Top Omega Watches To Buy And Invest In This Year
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Top Omega Watches To Buy And Invest In This Year

Top Omega Watches To Buy And Invest In This Year

 

UPDATED MAY 2024

Omega is a top brand for every kind of keen horophile and investment minded gent, whether up in space…or down on planet Earth!

Founded in 1903, Omega was originally known as Louis Brandt et Frère-Omega Watch & Co. It would take exactly 81 years before the Omega title would be adopted. Formally part of Swatch Group since 1998, they stand alongside other major luxury brands like Blancpain

They have a strong list of achievements and accolades which have followed them since inception. Louis Brandt worked with Audemars Piguet to create the world's first minute repeating timepiece in 1892. And in 1947, they continued the tradition of world firsts by making the first tourbillon model which yielded exceptional accuracy results during Observatory trials in 1949. 

In 1999, Omega became the brand of the people when they released the fantastic Co-Axial escapement, the first mass produced movement that featured such a technical feat. Why is it so good? It enhances the mechanical efficiency by removing all the components that would cause friction.

Perhaps their most important technical innovation was the Master Chronometer Certification which utilised both COSC and METAS certification to achieve an accuracy rating of around 0/+5 seconds per day and a 15,000 gauss magnetic resistance. 

Outside of technical feats, they attained a phenomenal status in the pop culture world to rival Boy George and Michael Jackson combined. Achieving the colossal status as producing the first timepiece on the moon, The Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, Buzz Aldrin adorned this in 1969 when he first stepped off the Apollo 11 lunar lander Eagle and onto the Moon. 

Lest we forget the brand is associated with none other than legendary super-spy, James Bond. Joining Pierce Brosnan in the 1995 film, Goldeneye, he adorned a Seamaster to defeat his foes.

Following the spy until Daniel Craig’s last role in 2021 for the movie “No Time To Die”, he wore a Seamaster specifically designed with James Bond emblems. How’s that for a little horological history?

Right. We simply have to slow down before we expose all the best watches too soon! So, without further ado, let’s get into the best Omega watches to buy this year.

Once more into the breach!

 

1. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Grey Ceramic

Case Size

45.5mm

Material

Silicon Nitride Ceramic

Dial Colour

Titanium

Bracelet

Integrated rubber strap

Movement

8906ti movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

The Seamaster Planet Ocean collection was originally manufactured in 2005 when Prince Charles married Camilla and Bird Flu exploded. The Planet Ocean variant added an extra level of 300 metres water resistance to the already dive-themed watches and a case size that’s almost as beefy as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For the man who likes to buy bulk, this is the perfect piece.

 

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Measuring 45.5mm, this latest iteration of the Planet Ocean line casts a moody spell over the collection with a grey hue. Launched in 2023 and with a large height of 17.4mm, these are certainly not small watches.

Crafted out of silicon nitride ceramic, this is a specific variant of ceramic that is exceptionally durable and capable of dealing with high temperatures. 

Fitted with a grade 5 titanium crown, helium escape valve and uni-directional bezel, the bezel goes one step further with a silicon nitride ceramic insert which is fitted with a 60-minute scale. 

Given a gorgeous titanium face, it has a sandblasted finish which allows the anthracite hands to stand out. You enthusiasts may know the history of these “Broad Arrow” hands linked to the original Speedmaster models.

How’s that for a cross reference!

Fitted with a mixture of Arabic hour markers at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock, there is a small date aperture located at 3 o’clock while baton hour markers interject the rest of the hours. Take note of the flange which features a 24 hour scale that links in with an added GMT hand to read AM and PM times.

We like how one can flip the timepiece effortlessly to expose a sapphire crystal exhibition back. This is incredibly surprising considering the brilliant 600 metres of water resistance that can be attained and the usual protocol of having a screw down caseback for dive watches.

Powered by the 8906 Ti movement, this highly powerful movement is Master Chronometer certification, allowing for 60 hours power reserve and 25,200VpH. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Grey Ceramic at retail for £21,000 (As of May 2024.)

 

2. Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Paris 2024

Case Size

42mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

White

Bracelet

Steel bracelet

Movement

8800 movement

Power Reserve

55 hours

The Seamaster Diver 300m Paris 2024 adds another dimension of sporting lineage to the brilliant collection. The brand and the Olympics have worked closely for a while. Official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, now, another celebration is at hand… the Olympics 2024!

 

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For such a storied event, they have released a Seamaster variant which closely mirrors the brilliance of the Diver 300m Paris 2024 collection. Since the Olympics is taking place in France, they will only be available from Paris stores (for the time being). Je suis désolé! fellow watchkeepers.

Sized at 42mm, they are crafted out of steel and fitted with all the iconic elements such as a helium valve and beautifully tapered lugs. The jolts of colour come in the form of a stunning unidirectional bezel insert, fitted with their very own Moonshine gold material, a type of yellow gold

The Moonshine gold material is laser engraved with a diving scale and fitted with a lume capsule dot at 12 o’clock. This isn’t your ordinary bezel! Given a hammered aesthetic, the 60 minute markers are slightly raised to enhance their immense legibility. 

Offering 300 metres of water resistance, the 13.7mm case is a fairly thick timepiece that does away with a sapphire caseback in exchange for a solid, frosty style back with text like ‘PARIS 2024”, the famed 5 rings and the famous golden torch emblazoned on the back. 

The face is crafted out of white ceramic and features an interchange of dot and baton hour markers. Given golden edging on the hour markers and hands, there’s a small date aperture at 6 o’clock with Olympic typography. 

They are powered by the 8800 movement. Master Chronometer certified and skips merrily at 25,200VpH with a 55 hour backup. Fitted with a steel bracelet, wear this when watching England storm the Olympics from your private box, or while diving headfirst on that ultimate family vacation in the Maldives. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Paris 2024 at retail for £8,400 (As of May 2024.)

 

3. Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m Summer Blue

Case Size

55mm

Material

O-MegaSteel

Dial Colour

Summer Blue

Bracelet

Blue perforated rubber

Movement

8912 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

As we know, John Travolta was right. Summer lovin happened so fast. And The Seamaster collection celebrated 75 years in 2023, prompting them to go all out with a fresh release!

 

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The Ploprof closely links the 1950s with industries like oil and gas exploration requiring deep sea diving to access it. The Ploprof was released in collaboration with COMEX in order to create watches that needed to be able to perform saturation diving.

Given a monobloc case that allowed for 600 metres of water resistance, they had a bezel locking system and sizable crown protectors.

Launched June 2023, The Ploprof 1200m Summer Blue is a new adaptation of the line. Sized at 55mm, the oh so vintage monobloc case style is retained, ensuring an incredible level of water resistance.

