OMEGA watches

OMEGA has always been driven by its pioneering spirit: six lunar landings; the first divers’ watch; the world’s only certified marine chronometer wristwatch. No watch company in the world holds more records for accuracy. OMEGA is also a world leader in sports timekeeping. They are proud of this legacy and of the commitment to innovation which led to the launch of the exclusive OMEGA Co-Axial calibres. These achievements are products of the drive and spirit which have made OMEGA one of the world’s leading watchmakers.
 
Secret agent James Bond also wears Omega watch - no watch début is welcomed more enthusiastically than that of the Omega Seamaster connected to a 007 film.
 
Omega watches have provided the world with several progressively advanced timepieces since 1885, and their accuracy has earned them the reputation as official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. Omega watches have been worn on the surface of the moon and the bottom of the ocean.
 
 

HISTORY

 
Today, seven our of ten people throughout the world are familiar with the Omega watch brand - a truly amazing rate of awareness to which few other watch brands can lay claim. The reason behind this success is the reliably fine quality of every Omega watch. From its modest beginnings in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848 the assembly workshop created by 23 year old Louis Brandt gradually gained renown. Louis Brandt assembled key-would precision pocket watches from parts supplied by local craftsmen. After his death, his two sons Louis-Paul and Cesar took over control of the business.
Louis-Paul and César Brandt both died in 1903, leaving one of Switzerland's largest watch companies - with 240,000 watches produced annually and employing 800 people - in the hands of four young people, the oldest of whom was Paul-Emile Brandt.
 
1932 during the Los Angeles Olympic games, Omega was given the entire responsibility for chronometrie, measuring time in all sporting events. Since then, they were present at 24 Olympic games.
 
1934 when Amelia Erhart decided to attempt the first equatorial flight in history, she insisted on having Omega chronographs on board.
 
March 1965 - OMEGA's Speedmaster chronograph was "flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions" as the only wristwatch to have withstood the entire U.S. space agency's severe tests.
 
21 July 1969 - 02:56 GMT, the Speedmaster records man's first steps on the Moon's surface. The Speedmaster became the first watch (and the only watch since) to be worn on the Moon. With this unique accomplishment came a unique nickname: the Moon Watch.
 
April 1970 - the OMEGA Speedmaster rescued the Apollo 13 mission from a potential disaster.
 
1981, the newly launched Seamaster 120 set a new world free dive record at a depth of 101 metres by Jacques Mayol. The Seamaster is also famous for being the choice watch for James Bond.
 
1999 installed for the first time in Omega DeVille, the revolutionary design reduced friction between the escape wheel and the pallets to practically zero, thus guaranteeing improved accuracy and longevity.
 
 

CHARACTERISTICS AND MAINTENANCE

 

What should I do to ensure that my watch continues to provide excellent service for many years?
 

  • Magnetic fields: avoid placing your watch on speakers or refrigerators, since these have strong magnetic fields.
  • Bathing in the sea: always rinse your watch with warm water afterwards.
  • Shocks: whether thermal or other, avoid them.
  • Screw-in-crown: screw it in carefully to ensure that no water enters the mechanism.
  • Cleaning: for metal bracelets and for all water resistant cases use a toothbrush with soapy water and a soft cloth for drying.
  • Chemical products: avoid direct contact with solvents, detergents, perfumes, cosmetic products etc., since they may damage the bracelet, the case or the gaskets.
  • Temperatures: avoid extreme temperatures above 60°C or 140°F below 0°C or 32°F or extreme temperature changes.
  • Chronograph push-pieces: Do not operate chronograph pushers under water in order to prevent water entering the mechanism. Exception: The Seamaster 300M and 600M chronographs have pushers which can function under water.
 

What are the service intervals ?

 
Like any high-precision instrument, a watch needs to be serviced regularly in order to work perfectly. Obviously, we cannot indicate the intervals for such work, which depends on the model, climate and the care taken by the watch's owner. As a general rule, service intervals are between 4 and 5 years, depending on the use of the watch.
 
 
OMEGA recommends that you follow the steps below in order to preserve the condition of your leather strap as long as possible:
  • Avoid contact with water and dampness to prevent discoloration and deformation.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight to prevent the colour from fading.
  • Do not forget that leather is permeable! Therefore avoid contact with greasy substances and cosmetic products.
  • If you have a problem with your leather strap, please contact your nearest OMEGA retailer.
  • In spite of the fact that the life expectancy of leather (as an organic material) is limited in time (sweat, wear and tear etc.) a leather strap should last for a period of about 6 months, without alteration of its aesthetic look.