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We bought an omega 2 years ago!! And it had to be repaired twice already! The 2nd time, the face of the watch moved as you wind it!!! Sent it to Omega and of course their customer service said I had dropped it!!! So they protect themselves as for me to argue this wasn't the case, I would have to pay for an independent diagnostic! And they also charged me a whooping £1,400 to repair it! I got it repaired because the watch has sentimental
Value to me!
But beware anyone wishing to spend their savings on a nice prestigious watch!! Don't give it to Omega! You will regret it!!!
They did not even offer us a discount considering the watch was under 2yrs old! I spoke to the shop and they said that Omega is always this bad!! But other watch companies are way better! Had I been told that before I chose this one, I would have steered well away from Omega!
I purchased an Omega Seamaster Professional Automatic 300 (2254.50) in Kuwait City at an "Authorized Seller" - a jeweler shop "Bebehani" - and I checked up on Omega's official website for the address, to ensure that I had a REAL Omega and I even emailed the company - the were very prompt! - to satisfy my worries about counterfeits. My watch keeps absolutely marvelous time (I've had it for just over one year now) and I firmly believe that those who post about their "Omegas" being poor timepieces have inadvertently (or perhaps mistakenly) gotten their hands on a counterfeit watch! I've heard that the counterfeits are quite good/excellent reproductions & that even watch "experts" have a hard time telling the two apart. Only buy from a Jeweler and make sure the address is listed on Omega's website before you purchase - I can't say that enough if you want a REAL Omega...otherwise....
I purchased an Omega Seamaster and have had nothing but grief since day one with the watch. I have just had it in for 2nd service (warranty) and it is still wildly inaccurate. To the point of gaining 7-8 hours a day. I have now emailed Omega and told them I want a new watch or my money back nothing else is acceptable to me at this point. This has been the most disappointing luxury purchase for me ever. I don't think I will ever purchase an expensive watch again I feel like a fool for buying this one. I have a Seiko automatic divers watch that is 25 years old now and has been fantastic. I get it cleaned every five or six years and that's it. My advice DON'T BUY ONE they are not worth it! The Seiko is back on my wrist where it belongs! Oh and just so you know my Omega is an automatic but so is my 25 year old Seiko.
After working away from home for a few months I thought I would treat myself to a good watch. I looked at various makes, and found that Omega had the classic look I was after, far more understated than Rolex. The Aqua Terra is a classic looking watch with either a quartz movement, or a state of the art co-axial movement. The co-axial movement is the one I went for, and it comes with a chronometer certificate to prove the movement has been tested. To be certified as a chronometer a movement needs to be 99.99% accurate (about 4-5 seconds a day). I checked mine after 3 weeks, and it had gained just 5 seconds in that time. A staggering 99.9999%.
This is a lovely looking watch, with a glass back so you can see some of the workings (although unfortunately not the actual escapement). Go to the omega website to see a nice animation of this in action.
Moon Watch...originally known as the Speedmaster Professional. Now i bet most of you are thinking, why on EARTH is it called MOON Watch? Well, heres how it goes... 30 years ago on the night of 21 July 1969 at 02:56 GMT precisely, millions of T.V viewers were glued to their seats to witness the greatest human adventure. Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the Moon who became a legend and with him the OMEGA Speedmaster - the only watch EVER to have been worn on the Moon. And I my friends, luckily own one of these precious time pieces! No Im not that rich... actually a very dear friend of mine bought me one as a gift from America. He said the watch was going for a real bargain and thought it would be the perfect gift! Normally the price tags on this watch would be £1,500.00. Though I've got quite a bit of collection of Watches but this is the most expensive watch i have ever worn and I rarely wear this watch because its too precious and I've kept it safe for specail occasions. Specification Manual-winding chronograph movement (used on the Moon) which has been certified as a chronometer by the COSC (Official Swiss chronometer testing institute, Rhodium-plated finish, Power reserve: 48 hours, Black dial, Hesalite crystal, Stainless steel, Water resistance down to: 30 meters/100 feet, Tachymeter. This watch not only looks beautiful but its quite tough, Its water resistant to 30 meters which means you can wear it whilst washing your hands without worrying about getting the water in and the Hesalite crystal and the Rhodium-plated finish prevent any little scratches. Other than that, the watch itself is fairly big and heavy and can also be adjusted to your own wrist size by the retailers. My other favourite OMEGA Watch is the Speedmaster Broad Arrow with a price tag of £2,450.00.....errrmm, will somebody help me rob a bank???
