Omega is a renowned watch brand that produces reliable and well-made watches for a wide market. The best-known models emerged in the 1950s and included the Speedmaster chronographs, the Constellation chronometers and the Seamaster dive watches. These three pieces still remain at the top of watch collectors lists.
Like many of its competitors, Omega had its humble beginnings in Switzerland in a small workshop which was established by Louis Brandt in 1848. By 1905 Omega had become the official watchmaker for sporting events in Switzerland, and in 1932 upgraded to become the official timepiece of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles – a partnership which remains active to this day.
One of the most famous and respected watches in the Omega family, the Seamaster, was made in 1948 to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. The Seamaster is another iconic Omega design which collectors continue to look out for today.
Omega’s ultimate claim to fame and what secured its reputation as one of the world’s most historically significant watchmakers was in 1969, when the Omega Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon, worn on the wrist of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Omega remains the official watchmaker for NASA and American space missions. Unsurprisingly the space travelling Speedmaster Professional is one of the most desirable and collectable Omegas on the market.
In the early 90s Omega earned further stellar endorsement when it became the official watch of James Bond, the Omega Seamaster being worn by Pierce Brosnan. The brand has been equally important in pop culture – Ringo Starr of the Beatles was a famous Omega fan and often wore the digital Omega watch the Time Computer LED which was the brand’s first ever LED watch and was made in 1973.