Omega has generated numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the planet’s most famed chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch. Here are models at available prices* for both seasoned and new collectors. Launched in 1957, the Speedmaster is synonymous with spaceflight and experience. Like many great icons, the design has changed little over the decades, meaning that today, the Moonwatch is known all over the world. It features a distinctive black dial coated by a hesalite crystal with signature thin hour and second hands, a tiny seconds subdial, 30-minute and 12-hour recorders, plus a characteristic central chronograph seconds hand. The black bezel, with its tachymeter scale, is mounted onto a 42-mm stainless steel case that’s water-resistant to 50 meters.
In the center of the chronograph is Omega’s mechanical caliber 1861. Though this hand-wound motion was updated several times through the years, it remains essentially the same as the one which pushed the timepieces that accompanied NASA astronauts on six trips to the moon. The Moonwatch is available on a strap or a necklace. Each watch is provided with a special presentation box which includes two extra straps a”NATO” strap and a black Velcro strap. Also included are a tool to alter the straps, a Speedmaster loupe, and a book highlighting the experiences of the Speedmaster.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional is priced from $5,250, making it a really great value among new chronographs. For more on the history of the Speedmaster Moonwatch, click here. The Constellation offers Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial motion.
Omega launched the Constellation household in 1952, though in the USA, the collection was originally known by the name Globemaster, due to a trademark conflict that has been solved in 1956. The dome of the Geneva Observatory functioned as the family crest, as Omega had just broken its precision timekeeping record there the prior calendar year. The cupola has been surrounded by eight celebrities representing Omega’s greatest chronometric accomplishments at the world’s observatories, such as the 1931″clean sweep” in the Observatory of Geneva where Omega broke the record for precision in each class. This watch introduced the four now-familiar”griffes,” or claws at 3 and 9 o’clock, which originally held the sapphire crystal in place and helped make sure the watch remained watertight.
In 2007, Omega introduced its own proprietary Co-Axial calibers with fresh and unique escapements offering less friction, higher mechanical efficiency, and excellent chronometric performance with time. The functioning of the new escapement is that each Omega timepiece fitted with a Co-Axial grade is a COSC-certified chronometer delivered with a full four-year guarantee, which is one of the best in the company for a mechanical timepiece. The exclusive movement is housed in a 38 mm case with a sapphire caseback and
The Seamaster Aqua Terra is a strong timepiece using clean, distinctive lines. The dials of the Aqua Terra 150 M collection recall the beautiful wooden decks located on the best luxury sailboats. The case shown below includes a lacquered silver dial decorated with an Teak Concept pattern. The stainless steel 41.5-mm instance holds the very best feature: an Omega Master Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement that’s specially made to resistant magnetic fields larger than 15,000 gauss. Unlike most antimagnetic watches, the Aqua Terra’s movement can be considered through a transparent caseback.
Many brands offer mechanical watches with motions protected by antimagnetic internal instances. Omega improves on that layout by fashioning key movement components from non-ferrous materials, making the movement itself impervious to magnetic fields. This feature is particularly important today, as we encounter magnets more than from tablet and smartphone instances to briefcase closures and refrigerator doors.