Posts filed under Omega

Rare Bird: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M James Bond. The Discontinued 45.5 mm Model.

Referred to by Omega as Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M James Bond, the Seamaster ref. 232.30.42.21.01.001 that was released in 2011 to replace the first generation of Planet Oceans 2500 —initially released in 2005— is in our opinion the best Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M ever released. Equipped with a massive 45.5 mm case in stainless steel and powered by the in-house Omega Calibre 8500 with Silicium Escapement, this is for sure one of the best daily beaters if you’re looking for a tool watch that is not necessarily your typical Rolex Submariner.

Watch Stories: Gone but Not Forgotten, Because Every Watch Has a Story. 'Dad's Missing Watch' by Matt Jackson.

Today, we start a new installment called 'Watch Stories', because every vintage watch, passed down family heirloom or preowned watch comes with a little bit of history. Unlike the rest of our content, these stories are shared and written by the actual watch collectors owning these watches. For these new section, our involvement will be limited to photographing the watches in their full glory and to editing, proofreading and style correcting the write-ups.

Baselworld 2018: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph CK2998 'Pulsations' Limited Edition. Hands-on, Live Pictures & Pricing.

After the successful release in 2016 of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph CK2998 Limited Edition with blue dial, this year comes a new iteration of the reissue of the legendary and most sought-after Omega ref. 2998. Originally released in 1959, the CK2998 is one of the most iconic Speedmasters in the world. This second iteration of the modern Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch CK2998 retains its classic Alpha hands, symmetrical stainless steel case measuring 39.7 mm in diameter and this time fitted with a 'panda' black and white dial configuration.

Baselworld 2018: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Collection. Live Pictures & Pricing of the New Updated Watches.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Omega Seamaster 300M launched in 1993, this year at Baselworld 2018, Omega decided to present 14 new models that have been released as part of a complete makeover to the watch that includes a larger case size measuring now 42 mm in diameter, a new movement —calibre 8800—, polished ceramic dials, reshaped hands, ceramic bezels and even new materials that go beyond what we are used to see from Omega, amongst other updates.

Baselworld 2018: Omega Speedmaster 'Dark Side of the Moon' Apollo 8 Limited Edition. Live Pictures & Pricing.

Without a doubt, one of our favorite watches from Omega at Baselworld 2018 and the only one we would even consider purchasing. The new Omega Speedmaster 'Dark Side of the Moon' Apollo 8 Limited Edition brings back memories of that time when Armin Strom himself used to skeletonize watches for other Swiss watch brands like Omega, a brand whom he collaborated with in several occasions. One particular timepiece that stands out from those collaborations is the 2003 skeletonized platinum Speedmaster Professional.

Baselworld 2018: Omega Diver 300M Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition. Live Pictures & Pricing.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Omega Seamaster 300M launched in 1993, this year at Baselworld 2018, Omega decided to present 14 new models that have been released as part of a complete makeover to the watch that includes a larger case size measuring now 42 mm in diameter, a new movement —calibre 8800—, polished ceramic dials, reshaped hands, ceramic bezels and even new materials that go beyond what we are used to see from Omega, amongst other updates.

News: Elvis Presley's Omega Watch Gifted by RCA Records to Be Auctioned at the Phillips Geneva Auction SEVEN. Our Live Pictures & All Details.

This weekend at Watches & Wonders Miami 2018, we had the opportunity to peruse and photograph one of the most important celebrity-related timepieces to come up for auction. We are talking about the Omega watch gifted by RCA Records to icon Elvis Presley in 1961. This historically important watch, will be sold at the upcoming Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN taking place in Geneva, Switzerland on May 12th and 13th of this year. The watch once belonging to Elvis Presley is a highlight of this upcoming auction and it's the watch which was owned and worn by the rock and roll icon...

Insider: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer. Hands-on with a Watch that Falls Short in our Book.

