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The History and Development of Omega Speedmaster

Omega have been making chronographs since the late 1800s. In 1957 Omega started producing the Speedmaster range. Since then, Omega have made a number of chronographs under the Speedmaster name. The Speedmaster Professional, or ‘Moonwatch’ is the best known. A Moonwatch was worn during the first spacewalk, and most famously, was the first watch worn by an astronaut walking on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

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Published on Friday 25th of March 2022

What is a Watches Mechanical Movement?

The watch movement or calibre is often considered as the heart of a watch, powering all of the functions and movements of the watch including the chronograph, alarms and any complications. The movement is made up of a collection of intertwined springs, coils and gears that work together beautifully to turn energy into precise regulated movements.

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Published on Wednesday 16th of March 2022

The Co-Axial Escapement

A watches movement is the beating heart of a watch, being relatively unchanged for centuries, until British watch maker George Daniel’s invented the Co-Axial Escapement. Simply put the escapement of a mechanical watch is the heart of the watch and maintain the oscillations of the balance, which is the watches regulating mechanism. George had a vision of creating and escapement that reduced the amount of friction between the moving parts, meaning that the watch would need less servicing and a increased level of accuracy.

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Published on Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Box and Papers, Important or not?

When looking at buying pre-owned watches there are plenty out there that stipulate box and papers. Why is this important? Does it matter?

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Published on Tuesday 14th of December 2021

The History and Development of the Omega Seamaster

Of all the many quality watches made by the high-end watchmaker Omega, the best known is the ‘Seamaster’ series. Seamasters are the longest running watch model made by Omega, having been in production since 1948, and have been made in manual winding, automatic and quartz (battery) versions. The name Seamaster stems from the fact that the watch design was based on watches made by Omega for the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

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Published on Wednesday 10th of November 2021

The History and Development of the Omega Planet Ocean

Omega produce a number of watch styles under the umbrella ‘Seamaster’ range. A variety of styles from solid sports watches to slimmer, elegant dress watches. One of the more specific, distinct ranges has been the ‘Planet Ocean’.

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Published on Sunday 24th of October 2021

Omega and James Bond

One of the most significant aspects in the history of the Seamaster has been its connection with fictional super spy James Bond. Up until 1993 Bond actors Connery, Lazenby, Moore and Dalton wore a Rolex Submariner. In 1995, with a new actor in the role, Pierce Brosnan, and a new film in the pipeline, Goldeneye, Bond producers decided they wanted a new ‘Euro’ look for the character. One of the prime movers in this switchover was Lindy Hemming, who was in charge of costume and wardrobe for the film. She felt the appearance of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m had the look of a watch that would be worn by a rogue spy who also had to ‘dress up’ from time to time

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Published on Friday 15th of October 2021

One Watch is Not Enough – James Bond Watches

All good spy movies come with their quota of fancy gizmos and gadgets to assist our hero in his mission. The James Bond movie franchise stands head and shoulders above all others in this genre. Each Bond film brings new input from Q Branch to ensure success in the field. The cars, the aircraft and the weaponry have all become synonymous with Bond and made him the legendary figure that he is. The most iconic piece of his customized equipment has always been his wristwatch. Each Bond, each film, has been accompanied by a new model, all of which have passed into movie folklore. All of these watches, (and many of the watches worn by Bonds foes) have their uniqueness, and are certainly worthy of discussion.

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Published on Tuesday 28th of September 2021

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