With a pedigree and history that lives up to the company’s grand name, Omega watches have been among some of the best loved among watch enthusiasts. The story dates back to 1848 in Le Chaux De Fonds in Switzerland, when the company that went on to become Omega was started by Louis Brandt. The company relocated to Bienne in 1880, which remains its base to the present day.
Among the copious amounts of recognition gained by the Omega brand, the Grand Prix and the Paris World’s Fair of 1900 started the company on the road to excellence. A world record for precision followed in the 1930s, and Omega was famously the official timekeeper at the Olympic Games many times.
The moon landing further cemented the Omega brand’s place in history. A regular supplier of timepieces to NASA, an Omega watch was worn by astronaut Buzz Aldrin on that famous occasion. Throughout the 20th century Omega designed watches with a range of active pursuits in mind, from diving to aviation, each presenting a different challenge relished by the company’s development teams.
Around the turn of the millennium, Omega turned its attention to further innovation, releasing the first co-axial escapement in a mass produced watch. The importance of this development cannot easily be overstated, as the mechanism, invented by George Daniels, uses pioneering techniques to reduce friction and thereby increase accuracy.
Omega watches have always proved a favourite among collectors, with many of their unique, distinctive models among the most loved watches on the market. Their continued commitment to excellent performance and accuracy has guaranteed them a place in the history of watch making. As with so many other watch makers, Omega has enjoyed links to fields outside of the watch making and engineering industry that have provided the creative impetus to produce great things.
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