In the beginning of Omega
's history was 23-year-old Louis Brandt. He assembled key-wound precision pocket watches locally crafted in La Chaux-de-Fonds
, Switzerland back in 1848. His two sons took over the forerunner assembly workshop in 1879 and expanded the venture into a full production and in-house manufacturer of Swiss luxury chronographs and timepieces. Omega lived a colorful and high-flying life since then. It had accompanies the American army and British royal flyers in their battles since 1917. It had gone to the moon and the outer space many times aboard NASA's explorations. Since 1932, as the official timekeeping device of the Olympic games, it timed and declared the world's best athletes and record makers. And it adventured with the most celebrated spy in contemporary time. In space, on the air, in the sports arena, and in the silverscreen
Omega masterfully goes about its craft, outfitting achievers with its brand of technical and interrelational
Giant strides with the Moonwalkers
One of Omega's stellar moments was taking a walk on the moon with Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut and second man on the moon. When Niel Armstrong and Buzz took a giant step for mankind, the premiere watchmaker took the huge stride with them by being the mission's official wristwatch mandated by NASA. Buzz Aldrin proudly wore his Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph with him while he treaded the lunar soil, while Niel Armstrong opted to leave his piece inside the Lunar Module as a backup to the module's malfunctioned electronic timer. The Speedmaster was created by Omega in 1957 and became known from its inception for high precision, comfortable wear, readability, sturdiness and reliability. NASA's space explorations also used Omega handwound wristwatches and automatic chronographs from 1960 until present, proving the brand's out-of-this-world capacity to record precise time on unfailingly reliable instruments.
As a memorial to this milestone, Omega unveiled its 2007 Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Moonwatch, honoring the 50th year since the watch's significant role in the success of mankind's first trip to the surface of the moon. Omega has a whole collection of commemorative Speedmaster watches dedicated to space exploration. Aside from the Professional Moonwatch, there are also other popular moonwatch chronographs like Moonwatch Omega Axial Chronograph, Moonwatch "First Omega in Space" and Moonwatch Moonphase. The Axial-chronograph Moonwatches are powered by Omega 9300 caliber, a self-winding chronograph movement produced in-house by Omega. The Moonphase is Omega 1866 movement, the brand's manual-winding movement with rhodium-plated finish based on caliber 1861 with additional moonphase and date indicator.
Apollo XVII 40th Anniversary Limited Edition watch is a fancy work of art that remembers the final mission under the US Apollo lunar landing program manned by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. The famous Apollo 17 insignia is emblazoned on the steel watch's dial which features a chronograph, small seconds and tachymeter. It's movement is the famous Omega 1861. Another member of the collection, the Speedmaster Spacemaster Z-33, is a titanium on rubber pilot wristwatch that works on thermo-compenstated multi-functional quarts movement that displays time, UTC, chronograph alarm and perpetual calendar. The watch is especially made for flyers and aviators.
Running the Race with the World's Biggest Champs
Omega Watch has 25 Olympic Games and countless other prestigious international sporting events in its roster as an official timekeeper. In the sports world, where every fraction of a second defines the difference between a gold and a good try, Omega continues to develop watch making technology that provides split-second precision packed in sturdy and fashionable aesthetic design. Its own history of excellence and outstanding achievements attracts the finest players and performers to wear Omega as their official timepiece during their rigorous training days and moments of triumphs.
After the London 2012 Olympic Games, Heptathlon gold medalist Jessica Ennis was awarded the Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, herself. As Jessica accepted her well-deserved honor, the lady champ looked stunning in her ribboned curls, complementing black dress and her Omega De Ville Ladymatic wristwatch. Omega beams with congratulatory pride at one of the brand's treasured ambassadors in the sports world.
Jessica Ennis' Omega De Ville Ladymatic wristwatch is a beautifully feminine chronometer in its steel case with grey dial decorated with diamond hour indications and a date window in the third hour. The internal clockwork of the watch, Omega 8520 Caliber, has free sprung-balance system with silicon balance-spring, and automatic winding in both directions for reduced winding time. The self-winding movement is armed with Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision, stability and durability. The elegant finish of the trustworthy chronograph is a reflection of Jessica's contained prowess in her pretty black dress.
Joining Jessica in Omega's ranks of sports icons are multi-medal Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps and golf legend Glen Norman, and many other outstanding world athletes. Whether in the crucial seconds of a race or the delicate environment beyond the earth's atmosphere, Omega remains the one brand that stands out in elegance and reliability. Whether competing to meet the sports world's demanding need for timekeeping flawlessness or assisting NASA to explore greater grounds in outer space, Omega watches are unrivaled in their technical functionality.
The brand sells worldwide in practically countless Omega boutiques and authorized retailers. In Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem area, Omega watches are carried by Schiffman’s Jewelers, a trusted authorized dealer for Omega and other high-end jewelry, luxury watches and precious wares. Schiffman’s also has a store location at Friendly Center. All three stores guarantee authentic precious item offerings coupled with the best customer service.