I have a Omega Seamaster Divier's Chrono, which is slightly different from James Bond's. The divers chrono has stopwatch (three sub dial...) and is rated to 300 mtrs just like regular seamaster. I paid about $2000 for it in US I have been wearing this watch for over 2 years and I can tell you that this watch is Bomb proof. This watch can take a licking and keep on ticking. The accuracy for a automatic is out of this world. Mine gains abpout 1 sec a day. But carefull positionaing it at night stand , I can make it loose the 1 sec gain thereby making it more accurate than my quarts Tag Huer. For example in last six months my watch has gained just 5 sec!! Now I am an active person ...I remember riding my motorbike in India and having a nasty crash. Thankgod for my helmet my head was saved ... my body was all brused up, jeans torn .. bleeding form at least a dozen places. ...no effect on my omega. The other time i went to Arizona, in my jeep. I removed my watch and sliped in the glove compartment and went for a swim. Later that afternoon we drove hard in the rocks of Grand canniyon ...all the while my Omega was being thrased in the glove comartment of my jeep. ...needless to say no effect on the watch. I use power tools, play cricket, swim, do all kinds of odd jobs around the house with my watch in my wrist. I think the reason for the robustness is the movement. It has Voljaux 7050. Which is essentally very highly evolved and stable movement. I am a big fan of Omega. Next time I vist India I will pick the speedmaster reduced. I hear that if you dont have to pay tax then watch can be dirt cheap. See ya next time. Got to wash my jeep.
This Omega Michael Shumacher speedmaster is just a class watch. From the service when you are buying to the feel on your wrist. While looking for a watch i decided to go to goldsmiths in sheffield. There was no pressure to buy and while you were looking they even offerd tea and cake. The watch its self comes in a excellant leather caseed box, you get a certificate saying it one of 6000 and also was given extra links which are worth £100 each. The watch itself as a tachometer which works out how fast you are moving. The watch is kinetic so you dont have to buy a battery. This watch i were for 3 times a week for about 8 hours a day and the stored energy is still working until i put it on next. There is also a chronograph, and is signed on the back by the great f1 star. The only downside is that the instuctions are very poor and hard to read, as there is only 1 paragraph telling you how to use the watch
Dear readers, I am enclosing a letter sent by me to Omega (instead of writing out a review, some change in the format, poetic license if I may call it that). The letter itself is self-explanatory and should serve as a review. Please take the time to read it... Dear Sir, I am a Bombay-India based journalist and writer. It is with great regret that I have to write to you to express my displeasure and disappointment with two of your products which I purchased recently. I purchased (about a month ago) an Omega Seamaster Professional James Bond Limited Edition watch (watch number 80415182) for which I paid Rs 90,000 (Rupees ninety thousand only) approximately USD 1875, from your official distributor/retailer in Bombay, India. While your Indian representative was very nice and courteous and helped me during the transaction, it is your product that has disappointed me. The automatic watch which is supposedly certified as a chronometer (high accuracy watch- for MS readers) does not keep good time. It runs approximately 8-10 seconds fast every day. Sir, I am an electronics engineer by training and have access to very hi-tech testing instruments and have very accurately measured the reliability and accuracy of this watch over a span of more than a month. It was very disappointing to note that such an expensive watch (USD 1875 for a watch is a lot of money and I am not a hollywood or bollywood star to just buy one and forget about it) does not live up to its commitment of +/- 4 to 6 seconds a day. Worse, I wear the watch for 8 hours a day, but it still does not give me the promised 44 hour power reserve. If I don’t wear it on a Saturday, it stops working on Sunday. After realising that my choice of purchase was flawed, (I had purchased a mechanical, automatic watch which by nature is not as accurate as quartz watches) I went in for another Omega watch. This time I purchased an Omega Seamaster Professional (watch number 58
