1. Omega

  2. Omega Watches Tokyo 2020 Olympics Limited Editions

    Omega Watches Tokyo 2020 Olympics Limited Editions

    Alongside the latest Seamaster Aqua Terra, Omega has rolled out a few other special limited edition pieces to commemorate the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It’s a story that’s more than eight decades in the making. Omega, the official timekeeper of the 2020 games, first had that role in 1932, when the games were held in Los Angeles. Omega watches has since been the official timekeepers of the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Timepieces for Today’s Games When Olympics fever takes over Tokyo in the summer of 2020, Omega will watch the future unfold. Modern competitions such as skateboarding, karate, and surfing make their first-ever runs at Olympic gold. Simone Biles will be the gymnast to watch judging by her 2016 gold-medal showing. Swimmer Katie Ledecky also comes in as a favorite, while the ever-popular Team USA Basketball has also made the cut. New Speedmasters for Tokyo 2020 Looking ahead into 2020, Omega went back to its past for inspiration from their Professional Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster that was along for man’s first step on the moon in 1969. That classic style is carried over to the Speedmasters for the upcoming games. The new Omega watches come in five colors that represent (you’ve guessed it) the five colors of the Olympic symbols: red, yellow, green, blue and black. Omega came with color and the watch world took notice. Blue: The Tokyo Blue brings it in reverse panda-style with a brushed blue dial beautifully contrasted against popping white sub-dials. Purists love the trademark red font for the Speedmaster logo. Black: We have traditional panda style with a striking white dial and black subdials that peer through the minimalist face. Green: Green and gold is both an elegant and a bold choice, so just a touch of green please, on the bezel. Now bring on the glimmering contrast with Omega’s signature Sedna Gold in a balanced mix with stainless steel. Red: Red comes in bold and stormy. It’s seriously downplayed by an all-business light-grey saturated dial. But that robust ring of red around the face embodies its spirit and radiates an action-ready vibe. Yellow: Here we get a full-on tribute to Olympic rings with a medley of circles in yellow gold cast in sleek contrast with a matte black dial. Meet the 2020 Seamasters For the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020, Omega makes a sweeping change with the collection’s first-ever ceramic dial. The official Olympic emblem for the event is laser engraved across the high polish blue dial. At a solid 41mm case size with a sapphire case back, this Seamaster wears super sporty. They’re rolling out just 2,020 pieces (a bit on the nose, but okay). If you want to make a change from the all-stainless-steel motif, it wears wonderfully on the included blue rubber strap. On the Seamaster’s inside, you’ve got magnetic-resistant Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8900 from a solid Swiss player in the industry. Omega Watches, More to It A nod to the games lies in the case’s solid back stamped with a competing continent. The switch from the traditional Speedmaster sapphire case back is a standout feature. Beyond that, these limited editions don’t veer too far from Speedmaster territory with polished and brushed 42mm cases, three-link bracelets and 1861 hand-wound movements. The Dial Let’s talk about that dial that mimics the Cubist-inspired logo for Tokyo’s games. It’s standing right out there like an art grad’s accent wall. Sooner or later someone is going to call attention to the design that would be at home on the set of a swinging’ evening variety show in 1964. Love it or not, it’s got an iconic style. Sticking with the sea, we also get the Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020. The host country gets a salute in this watch Omega says has “a true Japanese touch.” Could they be referring to the Liquidmetal diving scale that would be at home in Japanese anime? Could it be the patriotic colors with a “lollipop” seconds hand that echoes the flag of Japan? A bezel filled with red liquid ceramic continues the country’s colors. This one wears in a refined kind of funky, or funky kind of refined on a white leather strap. Or go with the more traditional stainless steel bracelet or the NATO strap that’s in with the packaging. Flip the watch over to find a sapphire crystal case back with the emblem of the games on stainless steel that’s protecting an Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement. Seamasters to Mark Moments It’s worth looking back just a few balmy summer months ago to when Omega bowed its Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black to commemorate tequila, mezcal and a wee splash of George Clooney. Going black-on-black, the watchmakers did a design meld with Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal, an artisanal agave producer in Oaxaca, Mexico that the actor co-owns. View this post on Instagram #omega #omegaplanetocean #omegacasamigos A post shared by Collecting Watches (@appanerairm) on Jun 25, 2019 at 8:40am PDT Chances are you won’t be in Tokyo for the Olympic games. More than likely you will catch them on TV, maybe have a mini addiction on something like Badminton or Dressage. And when you see the shining Olympic moment of triumph that inevitably happens, maybe you’ll want a piece of that history on your wrist with an Omega watch.

