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Omega

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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  • Constellation My Choice Mini 1465.71.00

    Omega

    Constellation Mini

    November 2003 £1,850.00
  • Omega Speedmaster Legend Series Schumacher 3506.31.00

    Omega

    Speedmaster Schumacher

    September 2009 £2,750.00
  • Omega Seamaster Albertville 1992 Barcelona Olympia Special Edition

    Omega

    Seamaster Olympia

    December 1992 £1,250.00
  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Annual Calendar 231.13.43.22.06.001

    Omega

    Aqua Terra 23113432206001

    May 2012 £3,950.00
  • 18ct Yellow Gold ladies Constellation My Choice Mini 1167.75.00

    Omega

    Constellation Mini

    December 2003 £3,950.00
  • Omega Seamaster Professional Sochi 2014

    Omega

    Planet Ocean Sochi 2014

    February 2014 £3,250.00
  • 18ct Yellow Gold ladies Constellation My Choice Mini 1167.75.00

    Omega

    Constellation Mini

    November 2001 £3,850.00
  • Omega Mark II Co-Axil Chronograph 327.10.43.50.01.001

    Omega

    Mark II Co-Axil

    March 2014 £2,950.00
  • Gold Omega Constellation 1301.60.00

    Omega

    Constellation 1301.60.00

    2009 £2,450.00
  • Omega Seamaster Ploprof 224.30.55.21.01.001

    Omega

    Ploprof 224.30.55.21.01.001

    November 2009 £3,950.00
  • Titanium Omega Solar Impulse 321.90.44

    Omega

    Solar Impulse 321.90.44

    December 2011 £3,950.00
  • Titanium Omega Solar Impulse 321.90.44

    Omega

    Solar Impulse 321.90.44

    £3,950.00
  • Omega Seamaster Ploprof 224.30.55.21.01.001

    Omega

    Ploprof 22430552101001

    December 2009 £3,950.00
  • Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 232.30.46.51.01.002

    Omega

    Planet Ocean

    August 2014 £4,150.00
  • Seamaster Polaris Multifunction circa 1993

    Omega

    Seamaster Multifunction

    £550.00
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Previously in stock

  • Omega Speed-Master Date 3210.50.00

    Omega

    Speedmaster 3210.50.00

    2010 £1,650.00
  • Omega Mark II Co-Axil Chronograph 327.10.43.50.06.001

    Omega

    Mark II Co-Axil

    March 2014 £3,350.00
  • Omega Speedmaster 1957 Broad Arrow 321.90.42.50.13.001

    Omega

    Speedmaster Broad Arrow

    £4,950.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Gents Omega De Ville Prestige co-axial small seconds 4614.30.02

    Omega

    De Ville 4614.30.02

    £3,950.00
  • Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch. 311.30.44.51.01.002

    Omega

    Speedmaster

    October 2016 £4,250.00
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