Omega must be one of the most recognized watch brands in the world. This is Swiss timekeeping at its very best, and it is, therefore, no surprise that the brand adorns the arms of celebrities, fashion icons and other lovers of luxury items.
And, as a luxury item, you can expect to pay quite a premium for them. But are they really up to scratch? Is it all just hype or are these watches worth the extra money you spend on them?
In this Omega Diving Watch review, we will check that out for ourselves and see whether or not it is time to start saving for your own model.
This is the kind of piece that says, “I have arrived.” It has the classic good looks that the company has become famous for and basically screams simple sophistication. It looks good; it works flawlessly and, if it weren’t for the price tag, most of us would have ten of them.
This features a self-wind mechanism, so there is no need to worry about winding it up every day. The dial is a decent 41mm in diameter – big enough to see what is going on, but not so big that it looks enormous.
Sapphire makes up the casing for the face. This is an excellent feature because it is naturally resistant to scratching. The bracelet is made of stainless steel in a classic linked design. That, and the simple face, mean that this watch will go with just about any outfit and works well in business and at play.
It is at play that it really excels, though. When they say that this is made for diving, they were not kidding. This is not just water-resistant when it comes to the odd splash of water or rain. You can dive with this in up to 990 feet of water and stay there for a while without damaging it.
The manufacturers advise that you can scuba dive with it up to a depth of about 990 feet for around about two hours. That is plenty of time to get out and explore under the sea. The crown and back screws down to ensure absolutely no water gets to the inside.
It has a robust gasket system that is engaged when the case is screwed down. This is the best way to keep water out of the mechanism.
The unidirectional bezel looks great and adds to the rugged charm of the dial. It moves easily and measures out the minutes. The inner face of the watch is black with stainless steel hands making it really easy to read.
It does luminesce in the dark, so you will never be able to say that you cannot read it. It does display the date as well, but this is one area where we did mark it down a little. The date display could be a little bigger overall.
It is not a deal-breaker but is something to think about here. And, to be entirely honest, it is really nit-picking. Some users love the fact that the date is so unobtrusive on the dial.
One of the best features is the power reserve of forty-eight hours. Why is this important? This timepiece is powered by movement. When you lift your arm, or swing it or wave it, etc. the motion winds the mechanism.
Which is great under normal circumstances – it saves you from having to do this manually and means that you don’t have to worry about batteries running out. But what happens if you aren’t using your Omega every day?
We realize that you will want to show it off as much as possible, but there may be times that you decide to wear something else instead. Fortunately, the power reserve means that you can set it aside for a day or two without worrying about it dying on you or losing time.
So, with very little effort, you are able to ensure that everything ticks over exactly as it should. Just be warned, though, you are no longer going to have a ready excuse for running late. Forget the old “my battery died” excuse in this instance.
This is a luxurious gift. Treat yourself to it, or someone that you really care about. It comes in a sturdy presentation box that is nice enough to keep and store it in later. It also comes with a certificate of authority and a unique serial number to prove that it is genuine.
Keep these because these are collector’s items and, who knows, maybe thirty or forty years down the line it could be worth quite a bit more. For that matter, make a plan to keep all the original receipts and paperwork as well.
The company has established a firm reputation for creating high-quality timepieces. While it will cost a fair amount out of the gate, the classic styling means that the watch will not date quickly. If you look after it properly, it will last you a lifetime.
This is a one of a kind purchase. We are not going to fib and try to downplay the cost – this is not cheap. But if you are serious about having something that can handle the pressure under water, this is one of the best options.
The company has a solid reputation, an excellent warranty program and you get to enjoy Swiss engineering at its very best. Are there less expensive choices out there? Yes, most certainly, but approach this as you would approach buying a great suit.
A great suit is right for all occasions, makes you look good and never really goes out of style. It is something that you will get a lot of wear out of. While it might cost more at the outset, when you factor in how much you are going to use it, the cost per wear factor is quite reasonable.
Is it worth the money? For sure – you cannot go wrong with this choice.
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