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Omega is a brand with a reputation for excellence and innovation that stretches back throughout its 150-year history. It was an Omega that became the first watch on the moon and the brand has made its mark as the official timekeeper at no fewer than 21 Olympic games.
That’s before we talk about the close connection to one 007, with an Omega gracing the wrist of both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in the most recent instalments of the James Bond franchise. But beyond its illustrious brand achievements, why should you choose an Omega?
Quite simply, Omega watches are very impressive, combining exceptional levels of Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship with iconic design and impressive functionality. Whether you are exploring distant planets, the depths of the sea or the highest mountains, your Omega is unlikely to let you down.
In fact, the question for us isn’t, ‘Why choose an Omega?’ but rather, ‘Which Omega Should I Choose?’ With 5 distinct and alluring collections to choose from, it can be a tough choice.
That’s why we have created our comprehensive guide to the Omega watch family. Looking closely at each collection in terms of aesthetics, heritage, and what you can expect to spend. Step inside the Omega collection with Burrells and find your next favourite timepiece.
Perhaps the most iconic of the Omega collections, the Constellation family of watches has an enduring, classic appeal that makes them incredibly wearable.
First appearing in the 1950s, the Constellation Collection remains in many ways the flagship of the Omega brand, named after the Constellation jet that flew in World War Two.
Although the Constellation Collection has evolved and changed over the years, it remains a firm favourite with watch lovers, representing an important piece of watchmaking history.
Both vintage and modern Constellations are sought after with some classic models featuring a distinctive ‘pie pan’ dial with 12 corners pointing towards the hour markers.
Today’s Constellations are an evolution of the 1982 Constellation Manhattan, with its sleek integrated bracelet and four claws or ‘griffes’ placed on either side of the bezel.
The Constellation men's collection takes the iconic features of the 1982 Manhattan design and updates them for today, with a range of options for case metals, watch size and a striking choice of dial colours.
This means that buyers can find a Constellation that is the perfect fit for their design personality. All Omega Constellations feature a distinctive star at the bottom of the dial.
The Constellation Collection was completely redesigned in 2009 and this led to a reinvigorated Constellation ladies’ collection that feels both decadent and sleek.
This modern jewellery watch features the same iconic Constellation features as the men’s collection and offers women a huge amount of scope for customisation with a range of sizes, metals, and embellishments.
The Constellation Luxury Edition offers the most serious amount of sparkle with watches designed in the most precious materials and enhanced by diamonds.
The Constellation Globemaster
The Constellation Globemaster takes inspiration from Omega’s past with a traditional ‘pie-pan’ dial and fluted bezel. Released in 2015 it was an immediate hit.
But beyond the beautiful exterior lies a seriously impressive movement. Powered by an advanced mechanical movement, the Globemaster is the world’s first Master Chronometer, certified in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology.
Wearers can admire the exceptional movement through a sapphire crystal case bottom.
How Much Can I Expect to spend on an omega constellation?
Omega Constellation prices vary widely depending on whether the model you are considering is vintage or new as well as the material, rarity, and desirability.
Some more common vintage models can be picked up for around £1000, while new watches from the collection start at around £1600 and desirable new and pre-loved models can exceed £50,000.
The Seamaster Collection is the oldest and most diverse of all the Omega collections. With a special place in diving history, it also represents some of the most technically accomplished diving watches in the world.
The very first Seamaster was produced in 1948 during Omega’s 100th year and was inspired by the military watches of World War II. Designed as a watch for the town, sea, and country, the first Omega Seamaster's were primarily dress watches, that, nevertheless, offered a good level of water resistance.
It was distinctive for its early use of the O-ring gasket which offered much better waterproofing when compared to many of its competitors.
In 1957, when there was a developing trend for underwater exploration, Omega released a trio of iconic watches: the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster, and the Speedmaster.
The Seamaster 300 was specifically designed for underwater use. Now the range of Seamasters is even larger, with something for everyone amongst its impressive catalogue.
Released in 1993, the Diver 300 has a distinctive sporty design which gives it a more rugged feel than other watches in the collection. Since its launch, it has gone through a comprehensive overhaul, inside and out, although it retains the adventurous spirit of its launch.
Key features include sleek ceramic dials and bezels embellished with easy to see white enamel. There are 14 models in the modern Diver 300 collection, designed in stainless steel or a mix of stainless steel and gold.
Aqua Terra 150
The Omega Aqua Terra made headlines in the industry when it was launched in 2013 as the world’s first completely anti-magnetic watch. This technological innovation allowed for greater freedom in design, resulting in a balanced, stylish range of timepieces, with both men’s and women’s watches featuring in the collection.
