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WATCH DISASTERS #2: This is why you shouldn't drown your Omega in Berocca

Wear and tear often bolsters the appeal of a vintage watch. Picture a chronograph dial aged to a warm tropical hue, or a pilot's watch overshadowed with caramel patina. Rather than signs of decay, such well-worn details are celebrated as adding character and authenticity. Like the laughter lines on an old man's face, they're testimony to a life well-lived. Yet there are limits … It wasn't an expensive watch. I'd picked up my Omega Seamaster about 20 years ago in Melbourne's Block Arcade. Hailing from the 1950s, this was a pleasantly discreet timepiece, a steel-cased dress watch with gold hands and hour markers. Subbing out the leather strap for a NATO number, I wore it almost every day. Its untimely demise was hastened by the type of self-sabotaging hi-jinks that only blight your life when you're an excitable 20-something and it's the Friday night of a long weekend. The specifics of the evening's shenanigans thankfully remain hazy. But it involved half a dozen bars and a godawful drum and bass club (where I somehow lost my phone), before I eventually stumbled back to my Sydney apartment just before 5am. Eventually surfacing in the early afternoon, I padded around the flat… Read More

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Space odyssey: How the Omega Calibre 321 became the first watch movement on the moon

first watch movement on the moon

In many ways, outer space and space exploration have become a routine part of life. We all carry a device that listens to signals from space in the form of our mobile phone. Most can receive messages from GPS satellites in medium earth orbit more than 20,000km away. Just as space is now entwined with our lives, so is timekeeping inseparable from space. GPS relies upon clocks. A satellite sends a signal that says "I sent this at time X." Your phone provides the time, Y, when the signal was received. The elapsed time between sending and receiving (Y minus X seconds) when combined with the known speed of the signal (Z km/s, from physics) reveals your distance from the satellite ( (Y-X)*Z). If your distance from three satellites is determined, your location can be trilateralated. The three distances are the diameter of three unique circles, each with a GPS satellite at its centre. Those three circles intersect at only one point and that point is your location.  What is truly remarkable about timekeeping and outer space is that when astronauts are in this treacherous vacuum they typically employ a mechanical device to mark the time. No circuitry, no battery,… Read More

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Shaken and stirred: 3 Omegas that got everyone talking in 2019

It may surprise many reading this, but two out of the three Omega watches that really got the collective horological community talking in 2019 weren't limited editions. In fact, the one limited edition watch that really struck a chord with enthusiasts, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, was just a gorgeous looking timepiece, regardless of whether or not it had a finite number of pieces made. Perhaps this signifies the future of Omega — a move away from limited edition timepieces in favour of aesthetically pleasing, technically impressive wristwatches. If the Swiss marque's latest two releases, the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition and the Omega Speedmaster Caliber 321, are anything to go by, then the move away from limited editions could certainly be the case. Anyway, here were the three biggest Omega fan favourites from 2019: OMEGA SEAMASTER DIVER 300M OMEGA CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER The Omega Seamaster is one of watchmaking's undisputed classics. And while the main key for dive watches is legibility, white dials are not the common choice for this icon. Featuring the engraved ceramic dial and a high-contrast black bezel, the newest addition to the popular Diver collection has supreme legibility thanks to blackened hands indicating the time… Read More

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WATCH DISASTERS #2: This is why you shouldn't drown your Omega in Berocca

Wear and tear often bolsters the appeal of a vintage watch. Picture a chronograph dial aged to a warm tropical hue, or a pilot's watch overshadowed with caramel patina. Rather than signs of decay, such well-worn details are celebrated as adding character and authenticity. Like the laughter lines on an old man's face, they're testimony to a life well-lived. Yet there are limits … It wasn't an expensive watch. I'd picked up my Omega Seamaster about 20 years ago in Melbourne's Block Arcade. Hailing from the 1950s, this was a pleasantly discreet timepiece, a steel-cased dress watch with gold hands and hour markers. Subbing out the leather strap for a NATO number, I wore it almost every day. Its untimely demise was hastened by the type of self-sabotaging hi-jinks that only blight your life when you're an excitable 20-something and it's the Friday night of a long weekend. The specifics of the evening's shenanigans thankfully remain hazy. But it involved half a dozen bars and a godawful drum and bass club (where I somehow lost my phone), before I eventually stumbled back to my Sydney apartment just before 5am. Eventually surfacing in the early afternoon, I padded around the flat… Read More

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An Omega fan responds to the release of the Omega Speedmaster Caliber 321 (and addresses the 20K elephant in the room)

Omega Speedmaster Caliber 321

Putting on my Speedmaster Professional 50th anniversary this morning, I couldn't help but reflect and smile on the huge announcement from Omega. The decade has just begun and Omega dropped a bombshell with the announcement of the Omega Speedmaster Caliber 321 in stainless steel.  By now, you would have read that this particular watch was inspired by the third-gen style that astronaut Ed White wore during America's first spacewalk in 1965 (often referred to as the "First Omega in Space"). Making a modern interpretation of a historically significant watch can be very tricky and contentious. We know that a watch can't just be a carbon copy of the vintage one, but at the same time it needs to pay respect to the one before it. It's a fine balance, with every detail potentially making or breaking the overall essence of the watch.  Over The Moon This is one beautiful and thoughtfully executed Speedmaster and what I think many Speedmaster lovers have longed-for. The star of the show is, of course, the calibre 321. Unlike the Speedmaster Professional, this piece is 39.7mm, making it a perfect match for my slender wrist. I love the use of ceramic for the bezel, the… Read More

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RECOMMENDED WATCHING: How NASA tested the Omega Speedmaster

When NASA tested the OMEGA Speedmaster

There is a plethora of watches out there with an equally large amount of claims. First watch with a date complication. First watch with a GMT complication. First waterproof watch. However, of all the watches on sale today, the coolest claim surely has to be: "The first watch worn on the moon." I'm sure that you will already know a fair chunk of Omega's history with NASA and the fabled Speedmaster. But what you may not know is that the Speedmaster was actually one of four watches vying for NASA's business. As former NASA engineer Jim Ragan describes in this great video made by Omega, the Speedmaster had to jump through a great many hoops in order to qualify for NASA's storied space program.

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What Sealed The Deal – Andreas' Omega Seamaster Professional 300M

Omega Seamaster Professional 300m

Has any one watch had more of an immediate effect on its audience than the Omega Seamasters featured in James Bond films? Seriously … almost every single time we talk to anyone about their SMP, invariably 007 is hurled into the equation. It's got to be one of the smartest pieces of marketing since, well, since Omega handed out their Speedmaster to Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Anyway, at one point or another, quite a few of the people reading this will have owned an SMP – they are just that iconic. Fewer people, however, have offloaded their Seamaster, only to be stricken by a massive case of buyer's remorse and promptly bought another. But that's exactly what Andreas did, and this is his story. What made you choose your watch? When I was in high school, Casino Royale had just come out and I saw the advertisement and thought, "I'm going to buy that watch." But when I went to the Omega Boutique, they told me that Craig was wearing the new co-axial, not the old SMP, because it was being discontinued. So I said, "Can I get the old one instead?" When did you purchase it? This… Read More

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