Yet another one of those releases from Omega that didn't make much waves at Baselworld 2017 and a watch that you can hardly find any information about it. The new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer is fitted with a platinum case measuring 43 mm in diameter and available in a limited edition of only 57 pieces with a quite hefty price tag. This watch that intends to continue to perpetuate the unsuccessful Aqua Terra collection is not bad looking at all but one that clearly falls short in our book.

Photo Gallery: Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary 'Tribute to Gene Cernan' Limited Edition

Earlier this month, we brought you our hands-on review of the new Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th Anniversary Tribute to Gene Cernan, the eleventh and last person to have walked on the Moon surface and whom passed away on January 16, 2017. Since today is 'Speedy Tuesday' we thought it would be a good idea to bring you this photo gallery with the stainless steel reference available in a limited edition of 1972 pieces.

Insider: Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary 'Tribute to Gene Cernan' Limited Edition. Hands-on with a Very Special 18K Gold 'Speedy'.

As a tribute to Gene Cernan, the eleventh and last person to have walked on the Moon surface and whom passed away on January 16, 2017, the new Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th Anniversary is one of those watches that got very little exposure after its release during Baselworld 2017.

Rare Bird: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Moonphase Aventurine Dial. Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Speedy.

Every once in a while, we run into discontinued references or watches that are just really hard to find and that we like to call 'rare birds'. This time, we are talking about an Omega Speedmaster that captivated everyone when it was launched a few years ago and that is now discontinued and quite hard to find. Since we all know how iconic is the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional —after being part of all six lunar missions—, we'll go straight to what makes this watch so special.

Baselworld 2017: Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer Stainless Steel. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.

Our second most favorite release from Omega at Baselworld 2017 and a watch that is as good as it gets. The new Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer in stainless steel with a matte black dial with orange accents is as sporty and racing inspired as a chronograph of this nature should be. This new watch is also available in 18K Sedna gold with deep dark blue dial and it was reviewed by us here.

Baselworld 2017: Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer 18K Sedna Gold. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.

One of our favorite releases from Omega at Baselworld 2017 and a watch that sparked our love and interest in the brand after a year and a half without featuring any Omega watches here at WCL is the new Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer in 18K Sedna Gold. Also available in stainless steel with a matte black dial —hands-on live pictures coming up later—, this new Speedmaster Racing with a stunning deep dark blue dial and a case in 18K Sedna Gold is simply gorgeous and one that we must own.

Baselworld 2017: Omega 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Editions — Seamaster 300, Railmaster, Speedmaster 1957. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.

One of the biggest releases this year at Baselworld 2017 and one that was quite polarizing is the new Omega Trilogy 60th Anniversary 1957 limited editions. This set of three vintage inspired watches with 'faux-patina' pays tribute to the three most iconic and legendary watches from Omega, all originally released in 1957. These three new watches that include the Seamaster 300, the Aqua Terra Railmaster and the Speedmaster, can be purchased individually —3,557 pieces each— or as a box set in a special limited edition Swiss Oak wooden box containing all three watches and an oily leather travel roll with three additional leather and NATO straps.

Insider: Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition. Even Better on an OEM Titanium Bracelet.

Back in April of last year we brought you the news straight from Baselworld 2014 about the release of the new Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition here. This time, we are bringing you a full review of this new watch the way we like to do it, under natural light and with plenty of macros that we know you'll love. Furthermore, we have a surprise at the end of the post with the watch fitted with a 'Speedy' X-33 OEM titanium bracelet. These images are a world premiere and the result of a crazy idea from a watch collector that wanted to see what the watch would look like on a matching titanium bracelet. Frankly, the watch looks even more amazing on the bracelet. Considering that our previous images from Baselworld 2014 were not taken under natural light, these new images we have prepared for you depict the watch more accurately. This is a watch that one needs to see in person to truly appreciate it and understand the color variations coming from its PVD blackened dial.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M 'James Bond' Spectre Limited Edition. Live Pictures and Pricing.