The case is fitted with a helium valve and a screw down crown where they can reach a whopping 1200 metres…vastly more than any human will ever require in our humble opinion! Crafted out of O-MegaSteel, this alloy is incredibly tough like Boris Johnson’s skin, beating other high quality steels like 904L.

As opposed to the usual steely shades of the classic Ploprof line, this version is given a Summer Blue colour scheme. 

The face is given a blue gradient shade which goes from a sky blue centre to a deep-sea periphery. Even the baton hour markers and sword shaped hands are fitted with a special kind of light blue Luminova to enhance legibility in keeping with the blue theme.

They are powered by the 8912 movement. Offering a 60 hour power reserve, a 3.5Hz frequency and 15,000 Gauss resistance, the movement is high powered and can easily deal with most impacts in your everyday activities. 

Given a blue rubber strap, we can see you pulling this bulbous beast off when you're kicking back in your swimming trunks in St. Tropez, or wearing blue jeans and a white tee on those warmer summer days. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m Summer Blue at retail for £13,500 (As of May 2024.)

 

4. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Green Ceramic 220.32.43.22.10.001

Case Size

43mm

Material

Steel with Green Ceramic 

Dial Colour

Green PVD

Bracelet

Green rubber

Movement

8938 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

The Aqua Terra WorldTimer first came on the scene back in 2017 where it was released in platinum and capped at just 87 timepieces. Suffice to say, it has a lot to live up to from it’s starting point!

 

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In 2023, they decided to revolutionise the collection by introducing a hot new green ceramic variation of the Aqua Terra Worldtimer line. As the most dressy edition of the Seamaster line, it’s critical that they steer the course between maintaining the cult-like dive heritage of the Seamaster while retaining the chic look of the Aqua Terra. 

This Aqua Terra edition comes in a 43mm case and has a sizable height of 14.1mm. Capable of reaching 150 metres of water resistance, the cases carry enough substance to not warrant being hidden under a shirt cuff. It’s crafted out of steel which is a classic material, but features green ceramic elements throughout.

This includes the bezel which has a brushed finish and draws the eyes into the equally green face. 

It is a strong point of interest as it features what has made the Worldtimer so iconic! The centre of the face is made up of the standard timekeeping functions of hours, minutes and seconds. There is a small date aperture situated at 6 o’clock. However, there’s no sapphire here, only hesalite crystal. 

The key thing is the Aqua Terra Worldtimer functionality. As this is not just a dive watch, but a travelling companion, they feature a world map layout which is crafted from laser-ablated grade 5 titanium. It shows the main continents, all from the perspective of the North Pole. The map rotates in conjunction with both the day and night indicators. 

That’s not all. Around the periphery of the watch, there are a range of cities which show the various time zones. Why is London highlighted red? That’s to symbolise the globally recognised Greenwich Mean Time.

The Swiss based brand does know how to celebrate their own history by making the Central Europe time zone based in Bienne. The hour markers and hands are given a golden tint and a thin triangle of lume. 

They are powered by the 8938 movement. Pulsating at 25,200VpH and given a 60 hour power reserve, the movements are Master Chronometer certified and fitted with a free-sprung balance alongside a silicon balance spring.

Take that, magnetism! Fitted onto an integrated green rubber strap, look seamless with this alongside a cashmere green jumper or neutral polo to enhance your flex appeal. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Green Ceramic at retail for £10,100 (As of May 2024.)

 

5. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ETNZ Deep Black 215.92.46.51.01.003

Case Size

45.5mm

Material

Matt black ceramic

Dial Colour

Matte black ceramic

Bracelet

Black and turquoise rubber 

Movement

9900 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

Before we get into the timepiece, you are probably wondering about the history behind the brand and ETNZ’s relationship. 

 

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Celebrating the 37th America’s Cup that will be taking place in 2024, they have worked with Emirates Team New Zealand to release a novelty fit for the bloody battles taking place in competitive sailing. The America’s Cup runs from The Spanish Coast and has been ticking along since 1851. 

They have joined forces with Emirates Team New Zealand to release a new piece designed for the waves, looking stylish enough to flaunt down the red carpet or catwalk at London Fashion Week.

Crafted in a chunky 45.5mm case that’s around 19mm in height, the cases are made from matte black ceramic. This black texture continues onto the bezel. However the rotatable bezel features a white 60-minute scale.

Featuring a helium escape valve alongside two pushers for the regatta functionality, this piece is primed for the deep seas, especially since it has a 600 metre water resistance. Flip the timepiece over to see the phenomenal NAIAD locking caseback that secures in the case and shows the Emirates Team New Zealand emblem. 

The face continues the matte black ceramic theme. Fitted with turquoise rings around the chronograph subdials, the dial features Broad Arrow style hands alongside baton style hour markers, an Arabic 12 hour marker and a date aperture positioned at 6 o’clock. 

Turquoise is present on the minute track and the entirety of the second hand. Take note of the America’s Cup trophy that acts as a counterweight. Featuring a small seconds function at 9 o’clock, there is a Regatta function at 3 o’clock which is perfect for enabling a countdown function for the start of the race. 

Powered by the movement 9900, these watches have Master Chronometer certification, a weekend-proof 60 hour power reserve sitting alongside a 28,800VpH. Strapped onto a black and turquoise rubber strap, we would save this monster for your boating days or wear it with short sleeves…if you're brave enough!

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ETNZ Deep Black at retail for £12,600 (As of May 2024.)

 

6. Omega Speedmaster Super Racing 329.30.44.51.01.003

Case Size

44.25mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

Black

Bracelet

Steel 

Movement

9920 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

Noted as technical geniuses, have they laid on their horological laurels since they created the anti-magnetism resistance of 15,000 gauss in 2013 and Master Chronometer certification in 2015? Not for a single second.

 

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The brand went one step further and developed the equally phenomenal Spirate System which boasts a hot new hairspring and a much improved accuracy rating of 0/+2 seconds per day. That's right, it beats Rolex’s Superlative certification of +2/-2 seconds per day. 

Fitted within the brilliant Super Racing model, the magnificent Spirate system combines a silicon hairspring with a tuning system to reach higher levels of precision. The Speedmaster Super Racing is crafted into a 44.25mm case that's given a height of 14.9mm.

Crafted out of steel, the case carries a small 50 metre water resistance and is confirmed with a box-shaped crystal and asymmetrical style design. Fitted with a ceramic bezel that's engraved with a yellow Grand Feu enamel tachymetric scale, the eyes are drawn into the beautiful dial face. 

