Omega

Omega is one of the world's leading Swiss watch brands. It is a subsidiary of the Swatch Group, the largest watch company worldwide. The first Omega products were offered in 1848 and the company (the Omega brand name came later) quickly established a large client base. Early on Omega developed in-house components up to complete watch movements. Omega watches eventually have been used by a number of large corporations and associations, such as the Royal Flying Corpos of Britain, NASA (moon missions), Olympic Games (official timekeeper). Omega watches have been featured in various James Bond movies. Notable Omega watch models are the Omega Constellation, Omega Seamaster, Omega Speedmaster, Omega De Ville, Omega Dynamic, Omega Skeleton Seamaster, Omega Central Tourbillon DeVille, Omega Geneve. WatchTime is your Omega authority. We cover Omega watches news, Omega watch updates, Omega watches reviews and tests of Omega watches such as the Omega Speedmaster Racing, and the latest Omega James Bond watch, plus Omega watches prices and Omega watch live updates. Includes Omega Geneve, Omega Deville (or Omega De Ville), Omega men's watches, Omega women's watches, Omega watch repair, Omega vintage watches. We also cover dozens of Omega watches on our watch database, with Omega watches prices and tech specs as well as full Omega watches price lists.

Rocket Watch: How the Omega Speedmaster Became the Omega Moonwatch

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When the Omega Speedmaster watch was introduced in 1957, no one imagined that it would later accompany a parade of space pioneers to the moon. Click here to read WatchTime's fascinating history of the Omega "Moonwatch," from the June 2012 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Wallpaper: 8 Calendar Watches

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We've featured reviews of various types of calendar watches here on WatchTime.com, some culled from a feature in our December 2010 issue. We thought you might appreciate having access to Nik Schölzel's original photos of all eight of those watches from that story, now available as wallpaper images for your desktop. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar

Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar

The calendar is the most popular watch complication by far, and in WatchTime's December 2010 issue, we reviewed a number of watches with various types of calendars. One of them was the Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar, which needs resetting just once per year. For our analysis and results, along with original photos by Nik Schölzel, click here. … [Read more...]


5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

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Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and eventually establishing an independent brand (now absorbed into Bulgari, one of his other clients) making watches under his own name. It is a testament to the influence of his designs that his watches became hallmarks of their respective brands and remain popular watch styles. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...]


9 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

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We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Powerlite? While many watch brand take great pride in making their own cases, movements and dials, only a handful have gone the extra mile and actually invented their own materials, mostly for use in cases, but sometimes even for parts inside the watch. Many of these have come about as watch brands invested in developing new alloys in an effort to … [Read more...]


Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2015

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"Watch Insider" Alexander Linz spent Baselworld 2015 dashing back and forth to photograph new products and interview the big hitters of the watch world. Here are links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime’s sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


5 Watch Brands We’ve Seen on “Mad Men”

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As we prepare for the final episodes of AMC's hit period drama series "Mad Men" to premiere next weekend, we've decided to re-present our list of five iconic watch brands that we've identified on the wrists of the show's characters. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

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It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered, and one we at Fratellowatches have heard often: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? I'll attempt to provide guidance on this, not so much from facts and figures but based on experience, and on opinions that I have heard through the years. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 4 Vintage Omega Watches Under $1,000

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WatchTime has asked me to publish a series of blog posts about Omega watches. As you probably know by now, on Fratellowatches.com we have a Speedmaster topic every Tuesday, called Speedy Tuesday. A successful series of articles also resulted in a "Speedy Tuesday" Event (photo report here) at the official ‘Space Expo’ visitors' center  of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. However, the Speedmaster is just one of many models in the Omega catalog. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Our Top Five Dive Watches From Baselworld 2015

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Whilst the impact and potential of the smartwatch certainly dominated many of the discussions at Baselworld 2015, one watch category in particular has already witnessed the rise of a digital instrument capable of doing so much more than just indicating time. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday – Baselworld 2015: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award

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This is the one we (almost) predicted on our Monochrome-Watches blog. We were 90% sure that Omega would come with a new edition of the Snoopy Speedmaster Professional. The one we imagined, however, is quite far from this new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award ref. 311.32.42.30.04.003. Using the iconic Speedy Pro base, it brings not only a new dial but also several little details that will definitely create a proper collectible edition. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Omega Globemaster Introduces All-New “Master Chronometer” Movement

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Last year, to some fanfare, Omega introduced its new watch certification system, developed in cooperation with METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (you can read about it here). This week, at Baselworld, Omega introduces the very first watch developed to meet these "Master Chronometer" criteria: the new Omega Globemaster, which takes design cues from historical Omega Constellation watches. … [Read more...]


Buying a Chronograph? Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

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Sometimes, the analysis of which watch to buy proceeds little further than, “Wow, that one looks cool.” Chronographs, however, are often thought of as “tool watches,” and when it comes to tools, you want the right one for the job. To guide your choice, in this article from WatchTime's February 2014 issue we offer 10 factors to consider when selecting a chronograph, to help make sure it suits your wants, and your needs. … [Read more...]


Omega Speedmaster Racing

Omega Speedmaster Racing

Before Omega's legendary Speedmaster watch was worn by astronauts on the moon — and thus forever linked to space exploration and assigned the nickname "Moonwatch" — it was much more closely associated with the decidedly earthbound activity of automobile racing. In fact, when Omega introduced the first Speedmaster in 1957, it designed the watch's dial to resemble the dashboard of that era's Italian sports cars. Motorsports and rally drivers prized the Speedmaster for its chronograph … [Read more...]


Monochrome’s 2015 Baselworld Predictions: Omega Watches we Hope to See (Including a New Railmaster)

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Yes, we at Monochrome-Watch  plead guilty! We are recidivists. We’ve done it before with Rolex. We did it again with Tudor. Now, it’s time for us to share with you our predictions for what could (very well) be the watches that Omega will introduce this year at Baselworld. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Favorite Divers’ Watches

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Admittedly, I do not dive. In fact – and this has been a secret until now – it took me a lot of effort to even get my swimming diploma when I was a young boy. For my parents, this must have been hell; I hated water and didn’t want to be near it. Things have changed a bit, however. Although I am still not much of a swimmer, I do like to take a plunge in the pool when I am on holiday. And being a watch enthusiast, and a very modest collector, I like to have the right watch on my wrist when I … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon”

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Since its debut in 1957, Omega's iconic Speedmaster chronograph, nicknamed "Moonwatch" for its presence on all six NASA lunar missions, sported a tricompax dial arrangement. In 2011, Omega outfitted the watch with a new co-axial movement and bicompax design, both of which are used again in the first Moonwatch with a black ceramic case, unveiled at Baselworld 2013. … [Read more...]


Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

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Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: Saturation Diving, Helium Valves, and “Extreme” Dive Watches

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In the latest installment in our series on the basics of divers' watches, Diveintowatches.com explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain why each type is perfectly OK, depending on the type of diving you do. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About Omega

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Omega is among the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet, and certainly the best known off the planet. From NASA to the Olympics to James Bond, not to mention names like Speedmaster, Seamaster and Constellation, the brand has achieved well-deserved rock-star status among watch enthusiasts everywhere. Here are 10 things you should know about Omega. … [Read more...]