Welcome to our Omega watches for sale category page, where you’ll find a wide variety of high-quality, luxury watches from one of the most respected names in the industry. Omega has been crafting precision timepieces for over 150 years, and their watches are known for their exceptional craftsmanship, durability, and timeless style. Whether you’re looking for a classic dress watch, a sporty chronograph, or a modern smartwatch, we have something to suit your needs and taste. Browse our selection today and find the perfect Omega watch to add to your collection or give as a gift.
About Used Omega Watches
With a rich history dating back to 1848, Omega is one of the world’s oldest and most widely respected luxury watch manufacturers. The iconic Swiss timepiece company produces everything from elegant dress watches to technologically advanced sports chronographs, and Omega watches have been worn by everyone from actors in films to astronauts on the moon.
Omega wristwatches have developed a loyal following and for good reason. Their accuracy, functionality, and style have earned them the title of the official Olympic Games timekeeper, and they are worn and collected by some of the most influential people in the world. The brand appeals to a broad range of individuals with both men’s and women’s models available, and famous people who have worn these watches include:
- John F. Kennedy
- Prince William
- Buzz Aldrin
From the depths of the ocean to outer space, from timing the Olympic Games to equipping fictional super spies, the brand has been a part of some of history’s most memorable moments. The companies history stretches back to 1848 and over the course of 170 years, the Swiss watchmaker has produced a vast assortment of timepieces of which many have become luxury watch icons. Thanks to its popular watch models, Omega is now a globally renowned brand and is one of the top three Swiss luxury watch brands in the world by annual sales. Whether for men or women, sporty or dressy, simple or complicated, quartz, or mechanical, they manufacture watches for just about any type of watch enthusiast. Bob’s Watches offers the best selection of new, used and pre-owned Omega watches with the best prices.
History of Omega Watches
In 1848, a 23-year-old watchmaker named Louis Brandt opened his workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, laying the foundation of what would eventually become Omega. It was in 1894, within a new and larger facility in the city of Bienne, that the Brandt sons, Louis Paul and Cesar, produced a groundbreaking 19-ligne caliber that was accurate, simple to service, and combined time-setting and movement winding in one crown. The Brandt brothers named the revolutionary movement the “Omega” and the series-produced caliber was met with such success within the watch industry that the siblings decided to rename the company from “Louis Brandt & Fils” to “Omega.”
Thanks to the companies technological advances in horology, the company received the grand prize at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900, and by 1903, they had earned its spot as the largest manufacturer of finished Swiss watches. During the early-1900s, The company continued its focus on making precise, reliable, and easy-to-repair movements and watches. And in 1931, the chronometer set precision records in all six trials at the Geneva Observatory. Later that decade, the company set another two precision records, this time at Kew-Teddington. Since the company was renowned for its precise timekeeping instruments, Omega became the first watchmaker appointed to time the entire Olympic games (1932, Los Angeles) – a tradition that carries on today as they remain the official timekeeper.
In 1932, they unveiled the Marine watch as a pioneering timepiece in the dive watch genre with a waterproof double case reinforced with cork and a clasp fitted with a diver’s extension. The Marine was tested in Lake Geneva, where it successfully dove down 73 meters deep. In the 1940s, the brand was the largest supplier of watches for the British armed forces and its allies during World War II.
To celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary and partly inspired by the rugged military watches it had made during WII, the brand introduced the now-famous Seamaster water-resistant watch in 1948. Just a few years later in 1952, another iconic watch made its debut – the Constellation. Named after the eight stars on its crest (representing the precision records set by Omega), the Constellation became their flagship dress watch.
1957 is perhaps the most important year in their history. That year saw the birth of the Professional line of watches, which included three now-legendary timepieces: the Speedmaster chronograph, the Seamaster 300 dive watch, and the Railmaster antimagnetic watch. A decade later, the De Ville moved away from the Seamaster lineup and branched off into its own collection of modern non-sport watches with top-tier movements.
By the 1980s, much of the Swiss watch industry had been decimated by the Quartz Crisis. Through a series of bank directives, acquisitions, mergers, and negotiations by the late Nicolas Hayek throughout the decade, Omega eventually became a part of the conglomerate we now know as the Swatch Group.
Omega watches are known for their exceptional quality and craftsmanship. The brand has received numerous awards over the years, including the “Watch of the Year” award from various publications such as the “WatchTime” magazine, “Revolution” magazine, and “WatchPro” magazine. Omega has also been honored with awards for specific collections and models, such as the “Sports Watch of the Year” award for the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. Additionally, Omega has been recognized for its innovative use of materials, such as receiving the “Innovative Watch Prize” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for the use of ceramics in their watches. These awards are a testament to Omega’s commitment to excellence and its position as a leader in the luxury watch industry.