Inspired by the classical 2013 Aqua Terra that blends black and yellow elements, the dial is made up of a stunning honeycomb dial face that's designed through a laser etched plate which allows a DLC coated lower plate to beam through.

You’ll be busy as a bee showing this off in the boardroom or on that private speedboat, while sipping champagne washed down with lashings of smoked salmon.

Fitted with applied hour markers and hands that are filled with yellow Super-Luminova, the dial is fitted with chronograph subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock that total a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, date function at 6 o’clock and a chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. 

Like your Easter Eggs? Take note of the specially designed 10th date which links to the decade where they flexed their anti-magnetism and precision.

They are powered by the 9920 movement which is Master Chronometer rated and offers a 0/+2 seconds per day, 60 hour power reserve and a 28,800VpH. Fitted with a steel strap, the watches would look good against a black suit or with a simple white shirt if you want to keep things minimal. 

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Super Racing at retail for £11,000 (As of May 2024.)

 

7. Omega Seamaster Diver 300m James Bond 60th Anniversary 

Case Size

42mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

Blue aluminium

Bracelet

Steel bracelet

Movement

8806 movement

Power Reserve

55 hours

We referenced that James Bond and the brand have been shaking and stirring things up since the 1995 film, Goldeneye. Well, it's been over 60 years since they first collaborated, so they celebrated the event with the launch of the Seamaster Diver 300m James Bond 60th Anniversary. 

 

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Given a 42mm case, this coveted steel model follows the usual design codes of the Seamaster, including tapered lugs on either side of the case and a scalloped bezel. Featuring a helium escape valve and sloped crown guards, the 300 metre water resistance is maintained. 

Fitted with an aluminium bezel with a clear white diving scale, they are filled with Super-Luminova to enhance top notch legibility. Given a blue hue, the eyes are drawn into the beautifully blue dial face with an attractive wave aesthetic pattern. 

On the other side, admire its James Bond emblem which definitely has a licence to thrill! Given an exhibition caseback, the iconic starting intro of Bond stepping out as a shadow and shooting the screen is presented through micro-structured metallisation. 

Modern Seamasters have a laser engraved wave pattern on the dial, but they opt for a tribute style from the 1990s in the form of an oxalic anodized aluminium face with waves that are closely linked together as opposed to the more spacious gaps in the modern variations. 

Given a lollipop style seconds hand as well as standard hour and minute hands that run around the baton and dot hour markers, these timepieces are given a good dose of Super-Luminova to enhance legibility. The watches are powered by the 8806 movement and have a 55 hour power reserve, beating away at 25,200 VpH. Fitted onto a mesh style steel bracelet, pair this with a classic black tux like Bond or a dressed down navy blue polo shirt. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Diver 300m James Bond 60th Anniversary at retail for £7,900 (As of May 2024.)

 

8. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Moonshine Gold Reference 310.60.42.50.10.001

Case Size

42mm

Material

18K moonshine gold

Dial Colour

Green

Bracelet

18K Moonshine bracelet

Movement

3861 movement

Power Reserve

50 hours

Speedmaster fans have a love-in concerning the classic steel variation of the Moonwatch

 

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However, Bob Dylan once said that ‘The Times They Are A ’Changin’ and with that brilliant piece of insight, they have released a version in their very own Moonshine gold material. 

With a 42mm case size, the 13.18mm high watches closely mimic the stylings of the Rolex Daytona John Mayer with the combination of gold and green. This is crafted out of Moonshine gold, their proprietary material which adds more lustre to the yellow gold material. 

The bezel is given a very dark green sheen that's made from polished green ceramic and given an engraved tachymetric scale. There is a nod to vintage models as seen through a dot over the 90 marker on the bezel. 

The eyes are then drawn into the golden applied hour markers and green hands that are dosed with Super-Luminova. The dial is similarly green, allowing the golden elements to be boasted. The chronograph subdials are slightly sunken, enhancing their legibility. The dial is given a sunray brushed finish allowing it to be pulled off as a very stylish number. 

It is powered by the 3861 movement which is accessible through the exhibition caseback that has text like “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON” on the edge. This calibre offers a 50 hour power reserve alongside a 21,600VpH and Master Chronometer certification, guaranteeing excellent precision.

The watches are secured onto an 18K Moonshine gold bracelet which will look the part under a charcoal suit or black polo shirt. 

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Moonshine Gold at retail for £40,300 (As of May 2024.)

 

9. Omega Speedmaster Vintage Black Dark Side Of The Moon 311.92.44.51.01.007

Case Size

44.25mm

Material

Black Ceramic

Dial Colour

Black

Bracelet

Brown leather strap

Movement

9300 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

The Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon follows the incredible pioneer work of the Apollo 8 astronauts, who were the first people to see the dark side of the Moon. 

Following this incredible achievement, we couldn’t help but salivate over the fabulous Speedmaster Vintage Black Dark Side Of The Moon. Plus there’s nothing frightening about going to the dark side, especially when rocking this number.

 

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Coming in at 44.25mm, the watches are crafted out of black ceramic which comes with a matte aesthetic. Fitted with brown hour markers and hands, they are given specifically vintage Super-Luminova which is given a tropical brown sheen. 

Fitted with an equally black bezel, the tachymetric scale follows the same vintage lume colouring of the dial, allowing the entire piece to be seamless. The dial is matt ceramic which is crafted out of cutting-edge laser technology. 

How’s that for space age content? Fitted with two chronograph subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock, the hands are varnished brown just like the baton style hour markers. Given a date aperture at 6 o’clock, this is a hot piece for the vintage inspired gentleman. 

The watches are powered by the 9300 movement which offers a 60 hour power reserve, 50 metre water resistance and Chronometer certification. Strapped onto a brown leather strap with a ceramic buckle, the watches can be worn with a brown suede jacket or a white suit shirt. 

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Vintage Black Dark Side Of The Moon at retail for £12,100 (As of May 2024.)

 

10. Omega Seamaster Railmaster 220.12.40.20.01.001 

Case Size

40mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

Black

Bracelet

Grey nylon strap

Movement

8806 movement

Power Reserve

55 hours

The Seamaster Railmaster is yet another strand to their ever expanding bow!

 

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Originally released in 1957, the Railmasters purpose rests in offering railway staff and anyone near electrical fields an opportunity to own a timepiece that can counteract magnetic fields up to 1000 Gauss.

You don’t need to be the Fat Controller to own this Railmaster either! Sized at 40mm, these specific watches are a very accessible size and crafted out of stainless steel. Given a wave inspired caseback with the iconic seahorse emblem on the back with “Railmaster” text over the logo. 