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  3. The Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    The Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Any informed watch enthusiast knows that there are companies producing quality products all around the globe. Still, almost every luxury timepiece brand is based in Switzerland, which has been a horology hub for hundreds of years. So, if you’re in the market for a truly remarkable product, going with Swiss watch brands is an excellent choice. Below, I choose five of my favorite Swiss watch brands and give a brief explanation for why that company is worth your consideration. The criteria I used to pick them is more art than science. The list is not solely based on the quality of the watches, their value, or the heritage of each company. Instead, it is a wonderful mix of all of those factors. I hope you enjoy it! Rolex The fact of the matter is, that in the watch world, Rolex is king. Since their inception over 100 years ago, they have continuously broken records and busted through barriers. One of the most notable examples is when they created the first waterproof watch ever and proved its ability by having a famous swimmer cross the English Channel wearing it. Another achievement that comes to mind is when they created a watch that can withstand the insane pressure of going to the very bottom of the ocean. As expected, that timepiece functioned perfectly. While there are many excellent brands out there, Rolex continues to be the most recognizable and sought after Swiss watch brands. It is the favorite of CEOs, actors, and rappers, but it isn’t all hype and celebrity endorsements. Instead, they take meticulous care in every product they create, and the quality of the final product is undeniable. If you want to get one for yourself, you might have to be patient, as their most popular models often have one or two-year waitlists. Omega Omega has a reputation as Rolex’s little brother, but it is a company that has a variety of accomplishments of its own. Perhaps the best of all of them is outfitting the first astronauts who went to the moon. That might be my favorite piece of horological trivia, and Omega will always have it in their back pocket. Just like most of the brands on this list, this company has been around for over a century and has been revolutionizing the watch market throughout. My favorite thing about Omega is how much value they deliver at their price point. No, these pieces do not beat out the likes of Rolex or Patek Philippe, but in my opinion, they come very close. A watch collector with an endless budget can purchase the best of the best, but many of us would prefer 90% of the watch for half the price. That is precisely what Omega provides. Patek Philippe This brand is one of the oldest out there. Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 and has specialized in creating luxury timepieces ever since. One of the more charming things about this company is that it is family owned. That is in contrast to most other brands, which are either large corporations themselves or part of even larger conglomerates. Throughout its history, Patek Philippe has amassed numerous achievements and made a variety of technological leaps. As far as the products themselves go, many horological experts consider Patek Philippe watches to be the best in the world. That doesn’t just mean the best value, or the best in their price range, though. It means that if you put a Patek head to head with any timepiece, it would win. Now, that is just an opinion, but it is the opinion of many prominent people who know their way around watches. Audemars Piguet The one hesitation I have in putting Audemars Piguet on this list is their somewhat small catalog. While they have some alternatives, nearly every watch they sell is a Royal Oak or an offshoot of that iconic piece. Still, their popularity is undeniable, and they absolutely deserve a spot on this list. Additionally, their Code 11.59 collection is about to expand their offerings considerably, which should make the company even more alluring going forward. IWC The last brand on this list is International Watch Company, better known as IWC.  IWC sometimes flies under the radar, but produces amazing products at a fair price. To be honest, this final spot was the toughest to pick. The first four felt absolutely right, while number 5 was a toss-up between a variety of brands. Still, IWC is definitely deserving of their inclusion, and are an excellent option for those of you who want to spend a bit less money on your wrist companion. The truth is that you can’t go wrong with any Swiss watch brands. Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and IWC all have fantastic reputations and are sure to wow you with their products. Perhaps the hardest part of this article, though, was leaving out so many other great companies. So, let’s do a quick honorable mentions list: Longines, Breitling, Tissot, TAG Heuer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin and Oris. You really can’t go wrong with any of these options, so if you want to spend a bit less or go in a different direction, don’t hesitate to check any of these brands out.

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  4. Why the Omega Railmaster is a Classic