The design for the Aqua Terra is symmetrical and clean with a range of bracelet and strap options allowing for greater personalisation.
The Seamaster 300 is perhaps the most iconic of all the Seamaster collections. Released in 1957, it was an immediate hit, even used by Jacques Cousteau’s team during their famous explorations in the Red Sea.
Today, it has been updated and refined but maintains a clean, symmetrical case, easy to see dial, sturdy hands and numbers. Available in 14 distinctive models, it is a practical and stylish watch for adventurers and style lovers alike.
The Railmaster was part of the classic trio of Seamaster watches released by Omega in 1957, alongside the Speedmaster and the Seamaster 300.
Designed primarily for scientists and engineers, it had a clean, industrial design and enhanced magnetic resistance to protect it from electrical interference.
Remastered for modern watch lovers, the collection includes 6 distinctive models that retain classic design elements and a vintage sensibility.
Planet Ocean 600M
The Planet Ocean 600M Collection builds on the Seamaster’s impressive diving heritage and offers a wide range of models, including a number of special editions.
This is a watch for serious divers and collectors alike. Customers can choose from sporty variations with rubber straps and bezels through to sleek titanium models.
The Omega Seamaster Bullhead offers something a little quirky for customers that like their watch to stand out in a crowd. Based on a vintage 1969 model, the collection has been updated with an impressive Co-Axial calibre 3113 movement and features subdials at 12 and 6 o’clock.
One of the most distinctive features of this collection is the pusher which is mounted on the top of the watch rather than the side. There are three distinctive models to choose from.
The Ploprof is another incredibly distinctive watch from the Seamaster family. Released in 1970 as a watch for professional divers working far beneath the ocean’s surface, it was remastered in 2016, now water resistant to an incredible 1200 metres.
The distinctive angular case makes it the most recognizable diving watch around, working as a bold style statement as well as a hard-working watch.
How Much Can I Expect to spend on an omega seamaster?
The vast diversity of the Seamaster range is reflected in the incredible diversity of price ranges for this iconic collection. Pre-owned models start from around £1500, with new models starting from around £2000 and stretching up to £20,000 and far beyond.
A good-quality second hand Seamaster is often a useful place to start for collectors, with attractive models available for around £2500.
The origins of the Speedmaster lie in 1957 with its iconic release alongside the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster.
Designed to complement Omega’s status as official timekeepers for the Olympic games, the Speedmaster was created as a precise measurement instrument.
The Speedmaster's aesthetic is inspired by luxurious Italian race cars. It has a clean, sporty finish and a timeless symmetry that prevails throughout the collection to this day.
Perhaps the most important story of the Speedmaster is its association with Nasa. In the early 60s, the Omega Speedmaster was the only one of 11 submitted watches from a range of brands to come through a rigorous testing process. It was later worn on the first spacewalk, and perhaps, most famously, on the moon, during all six lunar missions.
Its iconic status makes the Omega Speedmaster range a highly desirable piece of timekeeping history.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch takes its inspiration from space travel and lunar exploration. With 43 watches on offer and a range of special editions, this is a diverse collection with something for every watch lover.
The chronographs feature two or three subdials placed within a large sporty dial and a robust case.
Available in a range of materials, colours, and styles, a Speedmaster Moonwatch always carries a sense of adventure and exploration.
Celebrating the roots of the original Speedmaster, the Speedmaster 57 pays tribute to the classic early design, updating the functionality and movement in line with modern Omega standards.
The collection features bold metal bezels and cases, available in a range of materials and dial colours. There are 18 distinct models available as part of this classic collection.
The Speedmaster Mark II was first introduced in 1969 as an updated and streamlined version of the original Speedmaster.
The modern Speedmaster II was unveiled in 2014 and pays homage to the original design with a brushed stainless-steel case and the patented Omega extendable rack-and-pusher clasp.
The Speedmaster Mark II makes for an elegant and subtle dress watch which never looks overdone.
The Speedmaster 38mm refines the classic chronograph design into an exceptionally sleek and elegant dress watch.
The collection features a number of stylish unisex pieces and plays with the features of the iconic Speedmaster to create a softer finish through a playful use of colour and materials.
The 16-piece collection includes a variety of metal and leather bracelets, as well as straps, for further customisation.
How Much Can I Expect to spend on an omega speedmaster?
Like all sought after Omega collections, you can expect to find a wide variation in price across the Speedmaster range.
Some pre-owned models can be found for as little as £1500, with new models starting around the £2000 to £2500 mark rising up to many tens of thousands of pounds.
