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.

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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Taking another look at the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean "Big Blue"

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean "Big Blue"

Editor's note: Omega's Seamaster collection is vast and varied, and the Swiss watchmaking powerhouse isn't shy when it comes to creating new and innovative variants of its iconic diving watch. A classic example of this explorative ethos is this — the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean "Big Blue". The gorgeous and amply proportioned 45.5mm case is hewn from solid ceramic, and finished in a gorgeous shade of blue, and contrasted by bright bursts of orange. It's a compelling proposition for a great summer watch, especially when paired with its complementing navy blue and orange rubber strap with deployant clasp. What's more, the Seamaster Planet Ocean "Big Blue" is actually an homage to the Omega Seamaster Automatic 120m Chronograph Ref.176.004, which was produced in the '70s. Anyway, we were lucky enough to go hands-on with the "Big Blue" a little while ago, and these were our initial impressions.  While one of the key trends of Basel 2017 was a move towards more wrist-friendly dive watches (see exhibits A and B), there's no doubt that big and bold is still the name of the game. Omega's latest PO, the "Big Blue", delivers on both fronts, thanks to its whopping 45.5mm wide by 17.8mm high case made from… 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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Mineral wealth with the stone dial Omega Seamaster

stone dial Omega Seamaster

Exotic stone dials have always been popular with watch collectors, not only for their stunning beauty but also their typical rarity and the unique patterning from stone to stone. This same dial technique has been used in the two examples of stone dial Omega Seamaster 300s, a classic dive watch that is typically considered to be an under-the-radar daily wear watch – until you make the case in precious metal and the dial out of a semi-precious stone. Both the Omega Seamaster 300 with a lapis lazuli dial and a malachite dial express a kind of opulent excess that is deeply attractive in a way that evokes guilt and wonder in equal measure. Part of your brain questions the motivation behind its existence, and the other part can't help but stare in the same slack-jawed awe you experience while looking up at the ceiling of St Mark's Basilica. It is certainly unnecessary, but it is also beautiful, which is a justification in and of itself. Firstly focusing on the lapis lazuli example: the richly flecked blue dial is cased in 41mm of a platinum-gold, while the hands are 18k white gold and the bezel is polished blue ceramic. Probably to… Read More

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Mastering the elements with 3 Omega Seamasters

omega seamaster

Omega's eponymous collection of Seamaster timepieces are as varied as they are capable, and no matter the occasion, chances are Omega makes a water-ready timepiece that's right for you. Genuinely, the Swiss marque's famed dive watches are available in so many different iterations that one could conceivably own several different variants from the same family of watches. With that in mind, we thought we'd take a look at three versions of the Omega Seamaster that will look great on your wrist, no matter the occasion. Omega Planet Ocean 600M Co‑Axial Master Chronometer 39.5mm For a daily timepiece, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M presents as a pretty compelling proposition. For a start, the stainless steel sports watch's 39.5mm case size lands it smack bang in the middle of the "Goldilocks zone", ensuring that you can wear it with just about anything. Furthermore, the Planet Ocean's uniformly black dial backs up the versatility of the case size, and gives the PO a great amount of bandwidth. And when you take into account that the Planet Ocean hosts Omega's Calibre 8800 movement, which is not only self-winding but also master chronometer certified, magnetic resistant to 15,000 gauss and offers up 55 hours… Read More

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Suit up with Omega De Ville Trésor

Omega De Ville Trésor

Omega's recently updated line of De Ville Trésor presents as a compelling proposition for anyone looking for a beautifully made, elegant dress watch. And, for the first time in the De Ville Trésor family, there's now the option of steel-cased models, which can be had in a few different iterations. For a start, there's this gorgeous blue dial example, ref. 435.13.40.21.03.001, which looks positively replete with its almost linen-like textured aesthetic. And when paired with slender and sophisticated 18k white gold indices, as well as hour, minute and second hands, this is a watch that offers a great amount of wrist presence, but without shouting about it – it's a charming timepiece. In addition, the dial, as well as the sapphire crystal, is domed, which gives the Trésor an impression of real depth. Inside the svelte stainless steel 40mm case, which measures just 10.6mm thick, the new dress watch houses Omega's prodigious Calibre 8910, a manual-winding movement that benefits from a great many impressive features. These include a date complication, the Swiss marque's signature Co-Axial escapement, 72 hours of power reserve thanks to twin barrels, Master Chronometer certification approved by METAS, silicon balance spring, and magnetic resistance rated to 15,000… Read More

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