    Why the Omega Railmaster is a Classic

    The first-ever Omega Railmaster watch, the CK2914, was first released in 1957. It was a part of Omega’s collection of tool watches, which also included the Seamaster and Speedmaster. There’s a lot to learn about the Railmaster and what makes it one of the many classic watches. The Birth of the Omega Railmaster The Railmaster was essentially designed for scientists and electrical engineers. What made it stood out from its other two siblings in tool watches is its anti-magnetic shielding which served as protection from the movement. Over the years, there have been several attempts to protect various watches from magnetic fields. Although the damage is invisible to the naked eye, magnetic fields tend to damage crucial and delicate parts of the watch as well as the balance spring and the escapement. To put it simply, the magnetic field can easily mess with the watch’s accuracy and with a job like that of a scientist or an electrical engineer, magnetic fields can’t be avoided. Omega Railmaster – Protecting the Movement With a Faraday Cage, the CK2914 was able to protect the movement and made the watch resistant to up to 1000 Gauss. Omega placed a NuMetal plate on the case back, thus protecting the movement under the case from magnetic fields. In its initial edition, Omega opted for the 30T2 movement which was later renamed Calibers 284, 285, and then 286. For added magnetic resistance, the company decided to make the dial to be 1mm thick instead of their usual 0.4mm. Features of the Omega Railmaster With a 38mm case, the Railmaster was made using stainless steel and was water-resistant to up to 200 feet. It also didn’t have a screw-down crown. Instead, there is a Naiad crown that pushes tighter against the seals with increasing water pressure. The watch also has a bold and beautiful black dial that house white Arabic numerals along with triangular hour markers. While this is the company’s one of the most iconic designs for Omega watches, the Railmaster didn’t receive the popularity it should have. The watch also has different variations with rare, different colored dials. One of these rare models includes a version with a white dial and leaf-shaped hands. Throughout the production of Omega Railmaster, the company used different kinds of hands, including broad arrow, baton, and dauphine hands. 2.0 In the early 1960s, the company began the production of a new version of the Railmaster. The dial was white and all the hour markers were black numerals instead of the iconic triangles. Some versions of this model also had the hours for twenty-four time mentioned in red beside the black number. However, this model didn’t really last for long in the market, and the company didn’t produce any more Omega Railmaster watches until 2003. The Revival of Omega Railmaster Omega’s line up of watches skipped out on the Railmaster until 2003. That’s when the company began reinventing themselves by producing more calibers with co-axial escapements. For this purpose, the Railmaster seemed to be the ideal fit. It could flawlessly live up to the technical achievements that were put forward by the newly-introduced co-axial escapement. Thus, the new Railmaster came with three sizes (36mm, 39mm, and 42mm), and as a first, it has a chronograph too. It is further equipped with an Aqua Terra style case, an exhibition case back, a screw-down crown, and slightly twisted lugs. However, this particular version didn’t have any special anti-magnetic properties. This version of the Railmaster seemed to be the ideal watch for all watch enthusiasts. However, it didn’t sell as well as the company had hoped and it again pulled the line back in 2012. More Recently At Baselworld 2017, Omega released two new versions of the Railmasters. The first was the Railmaster 60th Anniversary model, designed physically the samel. Therefore, it has the same hands, same dial, same 38mm case, and even the same bracelet. However, it does have modern movement, and instead of tritium, it has faux patina. Due to the silicium parts in the escapement, the Calibre 8806 of this watch is up to fifteen times more resistant to magnetic fields than the original caliber. The new Railmaster watch, however, is an entry-priced model that houses the most recent Omega movements. It’s pretty clear why this one is a classic and why it should be in every watch connoisseurs’ collection. In this model, there’s an actual and genuine appreciation for the Railmaster lineage. It has the same triangular hour markers as well as Arabic numbers at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions. Running along the dial of the brushed dial, there are new baton hands as well as a crosshair. The case measures 40mm wide and is water resistance to up to 150m. Like the original model, this doesn’t have a screw-down crown, closed steel case back, and a printed case.

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  5. Checklist for Buying Your First Luxury Watch

