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Omega and Breitling are two of the biggest and most popular Swiss watchmakers in the world. And for good reason. These two titans of the watch industry have proven their excellent craftsmanship and design time and time again. Their notable contributions to the world of horology mean that both of these brands are often brought up together in conversation.
While both Breitling and Omega have things in common, there are some distinct differences between the brands. If you’re in the market for a luxury timepiece, you may be sitting on the fence between a Breitling or an Omega. This is a common scenario, and there isn’t a definitive option. Ultimately, it will come down to your preferences and what you’re wanting out of a watch. However, we’ve put together this breakdown to look at the differences between Breitling and Omega to help make your decision a little easier.
Both Breitling and Omega had very similar beginnings. They were both family-owned watch businesses in Switzerland, starting off as small operations. Eventually, they would become worldwide phenomenons, but their paths to get there were a bit different.
Breitling was founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Breitling would reach world renown through its dedication to aviation and pilot’s watches. Breitling is known for innovating the first wrist-worn chronograph, a highly useful function for pilots and sportsmen. Breitling continues to be well-known for its pilot watch and tool watch offerings. Breitling also has engaged in interesting partnerships with the Royal Air Force, the US Army, and the prestigious car brand Bentley.
Omega was founded earlier, in 1848 in La Chaux-de-Fonds by Louis Brandt. Omega would innovate and iterate on numerous watch models and would also introduce the first-minute repeating watch. Of course, Omega would become even bigger when it became the official timekeeping watch of the Olympics. Omega would make history yet again by becoming the first watch on the moon. Omega is also known for its close ties to the James Bond franchise.
Though these two watchmakers both started small, they are now internationally recognized. However, Omega is generally considered the more well-known and popular brand. Chances are good that a casual enthusiast would notice an Omega over a Breitling if that’s a factor that matters to you.
When it comes to style and aesthetics, there’s not too much to compare. Both watch brands put out incredible timepieces made with top-quality craftsmanship. Which style or aesthetic you prefer will depend entirely on your personal preferences. Both watches are primarily known for their tool watches.
Breitling’s rich history with aviation can be seen in its most popular offering, the Navitimer. If you’re interested in pilot’s watches, Breitling may be more your style. Breitling also offers quality diving watches, like the SuperOcean.
Omega’s most popular offering is undoubtedly the Speedmaster. This racing watch marries sporting style with high-level functionality. Omega is also known for its diving watch, the Seamaster, and several other popular models.
Both Breitling and Omega have been in business for so long that they’re bound to have a style you’ll love. Generally, Omega watches have a more classic design while Breitling tends to opt for designs that are a bit busier or multi-faceted.
When choosing materials, both watches will have you spoiled for options. Since they’re primarily known for their sporting watches, both Breitling and Omega tend to make their watches with stainless steel. However, you can find options with gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum if you’re wanting something higher value.
Both brands offer watch designs inset with diamonds and other precious gems. Of course, expect to pay a much higher price for these premium materials and gems.
The numerous features offered by both Breitling and Omega will once again ensure you have plenty of options to choose from. Breitling and Omega make more tool watches than dress watches, meaning you can expect a number of features in the watch you choose. Chronographs, calendars, repeaters, tachymeters, and numerous other complications can be found in these timepieces.
As far as watch calibres, each watch has its own unique advantage. Both Omega and Breitling offer mechanical watches, but Omega makes their calibres in-house. This can give them an advantage over Breitling when it comes to accuracy and precision, as Breitling doesn’t always offer in-house calibre watches. Omega also has more Master Chronometer and COSC-certified watches than the Breitling category, though Breitling does have some COSC-certified timepieces. But if you’re looking for quartz-powered watches, Breitling tends to win out in this category.
Of course, both Omega and Breitling are highly precise, quality watches. You won’t have to worry about getting an inferior product regardless of which brand you choose. As far as features go, it will likely just come down to your preferences. What functions are most important to you? Chances are that Breitling and Omega both have these features in one of their watch models, so this may not be the deciding factor in your search.
Once again, Breitling and Omega tend to be evenly matched in this category. Entry-level Omega and Breitling watches tend to be roughly the same price, whether they’re used or new. One of the reasons these two watch brands are often pitted against each other is how similar they are in price across models.
With that in mind, pricing will start to greatly vary when you’re looking at special editions and rare timepieces. Omega’s huge level of popularity means that some of their rarer releases can fetch much loftier prices than even the rarest Breitling. There have been Omega watches that have sold for several million while the most expensive Breitling doesn’t even crack half a million.
However, for the casual watch buyer, the prices will be fairly close.
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As you may have noticed, there isn’t really a conclusive answer to which watch brand you should choose. Breitling and Omega have their share of fans for different reasons. Omega tends to opt for cleaner, classic designs while Breitling designs are a little louder. Of course, the opposite can be said for several models of each watch.
In the end, the best thing to do is to look at some of the most popular models of each watch and decide which style suits you best. Both brands are going to provide you with a great timepiece, so it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed with your decision. As long as you love how the watch looks, it won’t let you down.
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