Fitted with a vertically brushed black dial face, the face features triangular hour markers and sword shaped hands and a lollipop seconds hand that are given a tropical lume within them. There is even a very classy “Railmaster” text line under the hands that’s designed in a cursive style.

Master Chronometer certified and home to the 8806 movement, they offer 15,000 gauss and a 55 hour power reserve. The movements are tough enough to go through your day to day with consummate ease. Strapped onto a grey nylon strap, we think you should opt for a grey cashmere jumper or green polo shirt for optimum effect. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Railmaster at retail for £4,350 (As of May 2024.)

 

11. Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Bronze Gold 43mm

Case Size

43mm

Material

Bronze gold alloy

Dial Colour

Solid bronze

Bracelet

Brown calfskin leather

Movement

9908 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

So, we know the Speedmaster is famed for lunar travels and exploration. But what exactly is Chronoscope and why does it apply to this model? And no, this is not the follow up to Oppenheimer!

 

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Dating back to 1885 when Louis Brandt released the first chronoscope pocket watch, the term eventually became associated with the De Ville Chronograph collection in 2007. Incidentally, the term “Chronoscope” is Greek for “Time” and “Observe”. 

Recently, the term has continued into this latest Chronoscope Bronze Gold 43mm. Crafted out of their very own Bronze Gold material these watches combine around 50% copper, 37.5% gold and various other materials like palladium and silver.

In fact, the material mimics the colour of bronze, yet has the ability to qualify as 9K gold. Durable and a precious metal? Fantastic!

Given an accessible thickness of 12.8mm, the stunning sheen looks very modern and certainly versatile enough to wear in the boardroom or strolling down the fairway playing golf. The boxy sapphire crystal is maintained alongside the barrel shaped lugs. 

The bezel is fitted with a ceramic insert that features a tachymetric scale in a tropical shade of enamel. Sure, it’s only got 50 metres of water resistance, but we wouldn’t hold that against a piece originally designed for the race track and later lunar exploration. 

The bronze dial has attained a dark brown sheen and allows the modern golden bronze Arabic numerals and leaf shaped hands to clearly stand out. The dial is nearly as complex as the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300 to look at.

Nevertheless, Chrono Hunter will break it down for you here;

  • Bezel - Tachymetric scale
  • First ring - Telemetre - This is a scale that measures distance based on time. 
  • Second Ring - Pulsometer - This is used to measure the number of heartbeats per minute
  • Third and Fourth Rings - Tachymetric scales - These two measure speeds from 60 to 20 units as opposed to the bezel's larger 500 to 60 units range. 

Yes, the dial is a genuine beast to read but we love it! As for itself, well this is powered by the 9908 movement and beats at 28,800VpH with a 60 hour power reserve. Given Master Chronometer certified movements and resistant to 15,000 Gauss, it is fitted onto a brown calfskin leather strap.  Furthermore, the watches are secured via a bronze gold pin and would look great alongside a chocolate brown suit, or pitch black polo shirt with chinos. 

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Bronze Gold 43mm at retail for £15,700 (As of May 2024.).

 

12. Silver Snoopy Speedmaster 50th Anniversary (ref. 310.32.42.50.02.001) - White Dial

Case Size

42mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

Cream

Bracelet

Blue fabric strap

Movement

3861 Calibre

Power Reserve

50 hours

Timelords, we urge you to open your horological history books and turn to the chapter, Silver Snoopy Award. 

 

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Way back in 1970, when Mexico was the place for the World Cup and the Beatles parted ways, they were granted the incredible privilege of accepting the highly prestigious Silver Snoopy Award handed by NASA’s very own astronauts. 

This prize was granted to them due to their incredible influence on the lunar world. In this case, it was due to the brand's huge influence on saving Apollo 13.  In 1970, Apollo 13 was launched with its intentions to reach the Moon.

However, an oxygen tank exploded which meant the crew onboard were in a very difficult situation as they had a low power supply. 

The crew used their Speedy watches to time a 14-second burn that allowed them to land back down after just under 143 hours in space. Nicknamed “Lucky 13”, the crew were so indebted to their Speedmasters that they were presented with the Silver Snoopy Award…the highest award possible by NASA astronauts. 

In order to celebrate the background behind this illustrious event, they released a 42mm timepiece in steel to celebrate 50 years of the award in 2020. NASA chose Snoopy as the mascot back in the 1960s as a safety watchdog so they incorporated it as a visible emblem on the timepiece. 

Given a silver dial, it’s engraved with Ag925, a high grade silver that makes up the Snoopy character as an embossed silver medallion which can be viewed on the blue subdial at 9 o’clock. As expected, he’s kitted out in an astronaut uniform that is truly out of this world!

The blue ceramic bezel features the legendary “dot over 90” which is made up of white enamel. The back of the dial is fitted with a NAIAD lock caseback which ensures all of the engravings remain firmly in place. It’s made up of tributes to Apollo 13 and a Silver Snoopy Award. 

The hour markers and hands keep with the blue bezel and contrast well with the white dial. Featuring lume throughout, the watches are highly legible and allow for instant visibility. Powered by the calibre 3861 these novelties are Master Chronometer certified drumming away at 3Hz with a 50 hour power reserve. 

Locked onto a blue nylon fabric strap, it features the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission embossed onto its inner layer. A genuine contender as one of the best Omega watches for in the know collectors and enthusiasts.

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Anniversary Series 42mm at retail for £10,000 (As of May 2024.)

 

13. Omega Speedmaster 38mm

 

Case Size

38mm

Material

Sedna

Dial Colour

Brown

Bracelet

Gold

Movement

3330 movement

Power Reserve

52 hours

As night follows day, the Speedmaster is by far the most popular Omega watch in their timekeeping stable. It’s what the Daytona is to Rolex if you catch our drift.

Debuted in 2017, the 38mm Speedmasters are inherently much more dressy than their classic 40mm plus Speedmaster counterparts. In 2024, Omega turned to the 38mm portfolio to add some highly luxurious models for horophiles looking to strap themselves up with the best models from one of the top Swiss brands

This time round, they've gone for a few pave diamonds. I mean, when you’re Daniel Craig’s go to brand, why the heck not!

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Arriving in eight different editions, Chrono Hunter was hard pressed to find the best new model from the various metal options like steel and Moonshine gold. However, we have to tip our horological hats to the extraordinary Sedna gold editions.

With a 38mm case diameter, these Speedy dimensions do lean towards the thicker side, especially since they have a 14.7mm height. This may prove a little heavy for some, but we recommend that the Sedna Gold material should be let loose for all to see.  

