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Trying to find a “go anywhere, do anything” (GADA) everyday watch suitable for either the seaside and swimsuit or boardroom and business suit is like being hungry for both seafood and steak. You scan the restaurant menu for a “surf and turf” option, but typically, there’s only one combo offered.

But imagine sitting down in a restaurant that specializes in combining both. The chefs cook a large variety of beef cuts and types of fish in a wide, mouth-watering range of styles and ingredients and then plate the delicious dishes with flair and color. You can also order a right-sized portion that fits your appetite.

You may be waiting a long time for a restaurant with that kind of versatility and quality, but you don’t have to for the perfect “surf and turf” watch. It’s available now: Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra, comfortable on both land and sea, perfect for a tux or tee.

I’ll be covering a lot of terrain—and water—in this review: general description, history, and in-depth looks at specifications, options, popular models, suitability, pricing, and availability. So, let’s hit the ground running and jump into the deep end of the pool.

About the Omega Aqua Terra

The Aqua Terra’s name reflects its essential duality and “reason for being”: “Water” + “Land”. Since its launch in 2002, Omega has positioned the Aqua Terra as a “middle way”, connecting the sporty Speedmaster chronographs and Seamaster diver collections with the dressier Constellation and De Ville models.

The Aqua Terra is understated and elegant for formal events, sturdy and reliable for the everyday grind, and “seaworthy” enough for the majority of people to have fun in or near the water. Add to those appealing qualities its large menu of options and styles, and the Aqua Terra shines as the perfect GADA watch and a top-shelf luxury model that competes fiercely with Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual and Datejust – but with a smaller price tag and ready availability.

History of Omega Aqua Terra Watches

The Aqua Terra’s strong Seamaster family connection with Omega’s first dress-style, water resistant watch of 1948 and the original Seamaster 300 (not to be confused with the contemporary Diver 300M) launched in 1957 has remained strong since 2002, even as design elements, movements, and the number of models offered have evolved and proliferated.

The first automatic movement used in the Aqua Terra was the ETA Caliber 2500, a Co-Axial escapement design by legendary watchmaker George Daniels and adopted by Omega in 1993. In 2007, the Aqua Terra received an updated in-house, Co-Axial, COSC-certified Caliber 8500, which significantly improved accuracy and reliability. 

2017 saw the introduction of the Co-Axial Calibers 8800 and 8900 used in the majority of Aqua Terras today, both carrying the METAS Master Chronometer certification and an accuracy of 0/+5 seconds a day.

In addition to the versatile Aqua Terra mainstay models comprising the heart of the collection, Omega introduced several other iterations over the years, including a chronograph, GMTs, annual calendar, golf releases, a highly antimagnetic >15,000 Gauss model, day-date models, world timers, and small seconds hand dial designs. 

There were several important new additions to the Aqua Terra line in 2017 and 2021-22, including redesigned cases with more size options and dials sporting new colors and designs. In 2023, the fresh, eye-popping Summer Blue Aqua Terras made their debut. These recent changes comprise the majority of the present-day offerings, and I’ll sort out the more important and popular ones in the in-depth review.

A special note to James Bond movie fans: if you’re concerned about losing your Agent 007 cred by choosing a smooth bezel Aqua Terra over the more famous onscreen Diver 300M and Planet Ocean models, then fear not. Daniel Craig’s Bond also wore an Aqua Terra 150M in Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and No Time to Die (2021). 

And that’s not even counting the 2015 Spectre Limited Edition Aqua Terra (ref. with the colorful blue patterned dial, yellowish-gold seconds hand with the Bond family crest, and the >15’007 Gauss (clever, eh?) antimagnetic protection.

All that evolution and proliferation makes it difficult to pin down exactly how many Aqua Terra references have been manufactured, but I think it’s safe to say “hundreds.” Some might criticize such a large collection as “brand dilution”. 

Alternatively, one can make a strong case that by offering many Aqua Terra references, Omega is attempting to constantly improve and update their workhorse model and appeal to a broad range of buyers by making the superb craftsmanship of a METAS-certified Master Chronometer more readily available and affordable than their competitors. The Omega website, as of May 2024, lists 117 references (and incidentally, all those are available online through Exquisite Timepieces).

Omega Aqua Terra: In-Depth Review

Let’s take a closer look at what the Aqua Terra is all about.

Case Sizes & Materials

Aqua Terra models have case diameters to basically fit any size wrist and materials to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. There are 28mm, 34mm, and 38mm case diameters included under the “Ladies’ Selection” and “Shades” line; the standard 150M and Small Seconds versions are both 38mm and 41mm; the titanium Ultra Light measures 41mm; the Worldtimer models are the largest at 43mm. 

Case thicknesses vary widely by diameter, movement, and case material from a slender 9.5mm for the a 28mm steel model with a non-METAS-certified movement, to a moderate 12.2mm and 13.2mm for steel 150M 38mm and 41mm METAS-certified models, respectively, and chunkier 14.1mm (steel) and 14.3mm (gold) for METAS-certified Worldtimers.

My local Omega AD kindly allowed me to try on all-steel 38mm and 41mm 150M models, plus a 43mm Worldtimer. My overall impression was that they all felt and looked slightly smaller than I expected on my 6.5” wrist. The lyred (“twisted”) lugs are slightly curved and conform nicely to the wrist, and the relatively short lug-to-lug distance and solid, female end links allow for a nice bracelet drape over the wrist which. 

These attributes combine for a more well-proportioned fit for smaller wrists than the actual case diameter size would indicate. A 43mm case diameter is pushing my limit, but with the Aqua Terra Worldtimer, I felt I could almost pull it off.

Most Aqua Terra cases are steel with smooth bezels, but you can also obtain steel-gold combos, 18K yellow gold, plus Sedna™ and Moonshine™ gold options. Diamond-set bezels are available for some pieces from the “Ladies’ Selection”. Also, the Ultra Light case is titanium.

Aqua Terra cases have domed, highly scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire crystals with a double AR coat and screw-down crowns, which help ensure their 150M/500 feet water resistance rating. All Aqua Terras 34mm and above also have sapphire display case backs.


The Aqua Terra’s wide variety of dial colors combined with design elements such as stylish indices and unique dial patterns and finishing is one of the collection’s strong suits that heighten its broad appeal. Standard 38mm and 41mm Aqua Terras are offered in traditional colors such as black, grey, various blues, green, and silvery-white.

Most have a dial pattern of horizontal, grooved lines resembling the “teakwood” of boat decks and triangular indices reminiscent of boat sails (34mm Shades pieces have more oval hour indices shaped like boat hulls). There are also some 34mm and 38mm pieces with the rolling “waves” reminiscent of 300M divers and a Tokyo 2022 special edition with a unique abstract-style grid pattern.

With the introduction of the under-40mm Shades models in 2022, Omega expanded to unique, vibrant colorways and sunburst pattern dials that continue to emphasize the sea-land connection, transitioning from watery shades of “Summer”, “Atlantic”, and “Marine” blue to “Bay” and “Lagoon” green, and on to earthy tones like Terra Cotta, Shell Pink, Sandstone, and Saffron.

Most 38mm and above Aqua Terras have a squarish date window at the 6 o’clock position, but some Shades and “Ladies’ Selection” models have a round date window. The distinctive “broad arrow” minutes hand, triangular (there’s that boat sail again) hours hand, and small arrow seconds hand, lumed with Super-LumiNova, are consistent across all Aqua Terra models.

Just like the bezels, some of the “Ladies Selection” dials can be dressed up with diamond indices and nonstandard but striking dial materials like mother-of-pearl. The Worldtimer dial deserves special treatment, and I will cover it under the “popular models” section.


Except for 28mm Aqua Terras, which use the time-only, non-certified Caliber 4061, all other Aqua Terras are powered by some version of a Co-Axial, METAS-certified movement and are Master Chronometers with an accuracy of 0/+5 seconds per day and a date complication.

Most 34mm-38mm Aqua Terras use the Caliber 8800 movement with a 55-hour power reserve, 35 jewels, antimagnetic silicone hairspring, a frequency of 25,200 vibrations per hour, and a quickset date function.

The Caliber 8900 powers the standard 41mm Aqua Terras and offers a 60-hour power reserve, 39 jewels, antimagnetic silicon hairspring, a frequency of 25,200 vibrations per hour, and a jumping hours hand that is useful for traveling and changing time zones, similar to a GMT. 

However, changing the date takes a little longer since that involves moving the hours forward or backward in one-hour increments. The movements powering some 34mm models, the Small Seconds line, and the Worldtimer use modified versions of the 8800 and 8900 calibers, but as mentioned above, all are METAS-certified.

With the exception of the 28mm mode, which has a solid case back, all other Aqua Terras have a sapphire display window, which is fitting since the intricate and ornate movements are works of art in themselves.

Bracelet and Strap Options

A watch with so many iterations, like the Aqua Terra, naturally has a wide range of available bracelets and straps. Here are a few features, weaknesses, and options worth noting. Like the case, there are all-stainless steel, steel-gold, and gold bracelet choices to consider.

The steel bracelet for standard Aqua Terras is 3-links, brushed satin, with a between-lugs distance of 20mm for the 41mm case and 19mm for the 38mm case. Each size bracelet tapers 2 mm to a butterfly clasp. 

