5 Elegant Vintage Omega Watches You Should Check Out

Omega commenced as a "Comptoir '' assembly in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. Louis Brandt established the company in 1848 as a workshop that assembled pocket watches and distributed them throughout the world. The title Omega didn't appear until 1894 when Louis' sons Cesar and Louis-Paul had turned the workshop in Bienne into a small manufacturing operation.

Omega has long been known as a brand that produces dependable and precise watches for a wide range of markets. They were pioneers in the production of world-class chronometers in both pocket and wrist watch calibers in the early decades.

They were also well known for being the official Olympic timekeeper from 1932 onwards, and over the years they developed many innovative sports timing mechanisms. Vintage Omega watches can run for years without being repaired. Here is a list of the most elegant vintage watches from the brand.

1.    Speedmaster “FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE” Chronograph

One of the elegant vintage Omega watches is the Speedmaster “FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE” Chronograph Watch. The company has launched a Numbered Series of a Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” watch to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Speedmaster that orbited the Earth.

Wally Schirra, an astronaut, purchased an Omega watch in a Houston jewelry store more than 50 years ago and wore it during his space mission a few years later. The watch is operated by the renowned Calibre 1861 hand-winding chronograph movement, which first appeared in Buzz Aldrin's Moonwatch.

This exceptional mechanism, which is highly resistant to corrosion, oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 48 hours. A black aluminum bezel ring with the tachymeter scale is another feature associated with the classic Speedmaster. The 39.70 mm stainless steel case of a Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” watch is nicely combined with polished and brushed surfaces. It has a brown leather strap with beige stitching, which adds a touch of elegance to this exquisite sporty chronograph. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal guards the dial.

2.      Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph

To pay homage to the very first model from its iconic collection, which was introduced in 1957, the brand created a new member of the family – the sporty and elegant Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph watch, which recalls the past through a few interesting design solutions while also representing the Swiss brand's most inventive accomplishments. Straight lugs extending from the case, as well as specially designed bracelets, are among the elements that recall the 56-year-old ancestor.

The new Speedmaster timepieces, like the previous edition, are powered by OMEGA Co-Axial Calibre 9300/9301, the label's first in-house Co-Axial calibers with column-wheel chronographs. Each self-winding movement includes a silicon balance spring, which ensures exceptional chronometric performance. It is a free sprung-balance, two barrels mounted in series, an automatic winding system in both directions, as revealed through the sapphire crystal case-back. These high-end mechanisms with a power reserve of 60 hours are decorated differently depending on the version.

3.      “First Omega Wrist-Chronograph” 516.52.48.30.04.001

The First Omega Wrist-Chronograph integrates new and old parts, including a stylishly restored Omega caliber 3018 from 1913. The movements are also known by their original name, the 18"' CHRO calibers, and will each look slightly different in each of the 18 pieces of the set due to their age and condition. The manual-wound 18"' CHRO movement includes the time and a 15-minute monopusher chronograph (pusher is located at 6 o'clock on the case).

The movement runs at 2.5Hz and has a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. It features a custom-made grand-feu enamel dial inspired by the original model from the early twentieth century. The blued-steel hands on a vintage sport-style dial create an eye-catching face for this timepiece. The case is 47.5mm wide, water-resistant to 30m, and made of 18k white gold, with the crown and chronograph pusher made of 18k Sedna rose gold. The “three porthole” style 20mm wide brown leather strap is a visually appealing addition to the design.

4. Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ Limited Edition

The first Seamaster was created by the Swiss watchmaker in 1948, the last time London hosted the Olympic Games. The design is reminiscent of the legendary automatic Seamaster from 1948, while its inner workings represent the brand's cutting-edge technology. It has a 39 mm diameter case made of brushed stainless steel with a polished bezel and lugs. The caseback features a fixed 18-carat yellow gold medallion with the London 2012 Olympic Games logo.

The opaline silver dial also features luxury elements. There is an 18 Ct white gold vintage OMEGA logo and name, as well as 18 Ct white gold Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions, and hour markers are insinuated at the other positions.

The dial also has a small second’s subdial at 6 o'clock, diamond-polished hour and minute hands, and a blue central second’s hand. An in-house Co-Axial Caliber 2202 self-winding movement with a rhodium-plated finish is housed inside the case. This mechanism provides greater stability, accuracy, and durability thanks to its revolutionary Co-Axial Escapement and free-sprung balance. It is an officially certified chronometer with a 48-hour power reserve.

5.      De Ville Co-Axial Chronoscope

Olympic Timeless Collection Omega watches have retained some of the most distinctive features of 1930's chronographs. The vintage red brand's name and logo from the original, as well as the inscription "Official Timekeeper," are inscribed on the case back of each timepiece in the collection.

The Olympic Timeless Collection De Ville Co-Axial Chronoscope has a white dial with stylish black Arabic numerals and a minute track along the outer rim. The dial also includes classic-looking sub-dials: a 30-minute recorder at 3 o'clock, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a 60-second sub-dial at 9 o'clock. The watch is powered by the in-house caliber 3202, which is officially certified as a chronometer due to its spectacular accuracy, durability, and stability. The power reserve of this self-winding chronograph movement is 52 hours. 

Takeaway

You really can't go wrong with Omega when it comes to vintage watch purchases. The well-known Swiss luxury label has a roster full of iconic models as well as a rich history and prestige. The brand is an excellent starting point for any new collector interested in vintage timepieces.

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