A visit to the OMEGA Museum was on my ToDo list when I purchased my first vintage Omega watch in 1999. Previously, I had sent a few events with Marco Richon (previous custodian of the gallery) and John Diethelm (files of Omega), however it never went to a visit to their historical center in Bienne.
Just as of late, the Omega exhibition hall has been restored and another custodian (Brandon Thomas) has been selected. Omega welcomed me over to come to visit their new gallery and two plant visits to perceive how their Co-Axial developments are manufactured.
Together with the folks from , and we made a beeline for Bienne, Switzerland, to see these fortunes of one of my #1 brands. This blog article just covers the exhibition hall visit, more on the plant visits will follow soon.
The unique historical center (it was completely repaired mid 2010) opened its entryways in 1984, being the most established exhibition hall committed to a solitary watch brand. The area consistently was the equivalent, directly across Omega’s HQ in Bienne. Our guide, Brandon Thomas, presented himself and began the visit in a room that was loaded with verifiable watches and developments. It even incorporated the work seat of Louis Brandt, where he started in 1848, more than 160 years ago.
The focus show on the image above was loaded with Omega developments, from the primary Caliber 19″ that gave the name (Louis Brandt & Frere – OMEGA Watch Co) to their company in 1903 by means of the popular caliber 55x and 56x developments to their present Co-Axial in-house movements.
This first room additionally incorporates various recorded wrist watches like the Omega Centenary, the archetype of the Constellation, the water safe Omega Marine (presented underneath), 30T2 chronometer watches and lacquer dialed watches from the 1950s.
Besides a long history on mechanical miracles, Omega is obviously additionally renowned for their Olympic Games time estimating, the Speedmaster being the watch worn on the Moon and the Seamaster being an energetic and expert jumping watch. The fundamental room of the historical center is loaded with watches that were in space, submerged (there is even a presentation with COMEX gear and an authority COMEX Seamaster), on the wrist of a few James Bond’s and timing hardware utilized for the Olympic Games.
One of the things that intrigued me more than anything was the quantity of watches that were really utilized by space explorers, film entertainers, regal family, presidents and others. Shouldn’t something be said about President Nixon’s watch? It was number One of the gold Speedmaster Professionals (out of 1,014) that we detailed about previously ( click here to peruse that article ).
Perhaps more popular are the Speedmasters worn by space travelers. Beneath you’ll see the Speedmaster watches of NASA space travelers Richard Gordon (on a glove) and Eugene Cernan, where Gordon wore a ref.105.012 and Cernan a ref.105.003 model. As should be obvious, the 105.003 Speedmaster pre-Professional of Cernan was put on a JB Champion arm band. Gordon’s Speedmaster was worn on the authority NASA Velcro strap.
Besides these NASA watches, the Omega exhibition hall likewise includes a piece of a unique NASA control room focus. Lifting the top, all we saw was a couple of wires and electrical circuits, altogether less force than a cutting edge Apple iPhone has.
Modern Speedmaster watches are additionally introduced in the historical center obviously, similar to the skeletonized Speedmaster as presented beneath or the X-33 models. On something contrary to the museum’s gathering, there was a room loaded up with watches from the current Omega assortment. We are almost certain however, that your visit will be primarily about the chronicled models.
Although we have significantly more photographs of the Omega exhibition hall – more on that later – we might want to end this blog entry with the Omega Seamaster Professional highlighted in The World Is Not Enough. Indeed, the lights are genuine and blazing. How it functions? You need to check Fratellowatches Facebook collection. : )
In complete, I shot 125 photographs in the Omega Museum, all can be seen by visiting the . Try to ‘Like’ the Fratellowatches FB page! More on the processing plant visits soon, these visits have made me considerably more eager about the brand from Bienne.
Furthermore, I might want to say thanks to Omega for getting sorted out one more incredible occasion ( like the Capri occasion recently ). I can recommend a visit to the Omega gallery any time, in any event, for individuals or authorities who are lesser centered around this brand, it will be a fascinating experience.
The OMEGA historical center is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. also, 5 p.m. besides on open occasions. Passage is for nothing out of pocket and guided visits are accessible in English, French or German. More data can be found at: