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OMEGA Watches Buying Guide

For those who are looking to invest in a new timepiece but want something that is both excellent quality and from a respected watch brand, OMEGA is a great option. But, before you commit to buying a watch, you may want to find out a little more about the brand, its history, and the wonderful array of features it has to offer.

Want to learn more about the brand and how the watches are made? Jump to our ‘OMEGA’s enduring quality’ section. Want to know more about the style of OMEGA watches? Skip ahead to ‘The OMEGA craft’. Explore the different watch lines in the ‘OMEGA watch series’ section and find out your finance options with ‘How much is an OMEGA watch’.

And if you’re ready to shop the full range, hit ‘Explore OMEGA’ to make your choice.

OMEGA's enduring style

OMEGA watches are made in Biel/Bienne Switzerland. The company was founded in 1848 by a young watchmaker named Louis Brandt in the Swiss village of La Chaux-de-Fonds. It was in 1879 after the death of Brandt that his two sons took over the business and moved to the larger town of Biel/Bienne that remains the brand’s home to this day. It wasn’t until 1894 that the name ‘OMEGA’ was given to the brand.

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OMEGA on the moon

The OMEGA Speedmaster (also known as the Moonwatch) was created in 1957 and was destined for a future in space exploration. 1962 saw the first OMEGA Speedmaster in space with astronaut Wally Schirra wearing it on the Mercury Sigma 7 mission. It was also worn during the first American spacewalk on the Gemini 4 mission and was the first watch to be worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission.

OMEGA watch movements

When choosing your OMEGA watch you should take into consideration the movement. Movement refers to the type of mechanism that powers the hands on a watch, whilst also driving other features such as the calendar or chronograph (stopwatch). The three movements OMEGA offer are those that are the most prevalent - mechanical, automatic and quartz.

Watches with mechanical movement contain a mainspring which needs to be wound regularly to power the function of the hands. They don’t require batteries so you can avoid the expense and inconvenience of replacing them regularly. Mechanical watches are carefully created and should function well for a lifetime.

Like the mechanical movement, automatic movements do not require battery replacements, and in addition they don’t have to be manually wound on a regular basis. Simply wearing the watch will power it, meaning it’s a great choice if you’re going to be using your watch every day.

Quartz is a battery-powered movement and is a practical choice as it doesn’t require regular winding by the user. The simplicity of the internal workings allows for delicate, slim design, and the presence of fewer moving parts means it is less likely to need maintenance.

The OMEGA craft

OMEGA watches are made with incredible accuracy and precision and no brand boasts more features and style. Accompanying the chic, refined luxury exterior is a set of unrivalled features. From Moonphase and world time features, to tachymeters and unidirectional turning bezels, there is an Omega out there for everyone.

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OMEGA chronograph

OMEGA chronograph watches are used as a stopwatch as well as a display watch.

They have hands that display hours, minutes and seconds, together with a mechanism for measuring elapsed time.

They have a central chronograph hand for the stopwatch to record seconds, and totalisers for the minutes and hours.

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OMEGA chronometer rated

The OMEGA chronometer rated represents a new standard of watchmaking for both precision and performance.

Chronometer watches must pass precision tests in different positions and temperatures in order to gain an official rate certificate from the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute).

Explore the range of OMEGA chronometer rated watches online now.

OMEGA watch series

With its decorated 150-year history, Omega have time and time again reinvented the art of horology with their stunningly designed timepieces. Some of OMEGA's iconic watch series include the Speedmaster, Seamaster, De Ville, Constellation and the Aqua Terra lines among many others. Let's take a closer look at some of the brands incredible watches...

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OMEGA Speedmaster

OMEGA Speedmaster is a line of chronograph watches that were first introduced in 1957. As time has evolved so has this series of watches with many models sitting underneath it. The Moonwatch remains the longest-produced and most known as it was worn in the first American spacewalk and the first watch to be worn on the moon.

Another iconic model is the Speedmaster Professional that is qualified by NASA for spaceflight and is still the only one qualified for EVA (extravehicular activity). These are the most popular watches of the Speedmaster series but the line also includes other models – check out the entire Speedmaster range at Ernest Jones.

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OMEGA Seamaster

The Seamaster range was introduced in 1948 to celebrate OMEGA’s 100th anniversary making it the oldest line in their current collection. The original Seamaster had a key feature of an O-ring gasket that was used to provide a waterproof seal as the original design had been developed for submarines during the war.

The Seamaster watch was worn in several James Bond films and it also made its first diving record in 1955 when it reached a depth of 62.5m and to this day is synonymous with professional diving.

The current line has several models including Diver, Aqua Terra, Planet Ocean and more - browse the full Seamaster range here.

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OMEGA Constellation

The OMEGA Constellation series was first released in 1952 and was named after the Constellation jet that flew during World War 2. The Constellation was OMEGA’s flagship watch from the very beginning and has remained an ever so popular choice for those looking for a new timepiece.

It started as a chronometer and since then has gone through a number of transformations to combine both luxury and precision. The series of Constellation watches have models that use automatic and quartz movements and in the 1970s it became the world’s most accurate wristwatch.

The line offers a variety of designs but typically has a stainless steel case – shop the Constellation range at Ernest Jones to find the perfect one for you.

How much is an OMEGA watch?

At Ernest Jones, you don’t necessarily have to pay the full cost of your brand-new OMEGA all in one go as we offer interest-free credit for up to four years. Interest-free credit gives you the opportunity to spread the cost of your watch in much more manageable chunks. You can read more about IFC here.

Please note this is subject to credit status.

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Care for your OMEGA long-term

To get the very most out of your OMEGA watch and to keep it in optimum condition you’ll want to make sure you take care of it. You are most probably going to wear the watch almost every day and with the right care it can last you a lifetime. From cleaning your watch to servicing it regularly and reading your watch guide, there are several ways you can keep your timepiece in good condition.

Here at Ernest Jones we offer in-store watch repairs and servicing to give your watch a refresh. Our service includes everything from replacing worn or broken straps, to repairing bracelets clasps and general servicing.

Your OMEGA warranty

OMEGA have recently raised their warranty and now ensure all purchases come with a 5-year warranty. They have new testing and quality control facilities that examine each watch in more detail than ever before. Continually raising industry standards, they want customers to have even more trust in the timepiece and brand that they wear.

Shop OMEGA

Looking for some inspiration or ready to purchase? Then shop OMEGA watches online today to find the perfect watch for you or a loved one.

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Shop in store or book an appointment

If you’d prefer to try an OMEGA watch on before deciding to purchase, or you’d like some advice, shop in store or book an appointment at your local Ernest Jones.

Here one of our friendly advisors can help answer any of your questions and assist you in finding the perfect timepiece.