Omega To Certify Their Master Co-Axials Through Non-COSC Institute

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OMEGA Seamaster 300

If you follow Omega on Instagram like me, this morning you may have noticed your Omega feed full of men’s faces. Notably SWATCH Group CEO Nick Hayek and OMEGA President Stephan Urquhart. Omega, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) has announced a new watch certification for the Master Co-Axial series. While their new certification approach is unique, it is not exclusive. For about a decade Jaeger LeCoultre has been putting their … Read More

Which Watch Is Better? A Submariner or a Seamaster? Late 90s to Early 2000s Edition

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I am frequently asked “Which watch is better, an Omega Seamaster or a Rolex Submariner?” and the answer is difficult and complex unless the inquirer is very clear about which models of the two watches they are comparing and what they want to get out of the watch. The first step to finding the answer is to realize is that all Submariners are not the same and all Seamasters are not the same. There are … Read More

A Progression of Movements: Omega 2500 & 8500 Calibers

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The Omega Caliber 2500 was developed by Omega in the 1990s. In 1993, Omega purchased the patent for the Co-Axial escapement from English master watchmaker and inventor George Daniels. The Co-Axial Escapement was the first practical new mechanical watch escapement invented for mass market in 250 years. Omega began work to fit the Co-Axial Escapement to their Cal. 1120 movement. The 1120 was basically a decorated version of the reliable Eta 2892-A2 movement. Omega spent … Read More

Swiss Dive Watch Photographs & Observations

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It is no secret, we sell a lot of dive watches here at Bernard Watch. Like an SUV and rugged terrain, many “professional” dive watches will never see their way around a SCUBA suit or inside a diving bell. Also like an SUV, they are tough and built to withstand the elements. This makes them a great every-day watch! Just about every major Swiss brand offers a diver’s watch of some sort. For this blog … Read More

Omega Seamaster Overview of Modern Models

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The Omega Seamaster was originally introduced in 1947. Today’s Aqua Terra bears the closest resemblance to the original with a dressier (yet, sporty) look, but it has still evolved quite a bit since then. In this post, we will discuss the 3 main Seamaster lines of today (since 1994 to be more specific): The Seamaster Professional, the Seamaster Planet Ocean, and the Seamaster Aqua Terra.

PJ’s Watch Notes of the Week

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I consider the Omega Constellation to be one of the most undervalued models in the Omega line.  This piece has the same COSC certified Omega 1120/ETA 2892-2 caliber that you would find in a Seamaster of the same late 90s/early 2000s vintage.  The case is slim and wears well with a cuff.  The 36mm is not as small as one might think, the integrated bracelet tapers slowly making it appear a little larger on the … Read More

Musings on the Omega 8500 Caliber

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Omega introduced the In-House 8500 caliber in the DeVille Hour Vision in 2007.  Omega now had “Manufacture” watches.  A manufacture watch is one where all or almost all the parts are made in-house. I remember being moved by how beautifully executed the movement is.  I liked that it was larger at 29mm size to fit today’s watches.  The ETA 2892 is 25.6mm. The swirled Cotes de Geneve with red print and jewels are a visual … Read More

Omega is Gunning For Rolex

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Omega has been stepping up their game every year.  Their current incarnation of the  Seamaster Planet Ocean boasts a ceramic bezel and the reliable Omega 8500 Co-Axial caliber.  The Rolex Submariner still offers one of the best values for a rugged, yet sophisticated Swiss watch. View the conversation on Facebook

PJ’s Watch Notes of the Week

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I vividly remember seeing this model on Chef Gordon Ramsay’s wrist on early episodes of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Is that a selling point? We think so. Despite having a long production run (1993-2003) this model comes around very infrequently. This piece was just overhauled by America’s Watchmaker (Stoll & Co in Dayton, OH)     There is a special place in watchmaking history for the mecha-quartz, a hybrid of mechanical watchmaking and quartz accuracy. There … Read More