    Checklist for Buying Your First Luxury Watch

    Are you planning to buy a luxury watch? Here are some things you have to take care of while purchasing a luxury watch that highlights your personality. Choosing the right watch may feel a little daunting, but some good caliber sense will get you the perfect one. The watch you wear reflects a lot about you; it shows you have produced some quality work to reach this level. There is no longer any essence in picking your phone to tell what time it is, and therefore, you need a masterpiece on your wrist for that. Following are the considerations to look upon while buying high-end luxury watches. 1: Watch Dial Type/Display- Digital or Analog Lets talk watch dial types. If you are a casual party person and you need stylish luxury watches that you could wear to your casual occasions, you definitely shouldn’t go for a digital watch. The same old-fashioned watch with ticking hands would give a classy look on the wrist, and yet is it the most stylish option to consider? Fortunately, there are some options which give you the elegance of both the worlds, meaning analog and digital displays. Some of these stylish brands may give you a smart look to be worn with formal attire. 2: Band/Strap Material Leather straps are the most loved variety in straps. They have their grace but have a tendency to wear off with time. In summers, you sweat, and that may damage your leather strap, so if you are looking forward to wearing it in the heat, you have to switch it up with a nylon strap. However, talking about the metal strap, it always gives a superior and robust look to your business attire. It serves as the perfect all-rounder and works to make you stand out by complementing the masculine wrist on every occasion. The most commonly used are rubber straps, also called resin. They go with almost every attire and look smart even with a sharp formal suit. A rubber strap does not reflect poor quality; it just ensures secure functionality with rough use. 3: Watch Movement – Quartz, Mechanical or Automatic The oldest and the most retro option is to go for mechanical watches that have springs and cogs to power the watch’s movement. The hands have to be wound every day. Some men think this classic opinion is just some nuisance; others enjoy minority with the ritual. Similarly, automatic luxury watches are a perfect option. You are not required to wind them by yourself after putting them on the wrist. Instead, they wind themselves using a motion sensor. Quartz is a watch-powering option which is offered with batteries. The battery life may rely in between 12 to 36 months. They have high accuracy and are comparatively lesser in price. 4: Watch Features What kind of features do you want in your watch? You may need a sound alarm system if you consider putting your phone away for a sweet sleep. A stopwatch is also a convenient option to use during your gym time. It is way better than using your smartphone for it. Quality luxury watches may give you a stopwatch going up to the length of 24 hours. A smart digital watch can also be synchronized with your phone or your computer. But it needs to be updated to the latest software so that it doesn’t go outdated. 5: Water Resistance  No watch in this world can guarantee the label of ‘waterproof’ honestly. It is not what you think water resistance is. A watch that has 100m water resistance does not authenticate that it will work excellent 100m under the water. To test water-resistance, there are some laboratory-based experiments used. These tests are comparable to be checked with static water pressure and one hour of setting it in 10cm water. Real-life examples show a watch will never come across static water pressure. It will always be moving like diving or shower. 6: Quality Signs  The seal of Geneva is the certification which ensures that the watch is built with complete class. Only a fraction of 24,000 watches from Switzerland out of 30 million manage to get the prestigious badge of Geneva. The Swiss law has set rules that the seal is applied to the movements of those particular watches that follow the strictest basis of Swiss law. There should be a tiny description of the origin of the watch inside the creation of the dial. 7: Watch’s Weight  The strong built is reflected by the weight of the watch you have invested in. So make sure that you go for an excellent design. However, a watch that is too heavy for your wrist will also not suit your everyday use. Watches that are heavy go nicely with professional and formal events and gatherings. There are certain brands that make watches solely for this sort. However, if you are not a fan of heavy watches, some brands make perfect and sleek designs. Verdict After learning the roles of luxury watches above, you must have got an idea of what it takes to create a luxury watch that stands out on every occasion. Some watches require status and personality to go with them. So keep your watches safe and invest in them respectively. The timepiece you buy may change your personality and how people look at you. It might be worth more than you ever expected. It is always a sweet feeling to get praises for your watch on unexpected and expected occasions.

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  6. COSC Certified Watches: What is COSC Certification?

    COSC Certified Watches: What is COSC Certification?

    Your Guide to COSC Certified Watches Is the watch you are thinking of buying COSC certified? Not all watches qualify though. Only the highest quality watches can pass the exacting tests required to receive this distinction. Purchasing a certified watch is your assurance that your new watch is of exceptionally high quality. What is COSC Certification? The Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) is a neutral and impartial Swiss non-profit organization. They work independently of watchmakers. Their goal is to certify the finest quality Swiss watches through rigorous testing of a watch’s internal timekeeping components. Not any watch can just pass the test and receive an official certificate. A watch must have only the finest components possible. And of course it’s assembled by expert watchmakers only. If a timepiece gains distinction as a certified watch, it will have a unique identification number engraved on the movement and receive an official certificate. COSC certified watches are clearly distinct from ordinary watches and have a must higher added value. More than a million watches a year receive a certification. But that is still only a small fraction (6%) of Swiss watchmaking, already justifiably renowned! COSC Certified Watch Brands In 2015, there were three watch brands with the most timepieces to receive certifications. Rolex topped the list in 2015 with 795,716 watches receiving their certificates. Getting second place was Omega with 511,861 certified watches. Breitling watches received 147,917 certificates. Of those, 28,499 were quartz models. Of all the other watch brands tested, none received more than 100,000 certificates, although Tissot came close. They had 96,563 certified timepieces including 30,581 quartz models. Tissot was the overall leader in quartz timepieces. Back in 2008, Longines introduced its Record Collection. That collection was entirely full of COSC certified watches. Are You Ready for a Certified Watch? A COSC certified watch is right for you if quality, craftsmanship, and precision are important to you. At Watchshopping.com, we carry a great selection of watches that were deemed worthy of the certification. You can be rest assured that any watch you purchase with us is guaranteed to be authentic and in perfect working order. Contact us for more information or to place an order. *Citing confidentiality concerns, watchmakers requested that COSC no longer publish exact numbers and the organization agreed. 

