Chances are that you’ve heard of Omega Watches before. You may have seen their logo in the background at a soccer game or other event. But what do you know about this watch brand? Omega is more than an eye-catching logo or a fancy accessory to wear to dinner. The Omega watches have a long history of exceptional performance.
To give you an idea of how impressive these watches are I’ve put together 5 things to know about Omega Watches. These facts are equal parts history and excitement. So, strap in for an exciting ride with one of the world’s premier watches.
Kicking off With a Little History
With all the watch brands flooding the market it’s nice to know that some of the watches out there didn’t just pop-up recently as a copycat. Omega watches began in a small workshop in La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland in 1848. That’s right; Omega watches can trace their quality and reliability back 170-years.
Over the course of a century and a half, Omega has set the bar for performance, accuracy, and style. That small shop started by Louis Brandt has grown into a worldwide brand that adorns the wrists of spies, explorers, and astronauts, and is the go-to timekeeper for the world’s largest sporting events.
An Olympic Games Staple
Beginning in 1932 Omega has been the timekeeper of choice for the Olympic games a stunning 28 times. That is over half of the Olympic games, both summer and winter, held over the past 80 years. With so many events that require exact timekeeping, you know that Omega uses the most reliable and accurate mechanics in their timepieces.
In 1948 Omega even pioneered the modern timekeeping by integrating photoelectric cells into their timekeeping devices. These timekeepers set the stage for the development of the machine-based time keeping that is still used in the Olympics today.
You’ll be able to find the same level of precision in every model of watch that Omega has to offer. Not only are you paying for a name with Omega, but you’re also paying for some of the most dependable performance watches available anywhere in the world.
James Bond’s Watch of Choice
James Bond is, without a doubt, one of the coolest characters in cinema. His sense of style is envied by men the world over. He also needs a watch that can take the punishment of being the world’s foremost super spy.
Since 1995, with the release of the Bond film Goldeneye, this man of men has worn the Omega Seamaster line of watches in every film. To give you a little perspective, that is 8 James Bond movies that span an incredible 25-years.
Over the years Omega has created special edition James Bond watches that include the classic 007 insignia. These Seamaster watches combine the unrivaled timekeeping and durability of Omega watches, plus the fashionable look that Bond uses to win the favor of all those beautiful women. I’m not saying you will win the hearts of all the women you meet, but at least you will impress them with an excellent style choice.
Omega Watches Help Map Santa’s Home
Saving the world on the wrist of James Bond was just another part of the daily routine for the Omega watches. While Bond was just starting to make an international name for himself, the Omega Speedmaster was traveling the world and expanding the edges of the map.
In 1968 during an arctic expedition, explorer Ralph Plaisted made the Omega Speedmaster his watch of choice. The journey was a staggering 44-days with temperatures that reached -52-degrees. The Speedmaster survived right along with Plaisted, and he even used it as his chosen timekeeper when he mapped the precise location of the geographical North Pole. This was the first time in history the geographic North Pole was mapped, and Omega was there keeping the exact time.
Omega Enters the Final Frontier
There are a lot of watches out there that can survive mountains, oceans, and flying around the Earth. The Omega watch, though, is a watch that is even trusted to take into space. Beginning in 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra chose to wear an Omega Speedmaster watch during the Mercury Sigma 7 mission.
The Mercury Sigma 7 orbited the earth an impressive 6 times with the Omega Speedmaster faithfully keeping time the whole way. Not only did Schirra survive 9-hours confined to low gravity, so did his Speedmaster. The journey included surviving the splash landing in the Pacific Ocean.
While one astronaut is impressive, Omega jumped up the watch totem pole when NASA chose the Speedmaster line of watches as the official chronograph for space exploration. NASA certified Omega watches as flight-qualified for manned space missions. There aren’t many higher endorsements you can receive than being the official watch of the space race.
When astronaut Edward White wore an Omega watch on a spacewalk in 1965, Omega’s seat was cemented. These impressive watches went on to accompany astronauts on 6 moon landings, and to this day you can still find an Omega on the wrist of the crew on the International Space Station.