Although the company makes an immense range of Omega watches for sale, the brand now divides its lineup of watch models into four main collections, which include the following:
When the Speedmaster chronograph made its debut in 1957, Omega positioned it as a watch for motorsports. The Speedmaster was the world’s first chronograph to have the tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel rather than printed on the dial, making it easier to use with the chronograph’s stopwatch function to measure average speed or distances during races. The very first Speedmaster was reference CK2915 with a 38mm steel case and manual-wound Caliber 321 movement. The first Speedy reference is easily recognizable due to its large triangular-tipped “broad arrow” center hands on the black dial. In 2018, a first-generation Speedmaster CK2915 sold for a record-breaking $275,508.
They replaced the CK2915 with the Speedmaster CK2998 in 1959, which included a black bezel insert with the tachymeter scale instead of the engraved steel bezel and Alpha-style hands rather than broad-arrow ones. Not only did this design set the blueprint of future Speedmaster chronographs, but the Speedmaster CK2998 became the first Speedmaster in space when astronaut Wally Schirra wore his during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962.
This was just the beginning of the Speedmaster’s involvement with space exploration. In 1965, NASA qualified the Speedmaster for use during manned space missions, and in 1969, the Speedmaster journeyed to the moon with the Apollo 11 crew. While Neil Armstrong left his Speedmaster back on the Eagle Apollo Lunar Module as a backup since the onboard clock malfunctioned, Buzz Aldrin wore his Speedmaster Professional reference 105.012 when he took his first steps on the moon. Michael Collins, who was flying the command module around the moon whilst his crewmates were on the lunar surface, wore a Speedmaster Professional 145.012. Ever since Apollo 11, the Speedmaster became known as the “Moonwatch.”
They continued to evolve the Speedmaster line over the following decades—not just the Moonwatch ones but also other Speedmaster chronographs with various sizes, designs, materials, and movements. The Speedmaster Racing carries on the original intention of the Speedy as a motorsports chronograph, the Speedmaster ’57 are vintage-inspired pieces that take design cues from the first Speedy, and the Speedmaster 38 is mainly geared towards Omega’s female clientele. However, the most popular Speedmaster models are still the ones that are most faithful to the early “Moonwatch” – characterized as Speedmaster Professional models with 42mm steel cases, black bezels, black dials, Hesalite crystals, and hand-wound mechanical movements.
Some of the different Speedmaster watches include:
- Speedmaster ’57
- Mark II Racing
- Speedmaster 38
- Skywalker X-33
- Spacemaster Z-33
Dating back to 1948, the Seamaster is the oldest collection still in production. The Seamaster lineup houses a varied assortment of timepieces from dive watches to elegant sports watches to vintage-inspired watches.
Omega’s diving watch range is divided into three distinct collections: the Seamaster Diver 300M, the Planet Ocean 600M, and the PloProf 1200M, where each model clearly states the watch’s water-resistance rating.
Introduced in 1993 and made world-famous in 1995 as James Bond’s watch in Goldeneye, the Seamaster Diver 300M is now the brands most popular diver. The Seamaster Diver 300M is available in time/date, chronograph, or GMT versions, in addition to plenty of material and size options.
In 2005, Omega introduced the Planet Ocean 600M collection of beefier and more water-resistant dive watches. Loosely based on the 1957 Seamaster but thoroughly updated to modem standards, early Planet Ocean models were offered in 42mm or 45.5mm sizes with aluminum bezel inserts and helium escape valves (HEVs) for saturation diving.
The following year, they filled out the collection with Planet Ocean Chronograph versions and in 2011 Planet Ocean GMT editions were added. Although the Seamaster Planet Ocean lineup is less than 15 years old, the company has frequently updated the models.
Current production Planet Ocean watches now feature ceramic bezels and in-house movements. In true Omega form, a dizzying array of metals, sizes, colors, bracelets, and complications can be combined, making the Planet Ocean a tremendously varied collection.
Characterized by its distinctive silhouette, the modern-day PloProf 1200M (a name that combines the words “plongeur” and “professionnel” – French for “professional diver”) is a direct descendant of the Seamaster 600 Ploprof and Seamaster 1000 Ploprof from the 1970s. Rather than fitting the watches with a helium escape valve, the company chose to build the original Ploprof cases in such a way that it wouldn’t allow any helium to enter the watch in the first place.
While the niche diver eventually disappeared from Omega’s catalog, the design was revived in 2009 with the introduction of the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M – and then updated again in 2016. However, it’s important to note that the massive 55 x 48 mm cases of the modern PloProfs are now fitted with HEVs.
Aside from divers, they also make elegant sports watches within the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M collection, first introduced in 2002. As its name implies, these are watches for both sea and land – designed for daily life but water-resistant to 150 meters to withstand more adventurous activities.
