Omega traces its origins to the 1848 La Chaux-de-Fonds workshop of Louis Brandt. Nearly a century of family control followed, and 1903 witnessed the adoption of the name “Omega” from amongst the many brand names previously used by the firm.Omega’s longstanding dedication to chronometry, Olympic and sports timing, and adoption by space agencies has created a legacy equaled only by its eternal rival, Rolex. From the Speedmaster Professional in orbit to the Seamaster family’s silver screen roles alongside James Bond, pre-owned Omega watches offer legendary options for every collector.
Founded in 1848 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by Lois Brandt, the Omega brand has a reputation for quality and innovation, which have led to more than 150 years in production. The name “Omega” is derived from the final letter in the Greek alphabet and symbolizes perfection and accomplishment, which are two qualities that have been ingrained in every watch created by this company. Omega has received numerous awards, beginning in the 1900s when it received recognition at the Paris World Fair, and then achieved the world precision record of 97.8 points in 1936 at the Kew-Teddington observatory, located in England. Since then, this brand of watch has gone on to be the official timekeeper of at least 21 Olympic Games, and even received the Olympic Cross of Merit for the contribution made to sport. Omega was the first watch worn to the moon, on the wrist of astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the company developed the first ever self-winding watch in 1994. Today, Omega watches are made available in the sporty Speedmaster and Seamaster collections, as well as the more dressed up De Ville and Constellation families.
What Makes Omega Watches so Appealing?
While the Omega watch offers precision timekeeping, it is also one of the most well-known watches around the globe, thanks to its use in movies, sports and more. Omega owners have something in common with George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and Eddie Redmayne, who are all ambassadors for the Omega brand. Today, wearing an Omega timepiece instantly sets you apart from the crowd, letting others know that not only do you have exquisite taste, but also appreciate the superior craftsmanship of one of the best mechanical watches available today.