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4 Apr

The Greatest Omega Watches Of All Time

From humble beginnings in the 19th century to establishing itself as one of the most respectable names in the world of horology, Omega has come a long way in the 21st. The stature of Omega is a collective input of noteworthy moments, distinct innovations and iconic releases. All these factors have drawn appreciation from collectors and enthusiasts alike, making Omega what it is today.  

If you dig into the brand’s history, you’ll find Omega produces only icons. From producing the first watch worn on the Moon to being the official timekeeper of the Olympics and being worn by Agent 007 in James Bond films, replacing Rolex, Omega’s catalogue is full of memorable and often exclusive releases.

So, here we are, outlining the greatest Omega releases of all time that deserve to be on every connoisseur’s list. These iconic and highly sought-after watches would be excellent additions to anybody’s collection, not just today but always.

5 Most Iconic Omega Watches Of All Time

1. Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

The Omega Speedmaster is by far the most loved and popular Omega watches of all time, thanks to its association with the Space Race. Characterised by robustness, precision and high legibility, the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ was the first timepiece to accompany Buzz Aldrin during his Moon mission. The astronaut landed on the Moon wearing a Speedmaster in 1969, and since then, the watch has been a constant in all of NASA’s space missions.

This legendary Omega timepiece has a black dial, a black bezel with a tachymetric scale, and a hesalite crystal. Over the years, the brand has released many variations of the Speedmaster. While it was always nicknamed the ‘Moonwatch,’ it was not until recently that Omega released a Speedmaster with a moon phase complication.

Specifications:

  • Case: 42mm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bracelet: Stainless Steel or Black Leather
  • Movement: Caliber 1861 
  • Water-Resistance: 50m

2. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M

Famed as Omega’s ultra-capable dive watch, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M was launched in 2005 and boasts a water resistance of 600M (twice that of the Seamaster Diver 300M). You can get it in a variety of sizes like 39.5mm, 45.5mm and 43.5mm, along with three-handed date versions, GMT versions and chronographs. The watch is available in stainless steel, 18ct rose gold, titanium and one with a slightly more traditional look in Omega’s own steel alloy called the ‘O-Megasteel’, all driven by Master Chronometer Co-Axial movements. This movement has passed eight tests conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology and offers magnetic resistance of up to 15,000 gauss. 

Do you remember when the Omega Planet Ocean 600M appeared in the 2008 James Bond movie Quantum of Solace? Bond flaunted it while seeking revenge for and answers about Vesper Lynd.

Specifications:

  • Case: 43.5mm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bracelet: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8900
  • Water-Resistance: 600M

3. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

Having been in production since 1948, the Omega Seamaster is one of the brand’s longest-running products, whose design is based on designs for the British Royal Navy at the end of WWII. Omega released the Seamaster Diver 300M in 1993 with a design that remained true to the original spirit. Coming in a 42mm case, it features a gas release valve to fulfil the requirements of the saturation divers and a date feature on the dial at 6 o’clock. The latest iteration comes in 23 different configurations and remains one of Omega’s most popular offerings, with a stunning laser-etched wave pattern across the dial.

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M made quite a debut in GoldenEye, with Pierce Brosnan flaunting it on his wrist as he played Bond. Subsequently, it was featured in Casino Royale, where Daniel Craig was starring in Bond’s role.

Specifications:

  • Case: 42mm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bracelet: Stainless Steel (Also available in rubber strap)
  • Movement: Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 with Date
  • Water-Resistance: 300M

4. Omega Constellation Globemaster 

Embracing a classic 1950s styling, the Omega Constellation Globemaster is a modern dress watch that’ll pair perfectly with office and leisure. Omega released the Constellation collection in 1950 to mark the brand’s 100th anniversary. Since then, it has remained one of Omega’s most popular collections, even if it is far smaller than the other collections. The 39mm Constellation Globemaster watches have an easily distinguishable design featuring a distinct fluted bezel and a pie-pan dial. The Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar variant comes with an annual calendar complication, which is quite popular amongst the fans of this range.

This 17-strong catalogue comprises models crafted in stainless steel, yellow gold, and 18ct rose gold, along with several two-tone options. The watches come in a variety of leather straps or steel bracelets that fit a dress watch.

Specifications:

  • Case: 39mm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bracelet: Leather Strap
  • Movement: Omega Co-Axial Calibre 8900 automatic
  • Water-Resistance: 100m

5. Omega De Ville Prestige

Most Omega watches are iconic sports models or mainstream collections. Still, there are many other noteworthy Omega creations with a classic look like the ones found in the Omega De Ville family (the rest you can see in the Constellation lineup). The De Ville Prestige was released in 1994 and has been a symbol of refined elegance and classical design ever since. The De Ville Prestige is available in various materials, including yellow, white, and red gold, as well as stainless steel, and models with a blend of steel with 18ct yellow or red gold. The watches are generally paired with a leather strap to complete the look.

The Co-Axial Calibre 2500 movement, invented by George Daniels, is the centrepiece of this watch. The case back, engraved with Chronos, is closed, but beneath that remains a well-decorated rhodium-plated movement.   

Specifications:

  • Case: 39.5mm
  • Material: Stainless Steel (Also available in other metals)
  • Bracelet: Stainless Steel Bracelet or Leather Strap
  • Movement: Co-Axial Calibre 2500
  • Water-Resistance: Up to 30m

LASTLY..

Omega watches’ enduring legacy has forever enriched the watch realm. Through iconic designs, breathtaking technologies, and a commitment to precision, Omega has consistently set the standard for excellence and solidified its name as one of the most revered in the industry.

Whether it’s the elegance of the Speedmaster, the adventurous spirit of the Seamaster, or the exquisite craftsmanship of the Constellation, each Omega creation tells a story of innovation, beauty, and precision. If you’ve been dreaming about an Omega for years, this is the list you should consider when making your pick!

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