Today, seven out of ten people throughout the world are familiar with the OMEGA watch brand – a truly amazing rate of awareness to which few other watch brands can lay claim.
Omega Watch History
Founded at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1848 by 23-year-old Louis Brandt who assembled key-wound precision pocket watches from parts supplied by local craftsmen. He traveled throughout Europe selling his watches from Italy to Scandinavia by way of England, his chief market. After Louis Brandt’s death in 1879, his two sons Louis-Paul and Cesar, troubled by irregular deliveries of questionable quality, abandoned the unsatisfactory assembly workshop system in favor of in-house manufacturing and total production control. Due to the greater supply of manpower, communications, and energy in Bienne, the enterprise moved into a small factory in January 1880, then bought the entire building in December. Two years later the company moved into a converted spinning-factory in the Gurzelen district of Bienne, where headquarters are still situated today. Their first series-produced calibers, Labrador and Gurzelen, as well as, the famous Omega caliber of 1894, would ensure the brand’s marketing success.
Louis-Paul and Cesar Brandt both died in 1903, leaving one of Switzerland’s largest watch companies – with 240,000 watches produced annually and employing 800 people – in the hands of four young people, the oldest of whom, Paul-Emile Brandt, was not yet 24. Considered to be the great architect and builder of Omega, Paul-Emile’s influence would be felt over the next half-century. The economic difficulties brought on by the First World War would lead him to work actively from 1925 toward the union of Omega and Tissot, then to their merger in 1930 within the group SSIH, Geneva. Under his leadership, then that of Joseph Reiser beginning in 1955, the SSIH Group continued to grow and multiply, absorbing or creating some fifty companies. By the seventies, SSIH had become Switzerland’s number one producer of finished watches and number three in the world.
Weakened by the severe monetary crisis and recession of 1975 to 1980, SSIH was bailed out by the banks in 1981. During this period, Seiko expressed interest in acquiring Omega, but nothing came out of the talks. Switzerland’s other watchmaking giant ASUAG, principal producer of movement blanks and owner of the Longines, Rado, and Swatch brands, was saved in similar fashion one year later. After drastic financial cleansing and a restructuring of the two groups’ R&D and production operations at the ETA complex in Granges, the two giants merged in 1983 to form the Holding ASUAG-SSIH. In 1985 the holding company was taken over by a group of private investors under the strategy and leadership of Nicolas Hayek. Immediately renamed SMH, Société Suisse de Microélectronique et d’Horlogerie, the new group achieved rapid growth and success to become today’s top watch producer in the world. Named Swatch Group in 1998, it now includes Blancpain and Breguet. Dynamic and flourishing, Omega remains one of its most prestigious flagship brands.
Omega Replica Watch
watch this watch was released to coincide with a movie Casino Royale and it is probably the most unique bond to meet watch because it has the bullet swirl pattern on the dial of the watch so I was after this watch wasn’t gonna spend the three to six thousand dollars that people want for this watch. second hand so I turned to a few replica pages found a form with a bunch of trusted dealers and I contacted them and they pretty much all said this watch wasn’t available I found one who said I do have a black one available and black is really interesting because a Megan ever released this watch. in black it’s only released in blue the more I looked at pictures of it in black I actually really liked it I think black is just the color that’s a little bit more modern kind of ghost with anything you’re wearing I still liked blues always a little bit torn the dealer said he could get it either as a cheaper version for around 110 or a high-end clone or replica for 275 us.
it’s a matter of personal taste which one you prefer I actually like the updated bezel on the C masters so I’m gonna show you what they look like on the wrist starting with the more expensive one it’s gonna get focus so this to me just looks and feels like an expensive watch.
one that you know you spent a couple of thousand dollars on it is sapphire glass and the band is a very nice band it is a polished metal time to my next one now if we look at this one it’s bigger so this one is 43 millimeters across the other one is 41 which matches the original bigger is more modern watches are getting bigger but I described this is feeling like a fossil watch or a Swatch watch just a cheap of watch in general one that still cost you a couple hundred dollars but it doesn’t have that luxury feel it’s still a very attractive watch the band’s not too bad it’s a little bit chunky it’s not as loose I I like the size I wouldn’t mind if the black one was bigger like this but the black one I believe is the correct proportions so there isn’t my watches I’m just going to state that the cheaper one came with an Omega box whereas the dearer one just came in a plastic bag that was one bonus if you guys have enjoyed this review ask me any questions in the comments.