by Kyle Stults on January 17, 2013
The anti-magnetic Omega Caliber 8508, fitted in an OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra
Today in Geneva, OMEGA announced its creation of a watch that is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous watch and solving a problem that has challenged watchmakers for centuries. Unlike other efforts to combat the effects of magnetism, the OMEGA movement does not rely on a protective container inside the watch case but on the use of selected non-ferrous materials in the movement itself. Watches such as the the Rolex Milgauss (‘Mil’=1,000) and the IWC Ingenieur (which we will be seeing and hearing a lot about this year) use the traditional inner-protective cage approach in their watches. By comparison to the Caliber 8508′s 15,000 gauss rating, these famous watches are anti-magnetic up to 1,000 gauss and ~6,000 gauss, respectively. Offering 15x the magnetic resistance of these famous watches, you can see that the innovation encapsulated here in the 8508 is quite special. More looks and insights, below.
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by Kyle Stults on January 01, 2013
In celebration of the New Year we will take a look at one of my favorite watches of recent years, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Titanium. Photos taken over the New Year’s holiday at Königsleiten ski village in Österreich (Austria) mark the occasion. Enjoy the review!
by Kyle Stults on October 11, 2012
First Look…”The Last Manned Lunar Landing”
In December 1972, NASA’s Apollo program came to a successful end as Captain Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo XVII, became the last human being to leave footprints on the lunar surface. Compared to previous Apollo missions, Apollo 17 astronauts traversed the greatest distance using the Lunar Roving Vehicle and returned the greatest amount of rock and soil samples. Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, still holds the distinction of being the last man to walk on the Moon, as no humans have visited the Moon since December 14, 1972. Cernan was also on the Apollo 10 mission in 1969, and the Gemini IX-a mission in 1966.
To celebrate 40 years since brand ambassador Eugene A. Cernan’s legendary last moonwalk, OMEGA is now out with the Speedmaster Moonwatch “Apollo XVII” 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, a timepiece whose innovative technology and commemorative design serve as a lasting tribute to human ingenuity and the exploration of space. We’ve got high-res closeups, specs and pricing — below.
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by Kyle Stults on July 24, 2012
This year’s Olympic games in London marks Omega’s 25th Olympic Games as official timekeeper. The last games held in the city of London (in 1948) saw the introduction of several sports timekeeping innovations pioneered by the Omega, and of course Omega never looked back as it continued to innovate over the next 80 years. In keeping with recent tradition, the brand has introduced a trio of special timepieces to celebrate the Olympics, and of course Perpetuelle has the inside look. All three are Seamaster models; two are three-hand watches with dates and the third is a chronograph. All have the “London 2012″ Olympic emblem stamped on the caseback to identify them as special editions. Here is a quick look at each of the various 2012 Omega Olympic Seamasters. Prices are also stated.
OMEGA SEAMASTER WATCHES FOR LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ Limited Edition
limited production of 1,948 pieces (price: $6,800) and comes in a special London 2012 games presentation box
The OMEGA Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012” Limited Edition, is a redesign of OMEGA’s first automatic Seamaster, which debuted in 1948, the same year of the last London Olympics, which OMEGA was also responsible for timing.
The stainless steel case is 39 mm in diameter, with brushed and polished finishing, and has a polished bezel and lugs. The dial is opaline silver, with a small seconds subdial at 6 0′clock. The vintage-style, applied “Omega” logo on the dial is of 18k white gold; white gold is also used for the Arabic numerals and hour markers. The movement is Omega’s Caliber 2202 (COSC chronometer with co-axial escapement).
The caseback is topped off by a yellow-gold medallion sporting the London 2012 Olympic logo.
On black leather strap with polished, stainless steel buckle
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ (Men)
44-mm case and blue-PVD-coated dial
The model with rose-gold-and-steel case retails for $10,500; the stainless-steel model is $7,600
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ (Ladies)
34mm case and blue-PVD-coated dial
Prices are $7,000 for the bicolor bicolor yellow gold/stainless steel edition and $5,700 for the stainless steel
Did You Know?
