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Why Omega Makes Their Own Alloys

Back in the day, gold was reserved for dress watches. Only businessmen had the guts to wear gold watches on their suits. Wearing a gold watch on a sweater and jeans would have been like wearing a wetsuit at a business meeting.

Today, gold has become more casual. More and more brands offer gold watches in their line-up. This also means that brands have to go the extra mile to offer ‘special’ gold watches, so they don’t become the a dime in a dozen. That’s why certain brands focus on developing their own precious metals.

Today, we are going to focus on Omega, a brand who has been using and developing their own unique alloys for years. Is making your own unique combinations worth the effort, or is it just clever marketing? Let’s find out.

 

 

Omega Seamaster Sedna Gold

Sedna Gold

Sedna gold is an 18k rose gold alloy patented by Omega, and (almost) exclusively used by them since 2013. The material has a unique reddish glow, and can be found over the entire Omega lineup.

Traditional rose gold is usually created by mixing yellow gold, silver and copper. The only downside is that the copper atoms at the surface lose their glow over time, which means that the reddish glow from traditional rose gold is sensible to fading. In short: it loses its bling.

Omega claims to have solved that issue by switching from silver to palladium. This makes the alloy slightly more pricy (palladium is more than 100x more expensive than silver per gram), but this gives the alloy a resistance to fading. The reddish glow should remain over time without fading away. Compared to Rolex’s Everose, the Sedna gold feels much ‘redder’ and darker. The shade almost leans to the color of copper.

Even though Sedna gold is exclusively for Omega, Blancpain had the permission to release a Sedna gold Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in 2015. Omega and Blancpain both belong to the Swatch Group.

 

Moonshine

Moonshine is Omega’s brand new kind of yellow gold, and was introduced in the 50th anniversary Apollo 11 Speedmaster in 2019. Moonshine is made of gold, copper, silver and palladium. This results in a unique alloy that’s much more durable than 18k yellow gold, but with a softer shade compared to regular gold. The color is developed to represent the moon’s soft yellow glow.

 

Canopus

Canopus is Omega’s approach on white gold. Canopus is a mixture of 75% gold and 20% palladium with small parts platinum and small parts rhodium. The alloy is known for its durability and high brilliance, and can be found on the 2021 Canopous Speedmaster.

 

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5 Watches with rubber straps to kick off the summer

With spring starting, we can already start daydreaming about summer. Short sleeves, swimming trunks, and steel bracelets that suddenly feel way too tight on the wrist.

High temperatures can make your wrist swell, so your trusted steel bracelet suddenly feels like a tight handcuff chocking your wrist. Swapping to leather might not be the best idea, since sweat and sunscreen can stain your leather. A Nato-strap sounds like a good alternative, but not every watch looks as good on a Nato.

How can we solve this life threatening first world problem? Rubber!

Today, we are going to look at 5 summer watches with rubber straps you should look into.

 

 

Omega Speedmaster 300M Rubber Strap

Bell & Ross BR05

The BR05 is one of the latest and biggest releases Bell and Ross has released in the last few years.

Even though it’s a relatively new model (introduced in 2019), the design team of Bell and Ross hasn’t sat on their hands so far. The BR05 line already has an impressive collection of watches. The integrated rubber strap is why this watch deserves a place on the list.

You get to pick between time only or chronograph, skeletonized or regular dial, steel bracelet or rubber strap, and a range of colors and case materials.

The BR05 brings impressive new elements to the table, while still carrying strong Bell and Ross DNA.

 

Omega Seamaster 300M

The Omega Seamaster 300M might be one of the most versatile watches on this list. Not because of its functions (it only features time and date), but because of the looks. While rubber mostly looks very sporty and casual, this curved rubber strap gives the Seamaster a very classy vibe. Don’t believe me? James Bond wears this Seamaster 300M on a rubber strap while sporting a tuxedo.

 

Panerai Submersible

The Panerai Submersible is a fascinating watch. It’s a rugged sports watch without compromising the strong Panerai DNA. It’s without a doubt the sportiest watch on this list. Over the years, Panerai has released dozens of variations, all with different dials and interesting case materials. Submersibles also always come with the classic Panerai rubber strap, that’s why they deserve their place on this list.

 

Hublot Big Bang

Hublot, you either love them or hate them. The Big Bang might not be the classiest watch to wear under a suit, but it’s not impossible either. The Big Bang is definitely a great summer watch if you want to get noticed.

Up to last year, you could only get Big Bangs on rubber straps. Quite a ballsy move from Hublot to only offer their key model on an integrated rubber strap. This is exactly why Hublot deserves its place on the list.

 

Breitling Chronomat GMT

The Breitling Chronomat GMT proves to be an excellent holiday companion.