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  7. Watch Series: Omega Watches for Men

    Watch Series: Omega Watches for Men

    In 1848, Omega’s primary founder created a company in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. A few years later (1877), his sons Louis-Paul and César joined the family business, so the name promptly changed to Louis Brandt & Fils. In 1903, the company’s name finally changed to Omega Watch Co. This was because of the invention of the Omega caliber (where the company gets its name). At the time, it offered their watches improved accuracy and reparability. Lets take a look at some Omega watches for men. Introduction Omega is one of the best luxury brands in the world; having played a part in different categories and thus, set milestones. From NASA and the Olympics to the British military and a James Bond movie—the watch, like any other in its class, has penetrated most high societies. Below, we’ll show you the Omega watches for men that are worth spending on. General features of Omega include a lot of things. The watch company is known for having an impressive build quality. They use in-house movements and have used modified ETA movements in the past. They’re cost friendly, compared to brands like Rolex. The Omega Seamaster, Speedmaster and as well as the Constellation are their most popular collections. 1: Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is number one on our list for a reason. It’s one of those watches with solid social proof and also, the critics’ approval. Back in 1969, Buzz Aldrin wore a Speedmaster Professional Chronograph on the first lunar landing. The reason being the great list of features the watch has. It is precision, highly readable, and comes with perfect build quality. Latest models come updated with the Caliber Omega 1861, which is manually wound to fill up the 48-hour power reserve. After, the watch comes in a 42 mm case, and a blacked-out dial with three sub-dials for the seconds, a 30-minute recorder, and a 12-hour recorder. Get this if the tradition of vintage pieces appeals to you. Price starts from $5,200 Fun Fact: There are models of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch that feature a moon phase complication. 2: Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean If you’re looking into a professional dive watch, the three features you must look for are; water resistance, helium-escape valve, and alveol screw-in caseback. All 3 encompass the Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean. The watch was initially released in 2005, though it’s an upgrade over the Omega Seamaster 300. Its features include indexes, minute hand, and 12 o’clock dot coated in Super-LumiNova, an automatic Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement, water resistance up to 2,000 feet, and a price tag starting from about $6,200. 3: Omega Constellation Co-Axial The Omega Constellation collection launched in 1952 and has been a fan favorite since. The watch’s major selling point is the vintage appeal that it drives. From the segmented bracelet to the stylish bezel and dial, the customizations that you can make doesn’t reduce the vintage vibe you get. Today’s updated versions now include self-winding Co-Axial calibers with up to 50 hours in the power reserve. Also, the Constellation collection is water resistant up to a depth of 330 feet. It’s rather low when compared to the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean, but keep in mind that this is a dress watch, with plenty of ‘style’ to spare. The Omega Constellation Co-Axial starts from $4,400. 4: Omega De Ville Prestige  The Omega De Ville Prestige is a simple looking watch, with a clean dial free from the usual cluster. Instead, a rather clear date display sits at the 3 o’clock mark while Roman numerals slightly decorate the index. That is an all-purpose watch that you wear to both formal and informal occasions. The clock hangs on a leather strap and Omega’s new in-house movements. Prices start at $3,600. Fun Fact: You can get models in the Prestige collection with a power reserve indicator of ones with a chronograph complication. 5: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial As one of Omega’s most significant collections, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial combines sea-themed luxury and performance rather well. The watch is made from stainless steel and comes inside a 41.5 mm case. At the center, Omega’s self-winding Co-Axial caliber 8500 beats with a power reserve of up to 60 hours. One of our favorite models offers water resistance up to a depth of 150 m. The white, sun-brushed and lacquered dial is insert with 18k gold seconds hand and deep blue hour and minute hands. Price starts from $7,300.

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  8. Hands-On with the Omega Constellation