The Omega Seamaster made its debut in the last London Olympics year of 1948.
Here is a short video teaser of the movie Planet Ocean, a film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot in partnership with OMEGA. The movie will be premiered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next week on June 19. The video provides a sneak peek at some of the extraordinary images of our remarkable oceans.
See some of OMEGA’s newest Seamaster planet Ocean watches here: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “SKYFALL” Edition, Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold (45.5mm), OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono Cal.9300/9301, Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean TITANIUM Liquidmetal
OMEGA Planet Ocean Movie
A behind-the-scenes look at Planet Ocean
Planet Ocean, a film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot in partnership with OMEGA, will be premiered at Earth Summit 2012 in Rio on June 19th . The 90-minute documentary, which also draws on the talents of some of the world’s leading aerial and underwater cinematographers, oceanographers and biologists, has been created to change the way people look at the oceans and to encourage them to imagine conservation and stewardship as responsibilities shared by everyone on Earth.
In anticipation of the film’s premiere, OMEGA is happy to share some behind-the-scenes footage with you as Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his team take to the skies in helicopters armed with sophisticated camera equipment. It will also provide you with a sneak peek at some of the extraordinary images of our remarkable oceans – the source of all life on our planet.
Earth Summit 2012, created around the themes of vision, cooperation and transformation, will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 20th to the 22nd of June.
by Kyle Stults on June 12, 2012
Ignorance is bliss?
An amazing result for the “Elvis Presley” Omega Constellation, hammering at an astounding $42,000 today at Antiquorum’s New York auction. This is particularly incredible considering that the exact same watch sold for $15,535 on December 13, 2011 — a mere six months ago. This illustrates to me how incredibly inefficient buyer and seller knowledge is in the secondary watch market — how else to explain such an astronomical increase in price?! As for me, well, for the reasons I outlined here last week, I would not have paid a dime for this watch. I think it is clearly the Seller of this watch who gets the last laugh this week – an almost 3x return in six months…not bad!
Elvis Presley Omega Constellation Sells June 12, 2012 for $42,000 (Antiquorum)
Same watch sold December 13, 2011 for $15,535 (Heritage)
As surely as James Bond orders his martini’s “shaken not stirred”, you knew this watch was coming. As it has done on several occasions since 2002 (the 40th anniversary of the Bond Bond films), Omega is releasing a limited-edition watch — the Seamaster SKYFALL — to accompany the latest film which opens worldwide in November. In addition to the usual features found on the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (600m rating, He valve, Superlume indices, et. al.), the watch has a few nice James Bond touches such as the “007″ logo at the 7 o’clock position and the “SKYFALL 007″ logo engraved on the rotor of the exemplary Omega co-axial Caliber 8507 movement. The dial also has a superb pattern of etched horizontal lines that give a great visual effect (see close up photo below). I find this piece vastly superior to the Omega James Bond 50th Anniversary Watch both in terms of looks and movement quality. Though I would prefer lower production numbers and a 45.5mm case size, the new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Skyfall Edition is an easy winner.
SKYFALL is actor Daniel Craig’s third installment as Bond and the seventh Bond film to feature an Omega
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “SKYFALL” Edition
“Limited Edition” 5,007 pieces
42mm brushed and polished steel case, automatic mechanical Omega co-axial Caliber 8507 (silicon balance spring; black-varnished engraving of the SKYFALL 007 logo) matching bracelet with diver’s extension and “007″ logo
The applied indices on the matte black dial, along with the polished, faceted, rhodium-plated hands, are coated with white Super-LumiNova, which emits a light blue glow in the dark. The only exception is the minute hand, which glows green instead, as does the dot on the diving bezel.
