H. G. Wells wrote his popular science fiction novella, The Time Machine, in 1895. The narrator, called the Time Traveller, explains to his dinner guests that time is simply the fourth dimension and reveals that he has invented a machine that allows him to travel through time as easily as he would between two places.
A year before the book was published, a different type of time machine had been launched in Biel. While its movement through the fourth dimension was not quite as dramatic as that described in Wells’ novel, the 19-ligne calibre was clearly a step into the future. Its unprecedented ease of repair and accuracy revolutionized the Swiss watch industry. The movement was named Omega for the 24th letter of the Greek alphabet – a word that had come to represent perfection. In 1903, OMEGA officially became the only watchmaker to be named for one of its movements.
Innovative movements have continued to be at the very heart of Omega’s watches. In 1999, we launched the first watch equipped with a Co-Axial escapement and in 2007, our proprietary Co-Axial calibre 8500 signalled a revolution that was every bit as significant as the one sparked by the original Omega calibre.
This year in Basel, we are again introducing new movements. Our Co-Axial family is being extended with GMT and day/date editions. The analogue/digital calibre 5666 offers dedicated functions designed for pilots and equips the new Spacemaster Z-33.
OMEGA’s innovation extends not only to technologies but to new materials. This year in Basel, CeragoldTM will have its world premiere in a striking new Seamaster Planet Ocean.
The Time Traveller in the 19th century novel had figured out how to navigate through time in both directions. OMEGA’s time machines only move forward but they do so with incredible accuracy, precision and style, on any of the Earth’s surfaces, deep below its oceans, high in the sky or, when the need arises, on the Moon."