Given a solid caseback, the watches are still capable of reaching 100 metres of water resistance which shows that they can deal with your hectic everyday lives. Are you ready to get jewelled up as Jay-Z rocking his Grandmaster Chime 6300G?

Across the bezel and on the crown, there are a total of 52 bezels which total an estimate of around 1.5 carats. Diamonds and precious metals may be a little too much for the conservative horophile, but if you are wanting to show your paycheck off like P.Diddy, this is the statement watch for you!

Fitted with a brown PVD dial, the baton hour markers are Sedna gold just like the hands. Coated with Super-Luminova for maximum legibility, the dials are surrounded by a white minute track along the periphery of the pieces. 

There are three unorthodox oval subdials which counter the classic circular design of the counters. They may look funky, but the functionality remains, including the triple chronograph complications.

Within the Sedna gold case is the Omega 3330 which is a self-winding movement that offers a 52 hour power reserve and beats to a regular 4Hz. Chronometer certified, it may not touch the Master certified status or Superlative status of Rolex, but we won’t judge them. 

After all, this is the watch that’s more of a cultural phenomenon than Lady Gaga, ever since it blasted into space with Buzz Aldrin in 1969.Is this the best Omega for swanky soirees and black tie affairs? Let’s put it like this…you won’t go wrong on the flexometer. 

Affixed onto a Sedna gold bracelet, the 2024 Speedmaster 38mm dials are exceptionally fashionable and would look great with a black suit for those power meetings.

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster 38mm at retail for £43,800 as of May 2024.

14. Speedmaster Chronoscope (522.62.43.51.02.001)

 

Case Size

43mm

Material

Moonshine gold

Dial Colour

White

Bracelet

Black leather

Movement

9909 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

From throwing javelins to doing the butterfly in the pool, you may either be partaking, or just watching the phenomenal Olympics 2024 from your sofa. Serving the Olympic games since 1932 as the Official Timekeeper, Omega has a habit of releasing celebratory watches for this magnificent event. 

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From the Olympic Games Tokyo collection in 2020 to the Pyeongchang 2018 line released for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, every release has been a hit and got us up and running with the athletes!

The latest release for the Chronoscope line in 2024 saw a brand new gold edition come to fruition, the first for the line since… ever! Totalling 43mm, the watches are very big and shouldn’t be worn with long sleeves. This, in conjunction with the 13mm thickness, means this is qualified as a luxury sports timepiece as opposed to an elegant dress watch. 

Designed in the asymmetrical shape that has made the Speedmaster so popular, the watch's domed sapphire crystal is framed by a very low-key black bezel. To work with the Moonshine gold material, the tachymetric scale within the anodized aluminium bezel insert is engraved and filled with the precious metal which allows for excellent visibility. 

The dial is opaline white which is the perfect background to ensure the important timekeeping functions to shine. Fitted with Moonshine gold Arabic hour markers and hands, these numbers and hands are the same material on the two black subdials residing at 3 and 9 o’clock. 

The subdials relate to small seconds and chronograph functionality, and they sit on either side of the concentric scales running in the centre of the dial. These relate to a telemetre scale and a pulsometer, demonstrating the vast capabilities of the models. 

Inside is the Calibre 9909 which offers a 60 hour power reserve and that lauded ‘Master Chronometer’ stamp. Unfortunately, we can’t see the movement due to the solid caseback, but we have instead an engraved Paris 2024 emblem with the Olympic logo. 

Fitted onto a black leather strap, this is without question one of the best Omega watches to add to your summer attire. Think white polo shirt or linen alongside black brogues. 

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Paris 2024 at retail for £30,900 as of May 2024

 

15. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 42mm - White Dial

 

Case Size

42mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

White

Bracelet

Steel bracelet

Movement

3861 movement

Power Reserve

50 hours

White is not a revolutionary colour in the horological industry. Brands like Vacheron Constantin have been pushing colourful shades to expectancy consumers. There is green with the Traditionnelle line, while Jaeger-LeCoultre have been flaunting a rich blue enamel dial on their Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon

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But this white-dialled wonder almost broke the internet in 2023. So, why all the fuss? White was such a big deal for the Omega Speedmaster line thanks to James Bond icon and Layer Cake actor, Daniel Craig. 

Rocking a never before seen novelty attending a Planet Omega event in New York in November 2023, the man with the horological finger on the trigger seemed to be wearing a very enticing white dialled Speedmaster…an unreleased one that is!

Fast forward two months later in March 2024 and Omega finally granted us the sweet release of the now titled Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 42mm - White Dial

Measuring 42mm x 13.2mm, they fundamentally keep the classic dimensions of a Speedmaster. In case you didn’t already know, the Speedmaster was the first watch to grace the moon in 1969, attached to the wrist of Buzz Aldrin. This model does still have that lunar charm, but with an altogether different heritage. 

Taking inspiration from the Alaska I prototype, it was an ingenious timepiece that solved the issues with highly fluctuating temperatures out in space. It resolved these issues through a removable, anodized aluminium outer case, and a bulbous, bright red thermal shield. Red is the perfect colour as it’s the most heat resistant and reflective. 

For the inner case, it’s crafted out of titanium which was one of the first instances of a watch using the material. The dial? Bright white to reflect the sun's burning rays. These themes all fit into the brilliance of this fresh Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 42mm - White Dial. Designed in an asymmetrical case, they are framed with a black bezel and white tachymetric scale. 

Against the snow white dial face, it’s given black baton hour markers and hands, while they are all given sufficient Superluminova for optimal legibility. The Alaska red theme is noted through the tip of the second hand and the iconic Speedmaster text below Omega at 12 o’clock.  

In the centre of the dial are houses not one, not two but three chronograph subdials which are designated at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Want some vintage oomph? The infamous dot over 90 on the tachymetric scale is a classic reference to those old-school Speedmasters. Within the models is the 3861 movement that's viewable through the sapphire caseback. 

It provides a 15,000 Gauss defence, 50 hour power reserve and a hardy 3Hz which runs all the chronograph functions, hours, minutes, seconds and small seconds.  We think this could well be one of the best Omega watches to flex in the long and short term.

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional at retail for £7,600 as of May 2024.

 

16. Omega Constellation 41mm Sedna Gold - Meteorite Dial

 

Case Size

41mm

Material

Moonshine gold

Dial Colour

Sedna gold

Bracelet

Sedna bracelet

Movement

8901 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

If Haute Horlogerie is your thing, cast your eyes over the Omega Constellation Meteorite line. In particular, the sumptuous Constellation Sedna Gold wouldn’t look out of place from a Franck Muller release during Watches and Wonders 2024!

