About OMEGA Watches
In Le Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1848, OMEGA's founder Louis Brandt started a small workshop to sell pocket watches. After his death, his sons took over and expanded – by 1885, they launched their first mass-produced caliber, the Labrador, and in 1892, they created the first minute-repeating timepiece. Just two years later, the brothers introduced the 19-line OMEGA caliber, which helped to establish a reputation for their work in the watch industry and eventually gave the company its name.
By 1905, OMEGA had begun serving as the official timekeeper at sporting events across Switzerland and the company solidified one of its most important timekeeping partnerships in 1932 when the Olympic Games entrusted the OMEGA brand as the single timekeeper for the summer events in Los Angeles, California. In 1962, OMEGA made history when astronaut Wally Schirra wore a Speedmaster on his Mercury Sigma 7 mission, which led to a significant endorsement from NASA in 1965, making the Speedmaster their official chronograph for space missions.
In the new millennium, OMEGA continues to grow their catalog. Whether through sports, space, or pop culture, OMEGA has maintained its reputation as one of the best and most well-known watch brands in the world through its commitment to excellence for over 150 years. To buy an OMEGA is to wear a piece of history. An OMEGA watch represents style that has prevailed through generations of avid wearers.
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