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About Omega Watches
Omega watches discounted up to 20% - Swiss Watches Direct is a UK company specialising in the sale of new Omega watches since 2005.
Omega was founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Originally the company assembled key-wound precision pocket watches from parts supplied by local craftsmen.
Following Louis Brandt's death in 1879, his two sons Louis-Paul and César, troubled by irregular deliveries of questionable quality, abandoned the unsatisfactory assembly workshop system in favour of in-house manufacturing and total production control.
In 1965, the Omega Speedmaster watch was chosen by NASA to be the first watch to be worn on the moon. On 21st July 1969, Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind wearing the now legendary Omega Speedmaster watch.
In more recent years, Omega presented the world's first self-winding wristwatch with central tourbillon in 1994 and then the revolutionary co-axial escapement in 1999 (originally limited).
In 2007 Omega unveiled its new Calibres 8500 and 8501, two coaxial (25,200 bph) movements created exclusively from inception by Omega.
In 2013 Omega announced the creation of the world's first watch movement that is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous watch movement. Most anti-magnetic watches utilize a soft iron-faraday cage which distributes electromagnetism in such a way that it cancels the effect on the watch movement contained within. Omega has instead built a movement of non-ferrous materials eliminating the need for such a cage and providing a far greater resistance to magnetic fields.