Note the horizontal etched lines and also at the 7 o’clock position is a “007″ logo:
by Kyle Stults on June 05, 2012
***FINAL OUTCOME: Elvis Presley Omega Constellation Sells For Record $42,000 ***
Update: My inquiry to Antiquorum has been responded to. See notes in bold italics below:
Up for auction next week by Antiquorum is a black dial Omega Constellation reported to be previously owned by King of Rock N’ Roll Elvis Presley. The pre-sale estimate is $10,000 – $20,000, which seems reasonable given that, interestingly, this exact watch was sold by Heritage Auctions in December 2011 for $15,535. But I did find it mildly curious that the watch is up for auction only six months after it was purchased, so I reached out to an Omega Constellation expert for his thoughts on this watch — he was less than impressed for a number of reasons, some of which I will recount here along with my own thoughts .
While the dial appears to be original and not refinished (good) Antiquorum states that the dial has had some servicing, the watch appears to have a new 18k gold plate crown when of course it should have 14k pink gold plaque one to match the watch (see closeup below) — this fact is not noted in Antiquorum’s condition report, as it should have been, if this is in fact the case (Antiquorum confirmed the crown is replaced. I am disappointed that these important details are not noted in the condition report).
If I were buying this watch I would want to see a more proof of its provenance. Antiquorum has confirmed to me that their only evidence of provenance is the Charlie Hodge letter. While it is easy to link this watch to Charlie Hodge, what verifiable evidence carries it from Hodge back to Elvis, other than Hodge’s written letter? I have nothing against Charlie Hodge (don’t know the man), but as I learned from the fake Howard Hughes Patek Philippe that Christie’s sold, taking a man’s word is not good enough. Verifiable lineage of a watch’s provenance is needed, and for this Elvis Presley Omega, I would like to see some more proof linking it to Elvis — not just a heartfelt letter and some fuzzy photos.
Speaking of photos — I have seen or heard from two independent sources now that the watch that Elvis is wearing in the Antiquorum photos is a Caliber 503 Seamaster Calendar, not a Constellation as the Lot listing would have us believe. So, is the watch in the photos a Cal 503 Seamaster or a Constellation? And what should we take from this? When asked specifically if the watch Elvis is wearing in the photo is the same as the Omega Constellation offered for sale, Antiquorum states: “Yes, we believe so.” And on what basis was this determination made? “It appears to be the same watch when examining the watch in person and looking at the enlarged photo.” Clearly this is subject to debate, as other independent and unrelated parties believe the watch Elvis is wearing in the photo is a Cal 503 Seamaster.
Antiquorum has confirmed to me that their only evidence of provenance is the Charlie Hodge letter.
This along with the disputed photographic evidence of Elvis wearing the Constellation, I reiterate that — for me personally — this is not enough and I would like to see more proof of provenance.
Also as I alluded to earlier I find it odd to see the watch offered for sale only six months since it last changed hands, but there could be many reasons for this. These things said, I am not an Elvis memorabilia expert and I have not dug much deeper than this, so please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or insights on this watch and its provenance.
OMEGA BLACK DIAL CONSTELLATION CALENDAR PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY ELVIS PRESLEY
Lot details as provided by Antiquorum:
Omega, Constellation, Calendar, Chronomètre, Officially Certified, No. 16881537, Ref. KO 2943. Circa 1960. center seconds, water-resistant, stainless steel and pink gold-capped chronometer wristwatch with black dial and a gold-plated Omega buckle.
the watch appears to have a new 18k gold plate crown when of course it should have 14k pink gold plaque one to match the watch — look closely and you can see the color difference:
More lot details, per Antiquorum:
Elvis Presley and Charlie Hodge Charlie Hodge was a member of the Foggy Bottom Boys gospel group and a long time friend of Elvis Presley. While the two had met briefl y backstage when they both played in Memphis, Tennessee, it was when they were drafted into the army that they became close friends. They were reacquainted at Fort Hood in Texas, traveled to Europe together as bunkmates, and spent signifi cant time together while stationed in Germany, taking leave and traveling the continent together. Hodge worked for Elvis throughout the 1970s, providing back up vocals and guitar as well as supplying Elvis with water and his famous scarves during live shows. As detailed in the accompanying letter, Elvis gifted the Omega to Hodge after he repeatedly told Elvis that he admired the piece. Hodge additionally states that he ‘lived at Graceland… for 16 years until Elvis’ passing” in the letter, describing his close relationship with Elvis and his work with him through the years.
