We all know that Omega prefers an anniversary, but the one that I’m currently celebrating with them in Bienne is very meaningful. This year marks 125 years since the Calibre Omega — a 19-ligne movement that was so great that the company changed its name to the replica Omega Watch Company in 1903, and the rest is history, just as they said. But what made the Calibre so amazing that it earned the declarative moniker of Omega — the last letter of the Greek alphabet — and the ‘ultimate’ achievement in watch-making? However, this calibre matters because it was innovative — it was awarded a patent for setting and winding via the crown, but more than that it mattered because it was the first serially made movement, a movement that was not only produced using an industrial production line method, but it also meant that parts were manufactured very precisely, and thus interchangeable or replaceable. We might take it for granted now, but whenever you drop your watch in for a routine service, you owe a small debt to the fake Omega Calibre. Omega has launched two very unique watches in order to celebrate this achievement. The first is a very particular, very limited half-hunter pocket watch with the crown at three. These replica watches are made using original 19-ligne movement components. The bridges, mainplates, escapements and balance spring are original but paired with some more contemporary elements, like the mainspring and barrel, screws and chatons. Like last year’s 18 CHRO watch, this is a very special piece, and one that stands for a ‘living’ bridge between Omega’s past and future. Less limited, but no less special is the great new Omega De Ville Tresor 125th Anniversary Special Edition, a truly elegant 40mm 18k yellow gold watch with a luxurious red enamel dial — the first time Omega replica has used this kind of dial. The deep bordeaux colour, paired with the gold and simple stick hours and hands is very fine indeed, with just the right degree of dandy-ish appeal. The caseback is equally as impressive, with a commemorative 125 years medallion in the middle of the solid caseback, filled with red enamel, and in the historic Omega font. Inside the watch beats the brand new Master Chronometer Calibre 8929. A tribute to the original 19-ligne calibre, this is the first Master Chronometer certified manually wound calibre.
Rolex’s Rolex Daytona, Jackie O’s Cartier Tank, and other famous timekeepers have all made auction records last year, and it seems the topic is set to keep on till the year of 2018. However, this week, Phillips Auctions announced one of Elvis Presley’s numerous fine timepieces is now slated for the auction block.
Now there’s a situation here, before getting into the specifics of the cheap replica watch itself, is simple. The PN went down as the most desirable fake omega of all time, and the purchaser of Jackie’s Tank was none other than Kim Kardashian. In comparison, a JLC owned by Bob Hope—at a watch level, at least on the same level—nearly cracked the $30,000 mark this past year.
Of course, we know that Elvis has more fans out there than Bob Hope, but it still begs the question. Further down the rabbit hole you go, the more other obscure Elvis watches you find having crossed the auction block with estimates in the $6-8K and $10-20k range, so if we take the current celeb trend out of the equation, it’s difficult to see this piece hitting its high estimate. In other words, here are lots of details that give this Elvis Omega a touch more cachet.
From a distance, the Omega on offer doesn’t seem like much, though it actually has so much going for it before even getting to its celebrity pedigree. Cased in 18 carat white gold, the slender silver-dialed dress watch is set with 44 round cut brilliant diamonds on its bezel, which is almost surprising considering Elvis Presley’s more “flashy” years did not come until later in his career. Its silvered dial features applied batton indices, as was the most common configuration of the Omega replica pieces of the era. The piece is powered by the brand’s hand-wound calibre 510, which is stamped OTX, designating the piece as having been meant for US export.
As far as the replica Omega concerned, it is not clear where this stamping took place, however overall authenticity is nothing but a concern. The piece is well-documented through its history, and will be sold with a certificate of authenticity from the Elvis Presley Museum, together with a book on Elvis that featured images of him wearing the watch in question.
Those who’ve traced the origin stories of other Elvis replica watches for men in the past will recall that the man was occasionally known for giving away some of his fake watches. In the case of the piece seen here, the story according to Phillips is an interesting one. Therefore, the story goes, the uncle of the current owner crossed paths with the king, and commented on how much he loved the Omega that Elvis happened to be wearing.
The Winter Games are coming, so Omega make its role as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympics—an obligation they’ve had since the year of 1932—making this the 28th time the Swiss company is in charge of timing the games. And with the partnership comes with plenty of Omega PyeongChang 2018 limited edition replica watches. Let’s get a deeper look.
First of all, we have the limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean “Pyeongchang 2018″ dressed in the flag colors of the host country, South Korea. Limited to 2018 pieces, the commemorative Planet Ocean diver’s watch sports a 43.5mm stainless steel case with a blue ceramic dial and blue ceramic unidirectional bezel where the first 15 minutes are made from red rubber.
Also limited to 2018 pieces, the Seamaster Aqua Terra “Pyeongchang 2018” Limited Edition keeps its tribute to the Winter Olympics subtle with small, yet colorful “PYEONGCHANG 2018” text added to the minute track around the periphery of the blue teak-motif dial.
Motivated by vintage Omega stopwatches used to time the Summer Olympics in Montreal and Winter Olympics in Innsbruck in 1976, the company unveiled a colorful collection of Seamaster Olympic watches in these days.