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If you are a fan of the Vacheron Constantin 222 (as worn by Brad Pitt), but feel like the yellow gold case is a little too garish, this Sedna gold model imitates the same minimalist design of the 222, but exudes a more low-key material shade. 

Sedna gold is a variation of the 18K rose gold alloy. Produced in 2012, its name is inspired by one of the reddest planetoids in the solar system, Sedna. Therefore, the shade provides a rich red hue that offers a delightful lustre, especially since Omega opt for such thorough polishing along crown and bezel “claws”. The rest is thoroughly brushed. 

Measuring 41mm, the watches are not necessarily primed for going under shirt cuffs. This is especially true since the 13.5mm thickness is rather chunky, but shouldn't pose too much of a problem for everyday wear. 

Along the textured bezel, there are four claws which relate to the original design codes of the 1982 models and Roman numerals. Down to the dial, things get a little funky in Omega HQ as they have adopted the rarely used meteorite dial. 

Omega utilises these extraterrestrial stones with PVD Sedna gold to produce a dazzling and highly luxurious effect. Providing a natural Widmanstatten pattern, the watches may not have the Speedmaster’s claim to lunar legacy, but this is a very close second. 

Time is read through baton hour markers alongside the sword shaped hands, they are coated in luminescent for legibility. For added functionality, there is a handy date aperture based at 6 o’clock. 

We cannot forget the Omega 8901 movement which provides a 60 hour power reserve and is a self winding calibre. Viewable through the sapphire caseback and Master Chronometer certified, this Constellation lends itself to not just legitimacy but pristine accuracy. 

- You can buy an Omega Constellation 41mm Sedna Gold - Meteorite Dial at retail for £40,000 as of May 2024. 

 

17. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m 38mm

 

Case Size

38mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

Green

Bracelet

Green rubber

Movement

8800 movement

Power Reserve

55 hours

The Aqua Terra has always been seen as the accessible brethren of the Seamaster line in terms of wearability. It doesn’t have the all-out dive watch allure of its brethren, and it offers a far more dressier aesthetic. That being said, don’t cast this away as just another fanciful watch with no backbone! 

This is much more like a study piece from the Grand Seiko Sports lineup…

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Coming in at 38mm, the watches are fundamentally quite small on the wrist which is great for the office. Meanwhile, it has a thickness of 12mm on the wrist which is ideal for the watch that wants to be slender, but still harbour a powerful movement. 

Polishing along the case edges and bezel, brushing is noted along the case sides and across the inside of the bezel. But it is the instantly recognisable teak board dial design that sends many into a frenzy in terms of top Omega watches. 

It is given etched horizontal embossments, similar to that of the famous Patek Phillipe Nautilus line. For us, this shade is the best version for those looking to buy an Omega with a green dial, but aren't interested in neon or overly bright shades like the IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW37626 from Watches and Wonders 2024.

The tooth shaped steel hour markers and sword shaped hands are highly legible due to their coating of Super-Luminova through their centre. Given a date aperture at 6 o’clock, the watches are accompanied by a 60-minute scale along the periphery of the dial. 

Within the steel case is the Calibre 8800, beating away at 3.5Hz and with a weekend-proof 55 hour power reserve. Master Chronometer certified, the models guarantee longevity and exceptional performance. 

Affixed onto a rubber strap, the Aqua Terra model can competently reach 150 metres of water resistance which offer top longevity and demonstrates that these watches remain one of the best Omega watches to date.

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m at retail for £5,700 as of May 2024. 

 

18. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m

 

Case Size

43.5mm

Material

Steel

Dial Colour

Grey

Bracelet

Rubber

Movement

8900 movement

Power Reserve

60 hours

The Planet Ocean 600m has become a tour de force for the Seamaster line. 

Representing the epitome of Omega’s top dive watches, the pieces were originally released in 2005 and have been brought up to speed in 2024 with a more monochrome style. 

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At 43.5mm X 16.2mm, the steel watches lean into the dive watch heritage by prioritising size and durability over elegant luxury. Given chamfered edges, the case has brushed sides and on top there is a large, rotatable bezel. 

Fitted with a grey ceramic bezel ring, it boasts a 60-minute diving scale which allows divers to decipher decompression phases and when they should emerge to the surface. This is enhanced through the dot of luminescence at 12 o’clock. 

Offering 600 metres of water resistance, this is attained through a NAIAD LOCK caseback and a screw down crown which counteracts any water entering the timepieces. Dive watch ready? Absolutely!

The dial is given a slate grey style with a sandblasted finish, offering the perfect background for the hour markers and hands to clearly stand out. This is framed with a minute track in between the hour markers. 

Fitted with tapered baton hour markers and arrow hands, they have a thick layer of Super-Luminova in their centres. This is injected with Arabic numerals situated at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock. At 3 o’clock, there is a handy date aperture which allows users to quickly read the date effortlessly. 

Within, you will come across the Master Chronometer certified calibre 8900 offering a 60 hour power reserve. Fixed onto a grey rubber strap, the timepieces are stylish and expertly fitted for the proud diver or would be Jacques Cousteau. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m at retail for £6,700 as of May 2024. 

 

19. Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 

 

Case Size

44.25mm

Material

Black ceramic

Dial Colour

Skeletonised/Moon

Bracelet

Black and yellow rubber

Movement

3869 movement

Power Reserve

50 hours

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 is a reference to a fundamental part of lunar history. Sure, we may wax lyrical about the great 1969 moon landing of the classic Speedmaster with the Apollo 11 crew, but how could we possibly forget about the intrepid Apollo 8 team…

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Apollo 8 was the first spacecraft to reach orbit in 1968 and circle the moon ten times before returning safely home. Even though it wasn’t a lunar landing, it was still an incredible feat for the space enthusiasts and global TV watchers. 

In commemoration of such an event, there have been a slew of Dark Side of the Moon watches released, but perhaps none quite so riveting as the model before us today. Yielding a sizable 44.25mm diameter, the black ceramic case is inherently quite light which is a perfect counter to such a bulky frame. 

On the other hand, its 13mm thickness is remarkably thin for the mammoth diameter, so we’ll thank our lucky stars (no pun intended) that Omega have gone for a more diminutive size this time round.

Capable of resisting 50 metres of water resistance, the timepieces are not built for seafaring folk or jaunty jet skiers. We’d say it’s more for viewing Capricornus, (the sea goat) than the sand and sea!

Framed by a black ceramic tachymetric scale, the dials are skeletonised, but only in certain parts. For example, at 7, 8 and 9 o’clock, the user can see part of the calibre. But for the rest, we bear witness to a fabulous plate that's styled like the moon’s surface. 

