OMEGA watch brand

OMEGA

Omega’s watch collections - innovative, classical or sports-oriented - show the pioneering spirit of the brand, its search for performance and a certain quest for surpassing oneself.

From the earth to the moon

The history of Omega started in 1848 when Louis Brandt created a watchmaking comptoir in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Neuchâtel district.

In 1879, his two sons - Louis-Paul and César - started manufacturing watches with modern processes in Bienne. Their endeavour was quite successful: Louis Brandt et Fils became the leading Swiss manufacture and produced more than 100,000 watches a year.

In 1894, the brand launched the Omega caliber which simplicity and parts interchangeability made it a success. So much so that Omega became the name of the firm in 1903!

As early as 1909, Omega started out in sports timekeeping for international airship races and especially the Gordon Benett race.

During First World War, the Royal Air Force then the American army adopted Omega watches.

Known for the durability and precision of its timepieces - demonstrated by its victory in the 1919 Neuchâtel precision contest - Omega becomes in 1932, for the first time, the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games: the start of a partnership still lasting to this day.

In 1933, Omega got their first world precision record before those of 1936 and 1946.

In 1957, Omega created the Speedmaster wrist-chronograph.

In 1965, after extremely demanding testing, the NASA chose the Speedmaster professional chronometer and, on the 21st July 1969, the astronaut Neil Armstrong was wearing it when he became the first man walking on the Moon.

In 1970, ordered by Commander Cousteau, Omega creates the Seamaste Professional 600 - also called PLOPOF for professional divers - which obtained the world record of depth diving.

In spite of these historical achievements, the following years were difficult ones for Omega. As a consequence, they joined the SMH in 1983 - later to become the Swatch Group.

In the 1990s, Omega reached again the heights of watchmaking. In 1995, they presented the first wristwatch featuring automatic winding and a central tourbillon. In 1999, Omega improved the co-axial escapement of wristwatches with the launch of the 2500 automatic caliber.

Since 2000, Omega has been continuing to innovate and writing new pages in his history. 2001: launch of the Museum collection, 2003: launch of the Railmaster, 2005: launch of the 3313 co-axial chronograph caliber, 2007: launch of the 8500 co-axial caliber, 2008: launch of 8520/8521 co-axial caliber…

But the history of Omega wouldn’t be complete without mentioning James Bond! The English spy has been wearing an Omega timepiece for a number of years in movies such as Golden Eye, Tomorrow never dies, The world is not enough, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.