Omega is one of the top luxury watch brands in the world, competing with the likes of Rolex and Cartier for the title of the most successful. Additionally, their collection boasts a bevy of highly recognizable watches, making Omega an easy choice for any major watch investment. If I could recommend any three Omega watches, they would be the Speedmaster, Seamaster, and Aqua Tera. Each model caters to a different profession or lifestyle, and brings with it a unique and versatile aesthetic that is worth exploring.
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Among the diverse assortment of Omega watches that have been produced throughout history, no other model receives nearly the same degree of attention or praise as the Speedmaster. As the story goes, Buzz Aldrin was wearing an Omega Speedmaster on his suit when he took his first steps on the moon. The watch would later accompany NASA astronauts on every lunar mission that followed, earning the iconic chronograph its “Moonwatch” moniker. Omega continues to release new editions of the Moonwatch; however, they still make a version that is incredibly close to the original NASA-certified models.
While there really is no bad option when it comes to the Speedmaster (or most Omega watches for that matter), the model that I would recommend would be the classic version that most closely adhered to the original models that were used in space. This means a manually-wound mechanical chronograph with a black dial, Hesalite crystal, and steel caseback. The Speedmaster is a true icon and one that has been universally loved (or at least appreciated) by watch enthusiasts since it first released more than a half-century ago.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
The ‘Seamaster’ name is one of the oldest in Omega’s catalog; however, it was not until the 1957 release of the Seamaster 300 that a purpose-built professional dive watch joined the Omega lineup. Since then, countless Omega dive watches have followed, and the greater Seamaster collection has expanded to include multiple sub-collections of highly-capable professional divers. With that in mind, the model that I would recommend is arguably the most versatile purpose-built dive watch that Omega offers, the Seamaster Diver 300M.
Made famous by Pierce Brosnan during the James Bond film of the 1990s, the Omega Seamaster Diver 30oM has become somewhat of a classic. Featuring the model’s signature ‘wave dial’ and a manually-operated helium escape valve at 10 o’clock, the Seamaster Diver 30oM perfectly combines elegant styling with professional dive watch functionality for a go-anywhere, do-anything package that looks equally at-home paired with formal attire as it does a swimsuit. The modern versions retain all of the model’s defining design characteristics but feature all of Omega’s latest and greatest technologies, such as in-house Co-Axial Master Chronometer movements, re-designed helium escape valves, and ceramic dials and bezels.
Omega Aqua Terra
The Aqua Terra is a “newer” addition to the Omega catalog that came to market in 2003. What makes the model such a success is its practical application for daily wear and its effortless style. As its name would suggest, the Aqua Terra was developed for any adventure, whether it be on land or while at sea. The case is water resistant to 150 meters and houses a Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement. The Teak dial reminds the wearer that their watch was built for the open ocean, while a sophisticated design accommodates life while on land.
The collection is available in a countless selection of dial colors, metal finishes, and bracelet options. The newer ref. 188.8.131.52.06.001 is my top pick for its stunning blue and grey dial and caliber 8900 Co-Axial movement that offers hacking seconds, time zone function (jumping hour hand), and anti-magnetism up to 15,000 gauss. Hour markers and hands with blue surrounds offer a subtle contrast to the stunning grey teak dial. The case and bracelet mirror the aesthetic of the dial with a handsome stainless-steel finish and a thoughtfully-designed blue rubber strap bracelet with a sleek deployant clasp.