Fitted with baton hour markers and black hands, excluding the bright yellow seconds hand, they are all finished with Super-Luminova. In the centre of the dial is a triple sub counter formation at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. 

For the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the user is treated to a replacement hand in the form of the famed Saturn V shuttle. For the other subcounter hands, they are neon yellow like the second hand. 

Within the moody, black ceramic case lies the 3869 movement with Co-Axial escapement and Master Chronometer certification. With a rapid 28,800VpH and 50 hour power reserve, we like this top Omega watch due to its both fast, and can last for a mighty long time.

Rounding this off is a black and yellow rubber strap which would work wonders with a brown suede jacket or more formal black overcoat. 

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8 at retail for £13,500 as of May 2024. 

 

20. Omega De Ville Tresor - 125th Anniversary Edition 

 

Case Size

40mm

Material

Yellow Gold

Dial Colour

Red

Bracelet

Leather

Movement

8929 movement

Power Reserve

72 hours

Omega have a fantasy about covering every single aspect of the horological world. You should look at their catalogue to see the number of Seamaster iterations…60 plus and counting. From the dive orientated Seamaster to the lunar-living Speedmaster, it seems there is an area that horophiles rarely notice…

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Released during the 1940s when the world was at war, The Omega De Ville Tresor underwent a brief moment of silence. In 2014, the line catapulted back into existence, retaining the classic thin case and elegance that epitomises the line. 

For 2019, Omega took to the line once more with a very funky re-imagination. In fact, we are so sold by this line, that we are sadly shaking our heads that it couldn’t make the best men's watches for under under £10,000! Maybe it could fit in as a possible grail timepiece for some…

If you are no longer wanting everyday timepieces, or a gadget filled, James Bond style timepiece, we tip our hats to the Omega De Ville Tresor 125th Anniversary Edition in a fabulous red shade. But first, let’s get into the dimensions!

At 40mm x 11.5mm, the watches are standard dimensions for a dress watch. Still, it remains a hot choice for the refined gent, looking for a statement piece that not only catches eyes, but will likely mean their wrist gets noticed thanks to the pop of colour. 

Gone is the boring steel and in its place is 18K yellow gold which is inherently very luxurious. Thoroughly polished along the bezel and lugs, the watch suits an enigmatic outfit from a devilish handsome gentleman. 

Now, onto the dial. Released in 2019, marking 125 years of the Omega title, this meant that the watch had to be a tour de force in their catalogue. They chose a burgundy dial which is designed from enamel and showcases 18K domed baton indexes and hands. 

It’s a highly legible contrast and provides a regal aesthetic for the celebratory timepiece. If you flip the timepiece over for a tick, you’ll bear witness to a solid yellow gold caseback that features a unique anniversary emblem. This is finished with red enamel and a gorgeous decorative patterning technique Omega traditionally uses known as damaskeening.

Residing inside is the heart of a horological lion…the Omega 8929. Firing out a weekend-proof 72 hour power reserve and a reliable 3.5Hz, these Master Chronometer certified watches ensure the longevity and quality of the movements for many years. 

- You can buy an Omega De Ville Tresor - 125th Anniversary Edition 600m GMT at retail for £21,700 as of May 2024. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Omega Is Worth Buying?

There are a range of watches that are worth buying from the Biel brand. You can opt for the legendary Speedmaster as it’s the first model to set foot on the Moon, plus it features a host of useful functions such as a tachymetric scale and chronograph subdials. 

You may decide that the Seamaster is the best bet for you, including lines like the Planet Ocean and Aqua Timer. Fitted with a 60-minute diving scale and capable of reaching 300 metres of water resistance, these watches are the perfect utility piece.

You could go one step further into the dress zone and grab a Constellation Globemaster. Given distinctive pie-pan style dials, the pieces are influenced by Gerald Genta and his original play on the Constellation. Coming in precious metals and steel, they would look great on the red carpet!

 

Which Omega To Collect?

The best models to collect are those that are limited edition, rare, desirable or have been discontinued. This is because it means the level of demand increases over supply which means that they are more likely to increase in price, especially on the secondary market. 

For example, a timepiece like the Speedmaster Anniversary Series Apollo 11 50th Anniversary is capped at 6969 pieces. Crafted out of 42mm of steel, the pieces showcase an 18K Moonshine gold bezel, NAIAD Lock caseback with Buzz Aldrin’s footprint and "THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN" and "ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND" text. 

You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Anniversary Series Apollo 11 50th Anniversary at retail for £10,000 (As of January 2024). We think this has the potential to be a solid investment.

Another piece is the Albino Speedmaster 3953.20. Originally released in 1997, the watches were originally supposed to be made for the Italian markets. It celebrated 40 years of the Speedmaster and has become a bit of a cult timepiece.

Given a distinctive all white dial face, it features a handy tachymetric scale for all your sporting needs. It’s currently valued upwards of £20,000 as of January 2024. 

Another highly desirable model is the Speedmaster Alaska Project 311.32.42.30.04.001. Released in 2008, the watches are capped at 1,970 models. Its name relates to a series of tests by NASA in the 1970s that sought to test the quality of the watches.

Featuring a unique white dial and red aluminium outer case, this provided optimum resistance against temperatures. It has a value on the secondary market in excess of £14,000 as of January 2024.  

For a vintage piece, you could opt for The Speedmaster Broad Arrow 2915-1. Made in 1957, they feature iconic Broad Arrow hands. Incorporating a fixed tachymetric scale onto the bezel was a revolutionary act that this Speedmaster introduced, allowing for maximum legibility. It sold at a Christie’s auction in 2018 for just under £256,000. 

If you bought that in ‘57… it would have been one of the best investments of all time from this brand! 

 

Which Omega Is Most Popular?

Without a doubt, the most popular collection among connoisseurs is the Speedmaster. Introduced in 1957, the Speedmaster swiftly grew from a racing watch design to its ultimate purpose when it landed on the Moon in 1969 on Buzz Aldrin's wrist. 

Its lunar associations and iconic design with the tachymetric scale and chronograph design means this is instantly recognisable and incredibly popular for those looking to buy for their collection. 

 

Which Omega To Buy 2024?

Below are a number of Omega watches to buy in 2024. Since all of the collections are worthwhile, we’ve totalled them into two key categories:

Speedmaster:

  • Anniversary Series Apollo 11 50th Anniversary: Crafted out of Moonshine, these 42mm watches are capped at 1,014 pieces, feature a red ceramic bezel and celebrate 50 years of the Apollo 11 event. You can buy it at retail for £37,900 as of January 2024. 
  • Speedmaster ‘57 The 1957 Trilogy: Crafted out of steel, they celebrate 60 years of the original Speedmaster released in 1957. Capped at 3,557 pieces, they feature the signature Broad Arrow hands and vintage style tachymetric bezel. You can buy it at retail for £7,500 as of January 2024. 

