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: the Master Chronometer certification. Only after passing rigorous tests, approved by METAS and undertaken at our cutting-edge building, can a watch earn the title.
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.
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.
In this test, the watch is subjected to a magnetic field of 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.
This test is carried out over four days. During these days, the watch is placed in six different positions and two alternating temperature zones.
This test checks the power reserve of the watch by proving that it continues to function at the limit of its expected capacity.
In this test, the watch is placed in six different positions and its chronometric precision is recorded in each one.
In this test, the watch is placed in six different positions and its chronometric precision is recorded at 100% power reserve in each one.
This test submerges the watch underwater, gradually applying more pressure up the point of the stated water resistance.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.