    Hands-On with the Omega Constellation

    I recently had the privilege of getting my hands on one of the latest Omega Constellation. While this collection does not have the name recognition of the Seamaster or Speedmaster, it has quickly become one of my favorite offerings from this brand. One phrase experts often use to describe products is “everyday watch.” What this means is that the timepiece lends itself to being worn every day, rather than just for special occasions. I believe that the Omega Constellation is one of the best everyday watches on the market, and I explain why in the sections below. Brand Omega is one of the most recognizable brands in the luxury watch space, and for good reason. They famously put Speedmasters on the first astronauts who went to the moon, outfitted James Bond in multiple movies, and have established themselves as one of the best timepiece companies in the world. Rolex and Omega seem to always be in the same conversation. The reason is that they are both top-tier brands and have similar price points. Discussing the Constellation is another area where Rolex comes up because this model is so much like the Day-Date and Datejust. All three are everyday watches, have simple designs, and serve the same purpose in a watch collection. The question is, does the Constellation give you more bang for your buck? As much as I adore Rolex, I do think that most Omega products are a better deal than their Swiss counterpart. The Constellation is no exception, as it does everything that the Rolex models do and still comes in at a lower price. History of the Constellation This watch is one with some legitimate history, and it all began in 1952. Omega released it soon after World War II ended, with its name coming from a famous Jet that flew during the war. It was a major success right away. While not as popular in Western countries, it was and still is one of the best-selling watches in China and other parts of Asia. The one complaint people have about the Constellation is that the design is a bit plainer than the models of old. While I understand that position, it is also reasonable to enjoy every era of this iconic watch. Appearance   While this watch comes in multiple designs, the most popular one has a blue strap, silver case, and blue dial. This color combination flat out works, and it looks fantastic with almost any outfit. I also love the simplicity of the dial. Omega doesn’t crowd it with extraneous subdials or design features. Instead, they give it a simple date window, a classy design, and a texture that is incredibly pleasing to the eye. The last thing to note on appearance is this watch’s fluted bezel, which is absolutely gorgeous and feels great beneath your fingers. Materials The model I handled has a domed sapphire crystal, stainless steel case, and a leather strap. Each of those three components is a level above most watches that I’ve handled, and I fully endorse them. The one that I was most impressed by was the crystal. It is scratch resistant, anti-reflective on both sides, and has an incredibly charming domed effect. General Craftsmanship The quality of this watch is excellent from top to bottom. That includes the fluted bezel, case, strap, and everything in between. While not built to withstand a ton of pressure, this timepiece should last you for generations. It is tough against scratches, has 100m water resistance, and is overall resilient against the trials of day to day life. Movement The movement inside the Omega Constellation is quite good. It has a 60-hour power reserve, automatically winds itself, and has a gorgeous aesthetic quality. My one qualm with it is that I prefer a watch with three days of power reserve at the minimum. Still, it’s hard to complain about machinery that is so accurate and reliable. What Makes it Special For what makes this watch special, I will go back to our discussion about Rolex’s Day-Date and Datejust. Those are two of the most sought-after day to day timepieces in the world, but their price point is just too high for the majority of consumers. What makes the Constellation special is that it packs in nearly as much quality as those products but is generally a few thousand dollars cheaper. Overall Impression Omega is famous for delivering a ton of value with their watches. While many other brands of this quality choose to sell for over $10,000, they break the mold by keeping their timepieces accessible to a higher proportion of collectors. The Constellation is a prime example of that trend, and I see it as one of the best buys you can make in the current watch market. If it catches your eye, don’t hesitate. Go get one for yourself.

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  9. Used Omega Watches: Tips on Buying One

    Used Omega Watches: Tips on Buying One

    Purchasing a new watch from Omega can cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 in today’s market. While those prices are accessible for a tiny percentage of the population, they aren’t for most others. As a result, collectors often buy used watches. This practice lowers their costs substantially, while at the same time giving them a timepiece that is every bit as good as a new one. Unfortunately, doing so comes with a bit of risk, as purchasing a used watch is less reliable than brand new. I offer some tips on buying used Omega watches in the sections below. Used Omega Watches: Understand What Makes a Seller Risky The biggest mistake you can make is choosing the wrong seller. These people can scam you in two ways: Not Delivering – In the first example, the seller you choose doesn’t send you a watch at all. Whether it be on eBay or through an unestablished website, this person will take your money and never deliver your Omega. This outcome is relatively uncommon. Under Delivering – Our second example is much more prevalent. It is under delivering, which frequently happens when the watch you receive doesn’t match the website’s photos and description. When choosing a seller, look at sales history, pictures of the product, and how clean the website looks. If they have no track record, blurry photos, or a poorly constructed site, then it is best to find someone else. Choose a Reputable Dealer Find a reputable dealer like Watchshopping.com! The following are a few indications of a reliable seller. Professional Website – Though looks can be deceiving, having an aesthetically pleasing and functional website is always a positive sign. Good Looking Pictures – Blurry photos or ones that don’t match the watch you want are both negative indicators. Choose a seller with high-quality pictures instead. Customer Support – The best vendors on the internet have customer support that you can chat with or email at any time. Content – When someone is a scammer, they generally don’t put a lot of time into their website. Having blog posts, YouTube videos, or social media accounts is a sign of legitimacy. Remember the Cost of Service At this point, you’ve settled on a reputable seller and it is time to buy your Omega watch. One thing that you have to remember is how much it will cost to service your new timepiece. Most manufacturers recommend taking their products into an expert every 5 years. Each time that will run you a few hundred dollars, so be sure to note that when looking at your financial situation. Another issue you often run into is watches needing servicing right away, as they are more than 5 years old and perhaps have not had the service they need. This will add to your purchase price because you will need to spend some amount of money right away. Used Omega Watches: Look for Dents and Scratches When you buy a new watch, you never have to think about the condition of it. Presumably, it has never been worn, so there should not be any damage. Used Omega watches are different. They’ve generally been worn a fair amount before you ever get your hands on them, so there is always a risk of minor damage. You can defend against this by requesting photos of the watch and inspecting them carefully. Doing so should reveal any imperfections. Get the Box and Papers (If Possible) Optimally, your purchase will come with the original box and papers. This means that in addition to the watch, you’ll receive its packaging and the documentation that proves its legitimacy. If you purchase a relatively new watch, you should get one or both of these. Older timepieces have a higher risk of not having either of them. Ultimately, the box and papers aren’t required, but they are nice to have. Buy What You Like This is a tip for all watch buyers, and it definitely applies to purchasing a used Omega. If you love the Seamaster or Speedmaster, you’re making an excellent choice. That said, you don’t need to go with a big-name model. A different timepiece might speak to you, and you should choose whichever you like best. The good thing about Omega is that they are an exceptional brand, and any watch you buy from them should impress. Enjoy Your New Watch!  Once you get your Omega in the mail, it is time to start enjoying it. Some of you will make it your everyday watch, while others will keep it under wraps and only bring it out for special occasions. However you plan to use it, I ask that you enjoy it. Collecting timepieces is one of the most enjoyable hobbies in the world and purchasing used Omega watches is an excellent way to explore it.

