During more than 160 years of its rich history, luxury watchmaker Omega has travelled further than any other competitor and became one of best known watches in the world.
Swiss factory has many great achievements and certainly the most notable of them all is the fact that it was the first (and only) watch on the Moon, back in 1969.
During the Apollo 11 mission, manual winding Omega Speedmaster Professional (or simply “Moonwatch”) was worn by the second man who had the honor to set foot on Earth’s satellite, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (Neil Armstrong left his chronograph in lunar module Eagle).
In fact, Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph, introduced in 1957, was the only wristwatch that passed all tests and was able to withstand zero gravity and extreme conditions of space exploration. That is the reason why it was qualified by NASA for manned space missions.
After that, Speedmaster was worn on all six lunar landings, which gave this watch its nickname “Moonwatch”, and even now, it is still the official chronograph on every single NASA flight.
However, Omega didn’t just go up and above, it was also the first diver’s watch in 1932, and Omega has been creating watches that reliable even underwater ever since.
The Omega Seamaster, produced since 1947, typically with a stainless steel case, helium escape valve and engraved with hippocampus logo, can withstand depths to 300 meters.
There are several models and variations of Seamaster, and ever since 1995, the main character of James Bond movies, agent 007, is wearing exactly this type of watch.
Measuring time for sport events is also one of things that the Omega is famous for around the globe. Switzerland based manufacturer has been responsible for measuring time for most prestigious competitions for more than a century.
Since the tenth Olympics, which were organized in Los Angeles in 1932, the Omega was official timekeeper for 24 Olympic games (including 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as 2008 Summer Olympics).
Also, the Omega will do the same in two years in London, and that will be extremely important event for this watchmaker, because it will be the 25th time it will serve as official timekeeper and it will also be the 80th anniversary of first involvement in the most important sporting event in the world.
In 1999, Omega made yet another remarkable and historical achievement by successful development of Calibre 2500, the very first mass-produced watch incorporating the co-axial escapement.
This invention of Englishman George Daniels was one of the more important breakthroughs in horology, because it eliminates one of the shortcomings of traditional lever escapement, and results in longer service and greater accuracy over time.