In 1903, the OMEGA Watch Co. was founded as a spin off of the La General Watch Company founded by Louis Brandt in 1848. For well over a century, OMEGA has enjoyed a leading position as one of Switzerland’s most successful luxury watchmaking companies with iconic timepieces that are cherished by both men and women.
OMEGA has manufactured an impressive amount of watches over its illustrious history, ranging from the classic timepieces from the Constellation and De Ville collections to the sporty water-ready Seamaster and Speedmaster chronograph lines.
OMEGA was named after a groundbreaking mechanical movement invented in 1894, illustrating the central role calibers play within the company. OMEGA watch movements have always been prized for their performance and the company is well known for watchmaking innovations such as the OMEGA Caliber 2500 with a Co-Axial escapement introduced in 1999. Within a Co-Axial caliber, the Co-Axial escapement functions with less friction than other calibers thanks to its construction, consequently producing less wear and tear within the movement. What this ultimately means is that an OMEGA watch with a Co-Axial movement requires less servicing and thus can enjoy a longer life.
A major highlight of OMEGA’s heritage is their intimate relationship with humankind’s space exploration. The OMEGA Speedmaster was qualified by NASA for its piloted missions in 1965 and became the first watch to go to the moon in July 1969, earning its nickname as the “Moonwatch”. OMEGA’s space legacy flourished as it participated in all six of NASA’s lunar landings and today the company commemorates these historic milestones with the Speedmaster Moon collection.
A big supporter of sports, OMEGA is the Official Timekeeper of numerous global sporting events including the Olympic Games. The upcoming summer games in Rio de Janeiro will be the 27th time since 1932 that OMEGA will serve as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympics. In honor of the association with the global games, OMEGA has produced special edition Olympic watch collections over the years including the Seamaster Bullhead “Rio 2016”, the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Sochi 2014”, and the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012”.
The secondary market for OMEGA watches boasts some of the company’s most famous watches from used OMEGA Ladies Constellation watches to pre-owned OMEGA De Ville Ladymatic timepieces to secondhand OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra watches and previously-owned OMEGA Speedmaster watches.