The bracelet for the Shades collection has similar dimensions, but the links are more rounded and the center links polished. There are screw-in links for sizing, but neither bracelet has a fine adjustment, making it harder to fit for some.

However, there are 2 half links which will help nearly everyone in that regard. In addition to metal bracelets, other Aqua Terras are available with high-grade leather and rubber straps of various colors.

Most Popular Omega Aqua Terra Models

Boiling down 117 references to 5 “popular models” isn’t easy, but each of these will give the reader a good idea of the broad range and appeal of this amazing hybrid dress/sport watch.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Chronometer 41mm (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Chronometer 41mm (ref.

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic black dial watch, whether you’re in the boardroom closing a deal or at “the 19th hole” recovering from a round of golf. Conservative and boring? Maybe a little. Still, this stainless-steel case and bracelet combo is perhaps the most versatile representative of one of the best all-around watches on the market. 

The well-proportioned 41mm case diameter is right-sized for a wide range of wrists, even my 6.5” one. If you’re truly serious about a “one and done” collection (but really, come on, who are you kidding?), your search may be over.

Omega Aqua Terra Shades 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm (ref.

Omega Aqua Terra Shades 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm (ref.

Want to go with a more trendy and cooler color than black? A Rolex “Hulk”, “Starbucks”, or “Kermit” beyond your grasp? Then this may be “The One”.

You’ll take away just a bit from the basic Aqua Terra’s sailing roots, but you’ll gain a green sunburst dial look (which is going to pair with more of the colors of your wardrobe than you might think) and polished center links for extra flair. Plus, you’ll be in the center of the bullseye of that 38mm “sweet spot” case diameter that is all the rage these days.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Chronometer Summer Blue (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Chronometer Summer Blue (ref.

Green not edgy enough? Want something that’s going to really pop? Are you a UNC-Chapel Hill fan? Then it may be time for “Summer Blue”. In 2023, Omega introduced 8 “Summer Blue” Seamasters, 2 of which were Aqua Terras, the 41 mm one under discussion, plus the 38mm ref., which takes its design cues from the Shades models. 

Summer blue is like the Mediterranean ocean around Greece, or else, Carolina “sky blue”. I have a dilemma. I’m a Duke grad and “royal blue” guy. But when I saw this watch in-person with its matching rubber strap, I fantasized about it on my wrist. That’s scary.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Chronometer GMT Worldtimer (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Chronometer GMT Worldtimer (ref.

I tried on a steel version of this 43mm watch, and it felt heavy—imagine how much this one would weigh since it’s 18K Sedna™ gold, Omega’s proprietary alloy of rose gold named after the reddest dwarf planet in our Solar System. 

Most people in the market for a GMT do not have this one on their radar, but a few might. Gold case, bracelet, and handset, opaline vertical “teakwood” pattern dial, central titanium, laser-ablated planet earth and oceans combined with inner 24-hour ring and outer city ring. Lots to love but lots to pay: $47,700 retail.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Shades 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Shades 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer (ref.

This beauty is another Shades model housed in a 34mm diameter polished stainless-steel case with matching bracelet and accented with an 18K diamond-polished white gold handset, indices, date window frame, and OMEGA logo. 

The dial is brass with a lacquered, “shell pink” sunburst finish. It’s another of the “Ladies’ Selection” models per Omega, but with fashions trending toward smaller, vintage case diameters and bolder colored dials, don’t be too surprised if you spot one on a “Gent’s” wrist either.

Should You Buy An Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra?

Well, of course. But to expand a bit, if you’re a person who wants a GADA watch with tons of options to tailor to your tastes, someone who desires a luxury watch but wants to “fly under the radar” and practice “stealth wealth”, or simply one of those rare breeds (think “Bigfoot”) who truly wants to get in and out and be “one and done” with a solo watch collection that does it all extremely well, then the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra has got to be on your shortlist.

Omega Aqua Terra Pricing and Availability

The most popular Aqua Terra models are readily available and priced competitively as far as luxury watches go. For instance, a new 38mm or 41mm all-steel Aqua Terra 150M is $6,300 retail, and similar pre-owned models in good to excellent condition are available on the secondary market in the $4,500-5,575 USD range.


The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra is understated and, perhaps because of that, often underseen and underappreciated. But maybe not much longer. One of the watch world’s “best kept secrets” is making bold moves and coming out into the open. 

Best Omega watches

Omega is a Goliath in the world of precision watchmaking. The brand’s pioneering spirit has made it one of the most loved and historically significant brands. The journey Omega has taken to simply tell the time accurately cannot be compared to any other; they are true innovators with a large and meaningful collection.

History of Omega Watches

A pursuit of accuracy and precision, founded by Louis Brandt as La Generale Watch Co in 1848 in a family-owned villa located in the small Swiss village La Chaux, the company we now know as Omega was only ever dubbed Omega after its second generation of family watchmakers took over in 1879. The Brant Brothers, in 1894, revolutionized watchmaking with the launch of the 19-Linge Calibre, an extremely accurate movement that could be serviced easily by any watchmaker. 

Bringing us groundbreaking technology by combining the winding and setting of the time via the stem and crown, the Brant Brothers crowned this achievement “Omega”, a name they deemed to signify ultimate accomplishment. Through this movement’s huge success and provenance, the company was later renamed Omega Watches and Co and shortened by 1903 to Omega.

Timekeeper of the Olympic Games

In 1931, Omega set precision records in all 6 trials at the Geneva Observatory. Its commitment to record-breaking precision caught the attention of the Olympic committee, so since 1932 Omega has been the Official Timekeeper of 30 Olympic games.

Military Heritage

Between 1940 and 1945, Omega delivered over 110,000 timepieces to the British MOD, trusted for their water resistance, shock resistance, and anti-magnetism. In 1948, to celebrate 100 years of Omega, we were introduced to the first Seamster model to commemorate their military history in making reliable water-resistant tool watches that were increasingly in demand from the consumer market.

First Constellation

By 1952 Omega launched the Constellation, named after the medallion engraved on its case back, displaying the Geneva Observatory surrounded by 8 stars, paying homage to Omega’s 8 record-breaking exploits in chronometric precision. This model was later followed by the Deville and the Ladymatic, expanding on their line of dressier offerings.

1957 Trilogy

In 1957, Omega expanded its collection with a trio of professional watches, each positioned to conquer its domain. The Seamaster 300 for diving deeper, the Railmaster for supreme anti-magnetism (being able to withstand an industry first of 1000 gauss), and the Speedmaster with the now legendary Lemania-based Calibre-321 chronograph movement for racing.

The Moonwatch

In the early 1960s, NASA launched the Apollo Project; they also set out to find a watch capable of withstanding the elements of space exploration, testing them to the point of destruction. Omega, Rolex, Longines, and Hamilton each submitted a watch.

But Omega’s Speedmaster was the only one that survived and was certified by NASA for all manned space missions and extravehicular activity in 1965. It is still today the only watch with such an achievement. 

The Speedmaster Professional would become the first watch worn on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission, forever dubbed “the Moonwatch”. In 1970 during the Apollo 13 mission, a stranded crew equipped with Speedmasters were able to successfully time a manual 14-second engine burn to correctly align their damaged spacecraft into the earth’s atmosphere and bring them back home safely. 

To show Omega gratitude for its contributions to the success of its human space flight missions and the triumphant return of the Apollo 13 crew, NASA presented Omega with the Silver Snoopy Award in 1970, representing the highest distinction awarded by NASA Astronauts.

Co-Axial Escapement

In 1993 Omega purchased a patent for the Co-Axial escapement, the first practical mechanical escapement introduced in 250 years. Invented by English watchmaker George Daniels in 1976, the Co-Axial escapement reduces friction in the movement, a common issue in the traditionally used Swiss Lever Escapement.

By 1999, Omega was finally able to adapt a movement to the Co-Axial Escapement, making the Calibre-2500 available. In 2013 Omega launched the Co-Axial-8508, the first truly antimagnetic movement. Capable of withstanding over 15,000 gausses through the use of non-ferromagnetic materials.

The movement itself resists magnetism; it saw no need for a protective inner case, allowing for date windows and a transparent case back. This technology paved the way for a new watch certification process in 2015, the METAS Certification.

Passing a series of 8 independent tests and performing within the parameters set by COSC, Omega now qualifies its timepieces as Master Chronometers. The key attribute of the METAS Chronometer Certification is that it ensures testing of magnetic fields up to 15,000 gausses, establishing a new quality standard within the watch industry.

James Bond

In 2021, Omega hit the silver screen for the 9th time, co-starring with the world’s favorite spy, James Bond, in No Time To Die. Unlike many other Bond Seamasters, this watch took inspiration from Daniel Craig’s personal feedback on what would become the ultimate tool Seamaster, with a penchant for style.

What Is the Status of Omega Today

Omega’s competitive price point and better availability in the luxury watch segment generally allow us to position it as a healthier alternative to Rolex’s offerings. The main sticking point in the future will undoubtedly favor its recent forays in technical advancements and accuracy certifications, rendering Rolex’s current spec sheet inferior.

Omega’s status today is that of a seasoned high, pedigree watchmaker, with currently the most diverse offerings. In unrestrained fashion, it has proved to be continually innovative and stays true to its values in delivering the industry’s finest accuracy, precision, and robustness.

Its collection continues to be driven forward into the future of high watchmaking, with its own unique design language, case materials, and complications brands such as Rolex are not daring enough to challenge.

