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5 Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors


Omega has produced numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the world’s most famous chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch. Here are five models at accessible prices* for both new and seasoned collectors.

1. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional

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Omega’s Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional offers quite a bit for the price.

Launched in 1957, the Speedmaster is synonymous with spaceflight and adventure. Like most great icons, the design has changed little across the decades, meaning that today, the Moonwatch is recognized the world over. It features a distinctive black dial covered by a hesalite crystal with trademark thin hour and minute hands, a small seconds subdial, 30-minute and 12-hour recorders, and a characteristic central chronograph seconds hand. The black bezel, with its tachymeter scale, is mounted on a 42-mm stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 50 meters.

At the heart of this chronograph is Omega’s mechanical caliber 1861. Though this hand-wound movement has been upgraded several times over the years, it remains essentially the same as the one that powered the timepieces that accompanied NASA astronauts on six trips to the moon.

The Moonwatch is available on a strap or a bracelet. Each watch is offered with a special presentation box that includes two additional straps – a “NATO” strap and a black Velcro strap. Also included are a tool to change the straps, a Speedmaster loupe, and a book highlighting the adventures of the Speedmaster.

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional is priced from $5,250, making it a very good value among new chronographs.

2. Omega Constellation Co-Axial

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The Constellation offers Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial movement.

Omega launched the Constellation family in 1952, though in the United States, the collection was originally known by the name Globemaster, due to a trademark conflict that was resolved in 1956.

The dome of the Geneva Observatory served as the family crest, as Omega had just broken its own precision timekeeping record there the prior year. The cupola was surrounded by eight stars representing Omega’s greatest chronometric achievements at the world’s observatories, including the 1931 “clean sweep” at the Observatory of Geneva in which Omega broke the record for precision in every category.

In 1982, Omega launched the Constellation “Manhattan.” This watch introduced the four now-familiar “griffes,” or claws at 3 and 9 o’clock, which originally held the sapphire crystal in place and helped ensure the watch remained waterproof.

In 2007, Omega introduced its proprietary Co-Axial calibers with new and unique escapements offering less friction, greater mechanical efficiency, and excellent chronometric performance over time. The performance of the new escapement is such that each Omega timepiece fitted with a Co-Axial caliber is a COSC-certified chronometer delivered with a full four-year warranty, which is one of the best in the business for a mechanical timepiece. The exclusive movement is housed in a 38 mm case with a sapphire caseback and 100-meter water resistance.

The Constellation Co-Axial is priced from $4,400.

3. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial

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Magnetic fields do not affect this Seamaster Aqua Terra.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra is a robust timepiece with clean, distinctive lines. The dials of the Aqua Terra 150 M collection recall the beautiful wooden decks found on the finest luxury sailboats. The example shown below features a lacquered silver dial decorated with the Teak Concept pattern. The 18k gold seconds hand is complimented by deep blue, faceted hour and minute hands.

The stainless steel 41.5-mm case holds the best feature: an Omega Master Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement which is specially manufactured to resistant magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. Unlike most antimagnetic watches, the Aqua Terra’s movement can be viewed through a transparent caseback.

Several brands offer mechanical watches with movements protected by antimagnetic inner cases. Omega improves on that design by fashioning key movement components from non-ferrous materials, making the movement itself impervious to magnetic fields. This feature is especially important today, as we encounter magnets more than ever, from smartphone and tablet cases to briefcase closures and refrigerator doors.

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial is priced at $7,350.

4. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial 42 mm

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean offers excellent form and function.

Omega is at least as well known for performance under the seas as it is for performance in space, and indeed, the brand was a pioneer in both realms. In 1932, Omega launched the Marine, recognized by many as the first watch designed from the ground up (or from the surface down) to be used on deep dives. Since those early days, Omega timepieces have accompanied many explorers on their journeys into the deep. Marine biologist and explorer William Beebe wore an Omega Marine during his record-breaking bathysphere dives, as did Commander Yves Le Prieur, the inventor of Scuba. Jacques Cousteau famously wore an Omega Seamaster PloProf, and Jacques Mayol – the renowned freediver known as The Dolphin Man – also sported an Omega Seamaster on his record-setting dives.

In 2005, Omega expanded its maritime legacy with the launch of the Planet Ocean line. The stylish Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M pays homage to Omega’s dive watch heritage. This model features a black ceramic unidirectional rotating dive bezel mounted on a 42-mm stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 600 meters or 2,000 feet. The helium-escape valve is the mark of a true professional dive instrument.

Inside the case, yet visible through the sapphire caseback, beats the self-winding Omega Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement. The free-sprung balance and twin mainspring barrels contribute to the chronometric precision and distinguish this caliber from those found in many other dive watches.

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial 42 mm is priced from $6,200.

5. Omega De Ville Prestige

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The Omega De Ville is available in a variety of metals and dial colors.

Even hardened adventurers must occasionally don a dress watch, and here again, Omega offers a time-honored selection. The De Ville Prestige collection is characterized by pure, classic styling and a luxurious appearance that is never out of fashion. The model shown below features a 39.5-mm stainless steel case with a striking two-zone, sun-brushed blue dial protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The case offers 30-meter water resistance.

