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.

Celebrating the moon, the moonwatch and the Apollo Missions with Omega and Charlie Duke

On Wednesday night, Omega held a black tie bash in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (and the small but significant role the Speedmaster played in it). It was one of the most impressive events I've attended in my time covering watches. But the 'wow factor' wasn't due so much to the cavernous setting at Fox Studios, or the darkly moody, evocative set dressing, with giant, dramatically lit moons and an even more gargantuan, golden astronaut overseeing proceedings. The reason this event stands tall (even taller than the aforementioned big gold guy) had everything to do with the well-dressed, polite man sitting one table to my left. I've attended events with Presidents and royalty, and never have I seen a person simultaneously so pivotal and so unassuming. It helps that that man, Charles Duke, is a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world — people who have walked on the moon. Charlie Duke was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1966 after a career as a fighter interceptor and test pilot. He served in the support crew of the Apollo 10 mission. But he — or rather his distinctive South Carolina… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition

I can only imagine the joy that must have been felt in Omega's design department when it was announced that Tokyo would be hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. Not only has Japan had an incredible influence on design, but their flag — a simple red sun in a white field — lends itself to some interesting watchmaking interpretations.  Case in point is one of the first limited editions offered up by the Official Timekeeper, a Planet Ocean clad in white — dial, bezel and strap (there's a chic grey NATO in the mix too), with a varnished red dot at the end of the seconds hand (a Rising Lollipop, perhaps?), and a red '20' on the bezel, for the 2020 Games, obviously. Olympic association aside, it's a clean and good-looking take on a modern dive classic.  All else is as you'd expect: 39.5mm case, steel case and Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement. And as for the limited edition quantity? Do you even have to ask – 2020. 

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EVENT: Celebrating the Omega 50th Anniversary Speedmaster

Omega 50th Anniversary Speedmaster

Last weekend, Omega treated their faithful VIPs to a night with eyes trained to the stars, and the moon, in their lush boutique at Chadstone, the Fashion Capital. It was to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of humankind touching down on the moon – and the fact that this defining moment in the history of our species had an Omega watch at the centre of the action. And not just to look back on the epic Calibre 321 Speedmaster Professional that has looked down on earth from the moon, but also the watch that is commemorating the anniversary, the equally epic 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. We were honoured to be invited to speak at the event. The story went pretty much as follows. Omega was the first brand to offer Time+Tide a truly special event opportunity in our very early days, way back in 2014. It was 'A Night of Omega Firsts' – and it involved the Museum Manager (at the time; he now enjoys the loftier title of Brand Heritage Manager), Mr Petros Protopapas, bringing 12 irreplaceable Omega Watches to Vue de monde in Melbourne to tell their stories. One of those watches was a pre-moon Cal 321 Speedy. While… Read More

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Celebrating the moon, the moonwatch and the Apollo Missions with Omega and Charlie Duke

On Wednesday night, Omega held a black tie bash in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (and the small but significant role the Speedmaster played in it). It was one of the most impressive events I've attended in my time covering watches. But the 'wow factor' wasn't due so much to the cavernous setting at Fox Studios, or the darkly moody, evocative set dressing, with giant, dramatically lit moons and an even more gargantuan, golden astronaut overseeing proceedings. The reason this event stands tall (even taller than the aforementioned big gold guy) had everything to do with the well-dressed, polite man sitting one table to my left. I've attended events with Presidents and royalty, and never have I seen a person simultaneously so pivotal and so unassuming. It helps that that man, Charles Duke, is a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world — people who have walked on the moon. Charlie Duke was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1966 after a career as a fighter interceptor and test pilot. He served in the support crew of the Apollo 10 mission. But he — or rather his distinctive South Carolina… Read More

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Counting down why we love the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321

Watch lovers across the planet have been collectively holding their breath this year, eagerly waiting for Omega to release a commemorative watch to celebrate humanity launching away from the planet. It was 50 years ago that American astronauts left the safety of their lunar module and stepped onto the surface of the Moon, with Omega Speedmasters strapped to their wrists. The Moon landings were the most viewed event in human history, with an estimated 650 million people around the world watching Neil Armstrong take a giant leap for mankind. Needless to say, Omega hasn't forgotten its involvement with the mission, and are celebrating the 50th anniversary with the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum. There's a lot to love about this watch, so we wanted to count down our three favourite parts of the new 321. 3 – The movement The calibre 321 began development in 1942 by Lémania movement designer Albert Piguet, who also worked on movements for Omega (as they were both owned by the Swatch Group). It was first used in the Omega Speedmaster in 1957, and finally ceased production in 1968 when it was replaced by the calibre 861 chronograph movement. Raynald Aeschlimann, CEO of Omega, hinted… Read More

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Speedy stories – 3 tales of Omega Speedmaster love

You might not have noticed but we've hit the Omega Speedmaster pretty hard this week. Though, in our defence, we think it's justified, what with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and all that. A few days ago, Felix asked the deep question of what actually makes a Speedmaster, and this morning we had a closer look at the new 50th anniversary piece. And tonight we're taking some guests to a celebratory shindig at one of Omega's Melbourne boutiques (spacesuit optional). To score one of the metaphorical golden tickets, we asked people (specifically subscribers to our newsletter) to tell us about their favourite Speedmaster. These are three responses … Jaye says … My favourite Speedy (as unexciting as it might be) is the Professional Ref 3572.5 that I own, from 2002. There's so many great features in this timeless watch — manual wind 1861 movement, hesalite crystal (can't beat the warmth it brings to the watch), sapphire caseback and the iconic black dial. It looks great on the Omega bracelet, any colour NATO strap, leather, canvas or perlon. I saved for four years through uni to get it as a graduation present and it was my first 'proper' watch. I… Read More

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One small step for the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 

On this day, 50 years ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. An incredible achievement in the history of humanity. What's even more incredible is that this occurred less than seven years after President John F. Kennedy declared: "We choose to go to the Moon."  Of course, along for the ride was a humble steel chronograph from Omega – the Speedmaster. In the 50 years since that decade, the Speedy has become (and remained) one of watchmaking's most enduring icons. And, inevitably, this is something that Omega wanted to celebrate — and celebrate in style. At the start of the year, they released a solid gold tribute, but the low production and higher price tag of this piece made it unobtainable to many. So it was that fans waited with bated breath for Omega's 2019 collection announcement in May, and they were not disappointed.  The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary in steel and Moonshine gold is a tribute to the history of Apollo 11, and jam-packed with details that speak to both the mission and the history of the watch. Most obviously there's the medallion of Buzz Aldrin descending from the landing module in the running… Read More

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