In this week’s blog post, we will be showcasing 3 iconic vintage timepieces from Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega.
The brand was founded in 1903 by Louis Brandt, and Omega has had the privilege of acting as the official timekeepers of the Olympic Games since 1932, a position that it still holds today.
Omega has also entered the world of popular culture through the James Bond film franchise, as they have been the watch of choice for the iconic British Secret Service agent since 1995.
Omega Speedmaster Professional
Remarkably, Omega also provided NASA with timepieces to accompany their astronauts on the Apollo missions to the moon.
As such, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph became the first watch on the moon when it was worn by Buzz Aldrin.
Although Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the astronomical body, he actually left his 105.012 Speedmaster inside the Lunar Module as a backup to the malfunctioning electronic timer, and Aldrin elected to wear his watch.
Sadly, Aldrin’s Speedmaster was discovered to be stolen when he was donating several of his personal effects to the Smithsonian Institute, while Armstrong’s is now displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
Omega Constellation Grand Luxe
Once considered to be Omega’s flagship watch collection, the Constellation remains a firm favourite amongst luxury watch aficionados and fans of the brand.
While the Constellation was already known to be a luxury range, Omega released the Grand Luxe editions as the most high-end models of the collection, ensuring that it was considered to be one of the most desirable watches on the market.
Introduced in 1932, the Omega Marine was the first watch from the brand to be designed for divers. The watch design team at Omega cleverly constructed the then-innovative rectangular case which made it possible to use the Marine under water during dives and swimming activities.
As you can see in the accompanying picture, the watch’s crown was located at 12 o’clock on the case and a small flip lock made sure the components were tightly pressed towards one another.