The Best Omega Chronograph Watches

For anyone who has racing in their hearts, a passion for humankind’s exploits in space travel, or any chronograph complication enthusiast, Omega’s chronograph offerings are unparalleled in diversity and history.

Following the launch of the 1957 Speedmaster, a watch initially intended for racing enthusiasts, the Speedmaster went on to conquer timekeeping in space as we know it today. Such accolades and watchmaking prowess have enabled Omega to release many diverse chronograph models, each with a different story through its aesthetics, functions, and heritage.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch (ref. 310.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch (ref. 310.

The Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is arguably the most influential and talked about watch ever made. The only timepiece to be certified by NASA for all manned space missions and extravehicular activity since 1965, this watch was part of the most remarkable journey in the history of all humankind—the journey to the Moon and back.

It shares a remarkable resemblance to its predecessors and introductory models from 1963-1969. This is a huge testament to the legacy of this model, a design language that remains timeless. Due to its long lineage, however, the continued development of this model has seen it lose some of its beloved vintage cues.

In 2021, Omega cleverly revamped the model, re-incorporating collectors’ favorite vintage elements and refining the model incrementally. We saw the return of a stepped dial, the dot over 90 on the tachymeter bezel, a revamped bracelet more fitting to its original aesthetic that rolls on the wrist better and tapers beautifully, and a new still 42mm case that’s half a millimeter thinner and a millimeter shorter to give us a better wearing experience.

The most significant overhaul is in its movement, the 3861, a METAS Certified Master Chronometer manual-wind chronograph movement, now with a Co-Axial escapement and 50-hour power reserve.

Like previous models, it is offered with a Hesalite crystal or a sapphire crystal with a sapphire caseback. The Hesalite models are equipped with a nylon fabric strap ($6,300) or a thoroughly brushed stainless steel bracelet ($6,600). The sapphire models either come with a leather strap ($7,200) or with a brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet ($7,600).

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321(ref. 311.

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321(ref. 311.

The Speedmaster Caliber-321, also known as “the Ed White Speedmaster”, is a 2019 re-issue of the 3rd generation Speedmaster, the watch worn by Ed White during America’s first-ever spacewalk in 1965. This model brings back the legendary Caliber-321, an essential part of the Speedmaster’s original history. 

Inspired by the incredible Lemania-2310, the fabled Calibre-321, was the first movement certified by NASA for all manned space missions and extravehicular activity in 1965. It later powered all Speedmasters worn during the Apollo missions, including all six moon landings.

The Calibre-321 is so unique that Omega produces it separately from all its other calibers, except the tourbillions. It is put together in a special Atelier by Omega’s master watchmakers, each caliber assembled and regulated by the same person using a two-fold assembly method.

These manufacturing characteristics have made the Calibre-321 very limited in production numbers. At $14,600, its retail price is similar to that of a stainless steel Rolex Daytona. Its classical crown-guard-less case of 39.7mm makes for a more elegant wearing experience than the Professional Speedmaster.

It has a ceramic bezel, a laser-etched Omega logo on the sapphire crystal, galvanized dial, and a legendary and visually beautiful Sedna Gold plated movement. This is a special Speedmaster for the price of a regular Daytona. 

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon (ref. 311.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon (ref. 311.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the sensational Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, originally launched in Baselworld 2013. The first official all-black Speedmaster, a huge deal for us fanboys, is a progressive model of the Speedmaster Co-Axial Calibre-9300 Chronograph launched in 2011. 

A non-Professional model for those who love the NASA heritage, cult status, and design of the original; but require the practicality of a date window, a timezone function, and a 60-hour power-reserve automatic movement.

It has a twin register sub-dial layout rather than the Professional’s triple, preserving the same functions and delivering an uncluttered aesthetic. The Dark Side of the Moon’s 44.25mm case is crafted from a single block of zirconium oxide ceramic, the dial, pushers, and pin buckle are also made to match. The ceramic case has satin-brushed and polished facets just like its steel compatriot.

Despite its larger size and thickness of 16.2mm, it is a fairly light and wearable watch due to its ceramic construction, calfskin/textile strap, and 49.7mm lug-to-lug distance. It originally retailed for $12,000, nearly double the professional model, yet worthwhile to many collectors for its entirely new novelty within the Speedmaster lineage.

Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 (ref. 318.

Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 (ref. 318.

A call to the 21st century and development in the realm of quartz and digital technology saw Omega broaden its timekeeping capabilities with the launch of the X-33. First introduced as “the Mars watch”, the 2019 Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 in its third iteration is still used today.

Developed, tested, and qualified by the European Space Agency, it is the preferred choice for NASA Astronauts and cosmonauts for onboard activities on the International Space Station. The Speedmaster Skywalker X33, fashioned in Grade-2 Titanium with a ceramic bezel inlay, is an all-out industrial design taking the Moonwatch into the modern era.

Its dial features analog hands and LCD windows, with a large case size of 45mm for easy readability and legibility. The X-33 displays 3 different time zones, a chronograph, a timer, a Mission Elapsed Timer, a Phase Elapsed Timer, 3 programmable alarms (80 decibels loud), and a perpetual calendar. 

Regarding its pricing, it has a retail price of approximately $5,750, but as of writing this article, far less in the secondary market. The X-33 is one exceptional example of a non-mechanical, purpose-derived tool watch that was created for the demands of modern-day astronauts with a raft of functionality that can even be adapted to everyday use on earth.

The Best Omega Dive Watches

Omega’s military background during World War II saw massive developments in shock resistance, anti-magnetism, and waterproofness and ushered in a new era of diving timekeeping technology. 

This led to the release of the Seamaster in 1948, the Professional Seamaster 300 in 1957, the extreme Ploprof in 1967, the revamped Seamaster Diver 300M in 1993 that became 007’s first Seamaster featured in Golden Eye 1995, the dressier Aqua Terra in 2002, and the modernized Planet Ocean in 2005 that pushed the envelope in embracing sporty utility and luxury. Omega now boasts a dive watch collection for every recreational or serious diving need.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (ref.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (ref.

The Seamaster Diver 300M is easily identified by its fans as “the Bond Seamaster”. On the silver screen, Omega took charge of its storytelling prowess and showed the world that it was within its ethos to produce a luxury tool watch capable of living up to the style and technical expectations of the world’s greatest fictional spy.

Launched in 2018, celebrating its own 25th anniversary, the latest iteration of the Seamaster Diver 300M is now a Co-Axial Master Chronometer using the Calibre-8800, its most significant update that can be seen through the display case back.

This model is currently available in 5 steel variations, including the ‘Seaweed’ Green model released in 2022. Through its experimentation with ceramic, Omega has pushed its capabilities with the material extensively in the modern era. 

The updated ceramic bezel comes with white enamel inlays, the ceramic dial is laser etched with the beloved wave pattern, the skeletonized hands have been updated, the now color-matched date wheel has been moved to 6 o’clock giving more symmetry to the dial, the case size has increased to 42mm making it more legible, the iconic turned lugs remain, and there’s also an updated cone-shaped helium escape valve. 

Priced at $5,300 on a rubber strap and $5,600 on a steel bracelet, it is technically, and qualitatively one of the most advanced dive watches you can buy for under $10,000.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (ref.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (ref.

The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, with a stainless steel case diameter of 43.5mm and 16.1mm thick, is a beefed-up version of a traditional Seamaster diver 300M, offering twice the depth rating (600m). It pushes the envelope with a heritage-inspired design but is still modern.

Unique to it is the usage of playful 70s colors, with 4 color variants available in steel, featuring heavy or restrained use of orange elements in combination with the primary color. This model offers a black dial made of polished ceramic, with orange Arabic numerals, and a date window at 3 o’clock.

Its black ceramic bezel, for the first time, features a rubberized inlay on the first 15 minutes of the diving scale; the rest is filled with Omega’s Liquidmetal. The release of this third-generation Planet Ocean 600m in 2016 made it one of the first models to receive the amazing Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre-8800 movement.

At the time, this showed Omega’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of luxury sports utility and innovation with this model, the Planet Ocean’s mission statement, ever since. It is priced at $6,700 on a bracelet and $6,450 on a rubber strap.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “No Time To Die” (ref. 

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “No Time To Die” (ref.

Through Omega’s pursuit to create the ultimate Bond watch, in 2020, we received the Seamaster Diver 300M No Time To Die Special Edition. Designed with personal feedback from actor Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond in the 2021 movie No Time To Die. 

Made lighter and tougher for Bond in his action-packed missions, much like a stripped-down 911 GT3 RS built for blitzing the Nurburgring, the Seamaster No Time To Die features a 42mm case and bracelet fashioned in lightweight Grade-2 titanium. 

It is stripped of the date complication, giving a serious tool watch aesthetic, and made slimmer with the removal of its transparent case back, replaced by one engraved with the 007 and broad-arrow symbol. Less is more here.

The broad arrow marking also finds its way onto the dial to highlight its military inspiration. The dial is sported in rich tropical brown with faux caramel patina on its markers and hands. Paired with a matching lumed anodized aluminum bezel meant to age and wear gracefully with time.

It also features a domed sapphire with a sexy tapering milanese titanium bracelet on a deployant clasp. The whole watch is vintage-inspired but integrated uniquely and beautifully. It is priced at $9,500 on a bracelet and $8,400 on a Bond-style nato.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M (ref.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M (ref.