The Aqua Terra is one of the brands most diverse sub-collections, available in a slew of sizes, materials, and functions. The simplest Aqua Terra watches for men are the time/date models, characterized by straightforward dial layouts, a “teak” stripe dial motif mimicking decks of luxury yachts, and clean round cases. Yet, the Aqua Terra collection also offers a bevy of more complicated models such as day/dates, chronographs, GMTs, annual calendars, and worldtimers.
Two popular vintage-inspired Seamaster models include the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster. The Seamaster 300 watches are based upon the original 1957 Seamaster 300 model – complete with black timing bezels, broad arrow hands, black dials, and Arabic numerals at 3/6/9/12 – but slightly larger and fitted with modern movements.
Additionally, along with the regular production steel Seamaster 300 models, there are also precious metal versions and limited editions. Similarly, the modern Railmaster watches are also based upon the original Railmaster antimagnetic watch from 1957, fitted with similar dial layout designs but with larger cases and newer movements.
Some of the different selections available within the Seamaster catalog include:
- Diver 300M
- Aqua Terra 150M
- Seamaster 300
- Planet Ocean 1948
- PloProf 1200M
The Omega Constellation is a luxury wristwatch from the Swiss manufacturer Omega. The Constellation line was first introduced in 1952 and has since become one of Omega’s most iconic and recognizable collections. The watches in the Constellation line are known for their precision, durability, and timeless design. They feature a variety of complications, including chronographs, co-axial escapements, and automatic movements. The watches are made with high-quality materials such as stainless steel, gold, and diamond-set bezels. The Constellation is also equipped with a number of features to make it an ideal watch for everyday wear, such as scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water resistance.
Some of the different collections available within this model include:
- Globemaster Constellation
The Omega De Ville is a luxury wristwatch from the Swiss manufacturer Omega. The De Ville collection was first introduced in 1967 and is considered a classic, elegant and timeless watch. The watches in the De Ville line are known for their precision, durability, and refined design. They feature a variety of complications, including chronographs, co-axial escapements, and automatic movements. The watches are made with high-quality materials such as stainless steel, gold, and diamond-set bezels. The De Ville is also equipped with a number of features to make it an ideal watch for everyday wear, such as scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water resistance. The Omega De Ville collection is a perfect representation of Omega’s reputation for creating watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology.
Some of the different collections available within this model include:
- De Ville Ladymatic
- De Ville Hour Vision
- De Ville Tresor
- De Ville Prestige
- De Ville
- De Ville Tourbillon
Reasons Why an Omega Is So Appealing
There are several reasons why an Omega watch is so appealing to many people. Firstly, Omega has a rich history and reputation for producing high-quality, precise watches. They have been in business since 1848 and have been the official timekeeper of numerous major events such as the Olympic Games and the America’s Cup.
Secondly, Omega watches are known for their sleek, elegant design and attention to detail. They are often considered to be a symbol of prestige and luxury.
Thirdly, Omega watches are equipped with a variety of advanced features such as chronographs, co-axial escapements, and automatic movements, making them highly sought after by watch enthusiasts.
Fourthly, Omega watches are built to last, with many models featuring durable materials such as stainless steel and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Finally, Omega watches are widely recognized and respected in the industry, and many of their models have become iconic and collectible.
Reason to Buy Pre-Owned Omega Watches
When searching for the perfect luxury watch it is difficult to beat the reputation that Omega watch has built. The brand has produced stunning vintage models and continues to manufacturer numerous examples of innovative modern timepieces. Bob’s Watches carries a number of used Omega timepieces at some of the lowest prices on the market. Omega’s advanced Swiss craftsmanship has earned them a place among the most prestigious brands.
Partnerships and Brand Ambassadors
Among all the partnerships, some of the most famous are its relationships with NASA, the Olympic Games, golf, swimming, sailing, ocean exploration/conservation, and cinema. As such, they count several famous personalities as brand ambassadors including (but certainly not limited tos0 the following list of noteworthy individuals:
- George Clooney
- Nicole Kidman
- Cindy Crawford
- Eddie Redmayne
- Daniel Craig
- Kaia Gerber
- Rory McIlroy
- Sergio Garcia
- Michael Phelps
- Buzz Aldrinto
Omega has also been the official watch of James Bond since 2005. In addition to watches appearing in the films, the company releases special edition James Bond Seamaster watches with every 007 movie release.
Since the very beginning, Omega has always focused on the performance of its calibers as illustrated by the number of precision records it has achieved. The brand makes their watches in Switzerland where they have always prided themselves in quality. Today, you can find watches with quartz movements, hand-wound movements, or automatic movements. Plus, similar to many other luxury watchmakers, the types of movements used by the company evolved from in-house to modified ébauches (Lemania and ETA) and now back to a focus on in-house movements.