Sought after classic models have the potential to go for huge sums and it really does pay to do your research before you buy.
De Ville Collection
The De Ville Collection was imagined as a more refined sibling to some of the sportier Omega collections. The De Ville offers an elegant and timeless style that has proved popular since its earliest appearances in the first half of the twentieth century.
The De Ville Collection is, at its heart, an exercise in restraint. Although styles have adapted and evolved through the years, it continues to showcase clean dials, refined embellishments, and subtle design features.
The De Ville Collection has also been at the centre of ground-breaking advancements in Omega technology. In 1999, it became the first Omega watch to be equipped with the game-changing Co-Axial calibre which offered greater mechanical efficiency and reduced friction.
Today the De Ville Collection is diverse, offering both men’s and women’s watches in a wide variety of elegant styles.
The Ladymatic launched in 1955 with a focus on distinctly feminine glamour. 50 years later it was reimagined as a luxurious jewellery watch, designed with careful attention to every detail.
The Ladymatic collection features glorious sunburst dials in a range of colours, alongside timeless cases in precious metals. Some bezels come rounded in diamonds to add extra sparkle and decadence.
The De Ville Prestige Collection features models for men and women with a focus on pure uncluttered design.
With wide, unadorned dials and streamlined cases, the Prestige Collection is easily customisable with a range of simple straps and bracelets.
The ladies’ collection offers a little more opportunity for embellishment with diamond accents adding a luxe feel to some models.
The sleek exterior of the Hour Vision Collection belies its exceptional movement. As a certified Master Chronometer, this collection combines beauty and function to impressive effect. Stainless steel or gold cases complement dials in a range of distinctive colours.
The models featuring blue dials, in particular, are exceptionally beautiful, with the metallic dials adding warmth to the overall feel of the watch. Roman numeral date markers and subtle date windows lend a timeless air to the collection.
The Trésor Collection is designed exclusively for women and is characterised by thin cases and thoughtful design details. Diamonds are used to accentuate the curves of the case, while a single precious stone is set into every crown.
This collection of dress watches is perfect for evening wear and these light, feminine watches reflect the vintage glamour of the 50s and 60s.
de ville Co-Axial
The De Ville Co-Axial men's collection celebrates another first for Omega, the introduction of their very first in-house Co-Axial mechanical movement. This collection draws on classic watchmaking to create a perfectly balanced timepiece that would not look out of place in any era.
The 42mm case is available in rose gold or stainless steel with the choice of a bracelet or luxury leather strap. There is also a chronograph model and an annual calendar to explore.
How Much Can I Expect to spend on an omega de ville?
Starting prices in the De Ville Collection come in at around £1500. This can rise up into tens of thousands for exclusive editions within the range.
Pre-owned timepieces from this collection can provide big savings, with the lowest end starting at a few hundred pounds (although in-demand models can still be very expensive indeed).
The Omega Specialities Collection is largely reserved for those watches that are tied to an important cultural event or moment in Omega’s lifetime.
Throughout their history, Omega has not only produced exceptional watches, it has produced exceptional watches at the right time. Whether that be a watch that went to the moon or a timepiece that graced the wrist of the world’s favourite super spy.
The Specialities Collection is too vast to outline in full here, but a key part of it is inspired by Omega’s connection with the Olympic Games.
These Olympic collections, as inspired by Omega’s numerous outings as official timekeeper, offer up some very desirable watches and striking designs.
Seamaster Olympic Games Collection
Omega has produced watches to celebrate Rio 2016, Sochi 2014, and many more. One of their most striking Olympic offerings is The Olympic Games Limited Edition Set.
The 39.5mm stainless-steel Seamasters have been created in the five iconic Olympic ring colours, featuring a striking domed black and white dial with colourful pulse reader.
The collection looks forward to 2032 which will see Omega’s 100th year as official timekeeper at the games. Only 2032 of each limited-edition model will be available, making this collection particularly desirable to Omega collectors.
For true Omega lovers, an exclusive limited-edition set containing all of the watches in the collection and a real Olympic bell is available, but with just 100 produced, you’ll have to act fast!
How Much Can I Expect to spend on the omega SPECIALiTIES collection?
Prices for the Specialities Collection vary, and many designs are only produced in limited runs which can help them hold their value on the pre-owned market. A single limited run watch from The Olympic Games Limited Edition Set comes in at £4400.
Omega is an exceptional watchmaker with a vast and exciting array of collections to explore. You can view our Omega watches here or in-store, where our experts can help and guide you through the different models and price points