Water resistance is essential and celebrated in watchmaking, especially within sports watch segments. Naturally, brands such as Rolex and Omega have constantly innovated to push these boundaries to broaden and improve their lineup. At the very top of the food chain now sits the Ultradeep, which in 2019 beat Rolex to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean, by a few meters as part of a challenging expedition of 5 deepest dives.

This was done thanks to Omega’s infusion of Liquid Metal technology into the crystal that can endure 22 tons of direct pressure. In 2021, the Planet Ocean 6000M Ultradeep, a commercial model, was finally made available with a water resistance of 6,000 meters; this is now the halo model of Omega’s dive watch lineup.

At 45.5mm and 18.1mm thick, it handles its supreme water resistance as gracefully as the technically inferior Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller. The Ultradeep is a science experiment in unique proprietary Omega materials. Featuring an O-MEGASTEEL case, black ceramic bezel, diving scale in Liquidmetal, blue to black lacquered gradient dial, 18K white Gold hands and hour markers, and an O-MEGASTEEL patented adjustable dive bracelet.

Housing a Master Chronometer Calibre-8912, the Ultradeep is one of the most hardcore wearable tool watches on offer today. It is priced at $12,000 on a bracelet and $11,700 on a rubber strap.

Best Everyday Omega Watches

From the utilitarian-derived tool watches in the Omega collection, a few models are able to find the sweet spot in the form of versatility in everyday use. The Aqua Terra, Globemaster, and Railmaster are current offerings that thread the fine line of robustness and refinement extremely well.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M (ref.

Born in the 21st century, the Aqua Terra was Omega’s take on a less professional, more elegant, refined dive watch aesthetic. For a more sophisticated look, it ditches the diving bezel for a polished one and is attached to a highly polished center flat link bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

The Aqua Terra is now heralded as a versatile daily wearer in the Omega dive watches collection with a great water resistance of 150m. From 2017, the case is now a symmetrical 41mm instead of 41.5mm, and the teak pattern on the dial is now horizontal, more identifiable to wooden decks of luxury sailboats as intended by its designers.

Also, the date window has been moved to 6 o’clock giving more symmetry to the dial. The most significant update is its addition of the METAS Certified Chronometer Calibre-8900 with 60 hours of power reserve, making it a serious contender as a robust, refined, uncompromised daily wearer. Priced at $5,900 on a steel bracelet, $5,700 on rubber, and $5,400 on leather.

Omega Constellation Globemaster (ref.

Omega Constellation Globemaster (ref.

In 2015, Omega chose to launch the Constellation Globemaster and debut its first METAS Certified Master Chronometer, the Calibre-8900. As a successor to the model introduced to celebrate a century of watchmaking by Omega, and a history of housing top-tier movements, the new Globemaster would rewrite the technical script. 

With an elegant pie pan dial reminiscent of the 1952 model and a fully brushed modern-vintage sized 39mm diameter by 12.6mm thin case with a steel fluted bezel reminiscent of the Genta designed 70s models, the new marries its vintage aesthetics of different eras to look like a modern, sophisticated everyday watch. 

Not forgetting its history, set into its sapphire caseback, is a relief medallion of the Geneva Observatory surrounded by 8 stars. With a 5-pointed star to finish off the dial, its overall design uses a lot of symbolism to tell the story of its achievements within the Omega lineup. Priced at $7,100 on a leather strap and $7,500 on a bracelet, the Globemaster is a tasteful, sporty, and elegant timepiece.

Omega Railmaster (ref.

Omega Railmaster (ref.

In 2018, we saw the launch of the new Railmaster, a reworked heritage model of the original 1957 Railmaster introduced for railway staff or anyone who worked close to magnetic fields. 

Working with a timeless aesthetic, we have a fully brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, a heavily sun-brushed dial offered in black, grey, and denim blue, classic 3-6-9-12 painted markings, cut-out vintage style faux patina indices, and brushed hands to create modern vintage inspired daily wear tool watch. 

At 40mm in diameter and 12mm thick, it is overall a universally wearable size. The original Railmaster could reach an industry first of 1000 gauss magnetic fields, and the new one finally gets the METAS Certified Master Chronometer Calibre-8806 able to withstand magnetism of 15,000 gauss. 

Technically far superior to the Rolex Milgauss, and with a minimalistic timeless vintage tool watch design, the Railmaster is a tempting tool watch for $5,200 on a bracelet and $4,900 on a strap.

Best Dress Omega Watches

A good dress watch generally sacrifices conventional materials and finishes for a more elegant less-robust representation of a time-telling instrument. Generally, this requires better finishing capabilities and more intricate tolerances, with restraint from industrial design and favoring classical beauty and minimalism.

Omega De Ville Trésor (ref. 432.

Omega De Ville Trésor (ref. 432.

The De Ville Trésor is Omega’s relaunch of the original Trésor from 1949 that housed a legendary caliber for the time. The design has been integrated timelessly into the modern age. With a 40mm case size, it wears its past inspiration nicely.

It features a silver opaline dial with a domed vintage clous de Paris structure, a date window positioned at 6 o’clock, gold stick hour indices, and dauphine hands, matching the 10.6mm thin Sedna-Gold case. Overall, it’s a design focusing on simple elegance with high-quality watchmaking, finishing, and materials.

Underneath it all is a high-quality movement, the Master Co-Axial Calibre 8511, a manual wind with 60hr power reserve. It is priced at $14,000.

Omega De Ville Prestige (ref. 434.

The Omega De Ville Prestige, available since 1994 as Omega’s dress watch offering, now with an automatic movement, a power reserve indicator, and a date, is a refined dress watch with a few conveniences. Its movement is the automatic METAS Certified Master Chronometer Calibre-8810.

This 41mm stainless steel model has a domed PVD platinum-gold dial and PVD Sedna-Gold hands with altering Roman numerals and cabochon indexes. At $5,400, with its advanced movement, elegant looks, and dimensions, it is a great offering for a dress watch that follows all the rules.

Special Omega Watches

Omega’s thirst for innovation has allowed them to create a few distinctive models with a quirky tool-derived purpose or for the purpose of showing off its ultimate representations in the form of high complications.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof (ref.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof (ref.

Omega still retains the unique ’70s-inspired Ploprof in their dive-watch collection. During its time, the original Ploprof was legendary, utilizing its mono-block case to rival technology like the helium escape valve. 

The Seamaster Ploprof 600 had a unique aesthetic reminiscent of its time from 1970, an era for quirky tool-inspired design. It was heralded for being the most robust dive watch on offer, and although its aesthetics have stayed polarizing, it works for being a tough watch developed for and with COMEX divers.

Following its re-launch in 2009 and technology advancing over 40 years, it now utilizes a helium escape valve, making servicing easier. It now features a depth rating of 1200 meters, twice the depth as before, and as of 2015, is offered with a METAS Certified Master Chronometer Calibre-9812. 

This model comes with an electric blue ceramic bezel with Super-Luminova markings, a lacquered white dial with orange aluminum and varnished blue hands, a Grade-5 titanium case and clasp, with a Grade-2 titanium polished shark-proof mesh bracelet to make up a fun, retro, and tough dive-watch. It is priced at $12,600.

Omega De Ville Prestige (ref. 434.

Omega De Ville Prestige (ref. 434.

The Omega De Ville Prestige, available since 1994 as Omega’s dress watch offering, now with an automatic movement, a power reserve indicator, and a date, is a refined dress watch with a few conveniences. Its movement is the automatic METAS Certified Master Chronometer Calibre-8810.

This 41mm stainless steel model has a domed PVD platinum-gold dial and PVD Sedna-Gold hands with altering Roman numerals and cabochon indexes. At $5,400, with its advanced movement, elegant looks, and dimensions, it is a great offering for a dress watch that follows all the rules.

Omega De Ville Tourbillon Master Chronometer (ref. 529.

Omega De Ville Tourbillon Master Chronometer (ref. 529.

An achievement in watchmaking can always be celebrated with another achievement that further emphasizes a brand’s capabilities. This is the case with the De Ville Tourbillon, with the first-ever manual winding central tourbillon movement to be Master Chronometer Certified.

This watch is an exercise in Omega delivering haute horlogerie level watchmaking, in combination with the robustness of their everyday watches. The best of Omega’s proprietary materials are used to match its high complication. Its 43mm case is a blend of Sedna-Gold and Canopus-Gold. 

Its Sedna-Gold dial is treated in black PVD, and polished Sedna-Gold indexes and hands are visible. Its seconds hand is set in the tourbillon titanium bridge, giving it a distinctively theatrical, high-complication look. With a Sedna-Gold movement at the back to enjoy, this watch comes with a heavy price tag of $183,500.


With over two centuries of industry-leading watchmaking technology, Omega has maintained a legacy of being the most approachable, illustrious, and trustworthy partner in humanity’s pioneering expeditions in outer space, at the deepest point in the ocean, in 30 Olympic Games, and on the silver screen. 

A passion for reliable chronometric precision to be used in the real world has created legacies upon which Omega’s storied collection is built. Looking into the future, Omega’s diverse and legendary collection offers a great platform for evolution and innovation, a timeless luxury that will be enjoyed by its collectors for decades and centuries to come.

