Omega is one of the greatest names in watchmaking, famous for walking on the moon, keeping time at the Olympics and for gracing the wrist of 007. They’ve been making some of the most robust, accurate and elegant timepieces on the market since 1848. Find out more about the many sides of Omega at Time+Tide.

IN-DEPTH: The Omega Seamaster Professional 300M – 25 years on and still going strong

Story in a second: The much-loved diver just got a serious makeover. Omega’s Seamaster Professional 300M is a true legend of the watch world, a watch that will be eternally associated with Bond – specifically Pierce Brosnan, the Bond who brought the franchise out of the wilderness, and once again into the spotlight. Like I said – legendary. And, as everyone knows, you don’t mess with legends. So I can only imagine that the pressure must have been high in the Omega product department in the lead up to the 25th anniversary makeover of the line, released earlier this year. And, broadly speaking, the refresh is restrained and balanced, providing upgrades where needed, but otherwise keeping the key elements right where they are. The case One of the most heated reactions to the ‘new’ Seamaster Professional was the size increase. Though really, it’s pretty marginal: 42mm, up from 41. Personally, I think the difference is minor and subtle, in keeping with what people who are after a contemporary daily dive watch want. However, while the cut-and-dry specs increase is the most obvious change to the case, it’s far from the only one. The helium release valve (that extra crown at 10… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: You’ve seen blue dials before, but not like this – the Omega Railmaster in blue denim

The story in a second: Workwear meets watchmaking in Omega’s latest colourful take on the Railmaster. One of last year’s most compelling releases from Omega was the revamped Railmaster. This new take on an old favourite offered winning combination of old-school looks, everyday wearability and a movement with some serious chops. Initially offered in more conservative silver and black brushed dials, we all knew that the day would come when Omega offered some more colourful takes on the genre. Well, that day came recently, when Omega unveiled a new, blue Railmaster that was surprisingly textural. The dial Clearly, this is the real talking point of the watch. Omega refer to it as a “blue jeans” dial, and the combination of the indigo colour and vertical brush finish really does combine to create something that looks like an old pair of Levi’s. The Railmaster text and lollipop-tipped seconds hand are in a browny-beige, inspired by the contrast stitching of classic denim. One notable change from the previous Railmasters is that this version eschews the vintage-cream colour for the hour markers, in favour of a much fresher, light grey. Omega tie the choice of denim as an inspiration into the practical, tool-like/workwear… Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: Is the Omega Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday II” going to drop today?

In January 2017, Omega announced, with zero fanfare, a limited edition Speedmaster, made in collaboration with Fratello Watches, called Speedy Tuesday, named after the popular hashtag. Four-and-a-half hours later, all 2012 watches were gone. Well, hold onto your hats and get ready to flex those credit cards, because it looks like it’s about to happen again. The watch-oriented corners of social media have been buzzing with this intriguing image, part of what looks to be an email signed off by Omega President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. This image is also on Fratello’s Instagram with a single word caption: “Wait.” And as for the possible watch itself? Well, based on the image, speculation is leaning heavily in favour of the so-called Speedmaster Ultraman, a 1971 design made with an orange chronograph seconds hand. It’s a hot and somewhat controversial model much loved by Speedy fans. In short, the perfect choice for Speedy Tuesday II. I guess we’ll have to wait a few hours to find out. Our bet would be noon in Switzerland, which is 8PM AEST.

