For people in the engineering field, the technology behind every device fascinates them more than the device itself. It is technology that gives birth to formerly unfathomed things. The more radical and revolutionary the technology is, the more exciting it is. But what makes a new stuff radical and revolutionary is its effect on the minds of the people. When something new seems too-good-to-be-true, regular people actually get scared and wary about it for a time. Not engineers. They love new stuff, and among their favorite must-discover list are new watches.
Radical and revolutionary are two words that describe Omega watches. Omega has made significant contributions to the art of watch making since its founding in 1848. It has contributed a lot in bringing mechanical watches in today’s modern world. The technology applied for its watches are exceptional. Some of its significant releases that stormed the world of watches are the “Omega” caliber in 1894, “Marine” in 1932, “Speedmaster” in 1957 and the “Co-Axial” calibers in 1999. The “Omega” caliber, also known as the Calibre 19''', was designed by Francois Chevillat who ingeniously devised mechanisms and revolutionary manufacturing methods at that time. On the other hand, Omega’s “Marine” and “Speedmaster” watches were the first diver watch and the first watch to be worn on the moon, respectively. When the Co-Axial escapement was developed, Omega stepped into another level of accomplishment. The escapement revolutionized Omega’s mechanical watches because of its superiority compared to the traditional lever escapement. Way ahead in the watch making game, Omega equipped all of its watches by the Co-Axial calibers. Despite the rather radical beginnings of the Co-Axial calibers, Omega mechanical watches have now obtained a noble recognition in the world of watches as more and more people realize the great things that it offers.
Mechanical watches have been around since the history of watch making. They have evolved in Europe in the 17th century from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 15th century. These watches are mostly powered by the mechanisms and movements of its parts inside and not using batteries or utilizing electricity. This part responsible for the watch’s continual operation is the heart of the watch called the escapement.
Swiss watches have always been equipped by a lever escapement which is attributed to Thomas Mudge. A lot of modification and improvement have been made in this escapement in order to increase its efficiency. Nevertheless, the problem on friction has always been a challenge until the Co-Axial escapement was developed. Friction minimizes the efficiency to the escapement, therefore, affecting the performance of the watch. Traditionally, this was dealt by introducing lubrications. However, lubricants are affected by the changes of temperature and other parameters in environment. The way Omega’s Co-Axial escapement solved this problem is by eliminating, if not, reducing friction significantly.
Dr. George Daniels, a watchmaker for more than sixty years, invented the Co-Axial escapement which was adapted by Omega for series production. Although inspired by its older counterpart, it differs considerably from those of the Swiss lever escapement in parts and mechanisms. It consists of a balance roller carrying a pallet and an impulse pin, an anchor with three pallets, and a three-level coaxial escapement wheel. The three-level coaxial wheel is comprised by the co-axial wheel, the co-axial pinion and the gearing or transmission pinion connected to the intermediary wheel and the gear train.
In a Swiss lever escapement, both clockwise and anti-clockwise impulses are delivered indirectly from the escapement wheel through the anchor to the balance roller, resulting in an important loss of energy. But the Co-Axial Escapement’s clockwise impulse is given directly to the pallet on the balance roller by the teeth of the escapement wheel. Thereby, reducing loss and maximizing mechanical efficiency. Furthermore, the frictional forces are also being eliminated in the Co-Axial escapement by the reducing of the contact surfaces between the pallets and the co-axial wheels into a tangent. In addition, the Omega Co-Axial escapement is used in conjunction with a “free sprung-balance”. This means that the timepiece’s rate can be adjusted by modifying the moment of inertia of the balance roller by adjusting the micro screws embedded to it instead of repeatedly changing the active length of the hairspring. This design improves shock resistance and avoids the disturbances caused by touching the hairspring. These are technical details, yet anyone can appreciate it as the movements are being animated. These are just to say that Omega watches, equipped with Co-Axial technology, are far superior in performance than other mechanical watches of its counterparts. Anyone technical enough could testify to it.
Omega watches, with its radical and revolutionary technology, includes a three-year warranty, longer service intervals, and an outstanding chronometric performance maintained over a longer period of time. Get these watches at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem – an authorized dealer of Omega.