5 Omega Milestone Watches to Own

Omega’s watchmaking history is full of accomplishments. From timing the Olympics to creating the official watch of NASA astronauts, Omega’s range is not short on notable, innovative timepieces.

We’ve chosen 5 of our favorite historic watches from Omega. While they have evolved through the years, our picks are still available in the market today, meaning you can wear a piece of history right on your wrist.

 

PloProf
from left: Omega Seamaster PloProf circa 1970, photo from Christie’s. Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m Steel Mens Watch.
#5 | Omega Seamaster PloProf (1970)

The PloProf’s name is derived from the French plongeur professionnel or professional diver. The 1960s saw the rise of underwater exploration as well as sports like scuba diving. This lead Omega to develop a watch that is robust, waterproof, easily wearable, and high-depth rated.

The PloProf cannot be mistaken for any other watch: its screwed-in crown is prominently located at 9 o’clock, and it is water resistant to an outstanding 4000 ft. It remains one of the most preferred watches of professional divers.
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Constellation
from left: Omega Constellation Iris My Choice Ladies Watch. Vintage Omega Constellation Grand Luxe 18K Yellow Gold Watch, approx. 1956.
#4 | Omega Constellation (1952)

The Constellation was once the flagship watch of the Omega brand. Its pre-cursor, the Centenary watch of 1948, was so well-received. This lead Omega to create another watch with the same watchmaking standards they used to create their first automatic, chronometer-grade watch.

The original Constellation’s design DNA include a perfectly round case, beautifully faceted lugs and gold dauphine hands. Today, the Constellation’s design is that of a classic dress watch – representing the marriage of luxury and function.
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DeVille
from left: Omega Seamaster DeVille circa 1966, photo from Christie’s. Omega DeVille Prestige Small Seconds Steel Mens Watch.
#3 | Omega DeVille (1967)

The DeVille was originally part of the Omega Seamaster family; but was launched as a separate line in 1967. Created in Geneva instead of at the Omega headquarters in Bienne, it signaled the brand’s entry into creating modernistic, urban elegant designs.

By 1999, the Omega DeVille Co-Axial would also become the first Omega watch to be equipped with the Co-Axial escapement. It was the first practical mechanical escapement to be launched in two centuries.  SEE ALL DEVILLE >


 

Seamaster
from left: Omega Seamaster Vintage 18K Rose Gold Watch, approx. 1960’s. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono 600M Watch.
#2 | Omega Seamaster (1948)

Before the launch of the Seamaster in 1948, Omega was already respected for its robust diver’s watches. It would further cement this reputation with the first Omega Seamaster, modeled after the watches worn by British military during World War II. What made the Seamaster particularly popular, is that it had impressive water resistance but could be used as a dress watch.

Over the years, Omega would launch a large variety of Seamaster watches for different needs: from dive watches to casual watches and world timers. Today, the Seamaster is Omega’s oldest collection that’s still in production. SEE ALL SEAMASTER >


 

Speedmaster
from left: Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Moonwatch. Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow CK2915 circa 1959, photo from Christie’s.
#1 | Omega Speedmaster (1957)

As the Speedy’s name suggests, it was created for the race track but it ended up becoming so much more. The story of how the Omega Speedmaster got to the moon is well known. NASA tested several watches for its space explorations but only Omega made the cut. It went on to accompany the astronauts of Apollo 11 on the first lunar landing.

Today, it’s still NASA’s official watch and the most thoroughly tested timekeeper on the planet. SEE ALL SPEEDMASTER >

 

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PHOTO CREDITS: Omega Seamaster PloProf circa 1970, Omega Seamaster DeVille circa 1966, Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow CK2915 circa 1959 – all from Christie’s.
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