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IN-DEPTH: The Omega Seamaster Professional 300M – 25 years on and still going strong

Story in a second: The much-loved diver just got a serious makeover. Omega’s Seamaster Professional 300M is a true legend of the watch world, a watch that will be eternally associated with Bond – specifically Pierce Brosnan, the Bond who brought the franchise out of the wilderness, and once again into the spotlight. Like I said – legendary. And, as everyone knows, you don’t mess with legends. So I can only imagine that the pressure must have been high in the Omega product department in the lead up to the 25th anniversary makeover of the line, released earlier this year. And, broadly speaking, the refresh is restrained and balanced, providing upgrades where needed, but otherwise keeping the key elements right where they are. The case One of the most heated reactions to the ‘new’ Seamaster Professional was the size increase. Though really, it’s pretty marginal: 42mm, up from 41. Personally, I think the difference is minor and subtle, in keeping with what people who are after a contemporary daily dive watch want. However, while the cut-and-dry specs increase is the most obvious change to the case, it’s far from the only one. The helium release valve (that extra crown at 10… Read More

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VIDEO: Hang on, Omega have put century-old movements in ‘new’ watches, and you can actually buy them?

It started with a conversation. Two guys shooting the breeze. One of them, the Omega Museum Director, Petros Protopapas; the other, a publisher of content about watches — me. We were in Sydney, at the launch of the Australian flagship boutique in Martin Place, which is incidentally the largest Omega boutique in the world. I remember it was a beautiful summer’s day that was on the verge of becoming a midsummer night’s dream, starring Cindy Crawford and a harbourside mansion. An idea was forming about staging a “night at the museum”, at the Omega Museum, in Biel, Switzerland, opposite the ever-expanding Omega manufacture. Perhaps it was the cinematic ring to the name, “night at the museum”, but it caught the ear of Omega President Raynald Aeschlimann. Or that we’ve done two similar events in the past. First, the ‘Night of Omega firsts’. And then, ‘Her Journey Through Time‘, both starring Petros, who is an electric, eclectic M.C. “We should do this,” Mr Aeschlimann said. “We should definitely do this.” True to form, 18 months later, we did indeed. This time last week, to the minute just about, Omega invited a small number of international media, collectors and guest-speakers — around 30 in… Read More

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NEWS: Will this upcoming moon blockbuster cause Speedy stocks to rise even higher?

Ryan Gosling and a stellar cast, including Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame) and the Queen herself (Claire Foy), have the afterburners lit for a movie about the Moon that is set to rival Apollo 13 as a major motion picture event. It’s called First Man, and is billed as a Neil Armstrong biopic. The trailer looks crazy. I’ve watched it repeatedly today, and still find myself goosebumping at the last 15 seconds. This comes in a week when I was incredibly honoured to actually hold the last watch that walked on the Moon, belonging to Eugene Cernan. More about that shortly in a video hot from the Omega Museum. Suffice to say, the closer you get to the story, the more power it has. This one will never go away. While the story already has several tellings, the visceral direction by Damien Chazelle, who made jazz a bloodsport in Whiplash and made himself the toast of Hollywood with La La Land, already sets this version apart – it seems we will actually feel, like never before, the sheer impact and physical trauma the astronauts went through to take their giant leap. Throughout the trailer there are glimpses of watches,… Read More

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INTRODUCING: Getting your hands on the First Omega Wrist-Chronograph is pretty much impossible

When Omega releases a limited edition, you’re fairly safe in betting that it will be numbered in the hundreds or thousands. The First Omega Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition is a little more limited than that … being released in 18 pieces only, and for good reason. This large 47.5mm chronograph was unveiled by Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann at the Omega Museum in Biel, at an intimate event  celebrating Omega’s rich history (more on that later). This watch is a tribute to Omega’s 18”’ CHRO movement, launched in 1913, an important calibre in the brand’s history, and indeed that of watchmaking in general. Of course, the genesis of the original large, utilitarian watch was the needs of wartime pilots and other military personnel, hence the focus on legibility and functionality. And while the dial and case design of this re-issue is exceptionally faithful to the original, the real star (and reason for its exceptionally limited nature) is the movement. Every single one of these 18 watches houses an original, 105-year-old 18”’ CHRO movement. Each movement has been sourced by the Omega Museum, and painstakingly cleaned, restored and refinished by Omega’s Atelier Tourbillon on period-correct machines to create the phoenix-like calibre 3018. To… Read More

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