Seamaster:

  • Planet Ocean 600m Tokyo 2020: Capped at 2,020 pieces to mark the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they are crafted out of steel and feature a polished white ceramic dial. Given the Tokyo Olympics emblem on the caseback, you can buy it at retail for £7,700 as of January 2024. 
  • Diver 300m 42mm Titanium - Developed from the classic 1993 model, this is crafted at 42mm of titanium with Sedna gold elements on the helium escape valve and crown. Given a titanium dial with laser engraved waves, you can buy it at retail for £13,700 as of January 2024. 

 

Is Omega Better Than Rolex?

They are both exceptional brands, but in a nutshell it is Rolex. This is due to several factors such as desirability, exclusivity, materials and holding value which they do far better than Omega.

Hans Wilsdorf’s brand is a highly prestigious luxury outfit that currently resides as the number one horological watchmaker overall. Yielding a turnover of around £9. billion, Rolex sells around 1 million watches per year. Omega comes in at a close third underneath Cartier, with around a £2 billion turnover producing 560,000 watches made per year. 

Rolex holds a great degree of accuracy, totalling around -2/+2 seconds for their Superlative Chronometer certified pieces. Omega works with Master Chronometer movements which yield around 0/+5 seconds per day. However, they also have a Spirate System which reaches around 0/+2 seconds per day. 

The watches are much more accessible in comparison with Rolex. The entry price for an Omega is around £3,000 for a De Ville Prestige. For Rolex, they have a price of around £4,850 for The Oyster Perpetual 28mm. 

 

Which Omega Is Hardest To Get?

One of the hardest watches to get at retail is the De Ville Tourbillon 

529.53.43.22.01.001. 

Crafted in a blend of 18K Sedna and Canopus gold, the bezel is crafted out of 18K Sedna gold and features a beautiful sun-brushed black dial. The hour markers and hands are made out of applied 18K Sedna. In the centre of the dial is a skeletonised tourbillon feature. 

This watch was handcrafted by master horologists at the brand's exclusive Atelier basecamp in Switzerland. Powered by the Calibre 2460, this Master Chronometer movement offers a 3 day power reserve and is viewable through the skeletonised caseback. 

 

Which Omega Watches Are Hard To Get?

It typically depends on the rarity and if the piece you desire has been discontinued

An example of a model that has ceased in production is the Speedmaster BA 145.022. Crafted out of 18K gold, these watches were created in 1969 to celebrate the successful Moon landing from Apollo XI. These numbered models are engraved with The First Watch Worn on the Moon. It sold at Christie’s auction for just under £53,000 in 2019. 

 

Is Omega A Good Investment?

The short is it really depends on the model. 

The brand is known for producing highly reliable watches that can easily stand the test of time and be passed down through the generations. They use only the best materials and even employ some of their own, including Moonshine gold and Sedna gold.

They are technically outstanding too which helps their investment potential. For example, they beat high level brands like Vacheron Constantin and Rolex by producing movements that offer 0/+5 daily precision for Master Chronometer models and an even better 0/+2 seconds for the legendary Spirate system.

The collections have incredible histories behind them, a huge factor in determining the investment potential of timepieces. 

The Speedmaster is famed for being the first watch on the Moon while The Seamaster and all its branches including the Planet Ocean and Aqua Terra is an iconic dive watch which totals a solid 300 metres of water resistance. On the other hand, The Constellation was created and designed by legendary designer, Gerald Genta which gives it clout. 

The Omega title carries a high level of horological weight but we would only look at a few of their collections like the Seamaster or Speedmaster. However, while standard watches may not be the best for investment, there are a number of models which could yield good investment returns as mentioned above. 

Be it limited edition or vintage, the history behind the line, the quality of the timepieces and if the watches are accompanied by all the relevant documents, these are all critical parts to obtaining the best value for your watch. 

 

Which Omega Is Rarest?

We won’t beat around the bush. There are a number of watches that could arguably take the top spot of being the rarest timepiece. However, it could be argued that the most prestigious and virtually unattainable piece is the sumptuous Seamaster 1956 Melbourne Olympics. 

The Seamaster 1956 Melbourne Olympics is noted for a few things. Crafted out of 18K yellow gold, they feature a raised logo of the 1956 Olympic emblem. Similarly featuring a yellow gold dial, it has prominent lugs and a stylising winding crown. 

But, the real rarity lies in this being the first ever limited edition piece released from the brand. Representing the 25th anniversary of them taking the role of official timing partner with the Olympic games, it’s estimated that just under 100 pieces have been made, but we can’t be exact on the actual figure.

You can buy one on the secondary market for around £4,000 as of January 2024.

Another very rare model is the Alaska Project 311.32.42.30.04.001. Capped at 1,970 pieces and released in 2008, the watches release number relates to the date of the tests conducted by NASA to improve the watches under the harshest conditions.

The watches were designed with a highly durable aluminium case and larger arrow seconds hand. It’s valued on the secondary market for upwards of £14,300 as of January 2024. 

 

Does Omega Hold Resale Value?

Generally, they do not hold resale value well straight after purchase and therefore won’t be amazing investments. Let’s face it, they are never going to compete regarding holding value with the likes of Rolex and Patek Philippe

However, if you happen to own a Speedmaster or a Seamaster and make the clever choice to hold onto your timepiece for a while, you may find that they increase in value. This is naturally subject to the model or reference, supply and demand as well as exclusivity. 

Generally, it's the rarer, special edition or discontinued models that tend to yield the best prices upon resale. If you can use demand to beat supply, you are in good luck for your investment!

 

Conclusion

We’ve given every ounce of our horological souls again with this list of the best Omega watches to buy in 2024! Running through the critical models that will be solid investments for the coming year, we’ve taken you from the lunar legend Speedmaster to the dive inspired Seamaster Aqua Terra collection…and everything in between. 

Covering many price points from entry-level to experienced buyer, we suggest you spend a few moments choosing which one is your favourite.

We hope we’ve offered you enough of the details behind the top watches to seek out and consider as possible investments, including the best watches to include in your ever new or expanding collection

Running through the deep sea dive watches like the Ploprof alongside the sports-chic stylings of the gorgeous Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonshine Gold, the choice is yours when it comes to choosing the style and personality best suited to you. 

Constructed with luxury, elegance and finished with first rate materials across every collection, above all, purchase for pleasure that is sure to last many years to come.

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