Luxury watch brands boast their excellent accuracy and precision. They all feature exquisite timepieces that are considered to be must-haves among luxury watch collectors. Among all the luxury watch brands in the world, there is one Swiss brand that always makes its way to the top ten and has proven its worth for more than 100 years.
Omega was the first-ever luxury watch brand to accompany astronauts to the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin sported a Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph watch in one of NASA’s space expeditions on July 21, 1969. He also walked on the moon wearing the watch.
However, Buzz Aldrin did not only slip this watch on his wrist without clearance from NASA. The watch was tested first and was qualified for the manned space mission. This historical moment contributed to Omega’s reputation in the world of watchmaking.
Omega watches did not make their first space expedition on the moon. Speedmaster watches have proven their durability and reliability on their first space envoy during the 1962 Sigma 7 Mercury Program.
Astronaut Walter Schirra donned a Speedmaster ref. CK 2998. The watch was purposely for personal use. However, when it was qualified for another space envoy, NASA certified Omega Speedmasters for all its manned missions.
Another first for Omega watches was reaching one of the coldest places on earth: the North Pole. The first man to reach the North Pole Ralph Plaisted Kelly trekked for 43 days under shifting conditions. Together with his other companions, they made their way to the 1320 kilometer polar cap with Kelly sporting an Omega watch on his wrist in 1968.
James Bond is known as a peerless spy with an amazing intellect and a masculine icon over the decades. He also donned several stylish suits and spy accessories and equipment over the years. We might have seen James Bond actors wearing several luxury watch brands in the early movies but Omega watches reigned supreme in the succeeding James Bond films.
It was first worn by Pierce Brosnan in the 1995 James Bond Goldeneye. Ever since then, it has been worn by every James Bond actor. Brosnan donned an Omega Seamaster Professional 300M. The Omega Seamaster Professional was then again featured in the 1997, 1999, and 2002 James Bond movies.
In 2006, Daniel Craig shifted to a newer version of Omega Seamaster watches. Craig flaunted the Seamaster Diver 300M and a Seamaster Planet Ocean in the James Bond Casino Royale movie. The Seamaster Planet Ocean, the Seamaster Aqua Terra, and the Diver 300M 007 Edition were used. It boosted Omega’s image as a water sports watch.
Omega’s reputation skyrocketed after it established itself as the manufacturer of the most accurate luxury watches. The Swiss luxury brand’s chronometer was able to tell time accurately in all six chronometry tests at the Geneva Observatory in 1931. It was the only luxury watch brand that has achieved this feat.
No luxury watch brand is active in the athletics world as Omega watches. It debuted in 1905 as a timekeeper for local and international sports events. With its success in the Genever Observatory trials, it has become a trusted brand for accurate timekeeping.
In 1932, it became the official timekeeper for all Olympic competitions in Los Angeles. Following this renowned fame in the world of sports, it extended its duties to the Youth Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, America’s Cup Sailing, FINA swimming, PGA Championship, and more.
Aside from the sports industry, Omega watches also reached different parts of the world including the British Royal Flying Corps and the American army. In 1917, Omega watches was chosen as the official timekeeper of the Royal Flying Corps. A year after, so did the American army.
Omega started working on reaching the deepest waters by releasing the Ploprof watches. Ploprof is short for Plongeur Professionel which means professional diver in English. Omega Ploprof watches were tested in the waters for four hours a day by three COMEX divers in Marseilles.
In the 1960s, underwater exploration, activities, and sports were on the rise, which only increased the need for underwater sports watches. After the success of Ploprof watches testing of up to 500 meters, Omega watches have become popular watches among professional and amateur divers.
More to Omega’s history is its owners. Aside from athletes and other professionals who have made milestones with Omega, famous and successful personalities have sported Omega watches.
The Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has always donned his golden Omega Constellation Manhattan on several occasions. Moreover, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Music legend Elvis Presley were also spotted sporting Omega Constellation watches. Pope John Paul II also has an Omega De Ville “Classic” in his watch collection.
Omega watches have hit the market for several years and reached milestones one after another. For collectors, timepieces with a rich history and exquisite micro-mechanics are two of the qualities they search for. Own your very own Omega watch today!