Omega was established in the 1800s by Louis Brandt and is among the most prominent Swiss watch manufacturers, constantly marked by its revolutionary ethos. Omega has actively engaged in some of history’s most daring activities, such as the Olympic Games as the official timekeeper. Their dive watches, on the other hand, were always associated with maritime activity, and sailing adventures.
Today’s collection is largely influenced by classic mid-century designs. Though not as slow to change, Omega has gradually evolved its watches so that they feel both historical and contemporary. Here’s a brief referencing guide to help you get acquainted with the Omega landscape and introduce you to specific timepieces that exemplify the brand’s best products.
1. Seamaster Diver 300m Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42 (22.214.171.124.01.001)
Seamaster is a perplexing brand line considering Omega sold what were effectively splash-proof dress timepieces under this moniker for years. Simultaneously, Omega’s most durable, high-tech diving watches have been added to the Seamaster collection.
This Seamaster Diver 300m Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42 is made of a brushed stainless steel case with polished beveled corners. It also has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a unidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel filled with polished black ceramic. The polished hour markers with illuminating fill and a finely printed minute/seconds track are displayed on the high gloss black zirconium oxide ceramic dial with laser engraved wave design. At the 6 o’clock position, a date window is displayed. This watch is powered by Master Co-Axial caliber 8800 automatic-chronometer movement with a power reserve of 55 hours.
2. Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph 38 (3126.96.36.199.02.002)
The Speedmaster, initially created for motorsports, became the Moonwatch when Buzz Aldrin ventured onto the lunar surface in the late 60s sporting his beloved model ST105.012. This Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph 38 ladies’ladies watch is made of stainless steel case with polished finished beveled corners and a brown crocodile leather strap. It also features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and 18kt Sedna gold fixed bezel. Its off-white dial has a beautiful sunray finish and cappuccino brown sub-dials with a very fine snailed finish as well as 18kt Sedna gold hands, central hands with luminous fill. A small seconds sub-dial is situated at 9 o’clock, while a date window is positioned at 6 o’clock.
The Chronograph function features a column-wheel mechanism, a huge central seconds counter hand, a 30 minute counter sub-dial at 3 o’clock, and a 12 hour counter sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The Caliber 3330 automatic chronograph movement powers this watch, which has a power reserve of 52 hours and water resistance of 100 meters.
3. Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Master Chronometer 43.5 (188.8.131.52.01.001)
The Planet Ocean is Omega’s most significant dive watch series, slightly bigger than the 300M, double as water-resistant, and equipped with a GMT movement, carbon casings, a chronograph, and more. Orange and black is a prominent color combination in one of its models.
This Planet Ocean 600m comes in a stainless steel case, black rubber strap, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Its unidirectional rotating bezel is polished with black ceramic fill and has a 15-minute scale made of orange galvanized rubber. The index hour with luminous fill, orange 6, 9, and 12-hour markers, and printed minute/seconds track are all visible on the high gloss black dial. A date window is situated at 3 o’clock, and a helium escape valve placed on the case edge is positioned at 10 o’clock. This timepiece is powered by a Master Co-Axial caliber 8900 movements with a power reserve of approximately 60 hours.
4. Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38 (184.108.40.206.02.001)
The Aqua Terra collection speaks for both a dress watch and a sports watch, both of which are present in classic Seamasters. An Aqua Terra watch may be your only watch since it’s sporty and tough, but it’s also elegant and professional enough to go with a work suit daily. This Aqua Terra 150M comes in a stainless steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, grey crocodile leather strap, and transparent caseback.
Its silver dial has a horizontal linear textured design and features a delicately printed minute/seconds track and Arabic Numerals in 5-minute increments, as well as steel index hour markers. This watch is powered by a caliber 8800 movement with 39 jewels and a power reserve of around 55 hours. The movement also has Omega’s Co-Axial Escapement, which improves accuracy, steadiness, and endurance.
5. De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 (4220.127.116.11.06.001)
Throughout the 50s and 60s, the moniker De Ville appeared on the dials of several classic Omegas, implying a particularly American character. Modern De Villes is the most opulent and sophisticated Omegas on the market. The stainless steel case of this De Ville Prestige Co-Axial watch is adorned with a God Chronos medallion on the case back. It also has a grey crocodile leather band, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a fixed bezel. Its grey sunray dial features polished Roman numeral and dot cabochon hour markers, polished faceted hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. It’s driven by a COSC-certified Omega Caliber 2500 movement with a 48-hour power reserve and a co-axial escapement.
6. De Ville Tresor Quartz 39 (418.104.22.168.13.001)
The Tresor sub-line features slimmer casings, expensive metals, and diamonds, and is ideally suited to formal dress and evening outfits. Despite its simplicity, this brown Tresor ladies watch emanates Omega craftsmanship. This timepiece has a stainless steel case with two curving rows of diamonds and a brown crocodile leather strap. The crown is highly polished with red HyCeram and has a single diamond put in it. It has a brown lacquered dial with Roman numeral hour markings and polished rhodium-plated hands. Its mirrored case back is etched with a one-of-a-kind embossed pattern that reads ‘Time For Her.’ This quartz watch is driven by a caliber 4061 and is water-resistant to 30 meters.
When you purchase an Omega with a co-axial movement nowadays, you are acquiring an innovative mechanism as well as a significant piece of horological heritage. The co-axial mechanism decreases service intervals, lowering the cost of maintenance while also assisting in maintaining precision. Though coaxial escapement is a major advancement, one “trend” Omega has embraced is today’s compulsive manufacture of limited editions. Meanwhile, these Omega watch recommendations will never let you down.