Omega – A Legacy in Time Keeping

One of the finest Swiss watchmakers of all time, Omega is well known not only for its extensive features, but also it has a legacy in technologically advanced timepiece making. This brand has a long association with Hollywood as well. They have supported James Bond movies as the official timekeeper since 1995 by embellishing the wrist of Pierce Brosnan in ‘Golden Eye’.

The brand ‘Omega’ has been a part of various head-turning projects throughout the World –

The Project ‘Goodplanet’ – This project in collaboration with Goodplanet foundation was truly a tribute to the human race, which shows that they are still capable of changing their future just by looking differently at life. Omega along with Goodplanet took active participation in raising awareness about different environmental issues, while encouraging sustainable development through award-winning documentaries and worthy projects.

Omega and NASA – When NASA asked for a watch, precise enough for travelling in the space, only Omega has passed the test. The legacy of Omega’s Speedmaster was ensured when in the year 1969; it became the first watch worn on the Moon.

The first Omega in space was the one, worn by Wally Schirra on October 3, 1962 during his Mercury mission. In the year 1964, when NASA asked for quotes on wrist chronographs, Omega was one of the four watchmakers that submitted timepieces for the rigorous testing. After that, in 1965, NASA declared the Speedmaster as flight-qualified for all space missions.

On July 21st, 1969 as soon as Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin set foot on the lunar surface, wearing the Speedmaster – it became Moonwatch. In April 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 had managed to land safely though they were having critical engine burns; only by using the precise timekeeping of their Omega Speedmaster.

Solar Impulse and Omega – a journey from the Moon to the Sun: In the year 2003 when Bertrand Piccard presents the idea of a solar powered plane, Omega became the main partner of that Solar Impulse Project. The Omega contributed by presenting the Omega instrument that was used to indicate the flight path and alerts the pilot if the angle of the wings exceeds a normal limit. A lightweight landing light system was also provided by the Omega, which was a necessary addition to that HB-SIA aircraft.

In the BASELWORLD 2016, Omega unveiled numerous new collections with innovative features and stunning capabilities. Some of the watches from the BASELWORLD 2016 are –

  • The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Gents’ Collection
  • The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M ‘Chocolate’
  • The Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon ‘Meteorite’
  • The Globemaster Annual Calendar
  • The Constellation Small Seconds
  • The Speedmaster Moonphase
  • The Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘Goodplanet’ etc. night-time

Omega, from the very beginning, was not only a timepiece; but also it was a high-precision instrument appreciated worldwide for excellent craftsmanship. The watches manufactured by the finest artisans of the industry go through rigorous and meticulous checking before they are certified and dispatched for sell. Here are some of the procedures regularly followed by the Omega to ensure that, their timepieces meet the ultimate need of the professionals –

Resistance to the magnetic fields

The Master Chronometer from Omega is certified only after extensive testing through various methods to ensure that the timepieces are resistant to magnetic exposure as high as 15,000 GAUSS. While exposed to the high magnetic field, the functionality of the watch is thoroughly monitored by an audible checking procedure by the help of a microphone.

Test to confirm the “Average Daily Chronometric Precision of the Watch”

The main purpose of this test is to make sure that, the precision of the timepiece is simply up to the mark. This procedure is carried out for more than 4 days by placing the watch in six different positions and two alternating temperature zones. Chronometric precision is measured each day and at the end of four days, the results are calculated to record a daily average perfection.

Checking the ‘Power Reserve’

Every automatic timepiece is equipped with a scheduled power reserve, which means – for that period the watch will keep going even without any winding. The test for power reserve ensures that, the product continues to function at the limit of its expected capacity.

Test for Water Resistance

In this test, testing machinery submerges the timepieces under water and starts a gradual increase in water pressure up to the point of the stated water resistance to make sure that each device is properly monitored for under water conditions.

Omega has some of the most ravishing and alluring watch-series for both men and women under their each collection –

The collection ‘Constellation’

This collection is jewellery more than a watch. The exquisite line launched in the year 2009 is a revamped contemporary upgrade of a family member of Omega, which has been as essential part since 1982.

The collection ‘Globemaster’

The OMEGA Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer is truly an example of Omega’s splendid precision and outstanding performance.

The collection ‘Seamaster’

As the name depicts, the watches under this collection are specially crafted for diving activities and water sports. The timepieces have an excellent water resistance and equipped with some special features like Helium Escape Valve, Screw-in Crown for better under water performance. There are numerous series of timepieces under this collection –

I. Seamaster 300
II. Planet Ocean 600M
III. Aqua Terra 150M
IV. Diver 300M
V. Bullhead
VI. Ploprof 1200M

The collection ‘Speedmaster’

This collection was inspired by racing design in the year 1957. In 1965, NASA approved this collection for all manned space missions. There are various compelling and alluring series under this collection –

I. Moonwatch
II. Speedmaster ’57
III. Mark-II
IV. Racing
V. HB-SIA
VI. Skywalker X-33
VII. Spacemaster Z-33

The collection ‘De Ville’

This urban collection is meant for daily use. The watches have an elegant finishing with stylish design. The series under this collection are named as –

I. Ladymatic
II. Hour Vision
III. Tresor
IV. Prestige
V. Tourbillon

The collection ‘Specialities’

As the name depicts, within this collection, there are numerous timepieces which were produced in a limited number and particularly for a purpose –

I. Olympic Official Timekeeper
II. Olympic Pocket Watch 1932
III. Museum
IV. Olympic Collection

With an enormous collection and immense knowledge fused with exquisite procedures, Omega has been one of the most appreciated and recognized timekeepers for all times. A legacy that had been started in the year 1848 at Switzerland continues to cater the ever-changing needs of the watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs from all over the World.