Vor über 160 Jahren wurde Omega in der Schweiz gegründet und zählt seitdem zu einer der bekanntesten Uhrenmarke weltweit.
The OMEGA Speedmaster has been the choice of astronauts and space agencies for more than half a century. In fact, it has been associated with some of humankind's greatest extra-terrestrial adventures and has been one of the most famous chronographs in the world ever since it became the first watch worn on the Moon in July of 1969.
The Speedmaster was launched in 1957 but its official space legacy started in 1965, when NASA qualified it for use on its piloted missions. It has been part of some of humankind’s greatest achievements. Its role in all six lunar landings earned it the nickname “the Moonwatch”.
In 1970 OMEGA officially launched a watch that had been created to withstand the crushing pressures endured by divers working deep below the ocean’s surface. It was the Seamaster Professional 600, the so-called “Ploprof” (from plongeur professionnel – French for “professional diver”). It was among the most robust and seaworthy divers’ wristwatches ever made.
The Ploprof’s bi-directional diving bezel is released and locked by the characteristic security pusher at 2 o’clock. An automatic helium escape valve is on the side of the case at the 4 o’clock position and allows helium atoms to escape during decompression – particularly useful for divers operating from diving bells. And the Ploprof is water resistant to an astounding 120 bar (1200 metres/4000 feet).