These watches are made in Switzerland and they are a highly esteemed and respected brand. In fact, the Omega Seamaster is the official watch of the James Bond films, and the "James Bond Seamaster" has been made as a limited edition of just over 10,000 pieces for retail sale.
The Omega Speedmaster Chronograph, known affectionately as the "Omega Moon Watch", is the only watch that has ever been worn on the moon and the only watch to have passed NASA's tests for use on space missions. It is also used by the Russian space agency.
Current Omega Collection
The current collections for gents and ladies consist of the Constellation, Seamaster, Speedmaster and De Ville, each available in a range of models and styles. You can visit the official company website here for more details on each of the current models available.
To guarantee authenticity you should buy from an official distributor - see this article on authenticity.
To be assured of authenticity, we recommend that you buy your Omega watch from Goldsmiths Jewellers. Their range includes the Omega Seamaster, Omega Constellation and the Omega Speedmaster. 12 months 0% interest free credit is available on many of these watches. AATime is also worth a visit, as they offer discounted prices on genuine Omega watches, both new and second hand.
The company started life in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848 by Louis Brandt, who was then just 23 years old. He assembled pocket watches as key wound precision instruments using parts made by craftsmen in the region. In 1879, Louis Brandt died and the company was taken over by his two sons, Louis-Paul and César. However, both Louis-Paul and César died in 1903, leaving the company to four young people, the oldest of whom, Paul-Emile Brandt, was 23 at the time.
Paul-Emile Brandt is credited with restructuring the company and having the greatest influence over its future. In 1925, after the First World War, the financial difficulties the company was having lead it to merge with another leading watchmaker, Tissot, and they were merged again in 1930 into the SSIH group. Until the early 1970's, SSIH was the top Swiss watchmaker. However, the company got into debt with the banks in 1981, as they provided money to keep the company afloat after the recession suffered in the late 1970's. This same holding company also took over ASUAG (who made the Swatch, Longines and Rado brands) which suffered similarly during the recession. In 1985, the holding company was bought out by private investors and renamed SMH, "Societe suisse de microelectronique et d'horlogerie" and is today the world's top watch producer.
1848 - Company was founded
1885 - The Gurzelen Patent pocket watch was produced. It featured a digital display of hours and minutes, and seconds were represented by the hand.
1900 - The first industrially made Omega wristwatch was produced.
1905 - The 19''' Grade DDR was the finest factory produced pocket watch to be made in this era.
1916 - Wristwaches were produced for the military.
1936 - Winners of the world precision record held in the UK.
1952 - Introduced the first electronic timekeeping at the Helsinki Olympics, and awarded the Olympic Cross of Merit for their outstanding sports contribution.
1965 - Speedmaster was chosen as the official NASA chronometer.
1969 - Speedmaster was worn by Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon.
1994 - The first self winding wristwatch, that had a Central Tourbillon movement, was launched.
1994 - The launch of the coaxial escapement technology in conjunction with Dr George Daniels, an esteemed UK horologist.