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.

Dive Watch Wednesday: How to Turn Any Watch Into a Dive Watch

Brass Watch Case

If you want to take pictures under water, you can either use a regular camera in a matching, separate underwater case, or simply opt for a waterproof camera that comes with an already-sealed case. Chances are that, as a diver, you would go for the separate-case option (offering increased water resistance, versatility and a broader choice of camera options), whereas for a dive watch, you'd go the opposite route. … [Read more...]

Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid Orange dial

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...]

Fratello Friday: Reviewing and Comparing the New and Vintage Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Omega Speedmaster Mark II - old and new

Every Tuesday on my blog, www.fratellowatches.com, we tackle a topic related to Omega Speedmaster watches. This week's Fratello Friday comes to us from that "Speedy Tuesday" series, and focuses on my recent opportunity to review, compare and contrast the new Omega Speedmaster Mark II with its vintage predecessor from 1969. … [Read more...]

Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that, like Johnny Cash and goth teens, are clad in black from top to bottom. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

Girard-Perregaux_Constant-Escapement

On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How the Rotating Bezel Landed on the Dive Watch

LeCoultre Weems watch - 1941 - museum

In the third part of our series on the basics of the dive watch, we at Diveintowatches.com explained about how its most characteristic feature works. In this week's edition, we dive a little bit deeper and discover its origins. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

Breitling_Transocean-Chrono-GMT_150

A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list last year, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau

IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Cousteau

This year IWC introduced an entirely renewed Aquatimer collection. All IWC Aquatimer watches have been redesigned and now feature the same design cues, and, more importantly, functional upgrades such as the new Dive-Safe system and an externally operational internal dive-time bezel. We tried out the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” for several weeks and ended up liking it more and more as the test period went on. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Press Release: WatchTime Presents the Watches of Baselworld 2014

WatchTime E-Special Baselworld 2014 - Cover

New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its complete Baselworld reporting from 2014 as a downloadable E-Special. This E-Special is packed with informative product news (with photos) on 79 new watches introduced at Baselworld — the world’s largest and most important watch fair — along with sidebar articles and an investigative piece on the state of the worldwide watch market by watch-industry veteran and WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. … [Read more...]

Omega Unveils its First 2016 Olympics Watch, the Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016″

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are still two years away. However, Omega, which will be the Games' official timekeeper for the 27th time, has already introduced its first limited-edition watch celebrating the Rio Games: the Omega Speedmaster Mark II "Rio 2016," a chronograph watch with an in-house, co-axial movement. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Vintage Watches For the Budget-Minded Aficionado

Alpina Sea-Strong Startimer

Let's say you are on a budget of $1,000 - $1,500 for a nice timepiece. If you care about things like warranty, water resistance, no maintenance for the next five years and so on, you may want to skip this week's Fratello Friday article on vintage watches. If you are living your horological life a bit more on the edge, however, I encourage you to read on. … [Read more...]

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

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea - submerged

In the fourth part of 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...]

Monochrome Monday: 3 Interesting Vintage Heuer Chronographs

Heuer Carrera 12 Dato

In this selected article from our "Cool Finds" series on Monochrome Watches.com, in which we seek out little-known and often underrated vintage chronograph watches, we focus on a single brand, one that we love and one that is also growing fast in the heart of collectors: Heuer, predecessor of today's TAG Heuer. Recently we unearthed a trio of vintage Heuer Chronographs that we present to you here. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

In this week’s Fratello Friday, I offer up my Top Seven Iconic Chronograph Watches. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for wristwatches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities. … [Read more...]

Live Photos: New Omega Watches From Baselworld 2014 Come to NYC

Omega Speedmaster Rio

Like many others who attend the Baselworld watch fair, we at WatchTime look forward to seeing the new Omega watches that are unveiled there. This year, we came by at a particularly busy moment at Omega's always-bustling booth and were only able to see the watches behind the glass walls of their vitrines. So, when Omega invited me to view the 2014 collection at a special press event in New York City, I jumped at the opportunity to get up close and personal with these Omega timepieces, including … [Read more...]

