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Omega Watch History

Omega Watches was founded by Louis Brandt, who set up an assembly workshop in La Chaux-de-fonds in the year 1848. The Omega Watch Company has always been defined by its pioneering spirit. Omega has actively participated in some of the most adventurous events in history, such as being the first official timekeeper of the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Marine activity and Sailing, and ultimately Space Exploration.

In 1948, Omega Watches launches the "Seamaster Pro" line, which is the first watch to have a strong, water-resistant casing. In 1952, Omega launches their popular "Constellation" series. In 1957, Omega launches the "Speedmaster" which eventually passes 11 NASA environmental tests and becomes the first and remains the only watch to land on the moon in 1969.

The "Seamaster Pro" is proud to have been worn and advocated by 007/James Bond characters. The Seamaster Pro was specifically designed with diving in mind, and allows its owner to dive up to 300m. The more specialized "Planet Ocean" watch series allows its owner to dive up to 600m. Another best-selling model is the "Constellation" which is endorsed by Cindy Crawford. The Speedmaster has also long been associated with professional racer Michael Schumacher.

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When it comes to Omega watches men dominate the purchasing to a great extent. Simply because in the world, one can find more Seamaster men’s watches than Omega Seamaster women watches. Some of the more popular Omega watch models according to Omega USA and Omega watch retailers are the Omega Speedmaster, Constellation Co-Axial Automatic series, Seamaster Diver 300M, the Omega 300M GMT, 300m Master Co-Axial, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph, Seamaster Planet Ocean, Sea master PloProf, the Omega Seamaster De Ville, De Ville Ladymatic, De Ville Prestige Quartz, De Ville Hour Vision and more. The Seamaster Omega watch series is by far the largest line of all Omega luxury watches with dozens of different model, configurations, styles and colors.

Of all the various Omega Swiss watches The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was the most historic watch being the one and only watch to make it to the moon and back in 1969 when Neil Armstrong first walked the surface of the moon. Although this watch is a timeless classic, there are plenty of new omega watches that have been engineered to perfection since the advent of the Speedmaster Moonwatch.

After the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, in terms of popularity, comes the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Automatic watch, a legendary Omega Swiss timepiece powered by the Co-Axial calibre 3603 movement. The Omega Seamaster Pro was by far one of the Omega watches men loved the most of all Omega Chronograph Watches. It was boldly worn by actor Pierce Brosnan in the world famous movie titled Goldeneye where he played the world's most charismatic MI6 secret agent 007, James Bond. This is one of the most successful movie franchises in movie history who's viewership share the same allure for the film as other Omega watch models associated with the James Bond movie such as the Omega Seamaster Diver Co-Axial 300M watch. In celebration of the James Bond’s jubilee, a new 50th anniversary edition collector’s edition of the James Bond Watch, this Omega Seamaster Co-Axial chronometer has been made in two different sizes, a 41mm and 36.25 mm sporting the calibre 2507 self-winding chronometer movement equipped with the revolutionary Co-Axial escapement. The reverse-side of the watch case has the iconic revolving James Bond gun barrel design. One can also see “the bullet” through the sapphire crystal in the center. Needless to say, the Omega watch has been carried by the bravest iconic figures that we can imagine on earth and in outer-space.

The Omega Seamaster series has several collections with many popular Omega watch models including the Omega 300M GMT Chrono 44mm, Diver 300m, Master Co-Axial, Planet Ocean 600m, Seamaster Bullhead Limited Edition, Aqua Terra Master, Aqua Terra Co-Axial Automatic, Seamaster Aqua Terra Quartz and Aqua Terra Railmaster XXL which is a 49.2mm manual-wind watch. The automatic Sea master diver watch is a timepiece that facilitates the exploration of the deepest most cavernous areas of the sea bed and ocean floor with 30 bar water resistance (that is water resistant up to 300 meters / 1,000 feet), the new Omega Seamaster 300M chronograph is prepared to face any subaquatic adventure you wish. Charged by a Co-Axial calibre 3603, the Diver 300m can be yours in a choice of two styles; 1) a matt blue dial with yellow accents (yellow central GMT hand, a yellow GMT scale & yellow-tipped middle chronograph hand) 2) a matt black dial with red accents.

One of the most notable features, the scalloped edges on the bezel of the Seamaster automatic watch, bring to mind the sweeping lifts and downward slopes of the uneven ocean floor. The new Omega Seamaster 300M fashions a brushed and polished bracelet fabricated from stainless steel which boasts side by side sets of vertical links arranged in staggered formation. Another reason to own the automatic Seamaster Diver 300m is Omega’s 4 year warranty, a testament to the confidence that Omega Watches has towards their luxury watches. New models of the Omega Seamaster automatic watch have been upgraded with Co-axial calibres and numerous functional enhancements. The sea master diver is one who fearlessly anticipates diving towards an adventure to the darkest most abysmal depths of the sea with the hopes to discover something precious or perhaps just for inspiration. The entire Omega Seamaster Diver 300m collection consists of 13 different men’s and women’s models in various sizes, genres, configurations and colors with the following available sizes: 28mm (the ladies Omega Seamaster Diver 300m) 36.25mm, 41mm, 42mm & 44mm.

The latest in the Seamaster collection is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial, an antimagnetic watch like none other. While Omega watches have faced challenges in the ocean’s depths as well as in outer space, the watch industry has faced a more ruthless challenge much closer to home. Electromagnetic fields or EMFs are in every household and everywhere we go. Consumer electronics, smartphones, speakers, electric powered devices and gadgets are literally surrounding us with EMFs, the invisible magnetic fields that threaten the precision of mechanical watches every day. No longer have to push the boundaries in ocean and space exploration to put our watches at risk. Even when the watch is no longer exposed to the electromagnetic fields, the effects of being exposed still remains and could permanently damage the integrity of the watch movement. Unlike other watch brands that rely on a protective container inside the watch case, Omega utilizes special non-ferromagnetic materials inside the actual movement giving it impressive magnetic resistance. Omega uses Si14, an unconventional material for their balance spring; silicon, a non-magnetic material with incredible resilience and unmatched stability.

The technology developed for the movement in this anti-magnetic Omega uses their Si 14 silicon balance spring and non-ferromagnetic alloys. The first Omega antimagnetic watch was implemented as a trial run using the 8508 movement on the Aqua Terra 150m Co-Axial 41.5mm 15’000 Gauss watch and was perfected shortly thereafter. The revolutionary antimagnetic movement is completely unaffected by magnetic fields up to 1.5 Tesla (15’000 Gauss) making the Aqua Terra 150 M Omega Master Co-Axial the most reliable watch against magnetic interference.

Omega watches uses a computer assisted process to get perfectly formed Si-14 balance springs directly from silicon disks in a single step. The result is a shock resistant, antimagnetic component that is 3 times finer than a human hair and that will forever keep its shape. Less than a year after Omega launched their revolutionary Master Co-Axial antimagnetic technology, Omega introduced their Master Co-Axial calibres into their men’s and women’s Co-Axial relatives making the entire line of Omega Co-Axial watches the most reliable, precise and magnetic-resistant watches on earth and in outer-space.