Omega watches was created in Switzerland by Louis Brandt in 1848. He assembled watches from parts he bought and sold them across Europe. Under his sons, the company soon grew larger and moved in to the building that houses the company headquarters today. Though the company had some financial difficulties during the economic crisis in the late 20th century, and after merging with Tissot and with the group SSIH, they continued to achieve and produce. The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph was chosen in the 1960s as the official timepiece of American astronauts. Because of this, the Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon, worn by Mr. Aldrin when he landed.
Omega has also gained popularity, as it has been associated with the James Bond movies ever since Pierce Brosnan took over the role and wore the Omega Seamaster Professional model. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the James Bond movies, a special edition of the watch was created. In the current James Bond movies, Daniel Craig also wears an Omega model. Omega is also associated with the Olympics and has been the official timekeeper on multiple occasions, including the most recent summer Olympics, whose champion swimmer Michael Phelps wears an Omega watch.
Omega’s watches are created from the precious materials of yellow gold, red gold, white gold, steel, leather, titanium, platinum, sapphire, and mother of pearl, among others. Omega has one of highest name-recognition rates of any designer watch brand, and for good reason. Their watches are superbly designed, with years of experience behind them.