Easily one of the most recognized watch brands on the planet, Omega is the height of luxury watch right up there at the peak of the luxury watch world and it is easy to see why.
Everyone from real-life astronauts at NASA (including the first men on the moon) to the legendary super spy James Bond have worn Omega men’s watches, and these timepieces enjoy rock star status almost collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Combine that with the fact that the collectors market is filled with pieces that you’ll be able to get your hands on at relatively inexpensive prices (though there are some amazing very rare pieces that will set you back a pretty penny) and you’ll soon see why the Omega brand is so beloved.
- 1 Here is How the Brand Started
- 2 Did You Know These Amazing Facts About Omega Watches?
- 3 Notable Components And Standout Features of Omega Wristwatches
- 4 Why You Should Have One Omega Watch in Your Collection
- 5 Famous People Who Have Worn These Masterpieces
- 6 Reviews of My Favorite 3 Omega Mens Watches
- 7 Your Turn Now
Here is How the Brand Started
First established in 1848 by a man named Louis Brandt, it wouldn’t be until 1903 that the company’s name became Omega – based entirely off of the movement that the son of Brandt helped to pioneer.
Ever since they are very first day of business, however, they have been regarded as luxury timepiece manufacturers and some of the most important and influential figures in the history of timepieces. Responsible for incredible movements, a number of complications, and unique design elements, these watches have always been in high demand.
On top of that, these watches have been part of major moments in history.
As we mentioned above, the first men on the moon were wearing Omega Speedmaster watches (the official watch of the NASA), but Pres. John F. Kennedy was also a big fan of these watches and so was James Bond.
There is certainly a lot of history here!
Did You Know These Amazing Facts About Omega Watches?
Long before quartz technology (and later GPS) came along, entire countries and industries dependent upon the precise mechanical movement of their timepieces to not only track time itself but also to navigate the world around them.
Watchmaking was always regarded as a precision industry, but even the best timepieces in nearly 19 and 20th century weren’t nearly as accurate as they could or should have been. Major observatory trials were held all over the world, basically the “Super Bowl of Timepiece Manufacturing”, and all of the biggest brands in the business came together in 1931 to show off the accuracy movements that they had been working on.
To no one’s surprise (especially not the folks at Omega), Omega won first prize in all six categories that were used to rank accuracy at that particular point in time. This is why the company adopted the slogan “Exact time for life”, and how they came to be known as the most accurate watches on the planet.
Early navigators and some of the world’s most famous explorers took advantage of the Omega watches to help them navigate all corners of the earth, and in 1969 the men of the Apollo moon mission wore these watches on their wrists when they took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.
Notable Components And Standout Features of Omega Wristwatches
There are quite a few components and standout features that Omega men’s watches have come to display since the earliest days in the industry, but it was the original “Omega” movement that not only gave the company and their name but also helped them earn their legendary reputation.
This movement was relatively simple and straightforward in its conception, but a real complex movement to pull off if you didn’t understand the engineering practices that these timepiece engineers had leveraged. A number of companies approached Omega about licensing the movement itself, and though they reached a handful of agreements to do exactly that they continued to build off of and pioneer in more advanced movements that produced even better accuracy.
On top of that, they are watches have gone to the very depths of the sea and the highest heights of manned space exploration. These watches were designed to withstand pretty much anything and everything Mother Nature and man could throw at them, and the Speedmaster and Seamaster watches are considered to be some of the most indestructible luxury timepieces on the planet for a good reason.
Interestingly enough, the men that would step on the moon first may never have been wearing Omega watches on their wrists without the men of the Mercury program walking into a watch shop in Houston and getting their hands on a couple of original Speedmasters.
NASA can thank Walter Schirra and Leroy Cooper for setting the trend, but it was the rigorous testing by NASA that put these watches up against Rolex and other contenders that led to the universal adoption of the Omega line.
Why You Should Have One Omega Watch in Your Collection
At the end of the day, you have to figure that if these watches are good enough for James Bond AND every NASA astronaut the odds are pretty good that they are going to be good enough for you!
Though we have mentioned the Speedmaster a handful of times above, there are other Omega men’s watches that you’re going to want to consider getting your hands on as well.
The Constellation is a line of dress watches from this brand that features some of the same design elements that the rest of the more utilitarian Omega men’s watches enjoy, but at the same time takes advantage of high-end construction materials and precious metals.
The Seamaster collection was conceived of to go toe to tell against the Rolex Submariner, and ever since these watches were released (within only a couple of years of one another) they have been rivals every step of the way. They are definitely amongst the best dive watches available.
The De Ville collection from Omega represent some of the most elegant watches the company has ever produced. Each and every one of these showcase the unique timekeeping movements that drive the watch itself (usually with see-through cases and sometimes see-through faces), really showing off the amazing engineering and craftsmanship that the Omega brand is all about.
Of course you also have the Omega Specialties collection, the almost experimental wing of the watchmaker that is always trying to find new innovations, new technologies come into solutions to create even better timepieces.
Famous People Who Have Worn These Masterpieces
Even though Neil Armstrong was the first man to step foot on the moon, the second man to hit the lunar surface was the one wearing an all mega Speed master Professional – making it the first wristwatch to ever visit another celestial body.
US Pres. John F. Kennedy was another big fan of Omega men’s watches, and even though Commander Jacques Cousteau was a big fan of the Rolex Submariner in 1970 he fell in love with everything that the Seamaster brought to the table and wore them for the rest of his career.