The Chronomat has 200m water resistance and a rubber strap, making it the perfect companion to sip cold brewski’s by the pool. The GMT comes in handy if you want to check the time at home, so you can mock your friends who aren’t on holiday and send them annoying pictures of you with a cold beverage or your feet in the sand. Always fun to do, never fun to receive.

 

Why Snoopy deserves his place on the Omega Speedmaster

Snoopy and Omega have always had a very close and interesting connection. So far, Omega has released 3 different Snoopy editions, each one more impressive and more sought after than the last one.

But why? Why does a titan like Omega put a cartoon character on their dials, and why Snoopy? Why not the Simpsons or Garfield? (Off the record, how cool does a Garfield Speedy sound!)

Timex also uses Snoopy on their watches. Is there a link between Omega and Timex, or is this a mere coincidence? Let’s find out!

 

 

Omega Speedmaster Snoopy

Why is he on there?

The Snoopy on the Omega watches doesn’t represent the cartoon figure, but it represents the prestigious Snoopy award. The Snoopy on Timex has nothing to do with this award, they just want to make funny looking watches.

Omega received the ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ from NASA in 1970, the highest honor one can receive while working on a space program. The award is only given to a NASA employee, supplier or individual who has delivered an outstanding effort or contribution for space exploration. Omega received the honor because of the events that occurred at the Apollo 13 mission.

Mid-flight, an oxygen tank of the Apollo 13 capsule exploded. This explosion knocked out most of the electrical supplies on board. The astronauts lost most of their navigation equipment, and the blast blew them way off course. In other words: they were floating in space with no idea where they were going. This is where their Omega watches played a big role. All their electrical equipment and radars were down, but the mechanical gears in their hand-wound Speedmasters worked just fine.

The crew used their chronograph to time the ignition of the rockets to get the capsule back on the right course. This was a tricky job, since overtiming or under timing would result into the crew missing earth and flying into eternity. Once the crew was close to earth, the chronograph was once again used to time the ignition of the rockets to slow them down.

The astronauts all got out without a scratch, all thanks to their Omega Speedmasters.

Because of the important role Omega played during this unfortunate event, Nasa gave Omega a Silver Snoopy award to recognize the importance of the Speedmaster, especially on the Apollo 13 mission.

So far, Omega has released three Snoopy editions to celebrate and commemorate their award and the role they played in saving the mission and the astronauts’ lives. Which one is your favorite?

 

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What It Takes To Be A Good Watch Ambassador

Being a watch ambassador might seem like a dream job. You receive great watches for free, and you just have to wear them, that’s it. Pose for a few pictures and go on with your day and free timepiece.

Having your brand on the wrist of an athlete or celebrity might not be as easy as it sounds. A good ambassador can introduce your brand to millions of new potential customers, but a bad ambassador can really hurt your precious name. Let’s find out how brands should pick ambassadors, and how they certainly shouldn’t pick them.

It’s important to have a brand ambassador who actually likes your products. That might sound like pure logic, but it’s actually harder than it sounds.

 

 

Tom Brady IWC Ambassador

How it should be done

Let’s start with the topic of the month, legendary quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is an American football quarterback player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is considered one of the best American football players to have ever existed. Brady and his team have been all over the news for the last few days, since he won his 7th Super Bowl on February 7th, an unseen record. He is the first player in history to win 7 Superbowl rings.

Brady has also been an important IWC brand ambassador since 2019. Brady was often spotted wearing IWC watches before he was ambassador, watches he paid full retail price for. He was often seen wearing an IWC Portugieser he received from his wife, and his all-time favorite, the black Top Gun Pilots watch. It was only logical for IWC to approach him and make him the face of the brand, since Brady already had much affinity for IWC.

Since we are talking about IWC, we have to mention Lewis Hamilton. Brady is the all-time best American Football player, Hamilton is the all-time best Formula 1 driver. That’s just by looking at the numbers.

Hamilton is a big IWC fan as well. Hamilton has a big IWC collection, as well as a few unique pieces he proudly wears. He only wears IWC, even in his free time, and even if his contract doesn’t obligate him to do so.

That’s how you build loyalty, and brand loyalty the best publicity money can’t buy.

Hamilton even has a IWC printed on his racing gloves, so it always looks like he is wearing a watch, even mid race.

 

How It Should NOT Be Done

Daniel Craig is an Omega Ambassador (technically James Bond is, but you get the point), and yet Daniel wears northing but Rolex in his free time. Craig only wears Omega on Omega-sponsored events, and takes his watch off when the event is over. Not a valuable ambassador if you ask me.

Christiano Ronaldo is another horrible example. Ronaldo is ambassador for both Tag Heuer and Jacob & Co, already a bad idea if you ask me.