Hublot vs Omega

When it comes to luxury watches, Hublot and Omega are some of the very top names you will find. These brands have established themselves in the luxury watch industry over time. Most people prefer to go with either Hublot or Omega when looking for a renowned Swiss watchmaker. Agreeably, you will not find any better Swiss watchmaker with luxury watches like these two brands.

With their successes, one has to compare to decide which brand is more outstanding. Hence, the Hublot Vs. Omega comparison is one way for watch lovers to determine which brand stands out. One thing you should have at the back of your mind is that these brands produce some of the best watches you can find.

The answer to which brand produces better watches depends on several contexts. In our article, we will address several features spotted by each brand and how these qualities affect their performance.

Things to Consider Before Selecting Your Preferred Watch Choice

Watch lovers know that watches are not just pieces to tell time. For such people, watches represent something more, and some consider watches as coveted accessories that can complement their outfits. Thus, watches can make bold statements about your lifestyle, taste, and sometimes your success. 

When choosing a watch, you must understand that there’s a lot at stake. But, how do you pick the right watch to portray your desired personality when it comes fo Hublot and Omega watches? Here are some things you can consider before picking your preferred watch or brand.

The Style

Versatility is an essential feature to consider when deciding on your luxury watch type. Most people prefer something classic and minimal, while some go for recently released timepieces that can do several things more than tell time. Such watches may track your fitness, have a navigation compass, and have a GMT feature that allows you to tell the time in different time zones. 

Whatever style you go for, ensure it suits the outfits you wear daily. Additionally, try to pick a neutral color. You may decide to opt for leather, suede or metallic straps, depending on your preference. Most Hublot and Omega watches have great style and class. Hence, you have to consider a collection that suits your everyday lifestyle.

How it Fits

You mustn’t overlook this factor when picking your preferred watch. Your wrist size is an important factor to consider at all times. Thus, you should consider a watch design with a bigger and stronger face if you have a large wrist. A thin, small watch may look too delicate on a large wrist.

Equally, a stronger face or bigger watch may look out of place on a smaller wrist. You must consider either Hublor or Omega watches if they match well with your wrist size. You may need to pay close attention to features like diameter and lug-to-lug to help you make a better choice.

Price Vs. Value Retention

Vintage watches tend to retain and even increase in pricing after you purchase them. However, some Hublot and Omega watches may not share such features. Instead, these watches may drop in value after you purchase them.

If you want to purchase an expensive Hublot or Omega watch to sell it later, you must check how much such a pre-owned watch costs compared to new versions of the same brand and model. Expensive Omega and Hublot watches tend to have good value retention once purchased. However, you may need to research to determine which model within the brands to purchase.


It would help if you considered watches from brands with more robust and durable watches. Luckily, both Hublot and Omega watches have a good reputation for producing durable and strong watches. You may not need to spend money on these watches after purchasing them. If, however, you spend on maintenance, the fee will not cost much.

Hublot Vs. Omega Watches: Which is Better?

There are about 16 watch brands that feature in the top 50 Swiss brand watches. This ranking tells you just how essential watchmaking is to the Swiss community. Before we delve into the comparisons, let us look at each brand and what they portray.

About Omega Watches

About omega watches

When you talk of Swiss luxury watches, you must mention Omega SA. Omega watches are a subsidiary of the Swatch Group and have a museum full of historic watches. The brand is significant because, since its inception, many reputable people and organizations have worn its watches. In 1917, the combat units of the Royal Flying Corps of Britain wore the watches, while in 1918, the U.S Army used Omega’s watches in its units.

Once again, Omega was the watch of choice for NASA’s 1969 Apollo 11 mission. Additionally, the brand has remained the official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932. The brand is also a partner of the 2022 Winter Olympics and the official timekeeper of America’s Cup yacht race. Some of Omega’s most respectable watches include the Omega Speedmaster which was declared “Flight Qualified” in 1965 and certified for use by all Crewed Space Missions.

Thus, Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster watch to the moon in 1969. Another piece of high reputation under the brand is the Omega Stainless Steel Tourbillon 301, actioned at $1.43 million in 2017. The watch was the most expensive ever auctioned until 2018—the Omega wristwatch Ref. H6582/D96043 (1960) is another interesting timepiece to consider.

The watch once belonged to Elvis Presley and was auctioned by Phillips in 2018 for $1.812 million to make it the most expensive Omega timepiece ever auctioned. Omega has positioned itself as one of the best in the luxury watch market with its unique product line.

Their products capture people looking for higher-end iconic watches and also those who need affordable but high-end pieces. Some of their watches carry special features specifically tailored for such situations. With Omega, you will find many elegant dress watches and also high-quality tool watches. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying Omega Watches

There are several pros and cons associated with buying Omega watches, and we will now look at these advantages and disadvantages.


  • Omega has a brand value nine times that of Hublot watches. Furthermore, the watches have almost 70% international brand recall. Hence, buying an Omega watch allows you to enjoy a superior quality guarantee.
  • The brand has a mirage of choices you can consider. There are more than a thousand lesser known watch models which you can consider when patronizing this brand.
  • Although Omega has high-quality watches, you will find that their products are relatively affordable compared to Hublot.
  • Omega has reputable professional watches, including the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch specially designed for astronauts. The Omega watch was the first ever to grace the moon’s surface.
  • The brand’s watches have the backing of COSC and METAS. Omega produces the best Master Chronometers that offer accurate mechanical movements. In addition, Omega produces more quartz watch models which offer more precision. Their watches also require less maintenance compared to mechanical watches.


  • Omega does not produce many limited, special, and numbered edition watches like other brands. You may have to patronize another brand if you are a lover of these kinds of watches.
  • The brand also does not produce as many high-priced blingy watches as other brands. Hence, you may have to look elsewhere (Hublot does better in this category).

A Look at Hublot Watches

A look at Hublot Watch

Hublot watches are the creation of Carlo Crocco, who named them after a French word meaning “porthole.” His watch featured the very first natural rubber strap used in the history of watchmaking. LVMH acquired the brand from its founder in 2008 for an undisclosed fee. As of 2019, the brand had 169 boutiques littered across several countries, a tremendous improvement after it launched its mono-brand store in 2007 in Paris. 

Since its inception, Hublot has grown to become one of the top luxury watch brands in the industry. The brand has stores in several locations like Bal Harbour, Boca Raton, Beverly Hills, Dallas Houston, etc. Additionally, you can find its flagship store on Bond Street, London. 

The brand has several notable watch models. One such model is the Big Bang Sang Bleu II which comes in king gold or titanium. Another of Hublot’s most renowned wristwatches is the Big Bang Meca-10 which is available in magic gold, titanium, or king gold. The Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT is another reputable watch which comes in carbon fiber or titanium. 

The brand is the official timekeeper of ICC and also Formula 1. They also provided special editions of their Big Bang watches for referees in the 2008 UEFA Euros tournament. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying Hublot Watches


  • Hublot watches are one of the most reputable luxury watch brands in the world.
  • The brand manufactures several limited and special edition watches. If you want to feel special wearing a particular watch, you should try Hublot.
  • If bling is your style, you will love Hublots blingy luxury watch collection. The brand produces models with pave dials (faces paved with diamonds), diamond bezels, and precious metals of various types. With Hublot, you will get that touch of class and bling with rare and limited editions.


  • Hublot watches cost a tad more than Omega luxury watches. In addition, they don’t have a great resale value compared to other top brands.

Hublot Vs. Omega Comparison

Brand Recognition

The Hublot Vs. Omega comparison takes into consideration several factors. One such factor is the ranking of these brands in the top 50 Swiss brands. Omega is the seventh most reputable brand worldwide, while it is also the second most reputable Swiss watch brand. The brand has a reputation for its 70% international brand recognition.

Hublot, on the other hand, is ranked 40th in the top 50 Swiss brands list. Additionally, the brand is the 14th most reputable Swiss watch brand worldwide. Does this make Hublot a less major brand? No! Hublot is a major brand through and through. 

Many people tend to remember Omega watches more than their Hublot counterparts. However, any watch connoisseur knows that Hublot has some tremendous achievements and has earned respect in the watch business despite being younger than Omega


When considering the pricing, Hublot watches tend to cost about twice the price of the most affordable Omega watch. Currently, the most affordable Hublot watch for men is the Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic for men. The watch uses purely mechanical movements on its automatic calibers. On the other hand, Omega watches cost less than half the price of a Hublot watch.

The brand has more affordable watches like the 35mm Seamaster 300m. The watch uses a cost-effective battery-powered quartz movement. However, you can also enjoy mechanical movements on some of its watches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which has the best value: Omega or Hublot?

Considering the resale value, you will get more money reselling Hublot watches compared to your Omega watch. Does that make Omega watches less valuable? No. Omega has excellent watches as well. However, the value of a watch depends on things like the brand value, recognition and resale value.

Since Hublot watches produce more special and limited editions, they are more likely to have a higher value than Omega watches.

Which is better: the Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic (38mm men’s watch) or the Seamaster 300m (35mm) Men’s Omega constellation Quartz?

The two watches have unique features that make them stand out. However, while the former uses mechanical movements, the latter uses battery-powered quartz movements.

Are Hublot watches Cheaper than Omega?

Not quite. The cheapest Hublot watch is twice more expensive as the cheapest Omega. Thus, you can get more affordable watches with the Omega brand compared to their Hublot counterparts.


We have outlined the differences between Omega and Hublot watches. In our research, we found that the cheapest Hublot Geneve wristwatch costs twice as much as the cheapest Omega Speedmaster. Is Hublot respected more than Omega? Not really.

