The History of Omega Watches
Omega is one of the most renowned, respected and recognized Swiss watch brands in the world today. Founded in 1848 by Swiss watchmaker Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland, Omega was originally named Le Generale Watch Company and produced key-wound pocket watches.
Brandt and his two sons Louis Paul and Cesar developed in-house manufacturing production facilities in decades to follow and by 1903, the company produced over 240,000 watches annually and was renamed Omega.
Omega watches became the official time-keepers of the Britain’s Royal Flying Corps flying combat units in 1917 and remained the top-selling Swiss watchmaker in the world for decades to follow. The brand was lauded in 1969, when the Omega Speedmaster chronograph was worn by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the historic NASA Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
The Omega Speedmaster, originally designed as a racing watch is still in production today. The brand’s Seamaster collection designed expressly for diver’s offers water-resistance to 200 meters or more and has been featured in numerous James Bond films from 1995’s Golden Eye to the recent 2015 release Spectre.
The Omega Deville and Constellation collections, also introduced in the last century, offer more sophisticated and elegant displays of time with premium-crafted cases and bracelets in 18K gold and stainless steel along with the brand’s precision Swiss-made movements inside.