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  10. How to Check for Authentic Watches

    How to Check for Authentic Watches

    Wanting to buy a watch from a renowned brand? Not buying it directly from one of the brand’s shops or an online portal? Worried you may not be buying a 100% genuine piece? Then, this is the guide you need: How to check for authentic watches. A couple of tricks exist that help you differentiate between a real watch and a replica. Let us delve into further detail of how it’s possible to track down an original. Ticking An original watch will not create any noise or ticking sounds. This is because it consists of tiny parts that have been assembled carefully to create the perfect watch mechanism. Replicas, however, lack this quality and will create ticking sounds which can be easily identified by placing the watch close to your ear. Authentic Watches Quality A watch’s quality is the first thing that will be noticeably different. A replica can never match the quality of a genuine piece. To identify a fake, look for unfinished edges, improper polish, scratches, and even wrong markings/engravings. Also, check if the watch’s clasp/buckle works fine, if the screw down crown works and whether the watch needles can be guided by the screw that adjusts the time. Look for any other errors such as misspelled words and even wrong stamps. It is also important to check if the markings are clear and properly engraved and are not fading out, which will only happen if it’s a fake watch. Also, the color of the fake watch can be visibly different due to the usage of low-quality material, so check that before you make a purchase. Weight A branded watch is made with precious stones, crystal, gold, silver, heavy metals, and metal alloys. Also, they are equipped with a dozen tiny moving parts which make a branded watch heavier and sturdier. An ordinary watch lacks this and is nowhere as heavy, robust, sturdy or durable. There is always going to be a noticeable difference in weight between a real and a fake watch since a real watch is always heavier. Product Specifications It’s always great to do your research on the watch you intend to buy. This enables you to get to know the product specifications of your desired watch in detail. Hence, before making any purchase, you can easily match up the specs to differentiate between a designer watch and replica. Looking at photos and also learning more about what the watch looks exactly like is going to save you from throwing money on a fake. Also, it is a good idea to make yourself familiar with logos, stamps and trademark designs of the brand you’re buying from as these greatly help in making the correct choice. Stamps Designer watches have a couple of stamps placed all around their body. Look for these stamps and check if they really are original. You can easily find out which model has which stamps placed where and how many there are on the watch online. Sapphire crystal top A sapphire crystal top is placed onto the dial of every designer watch. Regular watches either have a mineral crystal top or glass top. The sapphire top gives a violet tint at a certain angle which can be used to make sure of the fact that a certain watch is genuine. To prove this, tilt the watch at various angles under a light to see if it gives off a purplish-tint. Moreover, the sapphire crystal top also has a noticeable luster and shine that is obvious from even a few steps away. Watch bracelet Designer watch bracelets are specially designed to ensure flexibility and durability. Examine the watch bracelet before buying it by making sure it is perfectly flexible and glides onto your wrist smoothly. Moreover, the clasp that closes the bracelet usually has 2 stamps on it. These stamps can be searched to ensure the authenticity of the watch. Model number Not only can you identify a fake by comparing serial numbers, but you can also check for the model number as well. Do your research online to find out exactly what the model number of the genuine watch should be. Serial number If the watch is real, the serial number on the watch case and bracelet both should be exactly similar. Tally these numbers to differentiate between a real and fake watch. Sometimes, the serial number is also placed on a sticker behind the dial of the watch, so you may want to check there as well. Cyclops window The cyclops magnification over the calendar window is another thing you can check to ensure authenticity. A fake watch may have an overly magnified or under-magnified cyclops window. Watch hands Check if the watch hands are of the correct material, have the correct shape and size and also whether they are moving correctly. A fake watch may have an error in the watch mechanism which may then make the hand movement shaky and unstable. Packing One of the first things you’ll notice when unboxing a watch and also one of the most important things to differentiate between a genuine and fake is the packaging. The box case should be of good quality and exactly like the pictures online. Moreover, it should be sturdy and should not be poor looking. Also, check the papers inside for low-quality print, fake information or a missing warranty or documents. Price Last, but certainly not the least is to check for pricing. A watch that is just too cheap to be true, is likely bound to be a fake or second-hand watch.