At the heart of this timepiece is the automatic-winding Co-Axial caliber 2500. This is the movement in which the Co-Axial escapement debuted on the world stage in 1999, conferring upon the caliber enduring historical significance.

This Omega De Ville Prestige in stainless steel is priced at $3,600.

* This article was originally published in 2014.

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25 Responses to “5 Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors”

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  1. Graham Newell

    Dear Watch Time,l have a list of very well known companies that are selling COUNTERFEIT watches openly to the general public.You can buy any Rolex, Omega, HUBLOT,AP, all on site’s like EBAY, WISH, Amazon.It would make a great story in your great magazine.please let’s stop this trade once and for all. I myself have compiled a list of what I have found in just 2hours.They are being made in most country’s in the E U, England, France everywhere.
    If you want any information about what I have found please feel free to contact me at any time
    Regards G Newell

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  2. Steve B.

    I own the Sea Master Professional Casino Royale James Bond model, love it! It is my new daily wearer. I have become so used to it now. The 007 second hand is very cool along with the “Gun Rifling” on the dial. Not gaudy, but very cool. A nice conversation piece!!

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  3. Omegas are very excellent luxury watches. I have two myself, my absolute favorite being the Seamaster Pro 2254.50 black dial. Gorgeous on the bracelet.

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  4. I am an omega fan.
    I have a speed master moon watch, a Bond
    Seamster( my favorite every day watch)
    Two full bar Constellations and
    Two integral band solid gold Constellations.They all have
    Classic and timeless design unmatched in the watch universe.
    (Vintage)

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  5. Leonard Martinez

    My 2013 Seamaster Planet Ocean is the most accurate watch on my watch winders. And I love it’s look, but the best-looking P.O. I’ve seen is now the liquid metal (titanium) with dark blue dial. It’s impeccable.

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  6. Jack T

    I own a 42mm Planet Ocean 2500 caliber, about six years old, still love the look, the feel and it runs right on time. One of the bet dive watches out there, but the new Deep Black models…wow ! I want to see one in person.

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  7. E Prusz

    Omega is becoming one of my favorite watch brands. But the one I want, Apollo 13 Snoopy Speedmaster, is hard to get. How can I find one?

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  8. Ronnie DeJong

    $6000 dollars is affordable for a watch? For most everyday Joe and blue collar worker out there, this is an insult. I’m an electrician, not a Fortune 500 CEO, and collecting 5 and 6 thousand dollar watches is pure fantasy. Especially in today’s world.

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    • Oh Please! People do invest in watches in the same way as cars or horses. Others are wealthy and can spend their money how they wish, but your question begets another: Why do you read Watchtime if that’s how you feel??

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      • Top Dogg

        You’re right, Eden. Why is Ronnie reading WatchTime and then complaining about the price of collectible watches. I know a few electricians who can afford an Omega—successful electricians and other blue-collar workers.

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    • Leonard Martinez

      Dude, I sympathize, but don’t get hung up on MSRPs. The retail jewelry/watch industry is highly competitive, and prices generally go down over time. Bottom line? Wait. I just bought a new Eterna Kon Tiki that I’d had my eye on for four years. The original MSRP was around $7000, but I picked it up (new but a display model) for two grand. You can always get a used one on eBay for quite a bit less than the MSRP.

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    • David M

      Well, compare it to a $40,000 Jager and it’s quite affordable. Compare it to a $40 Timex and it’s not. It’s all about perspective.

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  9. srhardy

    +1 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial & DeVille…

    (note to self) rob bank

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  10. Chris C.

    Once again: after a break-in period (3 months) the accuracy has improved.
    So, my 2014 Omega Seamaster 300 m is now -0,45 sec/24 hours!!
    Awesome…Omega only is for accuracy… believe me.

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  11. precisionswisstime

    Hello again George from precision swiss time in Australia let’s see all the omega watch models personallyI think that the speed master and its the best time piece made I do have one the original 1968 84 model with eta movement 45jewels

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    • Leonard Martinez

      Don’t you blokes use periods down under? It would certainly go a long way toward eschewing obfuscation.

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  12. Debashish

    Your article on Omega was lucid as well as quite informative for new watch aficionados.

    During 1957, my own love affair with Omega started when I was just 7 after my Granddad bought 2 Omega Seamasters, one was manually wound and other was self-winding. Two years later, my father bought 2 Omega Constellations and I became irrevocably hooked to watches in general and Omega in particular.

    Now, I visit your fantastic website at least once a day as I enjoy all your fine reports and lovely pictures.

    I am also a regular reader of blogs written by Alexander Linz (Watchinsider).

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    • srhardy

      mmm, prob a bit of that and a lot of OMEGA LOVERS as i know im hoocked on then and the Ball Seaquest

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  13. I have a new beautiful Seamaster 300 m, 2500 cal. Accuracy is +1,87 second/per 24 hours.
    Chris from Toronto.
    The blue dial is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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