Omega is a luxury watch manufacturer based in Biel / Bienne, Switzerland, belonging to the Swatch Group. Given its seniority, its popularity, having been the watch used by astronauts on the Moon, its long relationship with sports timing and being a sponsor of the Olympic Games, Omega is one of the emblems of the Swiss watch industry.
Omega was founded in 1848 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by a 23-year-old watchmaker, Louis Brandt, who assembled watches with parts supplied by local watchmakers. After the death of Louis Brandt in 1879, his two sons Louis-Paul and César, had problems with some supplies of regular quality, so they abandoned the assembly of third party mechanisms in favor of the production control that gave them assemble their own mechanisms
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Omega has been the official timekeeper of numerous Olympics from Los Angeles in 1932 to those of Brazil in 2016. Omega was the creator of the first photo-finish camera in 1949. At the Helsinki games in 1952, Omega presented an electronic measuring system for times, which had amazing accuracy for the time, half a second per day. In 1961 the Omegascope is presented, which superimposes the timed times on the image in television broadcasts. In the 1966 European Athletics Championships, the times timed by that system are accepted as an official measurement for the tests. In 1967, the "contact panels" were introduced to time the swimming times, used until today. Omega has sponsored numerous golf, equestrian or swimming tournaments.
Omega makes special versions of this watch, which are quite appreciated by collectors. Periodically he releases commemorative versions of the anniversary of the arrival of man on the moon.
On the next mission, Gemini IV, Edward White makes the first American spacewalk with the Omega attached with a velcro to his spacesuit. Omega discovers the use of its watches by NASA, and renames the Speedmaster as "Speedmaster Professional." With the Apollo 11 mission, the Speedmaster becomes the first watch worn on the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin's wrist. Neil Armstrong had to leave his in the lunar module for a failure of the LEM clock. The clock has since been known as "Moonwatch" or "lunar clock", and Omega has promoted the clock as "The first and only clock on the Moon", which is not accurate given that astronaut David Scott of Apollo 15 led a Waltham watch in a personal capacity.
Since 1995, James Bond has shone in each of his films Omega watches Seamaster model.The designer Lindy Hemming in charge of the agent's wardrobe 007 from the GoldenEye movie to Casino Royale, Omega since 1914, the beginning of the First World War, supplied watches to the British military.
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