Omega has made its mark in the luxury watch industry with several collaborations. Furthermore, the brand has produced several watches which have become artefacts over the years. One such watch is the Moonwatch and the James Bond watch. 

There are several quartz watches in Hublot’s collection which do not find much favor with watch lovers and collectors. However, Hublot has earned the respect of many watch connoisseurs with their Masterpiece collection, which has many respectable watches. The choice to select your luxury watch brand or product depends solely on your preferences.

We have outlined certain factors you may consider before making your preferred choice. You may decide to choose either of the brands based on your taste rather than general opinion. Which is better? It also depends on the perspective you consider.. 

best omega dress watches

When you think about Omega, you think of the Speedmaster; went to the moon. Seamaster; went to the bottom of the ocean. MoonSwatch; went to the Gala Awards evening on the wrist of James Bond.

Unfortunately, the rich history of Omega’s dress watches and their contemporary offers drowns in a sea of sports models (pun intended). However, upon a closer look, you’ll realize that Omega has some of the best dress options you can actually get your hands on.

About Omega Dress Watches

As mentioned, Omega is famous for its sports models; in fact, Jack Forster even mentioned on a “Hey Hodinkee” video that most people forget about their dress options simply because their sports models are such good value. 

This is actually a pity seeing as how Omega has some brilliant options for those who prefer a bit of opulence rather than added water resistance. The Constellation line has been a mainstay for years, and the original pie-pan Constellation is on everyone’s list of must-haves. The Globemaster presents itself rather subtly and still remains one of the best luxury-orientated daily watches on the market. 

The De-Ville line hardly needs an introduction. With sophisticated style and more variety than you could ever need, this line certainly has the valor to stand up against the other giants in the Omega display case. The Seamaster is one of the best entry-level luxury divers, and the Speedmaster, well, they don’t call it Speedy Tuesday for nothing. 

History of Omega Dress Watches

Omega set up shop originally in 1848 under the name La Generale Watch Co., founded by Louis Brandt, and officially switched to Omega SA in 1984. The first wristwatches bearing the Omega name were produced in 1900 and were used by English army officers. 

It is not entirely clear what the first Omega dress watch was, seeing as the description of a dress watch has changed throughout the years. Perhaps the first minute-repeater wristwatch released in September 1892 by Louis Brandt & Frère (precursor to Omega) was the first. 

The Constellation line is still in production today, and while it has gained sporty elements to keep up with the modern taste, it was anything but sporty upon its release in the early 1950s. Perhaps the De Ville line is what you would describe as their first dress watch, which was released in 1967. 

The Best Omega Dress Watches

1. Omega Constellation Globemaster 39mm White Dial (ref.

Omega Constellation Globemaster 39mm White Dial (ref.

The Globemaster line is perhaps the most underrated line within the Omega brand. Beneath a sea of Seamasters and Speedmasters, you have, in essence, the perfect everyday watch for those that prefer a bit more luxury than what the Aqua Terra offers. 

Sporting a 39mm diameter matched with an interesting fluted bezel constructed of tungsten for added durability without sacrificing the beautiful lines created by the highly polished case. The case sits on a beautifully finished three-link bracelet but can be dressed up with a leather strap as well. 

The model line also features various configurations, some with more luxurious undertones like the ones finished with rose or yellow gold or the blue-dialed versions. This particular reference presents itself with the white pie pan dial similar to the 1952 Constellation model. 

The movement within highly reliable Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8900 equipped with a 60-hour power reserve and resistance to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss.

2. Omega De Ville Prestige 39.5mm (ref. 424.

Omega De Ville Prestige 39.5mm (ref. 424.

Since its launch in 1976, the De Ville line has been a mainstay in the Omega catalog as a ‘dressier’ offshoot of the Seamaster but has since become a standalone series. The classy and elegant design is reflected in the small-by-today’s-standards 39.5mm case and is presented on a ‘hunter green’ leather strap. 

Several formal attributes are found on the dial, like the blackened hands, the black Roman numeral hour markers, and the six blackened cabochons. The silvery white dial features a silk-like pattern with an opaline finish and a subtle date aperture at 3 o’clock. 

3. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Black Dial (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm Black Dial (ref.

The contemporary Aqua Terra line is reminiscent of the original 1948 Seamaster and is perhaps the most versatile Omega in the current lineup. The model presented here is no longer in production, but you’ll easily get this timepiece on the second-hand market. 

Sticking to the maritime theme, the dial features a black horizontal “teak” pattern similar to what you might find on a yacht. The dial remains extremely legible thanks to rhodium-plated hands and indexes, all filled with Super-LumiNova. A tenuous date function is located at the 6 o’clock position to increase the utility of this luxury-orientated everyday watch. 

Within the highly polished case is the Master Chronometer caliber 8800, certified by METAS and equipped with a 55-hour power reserve. 

4. Omega Constellation Globemaster 41mm Annual Calendar (ref.

Omega Constellation Globemaster 41mm Annual Calendar (ref.

If you’re looking for an interesting spin on the annual calendar complication, perhaps the Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar might be the watch for you. Presented with a classic size of 41mm and rose gold (or Sedna™ gold) construction mounted on a blue leather strap that matches the blue dial. 

The dial is perhaps the most special part of this watch. Between each of the pie pan facets, you’ll find the different months of the year written in cursive gold. The hands and the applied hour markers are also finished in gold. 

Flipping the case reveals even more gold presented with the rotor featuring Geneva waves in arabesque. The movement in question is the Master Chronometer caliber 8923, equipped with a 55-hour power reserve.  

5. Omega De Ville Prestige 41mm Power Reserve (ref. 434.

Omega De Ville Prestige 41mm Power Reserve (ref. 434.

Matching dark green with gold has become tremendously popular in recent years, and Omega capitalized on this with a De Ville Prestige sporting this exact color scheme. The dark green dial features a stunning sun-brushed finished green dial that contrasts greatly against the golden Roman numerals and cabochon indexes. 

Two subregisters are located at the 6 and 9 o’clock positions displaying the power reserve and small seconds, respectively, improving the utility of this dress piece – something to chat about at dinner. The 41mm golden case is a classic design with a highly-polished bezel and lugs. 

Flipping the case reveals the sapphire caseback displaying the Master Co-Axial caliber 8810. The Co-Axial feature not only improves accuracy but also extends how long the watch can run before a service is needed.

This particular self-winding movement is approved by METAS and is resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss in case you go wandering around any heavy machinery with your dress piece. 

6. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 41mm Sedna Gold Brown Dial (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 41mm Sedna Gold Brown Dial (ref.

If the combination of gold and deep green isn’t what you like, then perhaps a more subtle brown would suit you. This Aqua Terra is decked out with Sedna™ gold (or rose gold) and a deep brown dial that complements each other beautifully. 

Like other Aqua Terras, the movement powering this dressy Aqua Terra is the Master Chronometer caliber 8901, certified by METAS and equipped with a 60-hour power reserve. But the movement is not where this timepiece shines but rather shines on the dial.

The sun-brushed brown dial combined with the horizontal “teak” pattern creates a beautiful contrast against the golden hands and applied hour markers. The mahogany theme continues with a brown strap and Sedna™ gold foldover clasp to create an integrated and upper-class look.  

7. Omega Constellation Master Chronometer 39mm Gray Dial (ref.

Omega Constellation Master Chronometer 39mm Gray Dial (ref.

The Constellation namesake has been in production since the 50s but has only recently become its own line. While some might not like the contemporary Manhattan design, it is still one of the most opulent options produced by Omega. 

This 39mm steel ref. features typical markers of the Constellation line, the fixed steel bezel with Roman numeral markers, and the “claws” on the side of the case. The sapphire caseback displays the expertly finished Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800 equipped with a Rhodium plated finish with Geneva waves in arabesque.

Yet again, it’s the dial where this timepiece shines. A horizontally-brushed ruthenium-grey dial is matched with blued numeral indexes, hands, and Omega scripture.  

8. Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Stainless Steel Silver Dial (ref. 435.

Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Stainless Steel Silver Dial (ref. 435.

While the Tresor line was originally reserved for smaller sizes and for women in particular, the modern versions are offered in larger options and even worn by men since all watches are actually unisex. 

Unlike many of the options that feature a quartz movement, the reference presented here features a Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8910, a hand-winding movement with expertly finished elements visible through the sapphire caseback.  

The case is perfectly sized for a contemporary dress piece, 40mm in diameter and 10.1mm thick. Moving from the highly polished case inwards to the domed opaline silver dial that displays nothing more but the 18K white gold hour indexes and a subtle date aperture at the 6 o’clock position. 

9. Omega Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper (ref. 522.

Omega has a rich history with the Olympics; in fact, Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympics for the past 28 Olympiads since 1932. They have also been known to produce limited-edition Olympic-themed watches such as this Olympic Official Timekeeper. 

This particular reference is a throwback to the vintage dress pieces produced by the brand in the 20s and sports various vintage-inspired attributes. A no-date eggshell white enamel dial embellished with a pop of color thanks to the red vintage Omega logo located at the 12 o’clock position matched with period-appropriate white gold leaf hands. 

The timepiece also sports a 39.5mm case constructed from Canopus Gold™, which is an alloy of 18k white gold with platinum, rhodium, and palladium. This material has been used by Omega since 2015 and is known for both its optic appeal and resistance to scratching.

