Omega SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848, the company formerly operated as La Generale Watch Co. until incorporating the name Omega in 1903, becoming Louis Brandt et Frère-Omega Watch & Co.
Since 1952, the Constellation has been OMEGA's symbol of unrivalled precision and beauty in watchmaking. Now, the collection offers a revitalised selection of models that retain that iconic spirit, but also offer many modern touches of design and technology.
At first glance, the Omega Seamaster collection appears like an eclectic assortment of timepieces. The line is home to professional diving watches, elegant sports watches, and vintage-inspired timepieces – not to mention all the different types of complications that can be found on models throughout the range.
Omega Speedmaster is a line of chronograph wristwatches produced by Omega. While chronographs have been around since the late 1800s, Omega first introduced this line of chronographs in 1957. Since then, many different chronograph movements have been marketed under the Speedmaster name. Astronaut Walter Schirra was the first person to wear one in space in 1962 during his Mercury-Atlas 8 mission.The manual winding Speedmaster Professional or "Moonwatch" is the best-known and longest-produced; it was worn during the first American spacewalk as part of NASA's Gemini 4 mission and was the first watch worn by an astronaut walking on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission that 600 million people watched from Earth.The Speedmaster Professional remains one of several watches qualified by NASA for spaceflight and is still the only one so qualified for EVA. The Speedmaster line also includes other models, including analog-digital and automatic mechanical watches.
In 1967 the De Ville dropped “Seamaster” from its name and became a line in its own right. At its launch, the De Ville generated considerable attention due to the fact that it combined OMEGA's already-proven movements with meticulous finish and design.