In anticipation of the release of the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' scheduled to open later this year, Omega has created a limited edition Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M model inspired by the Bond family coat of arms. This new Omega just unveiled at Baselworld 2015 over a week ago. The dial, in the most interesting hue of midnight blue, features the coat of arms repeatedly interlocking to create a dynamic pattern on the watch’s blue dial. The coat of arms is also found near the tip of the yellow central seconds hand and a yellow minute track completes the amazing look of this new timepiece. Powered by the completely new Omega Master Co-Axial calibre 8507, this timepiece is resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss —however the brand played with the 007 number and added it to the gauss rating on the dial as 15,007

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon New Four Variants. Live Pictures and Pricing.

It was the adventures and the accomplishments of the Apollo 8 astronauts that inspired the all black, ceramic Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, but it is the mystique of the Earth’s nightlight and its ever-changing yet constant presence that has spurred the creation of four new Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon timepieces that are now part of the collection. These four new variants are the Dark Side of the Moon Black Black, Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black, Dark Side of the Moon Pitch Black and the Dark Side of the Moon Vintage Black —our favorite by the way. These four new timepieces just released at Baselworld 2015 share a case back design that hints at their common inspiration: the original Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. The black ceramic case back ring of each of these models features matt chromium nitride marks as well as the name of this iconic collection: “Dark Side of the Moon”. Each of these black ceramic timepieces is powered by the Omega Co-Axial calibre 9300.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Omega Globemaster. Live Pictures and Pricing.

Without a doubt, this has been a big year for Omega at Baselworld 2015. Not only the brand beefed up their dial options for the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, but also revamped the PloProf line and added several novelties within the ladies portfolio including a White Side of the Moon in white ceramic. However, the most expected release from Omega this year was the watch we have here, the Globemaster. Created in the true spirit of Omega, the Globemaster houses the brand’s most advanced mechanical movement and features a design inspired by early Constellation models from 1952 and 1968, even its name was originally used for the Constellation timepieces that were produced and distributed in the U.S. in the 1950s. For the first time, along with the traditional COSC —Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres— certification, this new watch also comes with the METAS —Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology— certification, which makes this timepiece a Master Chronometer instead of just a Chronometer.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award. Live Pictures and Pricing.

On April 17, 1970, the world watched as the Apollo 13 Command Module landed in the Pacific Ocean after an unexpected crisis occurred 200,000 miles away from Earth. Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the Apollo programme and the third that was intended to land on the Moon —a goal that was dashed when one of the two oxygen tanks on the Service Module exploded on route. The mission was aborted and the astronauts completed a number of mid-course corrections in order to achieve the trajectory that would allow them to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. This new Omega —just unveiled at Baselworld 2015— under the name Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award pays homage to that unforgettable mission 45 years ago and celebrates the teamwork, quick thinking, ingenuity and courage that brought Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise home safely.

Experience: Omega Soirée in Miami's Design District. In Preparation for the Upcoming Boutique Opening.

This past Wednesday December 10th, 2014 we had the pleasure to join our friends at Omega for a very special celebration in lieu of the upcoming opening of its Miami Design District boutique. The Miami Design District and its Aranda/Lasch-Designed space is soon to be the mecca of watch boutiques in the Miami area. This wonderful evening with a red carpet soirée that drew stars and socialites including actress Camilla Belle, along with nearly 400 of Miami's influentials was hosted by Omega's Vice President and Head of International Sales, Raynald Aeschlimann. This tasteful and elegant celebration had its main focus on paying homage to Omega's Master Co-Axial technology —the world’s first industrialized anti-magnetic movements with all non-ferrous components that are more prevalent across a wide variety of Omega timepieces. For sure, an evening filled with delicious hors d'oeuvre, Omega signature cocktails, celebrities, beautiful women and stunning timepieces. As usual, our drink of choice for the evening was our usual Negroni.