A taught lug-to-lug measurement of 44.5mm means the watch will fit most wrists perfectly and, with a thickness of merely 12mm, will slide under any dress cuff. 

10. Omega Constellation Master Chronometer 36mm White Dial (ref.

Omega Constellation Master Chronometer 36mm White Dial (ref.

While many of us would love to wear a vintage Constellation on the wrist, they can be hard to find and maintain. The contemporary version lives up to the namesake by being just as visually appealing while holding true to the standards of Omega’s technological prowess. 

The Master Chronometer 36mm comes in many iterations, and this silver-dialed steel version presents itself as a subdued and subtle luxury dress piece. With classic sizing of 36mm in diameter and a 39.2mm lug-to-lug, the watch would not look out of place at a black tie event. 

The steel-on-steel aesthetic of the fixed steel bezel and steel case is a design synonymous with the Manhattan Constellation introduced in 1982. A sun-brushed silvery dial is matched with 18K white gold indexes for added opulence behind, which beats the Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800, a highly reliable self-winding movement with a 55-hour power reserve. 

11. Omega De Ville Prestige 41mm Small Seconds (ref. 434.

Omega De Ville Prestige 41mm Small Seconds (ref. 434.

The De Ville Prestige line has been adorning the wrists of Omega enthusiasts since 1994 and finds itself in its third generation, still upholding its values of elegance combined with unusual optical aesthetics. While the 41mm polished case of this model might seem regular, the dial is anything but. 

The dial color can only be described as pine green and features a random vertical pattern in a sun-brushed finish – potentially making each dial individual. Golden-applied indexes and hands contrast beautifully against this color. The thin Roman numerals and cabochon indexes create a minimalist quality synonymous with dress pieces. 

Behind the intriguing dial sits the Master Co-Axial caliber 8802, which is also visible through the sapphire caseback. A self-winding movement with a decent 55-hour power reserve displaying time, small seconds, and a date at the 3 o’clock position. 

12. Omega Seamaster 300 (ref.

The Seamaster namesake hardly needs an introduction. Originally introduced in 1948, and has been in the catalog in one way or another ever since. While the Seamaster 300 Professional covers the sporty and diving section, the contemporary Seamaster 300 would appear to be a bit more grown-up. 

The model referenced here is finished in steel and 18K Sedna™ gold (rose gold) and features a ceramic bezel insert. The sand-blasted black dial has a brilliant contrast against the golden hands and patina-colored indexes, creating a dichotomy between sportiness and luxury. 

With the Master Co-Axial caliber 8400, the watch also presents itself as a rather usable traveling watch. With no date function to worry about, you’ll be able to set time easily and worry-free. There is a blue-dialed version of this reference as well but that veers more towards sportiness rather than dressiness. 

13. Omega Speedmaster 38 (ref. 324.

Omega Speedmaster 38 (ref. 324.

The Speedmaster is perhaps the only watch that all enthusiasts unanimously all respect. Whether it be a 321 version or even the Snoopy, there’s a Speedy out there for you. But what if you find yourself in the company of affluent folk? Which Speedmaster would you wear then? Well, the ref. 324., of course (I don’t expect anyone to remember the reference number of any of these pieces but it’s simply called the Speedmaster 38 okay). 

As the name suggests, this is a 38mm Speedy sporting interesting attributes compared to the mainstream brothers. First, it’s worn on a light leather strap making for a more dressy aesthetic. Elongated gold indexes on the dial match the minimalist approach when combined with the smaller seconds track on the outer rim of the dial. 

The bezel is finished in aluminum and doesn’t seem to have the same visual noise as the bezels found on other Speedmasters. Interestingly enough, this reference also has a 100m water resistance rating, double that of a normal Speedmaster, which is excellent if your formal occasion happens to have a pool and you feel inclined to take a dive. 

14. Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Small Seconds (ref. 435.

Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Small Seconds (ref. 435.

Moving back to purely dress-oriented pieces with the De Ville Trésor. The Trésor line has been in production since 1949, and this contemporary version is a no-nonsense dress piece that, if it were alive, would scoff at the word “sporty”. 

Embodying elegance in a simple 40mm stainless steel case featuring highly polished edges and lugs matched with a domed deep blue dial. The long and slender 18K white gold hands are complimented with elongated white gold hour markers to create a rather slender look, matching the slender case thickness of 10.1mm. 

Thanks to the Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8926 within, the timepiece tells hours and minutes with the addition of a small seconds sub registrar located at the 6 o’clock position. This METAS-certified movement has a rather robust 72-hour power reserve and features a manual-winding mechanism allowing for the entire case to be thinner due to the lack of a self-winding rotor. 

15. Omega Seamaster 1948 (ref. 511.

Omega Seamaster 1948 (ref. 511.

With a Speedmaster for every Tuesday of the month, you could opt for a Seamaster for every other day. If you like your Seamaster with a tad of grandeur, perhaps the Seamaster 1948 could be the one for you – released to celebrate the very first Seamaster models of 1948 with vintage styling and modern technology. 

Platinum was used to construct the 38mm polished case, a material we rarely see used in the horology world. In fact, the domed opaline dial is also finished in platinum and features rose gold hour markers, dauphine hands, and a vintage Omega logo. 

The distinctive design continues when you flip the case, revealing the METAS-certified Master Chronometer caliber 8807 behind the sapphire caseback. The sapphire crystal is laser-engraved and lacquered (by hand) with a Chris-Craft boat and a Gloster Meteor aircraft. These vessels were used in WWII, and the aviators wore, you guessed it, Omega. 

16. Omega Constellation Master Chronometer 41mm Black Dial (ref.

Omega Constellation Master Chronometer 41mm Black Dial (ref.

The Manhattan Constellation might not be for everyone, but this black option might persuade you otherwise. Sized for contemporary tastes at 41mm and features a blend of a steel case, a polished black ceramic bezel, and something called Liquidmetal™. This is a blend of titanium, zirconium, and copper, which Omega bonds with ceramic to allow for increased hardness which allows them to use different finishing methods. 

The unembellished sun-brushed black dial is subtly decorated with the use of rhodium-plated hour markers, hands, and the Omega logo. Timekeeping duties are dealt with by the Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8900. METAS-approved and equipped with a 60-hour power reserve. 

17. Omega Seamaster Boutique Editions (ref. 511.

Omega Seamaster Boutique Editions (ref. 511.

Boutique and limited editions are something you either love or hate, but we cannot deny just how special these pieces sometimes are. Omega Boutiques had the opportunity to sell this Seamaster featuring visual appeal like nothing else in the product line. 

A 39.5mm polished case with a gorgeous burgundy lacquered domed dial displaying a gradient color change from a lighter center to a deeper outer dial. 18K white gold hour markers and hands make the dress-orientated piece highly legible with a subtle date aperture located at the 6 o’clock position.  

The caseback displays more of Omega’s craftsmanship, with several different engravings paying tribute to the brand’s iconography and achievements over the centuries. The same pattern can be found on the inside of the special World of Omega watch box.

18. Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Sedna Gold Gray Dial (ref. 435.

Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm Sedna Gold Gray Dial (ref. 435.

From one minimalist piece to the next, here we have a De Ville Trésor sporting an 18K rose gold case measuring 40mm in diameter and with a 44.8mm lug-to-lug the watch wears comfortably on most wrists. A snug 10.8mm thickness means it’ll slide under most cuffs, but you wouldn’t want to hide this piece. 

The domed grey enamel dial is subtle yet beautiful to behold and juxtaposes elegantly with the elongated rose gold hour indexes and thin hands. The dial finish is thanks to the Grand Feu technique, or the art of fusing glass to metal which is incredibly hard to execute.  

Matched with a grey leather strap and the Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8929, the watch not only shines in beauty but in technological prowess as well – a manual-winding movement, METAS-certified, and with a robust 72-hour power reserve. 

19. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT Worldtimer Sedna Gold (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT Worldtimer Sedna Gold (ref.

The world timer complication was officially featured on a wristwatch for the first time in 1931, thanks to the innovation of Louis Cottier, a brilliant Swiss watchmaker. Omega’s contemporary version finds itself in the everyday option of their catalog – the Aqua Terra. 

To add to the dressy aesthetic of this piece, the case and three-link bracelet are fully constructed from 18K yellow gold or Sedna™ gold. The hour markers and hands are also finished in gold and are filled with lume. 

While the case is something special, the dial is where the noteworthy craftsmanship of Omega begins to show. They took an unusual spin on the world timer complication using texture, color, and finishing techniques to make a busy dial appear a lot more visually appealing. 

In the center, you’ll find a grade 5 titanium plate that has been laser-engraved to display a realistic globe as well as the watch’s namesake at noon. Chemical processing on said globe allows Omega to display topography and different biomes without the use of paint.

Surrounding this titanium plate is a 24-hour display behind a Hesalite crystal, split to display day and night time hours. As with other world timers, you’ll find the names of cities towards the outer edge of the dial, some between the faceted hour makers and some on the rehaut (or flange). 

It would be hard to find another world timer that features such attention to detail at the price point, and while many would prefer a normal Seamaster or a Speedmaster, those that know will know just how special this piece is. And those who don’t know might just appreciate the globe on your watch because it looks quite cool

20. Omega De Ville Tourbillon (ref. 529.

 Omega De Ville Tourbillon (ref. 529.