If you look a lavish individual like Ronaldo, a player who earns around €50 million (including sponsorships) a year and only drives Bugatti’s and flies in his private jets, would you associate that individual with €2000 dive watches (like the Tag Aquaracer), or with multi million euro diamond covered tourbillons? Exactly!

Ronaldo is often spotted wearing different million euro Jacob & Co’s and often hangs out with the brand’s founder, Jacob The Jeweler. Meanwhile, Ronaldo never wears a Tag Heuer, unless his sponsorship contact forces him to. Is that really how you want to profile your brand?

 

Professional Moonwatch Vs Regular Speedmaster, What’s The Difference?

The Speedmaster might be one of the most iconic chronographs ever made. I would even go a step further and say that it’s one of the most well-known and most popular watches available.

The Speedmaster jumped to mainstream success when NASA selected the watch for their first mission to the moon, the Apollo 11 mission. The watch has been widely popular ever since.

 

 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

2021 brought us a new Speedmaster Professional with many impressive and even more hidden upgrades. The Speedmaster has had many variations and countless limited and special editions over time, but the Professional has always been a fan favorite.

The Speedmaster Pro is the modern iteration of the watch that was worn on Apollo 11 in 1969. The Professional is often referred to as the Moonwatch, but what makes a Pro a Pro?

All Moonwatches are Speedmaster, but not all Speedmasters are Moonwatches. What’s the difference, and what should we look for?

 

Pro=Better?

Let’s make one thing clear: despite what the name claims, the Pro is not ‘better’ than any other Speedmaster, nor is a regular version ‘worse’ than a Pro.

The Pro is based on the original Moonwatch, and is usually slightly larger than other models. Other models of the Speedmaster follow their own philosophy, while still carrying the very visible Speedmaster DNA.

The biggest difference is in the movement and the crystal. Most modern Speedmasters have an automatic movement and a sapphire crystal, the pro has a hand wound movement and a hesalite or sapphire crystal.

‘But an automatic movement is more convenient than a hand wound movement, and a sapphire crystal is way stronger than hesalite, why does the Pro have these features?’ The reason why is simple: the original Speedmaster that went to the moon had a hand wound movement and a hesalite crystal. The Die-Hard-Moonwatch fans only want to wear the closest thing to the original. Even though a hand wound movement requires more work and hesalite can break more easily, this watch is made for the true enthusiasts.

The true enthusiasts got some great news in 2020. Caliber 321 was the movement that powered the Speedmaster that was approved by NASA. Sadly, Omega discontinued the legendary caliber after 1969.

In 2020, Omega announced that the new professional models will be powered with a modern, updated caliber 321. This means that the enthusiasts can finally get a real modern take on their beloved watch, closer to the 1969 original than ever.

 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Omega Speedmaster

The Omega Speedmaster is one of the most well-known and best sold watches in the world. It has been a bestseller and mainstream success for decades. Why is the ‘Speedy’ so popular? Of course, the fact that the Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon plays a big role, but it’s not the only factor. Many other watches have gone to space, and have since been forgotten. Why is the Speedmaster such a timeless success? Below, you can find 5 facts about the Omega Speedmaster you didn’t know.

 

 

Omega Speedmaster

1. No Upgrades

It’s a well-known fact that the Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon. Still, Omega forgets to tell us a more impressive fact.

Almost all equipment that is taken into space is heavily modified by NASA’s engineers. The astronauts take tons and tons of gear with them, but nothing they carry is available in regular stores for normal mortals like you and me to purchase. The Speedmaster was the only exception. There was no need for NASA to modify or upgrade this watch, they thought it was perfect the way it was.

 

2. Moonwatch Or Olympic Watch?

Omega likes to remind us every few months that their watch was the first watch worn on the moon. Countless limited editions and a big part of their marketing budget makes sure we won’t forget. But did you know that the Speedmaster was never intended to go to the moon?

The Speedmaster was introduced in 1957 as a racing chronograph and sports watch. Omega was the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games (and still is today), and they needed a robust and sporty watch that could time laps and rounds.

 

3. Tachymeter

A tachymeter are the numbers on the bezel of a racing chronograph.

Many brands have tachymeters fitted on their chronographs today, but Omega were the first to place it on their watch. Another impressive innovation!

 

4. Snoopy

Omega has released a few limited edition Speedmasters with Snoopy on the dial. Why have they done that? It can’t just be a gimmick, can it?

Omega received the ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ from NASA. The award recognizes the effort and contribution someone (a brand, supplier or employee of NASA) has done for space exploration.