Accompanied by a letter of attestation from Charlie Hodge, shown here as sourced from Heritage Auctions Dec 2011:
by James Bond on March 08, 2012
Baselworld 2012: Attention all Speedy fans! The First OMEGA in Space has landed. Like so many of my fellow Omega collectors, I love the Speedmaster. It has a glorious history and has the honor of passing the rigorous testing at NASA and being the watch worn on the moon, thus earning the nickname “Moon watch”.
Most watch fans know about the rigorous testing that led to the OMEGA Speedmaster being approved for NASA on all its manned missions from 1 March 1965. Did you know that some two and a half years earlier, astronaut Wally Schirra had already worn his own Speedmaster in space? A new watch commemorates a historic chronograph.
So much has been written about the rigorous testing that led to the OMEGA Speedmaster’s being the only watch qualified for every manned NASA mission that it is easy to forget that the very first OMEGA worn in space was the Speedmaster that astronaut Wally Schirra wore during his Mercury Atlas 8 mission in October of 1962. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Speedmaster to orbit the earth, OMEGA has created the Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” in honour of Wally Schirra and his historic wristwatch.
The Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” edition recalls the watch that Schirra bought at a jeweller in Houston more than half a century ago. Inside its 39.70 mm polished, brushed stainless steel case is the legendary
self-winding MANUAL WINDING calibre 1861, which earned its reputation as the movement in the legendary OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch. It also has the black aluminium bezel ring with a tachymetric scale that has long been associated with the classic Speedmaster.
Visible through its box-form, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is the classic varnished black dial that for 55 years has made the Speedmaster the world’s definitive chronograph: the 30-minute and 12-hour counters are located at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively and the small seconds sub-dial is at 9 o’clock. It has white transferred indexes; the hour markers and hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova.
The watch has a screw-in stainless steel caseback which is embossed with OMEGA’s original seahorse emblem, the words “THE FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE” and “OCTOBER 3, 1962”, the date of the Mercury Atlas 8 mission. The Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” is a numbered edition and its number is engraved on the caseback.
The Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” chronograph is presented on a brown leather strap with beige stitching. The watch is water resistant to 50 metres / 167 feet / 5 bar. This classic Speedmaster is a fitting way to celebrate the beginning of an adventure that would ultimately lead to six lunar landings and half a century of space exploration.
Baselworld 2012: Presenting the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold, another exciting new Omega for 2012 (though nothing like the flashy Speedmaster Racing watch, or the First OMEGA In Space). Indeed, 2012 seems a year for innovation in materials — as with Hublot’s new and proprietary “magic gold” (did you see the Big Bang Ferrari yet?!), OMEGA has created a new material that premiers in the new Seamaster Planet Ocean, Ceragold. Though to be clear, this material is only represented in the bezel of the new PO (somewhat similarly to the PO Liquidmetal from a couple years back) — so perhaps there is a bit of hype in all this, but still a beautiful watch nonetheless. The polished black zirconium-based ceramic bezel which offers a stark, dramatic contrast to the Ceragold diving scale set within. The co-axial Calibe 9301 movement is equipped with a silicon balance spring and like all Planet Oceans, the watch comes with a full four-year warranty. An all-white “St. Moritz” edition of this watch, in 42mm case, is also presented (I will show you later).
OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5 mm Chronograph Ceragold
45.5mm red gold case, auto-mechanical OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9301 (red rotor, blackened barrel, balance spring, screws), black leather strap with red gold foldover clasp
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