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Omega a brief history

La Chaux-de-Fonds is synonymous with horology. Several watch brands have been founded in this Swiss city, located in the canton of Neuchâtel, including the company which would ultimately become OMEGA.

In 1848, Louis Brandt, aged just 23 years of age, established an assembly workshop in his family home. His sons succeeded him after his death, taking over the reigns of the company, Louis Brandt et fils. In 1880, the business moved to Biel / Bienne, a bilingual city in the canton of Bern and the current location of the business. By moving to this city, the company enlarged its manufacturing capability, focusing on all aspects of watchmaking.

In 1894, the Louis Brandt et fils produced a new movement, the OMEGA calibre, employing groundbreaking industrial production methods. The large movement measured 19 lignes, approximately 42.9mm, earning the watchmaker much respect and leading to OMEGA being adopted as the new name for the company.

OMEGA has enjoyed a long standing relationship within the world of sport. It has provided timekeeping equipment for a multitude of sporting events harking back to 1909 when the company was tasked with timing its first sporting event, the Gordon Bennett Cup, a balloon race commencing in Zurich. Most notably, Omega has gone on to be a long-time supporter of the Olympic Games, providing timepieces and timing services to the sporting organisation.

OMEGA merged with Tissot in 1930 forming SSIH (Sociéte Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère). In 1983, SSIH merged with another group, ASUAG. The merged concern was then acquired by Nicolas Hayek in 1985 to form SMH, which subsequently became known as the Swatch Group in 1998.

Precision

In 1936, the company produced a calibre measuring 47.7mm which, when tested at the Kew Observatory, achieved world precision records in all categories and received a score of 97.8 points out of 100. This degree of precision is part of the OMEGA paradigm to this day with several of the brand’s models attracting chronometer status.

Closing remarks

While OMEGA will forever be linked with the Speedmaster Professional, the brand has not shied away from creating other types of watches.

The Constellation, available for ladies and gentlemen, evinces an elegant mien. The Seamaster collection, with its close links to the ocean, includes the Ploprof, a diver’s watch with an impressive water resistance of 1200 metres and the Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss exhibits incredible resistance to magnetic fields.

The brand has produced models featuring an array of complications including the rattrapante, annual calendar, perpetual calendar and tourbillon.

With the vast resources of Swatch Group at its disposal, the future of OMEGA looks bright. The brand is able to offer high specification watches, delivered at competitive prices and imbued with pioneering technology. It is for this reason that OMEGA is a well respected watch brand with numerous admirers around the globe.

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  • Omega Seamaster Bullhead Co Axial 225.12.43.50.04.001

    Omega

    Seamaster Bullhead

    March 2014 £6,950.00
  • Omega Seamaster Professional reference 212.30.41.20.01.005. James Bond 007

    Omega

    Bond 007 Seamaster

    October 2012 £3,750.00
  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. 231.10.42.21.03.004

    Omega

    Aqua Terra Spectre

    July 2016 £3,950.00
  • Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.30.42.21.01.001

    Omega

    Planet Ocean

    October 2014 £2,750.00
  • 18ct Yellow Gold Omega De Ville Co-Axial Chronometer 4831.30.00

    Omega

    De Ville 18ct

    November 2006 £8,950.00
  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. 231.10.39.60.06.001

    Omega

    Seamaster

    December 2014 £1,550.00
  • S21227

    Omega

    Seamaster

    February 2016 £3,150.00
  • Omega Seamaster Ploprof 224.32.55.21.04.001

    Omega

    Seamaster Ploprof

    March 2015 £4,650.00
  • Omega Seamaster Professional 2224.80.00

    Omega

    Seamaster 2224.80.00

    August 2008 £1,150.00
  • Omega Seamaster GMT Chronograph. 231.10.43.52.02.001

    Omega

    Seamaster GMT

    February 2016 £4,650.00
  • Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch. 311.30.44.51.01.002

    Omega

    Speedmaster

    October 2016 £4,250.00
  • Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.30.42.21.01.003

    Omega

    Seamaster Planet Ocean

    April 2012 £2,950.00
  • Omega Seamaster Professional 2224.80.00

    Omega

    Seamaster 2224.80.00

    June 2011 £1,250.00
  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. 231.10.42.21.03.004 James Bond

    Omega

    Seamaster Spectre

    September 2015 £4,250.00
  • Omega Constellation Double Eagle Co-Axial 1514.51.00

    Omega

    Constellation 1514.51.00

    £2,450.00
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Previously in stock

  • Bi-metal ladies Omega Constellation mini.1267.75.00

    Omega

    Constellation '95 Mini

    December 2001 £2,150.00
  • Omega Seamaster Professional 2254.50.00

    Omega

    Seamaster 2254.50.00

    £1,550.00
  • Omega Ladies Steel Constellation. Quartz movement

    Omega

    Constellation

    £850.00
  • Omega Railmaster 2802.52.37

    Omega

    Railmaster

    July 2004 £2,250.00
  • Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono 2918.50.82

    Omega

    Seamaster 2918.50.82

    September 2012 £3,150.00
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