Most people who collect watches have heard of Omega. And they will instantly recognize that brand. After all, Omega has been in the watch industry for quite some time, even longer than its main competitor Rolex. Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932 and it has sponsored many other sports events and teams. The first watch worn on the moon was made by Omega when American astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster during the Apollo 11 Mission in 1969.
We could continue to list down Omega’s achievements and innovations throughout the years, but that should be discussed in a separate article. Despite the challenges many people currently face in 2021, Omega is still as strong as ever, releasing new versions of its best-selling watch models. This article will further discuss three of the best Omega watches that you should get this 2021.
Seamaster Ploprof 1200M
This Omega watch is popular for having an unusual design compared to other watches from this prominent Swiss brand. But the design of this timepiece has a purpose, and it was made with professional divers in mind. For those who do not know it yet, the Omega Seamaster series are renowned for their water resistance for those who do not know it yet. And this characteristic makes them great diving watches. But the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M (short for “Plongeur Professional” which means professional diver in French) has everything that a diver, amateur or professional, will ask for. But you don’t have to be a diver to appreciate what the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M has to offer. Besides, it was an instant hit when Omega first released this watch in the 1970s.
Most people will be impressed that the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M could go as deep as 1,200 meters or 4,000 feet underwater. Now, some people will expect this watch to have a high water resistance as the Seamaster series is noted for this trait. But this feature is one of the reasons why a professional diver would appreciate this watch. But this watch is more than just its water resistance. A protective buffer covers the screwed-in watch crown on the timepiece’s nine o’clock position, which helps with the Ploprof’s water resistance. The Ploprof 1200M also has a bi-directional ceramic diving bezel that could be locked with an orange security pusher on the watch’s two o’clock position. This diving watch also has an automatic helium escape valve on its 4 o’clock side that helps with helium decompression. However, the insides of this watch are just as notable as the outside, as the Ploprof 1200M is powered with the help of the company’s in-house OMEGA Co-Axial caliber 8500. The Ploprof 1200M also comes with a “Sharkproof” brushed mesh bracelet and a rubber strap.
The Railmaster is one of the watch models that Omega released in the 1950s, along with the Seamaster and the Speedmaster. It was initially sold as its own series. But nowadays, Omega considers it as a sub-collection of the larger Seamaster series. However, it deserves to remain a collection of its own as the Railmaster was not built for professional divers and swimmers. Rather, it was a timepiece built for railway staff and electrical engineers, hence the name Railmaster. To make it more unique from the rest of the Seamaster series, the Railmaster has a water resistance of just 150 meters. That is less when you compare this timepiece to other Seamaster watches including the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M earlier. But what it lacks in both water resistance and stylish design, makes up for it in other features and functions.
But some people could say that the Omega Seamaster Railmaster is the company’s response to Rolex’s Milgauss and IWC’s Ingenieur. Railmaster might have even more similarities with the watches from these two different brands than with Omega’s own Seamaster series watches. For one, the Railmaster was not good at resisting pressure underwater but it is adept at resisting magnetic fields and electricity of up to 15,000 gausses. However, while the Railmaster is not as water-resistant as other Seamaster watches, this watch contains a NAIAD watch crown which pushes itself tighter against the watch's seals that as the pressure underwater increases. When it comes to design, it does not stray away from the original except with few changes. The watch dial of the Railmaster has a navy blue color that complements the denim NATO strap of the new version. The color and style of both the watch dial and the strap give the Railmaster a classic design that will give you flashbacks of the 1950s when denim jeans were a favorite of Hollywood bad boys like James Dean and Marlon Brando.
Speedmaster Moonwatch Dark Side of The Moon
As mentioned previously, the Omega Speedmaster was the first-ever watch to be worn on the moon. Buzz Aldrin, an American astronaut, wore the watch in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. Omega took advantage of this milestone, and since then the Speedmaster was called the Moonwatch for this achievement. This was remarkable, as the Speedmaster was created to be a reliable and durable chronograph for racing and other sports. This explains the presence of tachymeter bezels in some Speedmaster models. Since the Apollo 11 mission, Omega has released many variations of the “Moonwatch,” including this model beautifully called the “Dark Side of The Moon.”
The Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon” really exemplifies its name through its color. Everything from the watch dial and watch case to the strap and bezel is dominantly black. The case of the “Dark Side Of The Moon” case Theis made from black zirconium oxide ceramic, which matches perfectly with the equally black watch dial. The in-house OMEGA Co-Axial caliber 9300 powers this stealthy watch, and the words "Dark Side of the Moon" are engraved on the case back of this timepiece. There are also two ceramic subdials at the three and nine o'clock positions of the “Dark Side Of The Moon” along with a date window on the six o’clock position. This watch is also a chronometer, therefore you can expect it to be accurate in telling the time.
Omega is a Swiss watch brand that has made history since its inception. And it continues to make history to this day. There are a lot more Omega watches that you should look out for other than the ones on this list. But with new versions of the classic Omega models that watch enthusiasts loved and sought, this company proves that it is more alive than ever. It also proves that it will continue to change the history of timekeeping for years to come.