Available in five different colors to represent the five rings of the Olympics, the 39.5mm steel cases of the Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection watches house domed black and white dials with Arabic numerals, a date window at 6 o’clock, and a pulse scale to measure, you guessed it, one’s pulse.
The relationship between them will keep on until 2,032 since Omega signed a 100-year deal with the Olympics in 1932. So, Omega replica has produced 2,032 examples of each color variant. What’s more, the caseback of the watch lists host cities where Omega has been the Official Timekeeper of the Games, along with future known cities up until Los Angeles 2028.
To celebrate the three types of medals bestowed upon the best athletes in the world, Omega has made the Seamaster Olympic Games Gold Collection with a yellow gold version, a white gold version, and a red gold version.
The simple time-only dials feature the vintage Omega logo and the vintage Seamaster font set upon the eggshell white enamel surface, along with striking gold faceted indexes and the leaf-style center hands.
The cheap Omega watch famous as the Alaska Project was initially developed as one of several efforts made by Omega to introduce a version of the Speedmaster built specifically with support for manned space flight in mind. As we all know, the original Speedmaster was never made for use in space, and especially not for one of the roles in which it became most famous: as a fake watch to be worn during EVA (that is, on the outside of a suit during a spacewalk, or during work on the lunar surface). “Alaska” had no relationship with the state of Alaska; instead, it was simply replica Omega’s internal code-name for the project, which included a version of the Speedmaster with a very large, cushion shaped titanium case.
However, the most famous version of the Alaska Project Speedmasters is one that was tested by NASA in 1972. This version had a zinc coated dial, high visibility hands for the minute and hour registers, and most conspicuously, a very large red anodized aluminum outer shroud, designed to protect the fake watch from excess heat.
It was long thought that these replica watches were never actually used in manned space flight and as far as we know, this is completely true of the US space program; apparently, NASA never took the project beyond the prototyping stage, and never tested the Alaska Project watches in a spacecraft, or during EVAs. However, the Omega-focused Tumblr known as Moonwatchuniverse, has run across what seems incontrovertible photographic evidence that in fact, at least two Alaska Project cheap replica watches were used: on Soyuz 25, which in 1977 became the first Soviet spacecraft to attempt to dock with the newest Soviet space station, Salyut 6. Though little remembered today, Salyut 6 was revolutionary for its time and orbited the Earth from late 1977 through July 1982, when it was de-orbited and as planned, burned up during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Salyut 6 was released unmanned, and the first manned attempt to dock with it was Soyuz 25, with two cosmonauts named Vladimir Kovalyonok and Valery Ryumin as crew. Unfortunately they failed to dock with Salyut 6 despite 5 attempts and had to return to Earth after two days – neither had any prior piloting experience and this resulted in a new regulation in the Soviet space program, that any manned mission must have one crew member at least who had been in space at least once before. For our purposes, however, the main point of interest is a photo posted on Moonwatchuniverse, which shows Kovalyonok and Ryumin wearing what appear to be Alaska Project Speedmasters on their flight suits, as they walked to their launch vehicle.
During the years of important advancements in terms of technology and materials, timepieces from the Seamaster Collection have been radically improved to resist extreme conditions and pressure in great depths. With the latest model from the collection, Seamaster Ploprof 1200M watch, Omega replica moved a level of water resistance up to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet). However, the title of the most famous Seamaster belongs to the Planet Ocean which is, at the same time, Omega’s leading sport line. When it first appeared in 2005, the Seamaster Planet Ocean has instantly reached worldwide popularity, thanks to its superb performances under water.
However, Seamasters insured their places in the “Hall of Fame” as “Bond’s replica watches”. Ever since the Pierce Brosnan’s role in Golden Eye movie, in 1995, the timepieces from the fake Omega Seamaster Collection have been the choices of James Bond (the Seamaster Quartz Professional, the Seamaster Diver 300 M and the Planet Ocean 600 M).Lately, Omega refreshed the collection with a new in the end, Aqua Terra line which combines an eye-catching design (the “Teak Concept”) and Omega’s breakthrough technology (Co-Axial movements).
As its name clearly says, this collection presents special watch editions, mostly the unique reinterpretations of some brand’s iconic cheap omega watches from the past. Created in a limited series, the timepieces from Omega Specialities Collection have become highly valuable items for true watch aficionados. With a number of special editions, and the Swiss watchmaker has highlighted its 80 years long role as the official Olympic Games’ timekeeper. The most renowned is the Olympic Collection Timeless line, with 11 amazing sport fake watches that recall the first Omega’s appearance as the official timekeeper at the Olympics, back in 1932, in Los Angeles. The latest editions (Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph and Seamaster 1948 Co Axial “London 2012” Limited Edition) celebrate the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games. Extraordinary skills of the best Omega’s horologists are showcased by beautiful tourbillon models, completely constructed by hands, while the Speciality Museum Collection has a task to present the brand’s historic values, upgraded with the latest standards. Each year, the Swiss watchmaker reinvents one classic model which is more than fifty years old.