148864; ref 25418000)quartz watch for Rs 57,000 (approx USD 1188) from the same retail outlet. To my utter surprise and dismay, the quartz watch goes about 0.5 seconds fast/slow every day. Now, one may say that 0.5 seconds fast or slow per day is an acceptable level of accuracy for a wrist watch. However, I would like to point out that a USD 120 (Rs 6000) Citizen digital watch keeps better time. It goes fast or slow only by 3-5 seconds a month, compared to the approximately 10-15 seconds of the Omega quartz watch. The Citizen/Seiko watches in my opinion are much more reliable/accurate (10-15 seconds of Omega versus 4-5 seconds of Citizen/Seiko per month) and are much much cheaper than your watches. Sir, I understand that your watches fall into a different category and cannot be compared to digital watches manufactured in Japan. However, in this day and age, accuracy is of paramount importance; and the only reason I spent nearly 3000 USD on your watches was because I was under the impression that your watches would be much more accurate. Further, the ’’Swiss Made’’ label was a symbol of accuracy - which I now feel is no longer applicable in 2003. I am extremely disappointed and feel cheated because of this. I don’t want to send the watches to a service centre, because I feel that there is no technical problem with the watch. It is just that the movement used in the watches is not as accurate as expected. I would be very grateful to you if you could prove me wrong by showing me the accuracy of the movements used in your quartz watches. Sincerely (The letter ends here) A follow up letter is also reproduced... Sir, I am still awaiting a confirmation on the reliability and accuracy of your watches as per my original email, which is attached herewith. There is simply no documentation available regarding the accuracy. Most international manufacturers of precision i
nstruments specify the accuracy of their equipment and products in their documentation, brochures, user manuals, etc. Both the products purchased do not contain user manuals, neither are there any specifications on your website. Most Japanese, American and German precision equipment manufacturers have soft copies (in Adobe Acrobat format) of manuals, specifications, etc on their corporate websites. It is quite surprising that an international precision brand like Omega does not provide similar information on their website. (Neither the Omega Seamaster Professional Automatic James Bond Edition Nor the Omega Seamaster Professional Quartz had user manuals with them specifying the accuracy and reliability of the movements used in them. Only the calibre of the watch is mentioned, but there is no indication of the specifications of the calibre)
Smart, Sleek and worn by James Bond - what an endorsement. Yes I do have the James Bond Omega, although I did not set out specifically to get this one. Having inspected several different models I found that this one was the one for me. It is an Omega Seamaster and is a professional divers watch but is equally at home on dry land. The watch is water proof to a depth of 300m and features a helium escape value. Apparently this is necessary when diving to these depths to prevent a helium build up within the watch causing the glass to break. i cannot say that I have used the watch to its depth limits seeing as I am not a diver by trade. The model I have is a chronometer, which means that it requires no batteries and powers itself by the movent of your wrist. Chronometers are certified for their accuracy and mine is over 99.99% accurate. Not bad for no quartz and batteries. Omega watches are not for everyone. If all you care about is telling the time then you can get a perfectly adequate watch for £10 that will do the job just as well. And whilst it may sound cliched I suppose that it is a l=kind of a status symbol. But in a more descreet way than a Rolex. I was given my Omega as a gift as I was not in a position then to spend over £1,000.00 on a watch but I already have my next three Omeage watches earmarked for when the funds permit.