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation

Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

Seiko Marinemaster bezel submerged

In the third part of this series on the basics of divers' watches, DiveintoWatches.com takes on what is probably most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GMT GoodPlanet

Omega Seamaster- Planet Ocean GMT

In 2005 Omega launched its Planet Ocean collection, a second collection of dive watches, positioned above its Seamaster Professional collection (the James Bond watch) and it has been a huge success since Day One. The Seamaster Planet Ocean is available in two sizes, 42-mm and 45.5-mm, and in 2011 Omega introduced the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 9300, which we at Monochrome Watches reviewed and photographed for you here. Two years later, in 2013, Omega introduced the long-expected … [Read more...]

Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

Rolex/Chanel/BellRoss/Omega graphic

As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]

Presidential Watches: 9 Timepieces Owned by U.S. Presidents

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As the United States celebrates Independence Day, we at WatchTime decided it would be a great time to revisit our piece on watches worn by American presidents over the years. Scroll down to see the list we've compiled of notable wristwatches and pocketwatches belonging to past (and current) commanders-in-chief. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Bracelet Extensions vs. Flexible Straps

Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 submerged

Depending on where you plan on diving, chances are that you will wear a wetsuit or, in some cases, even a dry suit. Both increase your wrist size substantially, which is why a dive watch usually features a deployment clasp with a divers' extension, or even comes with an extra strap piece that can be attached to the strap buckle when worn over a dry suit (e.g. the unique Citizen Promaster 1000, which has been previously reviewed by WatchTime). A regular clasp extension usually doesn’t add … [Read more...]

Rocket Watch: How the Omega Speedmaster Became the Omega Moonwatch

Alan Bean wears Omega Speedmaster on moon

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...]

Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde

Longines Master Retrograde dial CU

Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde has an exclusive movement with no less than four retrograde functions. How does it hold up under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature by "Watch Insider" Alexander Linz and photographer Nik Schölzel, presented in WatchTime's June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Gold Watches

AP Rpyal Oak - gold

You may have noticed that our “Fratello Friday” articles focus mainly on watches with stainless steel or titanium cases – and a select few with more exotic case materials such as forged carbon and bronze — and that we rarely cover gold watches. Not only can gold watches come off as too “flashy” for some, but they are also, of course, relatively expensive compared to their stainless-steel cousins. From where I’m writing this, in the Netherlands, a gold watch might look odd on a … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 12 Skeleton Watches

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Skeleton

Growing fascination with the inner workings of mechanical watches has sparked a boom in skeletonized looks. Scroll down to download wallpaper images of skeleton watches from Breguet, Cartier, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and many other skeletonized watches from 12 luxury brands, to decorate your desktop. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Collecting the World’s Smallest Dive Watches

Miniature Dive Watch Collection

There is good news for all those watch enthusiasts struggling with watch sizes beyond 42 mm... and even better news for boys-at-heart that occasionally recall their beloved Hasbro “G.I. Joe Hard Hat Diver” figure from 1968 (that's Ref. 7620, should you be wondering about it right now): Not unlike the available after-market parts and accessories for our beloved watches, there are also a lot of accessories available for those 12-inch action figures. … [Read more...]

Press Release: WatchTime July-August Cover Story: TAG Heuer vs. Tudor

Tudor vs. TAG Heuer

New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, tests two sporty chronograph watches — The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition and The Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue — for the cover story of its upcoming July-August 2014 issue. For those who don’t want to wait for the print issue, WatchTime is offering this feature article — including all specs and scores for both watches — as a special downloadable edition for $2.99. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?

Island

Temperatures in Vienna, where I reside, reached 36° Celsius this week (that's almost 97° Fahrenheit for you Americans) — and the heat wave put me in mind of a desert island. Let's say one were to be stranded on such an island and only watch could come along. Which one to take? I know — not an easy decision for a watch lover. But how about if I narrow it down? … [Read more...]