Omega is a Swiss luxury watchmaker we’re sure you’ve heard of. It is, in some ways, one of the most significant watch companies in the world. Omega’s history is a long and rich one. 23-year-old Louis Brandt started the company in 1848 and later passed it on to his sons. The brand underwent a downturn at the end of the 1970’s but became a leading watchmaker once again with the help of some great advertising and strategic product placement, most famously,James Bond sporting an Omega Seamaster in the 1995 film Golden Eye.
The trademark horseshoe-like symbol on every Omega watch is actually a letter from the Greek alphabet, called Omega, which symbolizes the absolute limit of a set or perfection. Wearing an Omega is a symbol of status, luxury, and quality. One of the features that makes an Omega timepiece unique is that Omega is the only Swiss watch company that uses co-axial escapement, a type of modern watch escapement mechanism that means the watch needs fewer services. It’s not just a brand name – It’s a guarantee of superb quality.
Since its inception, Omega has won countless awards. It’s been the official timekeeper at more than twenty Olympics games. In 1969 as Neil Armstrong took one small step for man, Omega made history as the first watch on the moon.
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Omega recently announced it had engineered, with other watch industry leaders, a watch that can withstand magnetic fields of over 1.5 Tesla. The Omega Co-Axial Calibre 8508 movement will be featured in the Seamaster Aqua Terra watches for now, but chances are the technology will spread to many other Omega watches and may even drive other brands to engineer their own magnet-resistant watches.
Omega has long been a pioneer in non-ferrous (containing no iron) watches. They were the first company to introduce a line of watches specifically for people working with magnetized equipment. Their first non-magnetized watches came about in the late 1950s, and they introduced a lot of new technology into the watch world. Omega was the first company to replace metal springs and wheels with silicone-based ones. The development of the Co-Axial Calibre 8508 movement is sure to have far reaching applications in watchmaking technology. This is big news for all watch lovers, not just ones who are exposed to powerful electromagnetic fields!
The movement was a collaborative efforts between Omega, Swatch and other watch laboratories. Although other companies worked to develop the technology, they have not announced watches that will make use of it. That information is expected soon though, as different watchmakers incorporate the technology into new products