As we mentioned above, James Bond himself – legendary super spy and Hollywood mainstay – has favored the Omega line of watches. Starting in Tomorrow Never Dies (featured in every film since then), Bond has had an Omega watch strapped to his wrist.
Reviews of My Favorite 3 Omega Mens Watches
It might be hard at first to understand all the specs of each product. And that’s why I’ve decided to compile a collection of 3 short Omega watch reviews that will cover all the strong points of these 3 products for you. Take some time to read and let me know which one is your best bet.
Omega Men’s 3570.50.00 Speedmaster Watch
This first watch from the Speedmaster collection is a replica of the world famous Omega watch first worn on the Moon with NASA’s Apollo 11 crew members. You will have on the back of this watch a clear statement that says this timepiece is qualified for all manned space mission and is the one to first “walk” on the Moon! A cool feature, isn’t it?
Not just stopping at it, this high end watch also offers you a 1861 Caliber Swiss mechanical movement that can make the watch work without the need of any battery. It can reserve energy to work for up to 2 days with just a single hand wind.
Although the mechanical movement is not that hassle-free like the Quartz movement since you will have to hand wind it all the time to keep the watch ticking. However, in terms of time accuracy, you can rest assured that this type of movement is a proud opponent of the Quartz.
And you know it, a watch powered by an accurate and carefully crafted out mechanical hand wind movement represents the master craftsmanship that not many products out there could have. And that’s the true value this type of movement withholds.
Talking about the design of the watch, I’m sure that with its elegant and manly look and feel, you can surely make people look at you whenever you wear it on your wrist. The silver light from the stainless steel case and bracelet combining with the black watch dial really create an aura around this watch that catch the eyes all the time.
The steel case and bezel are not just there for decoration purpose. They also act like a sturdy shield to protect the watch from shock, scratches, and damages from harmful activities.
Another layer of protection this wristwatch has is the hesalite crystal. Hesalite is a tough enough material that can be used to safeguard the inner parts of the watch from potential damages and scratches. It also provides you with a clear look thus making it super easy to glance time.
And with a list of great added features such as luminous watch hands and indices, functional chronograph subdials, tachymeter bezel, and water resistance at 167 ft or around 50 m, this watch really makes an excellent choice for whoever loves classic, functional, and elegant timepieces.
Editor’s rating: (4.6 / 5)
Omega Men’s 2225.80 Seamaster Watch
As the name implied, you can guess that this timepiece is designed with the intention for professional swimmers or divers to conquer the deep sea. With the impressive 3,280 ft or 1,000 m in water resistance, there is almost nothing you couldn’t do under water with this little guy.
This watch is a bit different from the first one we last talked above. This Seamaster chronograph is powered by the Swiss automatic movement. And that means the watch will be powered by the movement of your wrist thus making it a wise choice for people who want a hassle-free watch maintenance solution.
About time accuracy, you can rest assured that this movement is also a very reliable timekeeper that is only a bit behind the Quartz engine. But the difference will be very small that you won’t even notice it.
The dial window or crystal of this wristwatch is made of anti-reflective and scratch-proof sapphire which is also a high end material used to create this component. With this in action, you can rest assured that there will be only a few things on Earth that can ever left a scratch on the surface of this crystal. And with the anti-reflective feature, glancing time will come with great ease.
And much like the 3570.50.00 Speedmaster, this timepiece also has for itself shiny and sturdy case, bracelet, and bezel which don’t just add up to the overall toughness of the watch but also make it look better especially under the sun!
And finally, with 3 fully functional chronograph subdials, as well as luminous watch hands and time markers, and a small date window at 3.00 o’clock position, this watch will surely help you in your daily activities.
Editor’s rating: (4.4 / 5)
Omega Men’s 2220.80.00 Seamaster “James Bond” Watch
This classic timepiece is also powered by the Swiss made Automatic movement which means accurate timekeeping is an easy task to accomplish. And not much watch maintenance thanks to the self-powered feature of this kind of movement is also a big plus.
The tough sapphire crystal will create a safe shield that can protect the watch from scratches much like the with what the 2225.80 Seamaster has. And it also offers a clear look over the watch dial thanks to its anti-reflective spec.
The stainless steel case, bracelet, and bezel as usual buckle up the whole construction of the watch and make it even more resistant to potential harms. And with the overall silver tone combines with the blue watch dial, this “James Bond” watch is definitely a handsome guy that can attract people to you effortlessly.
And if you’re into swimming, deep sea diving, or any other water-related activities, you will be glad to know that this watch has a decent capability of 1000 ft or 300 m in water resistance. With that strong feature, you can rest assured that this gentleman will be your best partner on every adventure to the blue sea.
This watch also has luminous hands and markers, and a small date window at 3.00 o’clock position for easy reading.
Editor’s rating: (4.3 / 5)
Your Turn Now
There are only a handful of watchmaking companies on the planet that have the same kind of history and legendary track record for success, accuracy, and reliability that Omega does, and even fewer enjoy the “rockstar personality” that these watches have come to embody.
Elegant, clean, very masculine, and certainly some of the most collectible timepieces on the planet, if you’re looking for a new watch to add to your collection or if you are looking to get started, there is certainly going to be an Omega watch perfect for you!