This was given to Omega because of what happened during the Apollo 13 mission. During this mission, an oxygen tank exploded, resulting on heavy electrical problems on the spacecraft. This meant that the astronauts were flying way off their course, and they could not fully rely on their equipment.

Their Omega Speedmaster saved their lives and mission. The chronograph was used to time the ignition of the rockets to get them on the right course again. Burn the rockets for too long or too short, and they would miss earth and fly into infinity.

They also used their chronograph to time the ignition of the rockets to decrease their speed when approaching earth, since that part was damaged too. Mistiming this could lead in horrible accidents, which would lead to a certain death. The astronauts miraculously all survived the return, even though the odds were heavily stacked against them. Omega was (and still is) very proud that their watch saved lives and saved the mission, so they put Snoopy on some of their watches to honor their Silver Snoopy reward.

 

5. Michael Schumacher had his own Speedmaster line

You might associate Michael Schumacher with Audemars Piguet, and you wouldn’t be wrong! Schumacher was indeed an ambassador for AP, but before, he was Omega’s man!

In the 90’s and 2000’s, Omega wanted to profile the Speedmaster as a racing watch to attract a new and bigger audience. They hired Schumacher, and even named a few racing models after him!

 

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Vintage inspired watches – Reissues are trending

Vintage inspired watches are hot. The prices of vintage watches are rising quickly, and most brands want to jump on the hype. Sadly, most vintage inspired watches look nothing like their grandfathers. Today, we are going to focus on 3 popular, modern watches that were inspired on vintage.

 

vintage inspired watches

Tudor Black Bay 58

The Black Bay 58 was a huge hit at Baselworld 2018. The release was a bit overshadowed by the release of the Tudor Pepsi, but it still was a big win.  The 58 is based on Tudor Submariners from the fifties. this can be seen in the smaller case, the gild dial and the rivet bracelet.

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Breitling Navitimer 806

The Breitling navitimer reissue based on the 806 was just released this year at Baselworld. Brietling did their best to make it look as much as possible like the original, and it worked!

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Omega Trilogy collection

This collection was introduced at Baselworld 2018, and was sold out in a hartbeat. It features three watches: a ... Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster  All 3 models were based on their ‘parents’ from 1957

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5 things you didn’t know about Omega

Scarface wore an Omega

In the 1972 classic Scarface, Tony Montana, played by Al Pachino wore a gold Omega. He wore an Omega La Magique, a rare model of wich only 261 pieces were made.

Ringo Starr was a big Omega fan.

Ringo Starr wore an Omega time computer LED. He had received this watch from his good friend Keith Moon, who was the drummer of The Who. The watch was sold at auction to a Beatles fan for about €10.000.

The most expensive Omega

The most expensive Omega ever sold at auction was sold for 1,428,500 Swiss francs, which is about 1.2 million euro. It looks very normal and minimalist, but it’s a really important watch, historically speaking. This watch was one of the very first to employ a tourbillon in a wristwatch. It was made in 1947. Back then, tourbillons were only made for desk clocks. This watch is in a way the father of tourbillons as we know them.

Omega is the official Olympic timekeeper

This is a title that Omega has earned, not bought. They have been the official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932, and have never disappointed.

The Seamaster is the oldest model in the current line

The Omega Seamaster was launched to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the brand in 1948. It has been in production ever since, making it the oldest model in the current line.

5 Omega models you didn’t know existed

Omega today exists for the majority of Seamasters and Speedmasters. Even though their modern line-up is way bigger than these two, the Seamaster and Speedmaster claim most of the attention. Here are 5 Omega models you did not know existed.

Speedmaster 1045 TV dial

The Speedmaster TV dial is a weird one. Omega made some Speedmaster with LCD screens, but this one attracts the most frowns. Due to low success, it was quickly discontinued and forgotten.

Omega Triple date moonphase 2471-1

This watch was made in the late forties and early fifties, and looks just amazing. I wouldn’t mind if Omega would bring these back.

Omega Cosmic 1951

This is the least Omega looking Omega.

Omega La Magique

The Omega La Magique is a rare bird, only 216 pieces were ever made. It also has a famous fan: Tony Montana. In the 1983 classic Scarface, Al Pachino wore an Omega La Magique.

Megaquartz Seamaster 1000

This one is actually a prototype. It was never in production, but can be found in the Omega museum. It has a lot of DNA of the Ploprof.

Omega Planet Ocean

With its history on the world's oceans in mind, OMEGA introduced the Seamaster Planet Ocean series in 2005 - a tribute to the heritage of OMEGA in the field of diving watches. Equipped with very advanced technology and a contemporary design, Omega created an entirely new divers watch which became a modern classic. The Planet Ocean models are also ‘Master Chronometer’ timepieces. They all meet the highest standards in accuracy, performance and magnetic resistance.