
Omega Speedmaster 38 for Ladies with Co-Axial Chronometer movement.
Book Recommendation: A Moon Watch Story A book written by the authors of Moonwatch Only
Book Recommendation: A Moon Watch Story
A book written by the authors of Moonwatch Only
Hot Take: Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Celebrating the original Moonwatch on its 50th anniversary
Hot Take: Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum
Celebrating the original Moonwatch on its 50th anniversary
VIDEO – We Talk About 11 Different Speedmasters Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing (and Moonwatch)
VIDEO – We Talk About 11 Different Speedmasters
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing (and Moonwatch)
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How the Speedmaster became the Moonwatch
How Apollo XI changed the Speedmaster forever
Speedy Tuesday World Tour – Sign-Up For New York New York Speedy Tuesday Event on September 17th
Speedy Tuesday World Tour – Sign-Up For New York
New York Speedy Tuesday Event on September 17th
190702 The Eagle Has Landed Event
Photo Report: The “Golden Moments” Event in Amsterdam
Golden Anniversary of the Apollo 11 and Omega's Moonwatch
Omega Contellation Manhattan
Most Iconic Timepiece for the Modern Woman
Meet the new Omega Constellation Manhattan
Hong Kong Speedy Tuesday Event
Photo Report: Hong Kong Speedy Tuesday Event
When Thursday is also a Speedy Tuesday
Singapore Speedy Tuesday Event
Photo Report: Singapore Speedy Tuesday Event
With a healthy dose of wristcandy
My Pub Find Omega Seamaster 300 CK2913 And Restoration Process A love story on the Seamaster reference CK2913-8
My Pub Find Omega Seamaster 300 CK2913 And Restoration Process
A love story on the Seamaster reference CK2913-8
Omega Seamaster Ultra Deep
A Deeper Look at the Omega Seamaster Ultra Deep
A Look at the Event and Speculating About Implications
Video Interview With Astronaut Nicole Stott About flying Space Shuttles and Speedmasters
Video Interview With Astronaut Nicole Stott
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From €500 to €10,000 and everything in between
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional
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Tested to a water resistance of 15,000 meters (49,212 feet)
Legendary Vintage Bracelets – Omega Reference 1039 The most common flat link bracelet for vintage Speedies out there
Legendary Vintage Bracelets – Omega Reference 1039
The most common flat link bracelet for vintage Speedies out there
car racing
Car Racing Legends And The Omega Speedmaster
Speedies worn in and around the race tracks
La Lune Exhibition Paris
Visit Report: La Lune Exhibition In The Grand Palais
Dedicated to the moon, fifty years since two men set foot on our natural satellite for the first time.
Speedmaster Prototype Up For Auction A Lemania 5100 Speedmaster Predecessor Of the Alaska III
Speedmaster Prototype Up For Auction
A Lemania 5100 Speedmaster Predecessor Of the Alaska III
Photo and Video Report – Speedy Tuesday Event in Milan Summary of our event with special guest Nicole Stott (former NASA astronaut)
Photo and Video Report – Speedy Tuesday Event in Milan
Summary of our event with special guest Nicole Stott (former NASA astronaut)