An Omega Speedmaster Professional, now known as the ‘Moonwatch’, was worn by NASA astronauts as they walked on the surface of the Moon - making it the only chronometer ever to be worn outside a lunar vehicle during a landing mission. Two great legacies: one huge reputation. It’s hardly surprising that Omega watches are recognised in every country on the planet.
In space missions, timing is critical. Without the split-second accuracy of their Omega Speedmasters, the crew of Apollo 13 may never have returned to Earth following the explosion of one of the craft’s oxygen tanks. Such was the importance of the Speedmaster to NASA’s Apollo missions that the Omega brand was awarded a rare ‘Silver Snoopy’ pin: a commendation given by the astronauts themselves to recognise outstanding contributions to human safety or mission success.
In the James Bond movies, Omega luxury watches have been fitted with laser cutters, remote detonators and onboard bombs. In real life, these spectacular timepieces incorporate chronograph complications into some of the most iconic designs ever to venture beneath the surface of the ocean, or take pole position on a race track.
Whether they are framed by the cuff of a dress shirt or strapped securely to the sleeve of a diver’s wetsuit, the bold, clean lines of an Omega luxury watch are instantly recognisable. Functions and capabilities are designed with heavy professional use in mind, but the overall appearance of an Omega is sophisticated enough for the most demanding social occasion. Unlike many luxury watch brands, which can lose their identity in an attempt to create timepieces for every conceivable personality and situation, Omega knows who wants to wear its watches, and where they’re going when they do.
Placing legibility above all other requirements, Omega’s legendary Seamaster watch families work with clarity and precision at depths of up to 1,200m. A Speedmaster will work in the cockpit of a lunar landing module, or on the surface of the Moon - but it will also time the laps of an endurance rally with absolute accuracy. And while all of these legendary luxury watches are, first and foremost, tools, they all translate effortlessly to the boardroom or club bar.
Omega luxury watches are lifestyle pieces, built for heroes. It doesn’t matter what you’re conquering - the challenges of low Earth orbit, Route 66, or a big meeting. With an Omega on your wrist, you’re in capable company.