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Omega Watches - Exact Time for Life

  • Omega was founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
  • The name "Omega" was chosen to symbolise the ultimate achievement in watchmaking, denoting perfection and excellence.
  • The Omega Speedmaster became the first watch worn on the moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission in 1969, earning it the nickname "Moonwatch."
  • Omega has been the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games since 1932, providing precise timing for various sporting events.
  • Omega holds numerous records for precision and accuracy in chronometry competitions.
  • In 1999, Omega introduced the Co-Axial escapement, a significant advancement in mechanical watch movements that reduces friction and improves long-term accuracy.
  • Omega's watches undergo rigorous testing by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) to achieve the Master Chronometer certification, ensuring high precision and magnetic resistance.
  • In 1932, Omega developed the first-ever wristwatch to be certified as a marine chronometer, emphasising its accuracy and reliability at sea.
  • Since 1995's "GoldenEye," Omega has been the official watch of James Bond earning it the reputation of the 'coolest' watch.
  • The Omega Seamaster Ploprof set the world record for deep-sea diving in 1970, reaching a depth of 2,000 meters (6,600 feet).
  • On the Gemini 4 mission in 1965, astronaut Ed White wore an Omega Speedmaster, making it the first Omega watch worn in space.
  • Omega was the official timekeeper for the airline Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) in the 1930s, ensuring accurate timing for flight schedules.
  • In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay wore Omega watches when they became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • Omega uses various materials in its watches, including stainless steel, gold, platinum, and even tantalum, a rare and dense metal.
  • Omega has produced limited-edition tourbillon watches, showcasing its expertise in high-end horology.
  • Omega's museum in Bienne, Switzerland, showcases a vast collection of historical timepieces, including some of the earliest Omega watches.
  • Omega watches played a pivotal role in the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, representing the historic meeting of American and Soviet spacecraft.
  • Omega was part of a consortium that developed the world's first automatic chronograph movement, the Calibre 1040, in 1973.
  • Some Omega Constellation models feature a hidden tonneau crown design, contributing to a sleek and streamlined appearance.
  • Omega has released a series of limited-edition James Bond watches, including models inspired by specific films and Bond's naval rank.