This time Timemachine.fi introduces one of the most famous watch brands in the world. If you are real watch hobbyist or collector, you have often heard the name of Omega. Omega is one of the watch brand icons and definately one of the most desirable watches among watch collectors. Omega is the last letter of Greek alphabets and is the symbol in the all Omega watch dials.

THE HISTORY OF OMEGA

Omega watchbrand is established in the 14th of July 1848 by Louis Brandt, who was only 23-years old. Louis Brandt founded La Generale Watch Co, his sales office and factory at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. There he started to make key-wounded pocket watches of parts he acquired from local watchmakers. He sold his watches throughout Europe, mainly to Britain which was his main market.

On the July 1877 he and his son Louis-Paul established Louis Brandt & Fils. Two years later, Louis Brandt died in La Chaux-de-Fonds on the 5th of July 1879. In 1880 brothers Louis-Paul and Cesar Brandt moved into a small factory in the city of Biel, Switzerland, which was former textile industry city. In Biel brothers launched their first watch brands. These brands were Louis Brandt and Gurzelen in 1882, Décimal in 1884 and Labrador in 1885. Each brand was based in similar movements, but they had their own characteristic. 1889 company was the largest watch manufacturer and they employed 600 workers and produced 100000 units of watches annually. Watches achieved a precision of within 30 seconds a day in 1895.

The success led to the firm becoming a centre of research and development and around in 1900 production increased to units of 240000 watches produced annually and employing 800 people. The Brandt brothers, Louis-Paul and Cesar Brandt, both died in 1903 and same year the company officially changed its name to OMEGA Watch Co. The control of the company took over the four persons and the oldest, who was Paul-Emile Brandt was only 23-years old.

The company name Omega was officially changed in 1903, but the first watch to appear under this name was released in 1909 at the Gordon Bennett Cup, an international ballooning contest. Omega started to get popularity in sports events and The British Royal Flying Corps decided to choose Omega watches in 1917 as their official timekeepers for its combat units, as did the American army in 1918. It was the reputation for accuracy that led to the decision made by the International Olympic Committee to appoint Omega as the official timekeeper of the 1932 Los Angeles Games. It was the first time in Olympic history that one brand had been given the responsibility to time all events. Since 1932, Omega has been the official timekeeper at 26 Olympic Games.

Omega Speedmaster was created in 1957. NASA decided to use Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph wristwatch in 1965 as its official timekeeper. On 21st July 1969 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon and he said famous slogan “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, he was wearing his Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph. This watch received a unique nickname: the Moon watch. 

1991 Omega introduced exceptional co-axial escapement which has extended service life of 10 years.

OMEGA GENEVE CAL. 552

Omega Geneve model was created in 1953 and production was stopped in 1979. Obviously the model name of Geneve is based to the city in Switzerland. Geneve models were available in different movement and case variations. There were at least handwinding movements as 601, 611 and 613 with/without date function. Automatic watch models had for example 552, 563 ja 565 with/without date function depending on caliber. Case materials where stainless steel, gold plated or solid gold.

Omega caliber 552 is automatic movement with sweep second feature. Movement has 24 jewels, amplitude 19800 A/h and power reserve 50h. Diameter of movement is approx. 28mm and height is 4,5mm. 

The following photos of the Omega Geneve is from private collection. Overall watch condition is decent if considering the age of the watch. It has slight patina in dial and frame, but it is pretty normal to vintage watch which has been used in daily life. 

According to the serial number, this Omega Geneve is manufactured about 1968.


Pinterest is very popular link and sharing service and you can found there thousends of intresting photos, illustration, ideas etc. everything between heaven and earth. Let´s see what kind of intresting photos we found from Pinterest, but first little bit of background of Pinterest.

PINTEREST EXPLAINED

Pinterest is a bulletin board type of social link and image sharing service. It provides the opportunity to create and maintain collections based on a theme such as an event or a hobby. The user can also browse other link / image collections, extract parts from their own collections and report their liking for the link / image.

People use Pinterest to discover and save ideas. Ideas can take lots of forms, from recipes to renovation projects to the perfect pair of shoes. Every idea is represented by a “Pin” that includes an image, a description and a link back to the image’s source online. When people click a Pin’s URL they can find out more about the idea and act on it.

Pinterest user has increased rapidly in last few years. Pinterest announced in October 2016 that its monthly number of users exceeded 150 million. In one year, it had grown by 50 percent, as in September 2015, the company announced that it had 100 million active users. The number of users in Pinterest has grown rapidly, and in 2012 it was considered the fastest growing community service in the world. In August 2012 Pinterest had 23.5 million monthly U.S. users.

Pinterest has fewer users worldwide than Facebook or Twitter. In the US, however, it overcame Twitter in 2016. In October, Pinterest had 70 million users in the United States when Twitter had 60 million in June.

TREASURES FOUND FROM PINTEREST

Let´s see what kind of intresting material we have found from Pinterest less than in 30 minutes of searching. In Pinterest you can use “search” function to find suitable and intresting stuff for you. Following images have downloaded from Pinterest based in our interest. We choose these photos for share with you because these photos illustrates nicely in one picture what it is all about.

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1. Following photo shows and describe parts of watch and explains also few important watch terms and functions.

2. Following photo helps you to choose correct watch to every situation. Should you use smart watch in business meeting or dress watch? What do you prefer the most?

3. Someone love it, someone hate it. For better or worse, Rolex is the one of the most popular watchbrands in the world and definately the most popular watchbrand in the social medias. If you like Rolex watches, following photo about the history of Rolex is for you!

4. James Bond is the definately every boys idol and one of the most popular character in the world. James Bond, agent 007, is a fictional character created by the British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1952. Almost every James Bond movie is produced by Broccoli family. In the following illustared photo you can see watches seen in James bond movie. Click photo to see it full resolution!

5. Following image shows really nicely and simply different watch complications. Some of these complications are manufactured by only few luxury watchbrand and these kind of luxury watches can cost up to one million euros.

6. The word ‘seiko’ means ‘exquisie’ or ‘success’. Seiko is the one of the most selling watchbrands in the world. Following picture shows the history of Seiko diver watches. Very intresting…

7. After we have seen some pictures involving watches, let´s see something different. This magnificent building does not need any further introductions if you are living in this planet. World´s tallest building is locating in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. You can get lot of information in this one photo. Some has said that “Dubai is paradise in the dessert”. Based what I know, I agree with that comment.

8. Following intresting photo introduces the world´s tallest, deepest, longest, largest volume and most expensive man-made structures. Pretty amazing projects man can do!

9. Many of us does not know that our flags has their own unique history and story to tell. We are living in international world so do not forget to say greetings to fellow citizens in an another country. Let´s find out what their flag tells about their story…

10. Last, but not the least. It is not hard to find out what common our store have with this piece of history. The Time Machine is one the legendary book in our history. The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895.The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposely and selectively forwards or backwards in time. H.G Wells was ahead of the time when he wrote this novella and took his name in to literature history. 

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