The company that would become Omega was founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt, assembling key-wound pocket watches and selling them abroad. Louis Brandt & Fils was the largest company in switzerland at the time with an annual production of 100,000 pieces. In 1894 Bandt & Fils would change the watch making industry forever with Caliber 19, a mechanical watch movement that the creators called Omega. In 1903 the entire company was renamed Omega.
Omega, which translates from greek as ‘O great’, is synonymous with perfection, excellence, accomplishment and achievement. Not surprisingly Omega watches quickly gained success, repeatedly winning first place for accuracy in observatory trails at Neuenburg, Geneva and Kew-Teddington, as well as being the official watch supplier for the Royal Air Force and the US Army during World War I. In 1932, Omega was also entrusted with the timing of the Olympic Games and has kept time for 25 Olympic Games since.
Omega began their long relationship with Astronauts and Cosmonauts in 1960s. In 1968, Nasa astronaut Neil Armstrong took man’s first steps on the moon wearing, after rigorous testing of other brands, an Omega Speedmaster watch. The Speedmaster later accompanied Nasa astronauts on 6 different lunar missions gaining the nickname ‘Moonwatch’.The speedmaster range now contains more than 15 models and is one of Omega’s most popular to date.
From its beginning, Omega has been at the forefront of time accuracy and new watch movements. In 1999 Omega manufactured the first watches using Caliber 2500, a Co-Axial escapement movement capable of greater accuracy over time and longer time between services than other movements. Omega, well known for its timekeeping innovation, went on to create two new movements Calibers 8500 and 8501, after which Omega solved one of watchmakings perplexities- to reduce the effect of electromagnetic fields from everyday objects on time accuracy. Omega’s Anti Magnetic Master Co-Axial Movement was born.
Today Omega’s perfected timepieces are available for men and women. Omega uses modern technology to craft pieces with durable material such as ceramic, titanium and steel. The range of Omega models include: Seamaster, Constellation, Speedmaster Chronograph, De Ville, Omegascope, Dynamic, Omega Constellation, Omega Seamaster Titane, Seamaster Professional Chrono Diver, Seamaster professional x-33, Seamaster Broad Arrow, Railmaster. Constellation Double Eagle Omega, Seamaster Planet Ocean, De Ville Rattrapante, Omegamania.
For decades Omega watches have resisted shock, heat, cold, water and even space. Omega remains committed to the name it stand for, celebrating achievement by creating precision watches. “Quality is always in the detail” ~ Omega.