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  11. Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020

    Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020

    Most horology experts agree that the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most iconic watches of all time. Getting your hands on one is generally quite easy, though, as it is a mass market product. What won’t be easy to obtain is the new Tokyo 2020 Speedmaster line. The reason is that it is only being sold in Japan and in limited supply. Regardless of whether you get one for yourself, discussing this new line is fun and exciting. Below, I get into the details surrounding the Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020. History of the Speedmaster One historical event defines the Omega Speedmaster over all else and has led to this watch’s top nickname, the “Moonwatch.” The story is a short, but compelling one. It starts with a crew of American astronauts sliding Speedmasters on their wrists, and it ends with those men walking on the moon. Naturally, Omega has used this event in its marketing campaigns ever since. Still, this watch is not all hype and history. It is one of the best options in its price range and is a favorite among experienced collectors. Overall Impression of This Model You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the watch world who hates Speedmasters. They are attractive, well made, and have one of the best brands backing them up. Add all that to unbeatable heritage, and you have a watch that shouldn’t disappoint. I also especially love the tachymeter and chronographs. These elements make the Speedmaster a functional piece and one that represents the culture of racing. Special Edition Watches Collectors have a love-hate relationship with special edition watches. On the one hand, they are often fantastic products and have an enticing level of exclusivity. On the other, that exclusivity also limits that amount of people that can enjoy them. Ultimately, special editions are a significant part of watch culture, and that isn’t going to change. No matter how you feel about them, though, the beauty of the Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020 is undeniable. As far as the case back, you get the Olympics logo, text that says, “Tokyo 2020,” and the logo for this specific event. It is very pleasing to look at, though it will not be visible while you’re wearing the watch. What’s Different About Them? As far as foundational design elements and functions, these Speedmasters are exactly the same as mainstream models. The differences come in the form of a unique case back and five color schemes that correspond with the five rings of the Olympic symbol. I’ve briefly described each of them below. Blue – This model has a blue tachymeter, blue dial, and white subdials. The aesthetics of it work very well, giving it a sporty and attractive energy. Yellow – Black and gold are a timeless combination, and this Speedmaster is yet another example of that. Its dial and tachymeter are primarily black, with the gold coloring being used as a complementary color throughout. Black – You might call this black and white timepiece a “panda watch.” Its white dial is absolutely gorgeous, and overall, it is an excellent pick for people who have a less flashy fashion sense. Green – The three primary colors here are green, gray, and rose gold. While those might not sound like they’d fit together well, once you see this watch, you’ll undoubtedly find that they do. Red – Lastly, we have the contrast of a red tachymeter with a clean, white dial. This is likely my favorite of the bunch. Japan Exclusive Now, for some not-so-great news. The Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020 is, as you might have guessed, exclusively being sold in Japan. Though many watch blogs are writing about it, Omega isn’t even advertising this product on their US or European websites. In the past, that would most likely lead to westerners never owning this special edition watch, but times have changed. How You Can Get One for Yourself With the rise of the internet, the days of total exclusivity are over. Omega could have kept this watch in Japan exclusively in another era, but now, collectors in the western world are going to be able to get their hands on some of them. There are two ways to make it happen. 1: Go to the Olympics in Tokyo – Of course, you can always get a new watch the old-fashioned way. You’ll just have to make a trip to Japan, walk into an Omega store, and purchase one in person. If you choose this option, you might be able to make a wonderful vacation out of it. 2: Purchase One Online – You can count on many collectors purchasing a limited edition Speedmaster and selling it not long after. There will also be people who buy one specifically to resell it. Either way, these watches will eventually start to show up for sale online at online watch stores!

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