Omega is among the few labels that can compete with Rolex’s reputation when it comes to the most popular watch companies globally. Their vast collection includes a variety of legendary models that have been made famous by some of humanity’s biggest milestones and a few of pop culture’s greatest influential legends. The latest Omega watch roster contains names that are recognizable even to those with only a vague acquaintance in timepieces; and for true connoisseurs, they talk beneath the ocean or on land, and even some that are out of this dimension.
We’ve put together some kind of user guide on Omega watches to give you a rundown of the brand’s best-sellers. Although it does not cover every possible item, it lays the groundwork for what can be a daunting range at moments. Limited edition versions are also excluded because there might not be sufficient room to mention all of them.
1. Seamaster Diver Co-Axial Master Chronometer
When the quartz variant of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m was worn by Pierce Brosnan in 1995’s Goldeneye, it sparked a revival for the company that has lasted since then. The most recent version is available in 23 various models, with the blue bezel/dial in the steel-cased model staying the most similar to Bond’s initial Omega of preference. It is still one of their most famous models, now in 42 mm and operated by the Master Chronometer Caliber 8800 movement, with the stunning laser-etched wave pattern across the face bringing a glorious addition in the later years.
2. Seamaster Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer
Along with the original Seamaster and Speedmaster, the Railmaster series was formerly its series of watches, accounting for one-third of Omega’s initial 1957 Professional Collection. It was designed as a model for researchers and included a soft iron internal barrier to defend the fragile elements of the movement from high levels of magnets. It is now a member of the Seamaster collection, and its Co-Axial caliber, which is made of inherently antimagnetic components, eliminates the necessity for the additional inner covering, enabling the cutting-edge movement to be seen through the sapphire caseback. This is Omega at its most reasonable: easy, graceful, and successful.
3. Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
With the potential exclusion of the Rolex Daytona, no other watch matches the Moonwatch’s legendary allure. It’s almost a carbon copy of the model Buzz Aldrin carried throughout his historic mission, equipped with Hesalite crystal and a hand-wound movement. Every collector must own a Speedy at some stage in their lives because it is among the most excellent timepieces of all time.
4. Speedmaster ‘Meteorite’
Omega was a visionary in using ceramic for watch cases, with the content serving as the foundation for their ‘Of The Moon’ collection, which comes in grey, blue, white, and black. The Grey Side of the Moon versions come with either a regular dial or one made from a slice of a prehistoric meteorite that has been acid engraved to reveal its specific geographical design. It is larger than regular Omega Moon watches and features the automatic Co-Axial caliber 9300.
5. De Ville Prestige Co-Axial
Omega launched anniversary pieces in red, yellow, and white gold, each with a stunning white enamel dial, to commemorate the 50th founding year of the ‘De Ville’ brand. Apart from the deep red 12 o’clock, the inner railway minute track maintains it appearing appropriately antique, and the period-correct Arabic numeral hour indicators are highlighted in Anthracite. The watch is operated by the in-house Co-Axial Caliber 2500, and Chronos, the god of time, is etched on the caseback.
6. Seamaster Ploprof 1200m
A modern issue arose for the industry’s deep divers with the introduction of deep diving. The particles could permeate into their watch cases and the helium content of the combined breathing gases they had to use was high. Those bubbles would spread as they ascended, blasting out the defensive crystals that covered the dials. While other brands, most prominently Rolex, addressed the issue by creating the Helium Escape Valve, which enabled the gas to exit without causing any harm, Omega took a different approach and developed a model that was so massive and strong that it didn’t permit the helium within in the first place. The watch was the Ploprof, a true monster of a wristwatch that was waterproof to over 4,000 feet. There are now five in the collection with this orange-bezel titanium slab standing out, and the current models have helium escape valves.
7. Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m >15,000 Gauss
The Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss is the world’s first successful antimagnetic timepiece, and it features the Co-Axial Caliber 8508, which was created by experts from ASULAB (Swatch Group’s research and development laboratory), ETA, Nivarox, and Omega itself. Its capacity to endure magnetism stronger than 1.5 tesla demonstrates the brand’s dedication to fully protecting the value of its products.
8. Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer
The first Constellation watch was introduced in 1952 as an homage to the Lockheed Constellation aircraft that operated for the Allies during WWII. Since then, several decades have passed, and the current collection includes over 150 multiple variations of both women’s and men’s measurements. Even though the contemporary set is vast, some thematic details are shared by all, most notably the four ‘claws’ on the bezel, the incorporated bracelet style, and the tiny star on the dial. The steel Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39 mm, a wide range of colors and Roman numerals etched on its surrounding, is among the subtlest versions.
9. Constellation Globemaster
The Globemaster pieces, a much limited but incredibly common range, are embodied by their pie-pan dials, a much-missed feature from the 1950s and 1960s. The 17-piece collection includes steel, Sedna, and yellow gold versions and a selection of bi-metal two-tone examples. A choice of steel bracelets or leather straps and fluted bezels are appropriate for a dress watch.
In A Nutshell
Omega’s crowning achievement, which outclasses that of almost any other company on the globe, is that it was the brand responsible for the first timepiece carried on the moon. They have been NASA’s official timepiece manufacturer since 1963, and the Speedmaster chronograph followed Apollo 11 explorers on their first journey to the lunar surface. Seamaster, on the other hand, accepts everything from parts designed specifically for technicians and scientists to incredibly sophisticated dive beasts capable of withstanding unimaginable depths.