In the 1930s, Omega, Tissot, and Lemania (a Swiss watch movement manufacturer) formed a joint venture called SSIH (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère). Therefore, Lemania produced several movements for Omega but none as famous as the Caliber 321, which served to power early Speedmaster chronographs from the 1950s and 1960s. The manual-wound Caliber 321 lateral clutch chronograph movement is noted for its beautiful design but they eventually replaced it with the less costly and easier to produce Lemania-based Caliber 861 in 1969. However, in 2019, the brand announced the return of the Caliber 321.
In 1999, Omega introduced its first movement fitted with a Co-Axial escapement. Invented by George Daniels, the greatest benefit of the Co-Axial escapement is that it produces less friction than traditional lever escapements. Less friction means less lubrication is needed in the movement, which translates to improved reliability and longer intervals between servicing.
Master Chronometer Certification
In 2015, they introduced the Master Chronometer Certification, which denotes that along with a COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) certification, a movement has also passed a series of eight tests set out by METAS (The Federal Institute of Metrology). Master Chronometer watches have a minimum water-resistance rating of 100 meters, a minimum power reserve rating of 60 hours, an accuracy rating of 0/+5 seconds per day, and are resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. The Master Chronometer Certification debuted on the Globemaster but they now offer it across many more of its watch collections.
The water resistance of an Omega Master Chronometer watch can vary depending on the specific model. Some Omega Master Chronometer watches are designed for everyday wear and have a water resistance of 50 meters (165 feet), while others are designed for more specialized activities and can have a water resistance of up to 600 meters (2000 feet).
It is important to note that the water resistance ratings of watches are given for freshwater environments and may not be suitable for all water activities. Watches with a water resistance of 50 meters or less are generally not suitable for swimming or diving, and those with a water resistance of 100 meters or more are suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not for diving.
If you are planning to use an Omega Master Chronometer watch for a specific water activity, it is important to check the specific water resistance rating of the model you are interested in and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for use.
Omega Pricing (current)
Omega watches are much more affordable luxury Swiss timepieces with current 2023 prices starting around $2,550 for entry-level models on the secondary market. The retail price for a Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 42 MM, steel on steel 310.30.42.50.01.001 is currently $6,000.
Below you’ll find a general price guide for some popular watch models. New vs pre loved or reloved condition will have an effect on market price. Naturally, the price of precious metal watches are higher than stainless steel models in the retail market; however, steel watches typically retain more of their original value when re-sold on the secondary market. Some limited-edition models sell pre-owned for higher than MSRP in the secondary market, which explains why in some cases the used price on watches for sale is higher than the retail price.
Are Omega Watches worth the money?
Omega watches are considered to be worth the money by many people due to their reputation for precision, durability, and luxury. They are known for their high-quality materials and craftsmanship, advanced features, and elegant design. Additionally, Omega watches are considered to be a status symbol and a representation of prestige. Many Omega watches are also considered to be collectible and hold value over time. However, it ultimately depends on the individual’s personal preferences and priorities as the price of Omega watches can be considered relatively high in comparison to other watch brands.
Is Omega owned by Rolex?
No, Omega and Rolex are two separate companies. Omega is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer that is currently owned by the Swatch Group, while Rolex is also a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer that is independently owned. Both companies have a rich history and reputation for producing high-quality, precise watches, and are considered to be among the most respected and well-known watch brands in the world. However, they are not connected in any way, each one has its own history, design, and production process.
Is Omega better or Rolex?
It is a matter of personal preference and individual taste whether one considers Omega or Rolex to be better. Both Omega and Rolex are luxury Swiss watch manufacturers with a rich history and reputation for producing high-quality, precise watches. Both brands have their own unique designs and features, and are considered to be among the most respected and well-known watch brands in the world. However, Omega is known for its advanced features such as co-axial escapements and chronographs, while Rolex is known for its robust and durable watches. Ultimately, the choice between Omega and Rolex will depend on the individual’s personal preferences and priorities.
Is Omega high end watch?
Yes, Omega is considered a high-end watch brand. With a rich history dating back to 1848, Omega is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer known for producing high-quality, precise watches with advanced features and elegant designs. Omega watches are often considered a status symbol and are known for their precision and durability, they are also a symbol of prestige and luxury. Many of their watches are equipped with advanced complications such as chronographs and co-axial escapements, and are made with high-quality materials such as stainless steel, gold, and diamond-set bezels. Omega also holds a reputation for being the official timekeeper of many major events, such as the Olympic Games and America’s Cup. All these factors contribute to Omega being considered as a high-end watch brand.