While the Tourbillon might not be essential in the world we live in today, it was essential not so long ago. The first Tourbillon wristwatch caliber was actually created by Omega in 1947, but the first Tourbillon was created by legendary watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet in 1801. Originally created to be used in pocket watches to massively improve accuracy, they are slightly useless on wristwatches. 

When you first see this watch, you realize the Tourbillon is purely there for aesthetics. Somewhat reminiscent of the Omega La Magique, the 43mm rose and white gold case features the Tourbillon in the center of the sun-brushed dial. Every part of this opulent piece is handmade by a select group of horologists at Omega’s Atelier Tourbillon. 

Across the Tourbillon sits a titanium bridge from which the seconds hand runs, forged from rose gold; something you won’t see often and sets the watch apart from the other Tourbillon options on the market. Turning the case reveals the expertly finished Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 2640 finished in pure 18K rose gold. 


If you’re looking for a timepiece that breaks away from the onslaught of sports models we’ve seen over the past 20 years, you’ve got plenty of options now. Omega has a rich history of creating some of the most desirable and iconic dress-orientated models, and there’s a version for each of us. If not, simply buy a vintage pie pan Constellation; nothing beats a vintage gold Omega. 

How to check omega watch authenticity

Imagine that you’re a new watch enthusiast. You have fallen in love with that Omega Seamaster 300 you saw strategically posed on Instagram and know that you need to have one. Being new to the game, you probably haven’t quite reached the levels of delusion allowing you to believe that $5000 plus on a watch is a “great value”, so it’s time to start searching everyone’s favorite auction site searching for the deal of a lifetime. 

You’re armed with a little bit of knowledge and a lot of eagerness to be the next one to post a “New Watch Alert” in your favorite Facebook group. After a few weeks, you’ve found it! You’re almost shaking with excitement as you find “the deal of a lifetime” and can’t put your payment information in fast enough.

After a few minutes, the rush of excitement has likely subsided, and you have come off of cloud nine and returned comfortably to reality. Did you really just score a like new Omega Seamaster 300 for 1/3 of the MSRP because the seller “needs to sell ASAP”? 

As reality settles in, you probably start doing what many of us would do in this situation. Frantically researching to see if you genuinely scored a deal or just learned a very expensive lesson.

Although this scenario plays out several times a day amongst several brands in the watch industry, we will specifically take a look at Omega and what to look for to avoid the pings of regret that this hypothetical new enthusiast is feeling right about now.

Why Are There So Many Fake Omega Watches?

About omega watches

With a history dating back to 1848, Omega is one of the most prestigious luxury watch brands in the industry. In terms of iconic models, few watch brands come anywhere near what Omega has been able to accomplish. 

In particular, the Seamaster and Speedmaster lines have become synonymous with luxury watch design and are often victims of homage timepieces taking subtle (or not so subtle) inspiration from their design. There is a point where this flattery crosses the line, and for many people, that happens with the name on the dial. 

If there is money to be made on the name of a product, there is someone illegally using that name to make a profit. There is no shortage of brands assembling watches and placing luxury brand names on the dial. These range from comically poor design and quality, to 1:1 super clones that require a very highly trained eye to determine the real from the replica. 

8 Ways to Check Omega Watch Authenticity

Omega Brand Overview

We are going to focus this list on the super clones. From a picture, or sale listing, they look great, but how can we separate a luxury timepiece from one of the most prestigious brands in the industry from a piece of counterfeit trash? Get your loupe out; we’re taking a deep dive into the details of this one.

Serial Number

Depending on how good your eyes are, you might not need the Loupe just yet. The first thing to look for is a serial number on your Omega watch to verify authenticity. This serial number will be 7 to 8 digits and etched into the backside of your watch’s lug.

If you purchased a watch with the box and papers, these numbers should match. Just because a timepiece has a number etched into the lugs with matching paperwork does not always mean it’s authentic. A great next step will be to perform a simple Google search with the serial number on your watch.

Counterfeiters often produce an entire run of models using the same serial number to save cost, and you will see others listed for sale. These serial numbers are unique to the watch. If you find another one, it is almost certainly, unless you’re the unlucky owner of the original serial number that has been counterfeited, not an authentic watch (this is why you should never post a picture of your serial number).

Dial Printing

One of the most challenging and often overlooked characteristics of a watch is the printing on the dial. Whether it is just the chapter ring, or also the logo and branding or specifications, crisp and straight dial printing are hard to perfect (Just ask Seiko! Only kidding…sort of).

If you take out your jeweler’s loupe and closely inspect the dial, you should see very crisp printing with even spacing and perfectly level placement. If it looks less than perfect, you should be suspicious. Any brand can make a mistake (just look at Rolex with their double 9 Rolex Explorer), but Omega is one of the absolute best regarding these details.

Date Wheel

One of the most often ignored areas, even by the counterfeiters with the highest standards, is closely related to the dial printing. Even the best dial printing counterfeiter seems to haphazardly throw a standard date wheel in their watch 99/100 times.

An authentic Omega watch is going to feature a date wheel that is perfectly aligned and spaced properly over the entire date window. Much like the printing on the dial, the replica will not look anywhere near as crisp as what you should expect to find with a genuine Omega. These details are subtle from a distance, but with the help of your jeweler’s loupe are figuratively and literally magnified.

Solid Construction

If you have ever owned or tried on an authentic Omega watch, one thing that truly stands out is just how solid the construction is. Everything is machined to such a tight tolerance, and there is no doubt that you are wearing a luxury timepiece on your wrist.

Despite having some visual similarities, most replicas really lack that same feeling of heft on the wrist.  Many of them are constructed decently, but it would be like comparing an entry-level Hamilton to an Omega. There are less precise tolerances, and the watch naturally loses some of that heft on the wrist.

There is nothing wrong with the construction of a watch like a Hamilton, but as much as enthusiasts love the brand, there would be more than a few eyebrows raised if they tried to price their timepieces in the same range as Omega, as many replicas are trying to do.

Case Finishing

Another area Omega is known to excel in is that of case finishing. Few brands can match the crisp transitions of brushed to highly polished, like Omega. Compared to an authentic Omega, a replica will have a much softer transition of brushed to polished surfaces. 

When viewed on its own, it may appear well done and crisp, but compared side to side, the differences become much more apparent. The brushed surfaces will generally have a more aggressive brushing having ever so slight brush lines that you can detect with the very scientific fingernail test. The polished surface will likely not be as uniform and reflective as what you find with an authentic example either.

Movement Design

One of the hardest areas to replicate for a counterfeiter is the engine powering the watch. Many replica watches will feature a replica ETA 2824. These movements have a very generic finish that does not match the type of finish you would find on an authentic model. 

Some higher-end counterfeiters will take things up a notch and replace the rotor with a similarly finished one. When looking through an open caseback, the movement will appear to be OK but spin the rotor out of the way, and the movement quickly reveals its secrets. 

Movement Technology

One thing that is incredibly hard, if not impossible, for counterfeiters to replicate is brand-specific movement technology, such as the Co-Axial escapement featured on most of Omega’s modern watches. Unless you are very familiar with watchmaking, I’d leave this next level of identification to a professional watchmaker. 

When opening up the watch and inspecting the movement, a trained watchmaker can quickly tell if the movement utilizes a Co-Axial escapement or just a dressed-up Swiss Lever escapement looking to play the part.

Trusted Seller

Of all of the things to look for on a watch to ensure authenticity, there is only one that is guaranteed to work. Counterfeiters are continuing to get better and better and are actively working to improve on the differences we have already pointed out on this list. 

There is one thing counterfeiters will never be able to do, though, and that is to get their watches into an authorized Omega dealer. If you purchase from a trusted authorized dealer, you are guaranteed to have an authentic timepiece. 

If your budget restricts you from purchasing brand new, take a look at their pre-owned inventory. If a watch shop is an authorized Omega dealer, you can rest assured that their preowned examples are also authentic. 

The further your seller dilutes themselves from the original Omega source, the higher the risk is for you as a buyer. This is not to say that you shouldn’t trust any seller that is not an authorized dealer, just that you need to accept the fact that extra effort is required on your part to verify the piece you are looking to purchase is genuine.


If you are lucky enough to be considering a new or preowned Omega watch, congratulations! You are truly going to love your new timepiece. If you’re still saving and able to delay the gratification of the “New Watch Alert” post for a little while longer, save up until you can buy from a trusted source. 

If you find a watch that seems like a good value and passes the guidelines we have presented here, spend a couple of extra dollars to have the watch authenticated by an authorized Omega dealer, preferably before you separate from your hard-earned cash.

That nominal fee will be worth every penny, whether it gives you peace of mind or prevents you from making a costly mistake. If you are browsing watches and find something that looks too good to be true, it probably is! Regardless of how cheap you are, don’t be tempted by the possibility of being able to score the deal of a lifetime due to someone else’s ignorance or need to sell something ASAP. 

In this day and age, nobody is ignorant enough to list something without first doing a google search or impatient enough to give up thousands of dollars for the sake of selling a few hours sooner (you can price a watch aggressively to sell and not necessarily give it away). 

Sometimes it’s obvious what we should avoid; other times, even seasoned collectors can end up bamboozled. If you do your research and follow these guidelines, you can ensure that you are enjoying an authentic Omega watch and greatly reduce the risk of making a costly mistake.

Happy watch hunting!

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