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The World's First Master Chronometer

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The World's First Master Chronometer

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INNOVATIVE WATCHES: THE HEART OF METAS CERTIFICATION

We took our name from an 1894 calibre, the Omega, a word reflecting remarkable accomplishment. More than 120 years later, we have achieved another industry-defining breakthrough with the world's first Master Chronometer watch, which has passed tests approved by METAS.

EACH INDIVIDUAL COMPLETED WATCH IS CERTIFIED BY METAS

To earn the name Master Chronometer, the finished watch, whose movement is a COSC chronometer, passes tests approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) that replicate real-life wearing conditions and demonstrate resistance to water and magnetic fields.

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1. FUNCTION OF COSC-APPROVED MOVEMENT DURING EXPOSURE TO 15,000 GAUSS (1.5 Tesla) MAGNETIC FIELD

This test examines the movement of the watch, placing it in two different positions and subjecting it to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss.

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The functioning of the movement is audibly checked using a microphone.

2. FUNCTION OF WATCH DURING EXPOSURE TO 15,000 GAUSS MAGNETIC FIELD

In this test, the watch is subjected to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss.

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While exposed to this field, the functioning of the watch is audibly checked using a microphone.

3. DEVIATION OF DAILY CHRONOMETRIC PRECISION AFTER EXPOSURE TO 15,000 GAUSS

In this test, the watch is subjected to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss and its chronometric precision is calculated after 24 hours.

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The next day, the watch is demagnetised and the chronometric precision is calculated after another 24 hours. We show the minimal deviation between the two days.

4. AVERAGE DAILY CHRONOMETRIC PRECISION OF THE WATCH

This test is carried out over four days. During these days, the watch is placed in six different positions and two alternating temperature zones.

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It is also exposed to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss. Chronometric precision is recorded each day. At the end of the four days, the results are used to calculate a daily average.

5. POWER RESERVE

This test checks the power reserve of the watch by proving that it continues to function at the limit of its expected capacity.

6. DEVIATION OF CHRONOMETRIC PRECISION IN SIX POSITIONS

In this test, the watch is placed in six different positions and its chronometric precision is recorded in each one.

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Out of these six results, we show the deviation between the two most extreme results known as the Delta.

7.DEVIATION OF CHRONOMETRIC PRECISION BETWEEN 100% and 33% OF POWER RESERVE

In this test, the watch is placed in six different positions and its chronometric precision is recorded at 100% power reserve in each one.

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This process is repeated when the power reserve of the watch reaches 33%. We then take the average results of the six measures during both states of the power reserve and give the deviation between the two.

8. WATER RESISTANCE

This test submerges the watch underwater, gradually applying more pressure up the point of the stated water resistance.

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This ensures that each watch is properly tested for underwater conditions.

Behind METAS

A NEW STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE

"The new certification process approved by METAS tests water resistance, precision and magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss, ensuring that each watch far exceeds the standards that have long been our industry’s norms."

Stephen Urquhart

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YOUR MASTER CHRONOMETER’S TEST RESULTS

When you receive your OMEGA Master Chronometer watch, you will be able to see the specific results of all eight tests – a convincing demonstration of how truly impressive your Master Chronometer watch is.

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THE GLOBEMASTER

As the world's first Master Chronometer, the Globemaster has set incredible new standards of watchmaking. Discover OMEGA’s most advanced movement yet, and the beautiful design inspired by our prestigious past.

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THE OMEGA CO-AXIAL TECHNOLOGY

When Swatch Group Chairman Nicolas G. Hayek acquired the rights from inventor George Daniels for OMEGA to use Co-Axial technology, he set a bold goal: to produce the best series-produced mechanical movements in the world. OMEGA shared his vision and the challenge was met.

A TRUE HOROLOGICAL REVOLUTION

INSIDE OUR ANTI-MAGNETIC TECHNOLOGY

In 2013, OMEGA launched a mechanical watch movement resistant to the strong magnetic fields that can compromise or stop a watch’s performance. With resistance to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss, it solved a problem that had challenged horologists for centuries.

TRULY ANTI-MAGNETIC

OMEGA MOVEMENTS: THEY REALLY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When it’s time to invest in an exquisite new watch, the decision is likely to be an emotional one – a choice made when you see that special OMEGA on your wrist. Inside the case, though, there are also some great arguments – the advantages of our movement technology.

PRECISION

The manufacturing process and assembly of the twin barrels, the Co-Axial escapement and the free sprung-balance wheel combined with a Si14 silicon balance spring allow us to produce watches with improved and stable chronometric performance over time.

DURABILITY

Each watch passes tests for resistance to external environmental factors like magnetism, shock, temperature and water. The movement is checked and the robustness and stability of the timepieces is confirmed.

AESTHETICS

OMEGA’s designers honoured the spirit of its early watchmakers by adding some ornamental design to the movements, making them instantly recognisable. Each movement blends aesthetic appeal and technological innovation.

CERTIFICATION

Through its commitment to innovation, OMEGA had achieved a quality standard that exceeded the testing parameters of existing qualifications. The new METAS certification is equal to the performance of our extraordinary watches.

Standards by METAS

WE’RE PROUD OF OUR PAST BUT THRILLED ABOUT OUR FUTURE!

OMEGA took its name from a revolutionary mechanical movement more than a century ago. We’ve remained committed to what that calibre meant to the brand: quality, innovation and lasting value. This video is a lovely bridge between where we have been and where we are now.

FROM A MOVEMENT TO A BRAND NAME

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