With an incredible history and craftsmanship, Omega watches are a symbol of greatness and style that have been cherished by collectors and enthusiasts for decades. With iconic models such as the Speedmaster and the Seamaster, to more classic vintage pieces, Omega has a rich offering to its customers. Do you own an Omega watch in your collection and are curious to know its value? Value My Stuff offers appraisals of all types of watch brands by leading watch experts. Read more about Omega watch appraisals below.
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Originally branded Louis Brandt & Fil, Omega was founded in 1848 by watchmaker Louis Brandt. After Brandt passed away in 1879, his sons took over the business and continued the legacy. In 1903, the company name changed to Louis Brandt et Frère-Omega Watch & Co., and although it later became known to the public as simply “Omega”, it wasn't until 1984 that the company officially changed the name to just Omega. During its long history, one of Omega’s highlights is the creation of the first minute repeater in 1892, which was a collaboration with Audemars Piguet. Today, many associate Omega with their grand collaborations with NASA and James Bond, to mention a few.
The Speedmaster is synonymous with being the first watch on the Moon. Prior to NASA’s attempt to land on the Moon, they tested various watch brands to see what models would be best suited for the Moon. Omega won, and in 1969 Buzz Aldrin wore an Omega Speedmaster on the Moon – the first watch on the Moon. Neil Armstong, who in fact was the first man on the Moon, kept his Speedmaster in the Lunar Module.
Although James Bond originally wore Rolex, that changed in 1995. With Pierce Brosnan as 007, Omega entered the Bond film series with a wonderful Omega Seamaster. Since the debut in GoldenEye, Bond has been wearing Omega watches ever since.
Like all luxury watches, an Omega watch always comes with original documentation stating the serial number, production year, and other information about the watch. However, when it comes to vintage watches, it’s normal that the watch is missing the original papers. It’s still fully possible to authenticate the watch without the paper. The most reliable way to authenticate an Omega is simply to take it to an official Omega retailer. A watchmaker will open the watch to see the inside and determine that everything is correct and in accordance with Omega’s high standards. Although forgers can fake a watch’s appearance, it’s impossible for them to fake the movement inside the watch, especially if it’s of such a well-regarded brand as Omega.
Value My Stuff is an excellent alternative to appraise Omega watches. The appraisal is completed by world-leading watch experts, and the appraisal is always up-to-date with an international standard. To get your Omega watch appraised, follow these simple steps.
Omega is one of the most affordable luxury watch brands. Vintage and truly wonderful 1960’s Omega Seamaster’s can be found online for less than $1,000. The average prices for new Omega watches are $4,000 to $7,500. At the high point, there are new models well over $50,000, but those are normally made of precious metals and are very limited.
Let’s begin with the most obvious. Buzz Aldrin’s Moon watch. If that watch would ever face the auction world, then the price would arguably be higher than ever before. Not only for Omega, but for all watch brands. It’s fair to say that the world’s most valuable watch is Buzz Aldrin’s Speedmaster. But since that watch is technically a property of the U.S. Government, it will never be sold.
The most expensive Omega watch ever sold went for a whopping $3.4 million! It was a 1957 Omega Speedmaster, ref. 2915-1, that Phillips sold in 2019 for a record price. The watch was in pristine condition, and although many expected it to sell in the millions, not many could ever imagine the high hammer price.
Another notable Omega watch that sold at auction was the Omega time-only watch that was personally owned bY Elvis Presley. The watch, retailed by Tiffany & Co. sold for $1.8 million dollars in 2018.
The flagship product of Omega is the Speedmaster. And that’s not a surprise since it’s one of THE most iconic and well-known watch models in the world. Not many brands can brag about a Moon watch… Besides the Omega Speedmaster, the Seamaster is also very popular. Another popular, yet very new model is the Moonswatch, which is a collaboration between Omega and Swatch. As both brands are owned by the Swatch Group, the collaboration isn’t a surprise. The success, however, surprised us all. The Moonswatch comes in several variations, and all are highly demanded, mainly due to the low price.
Value My Stuff offers packages for customers with more than one item to appraise. The bigger the package, the bigger the discount.
In general, like all watch brands, if you buy to invest, then you should always go for the most popular models, or the rarest models. Many Omega models are sold in limited numbers. It’s, therefore, possible to combine the most popular model – the Speedmaster – with the fact that it’s limited. One example is the so-called Omega Snoopy. Another good investment is vintage Speedmasters, most notably before 1970.
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The easiest and most reliable way to check the serial number of an Omega watch is simply to go to an official Omega retailer. All Omega retailers have complete data on Omega serial numbers, and they can very accurately tell you the year when the watch was produced by checking the serial number in their database.
Our Watch specialist graduated from Columbia with a degree in Fine Arts and has been a collector of watches for over 40 years. He is a distinguished writer and has published various horological articles in The Bulletin of The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He has been a featured writer in multiple collections of books. Throughout the past twenty years, he has practiced as an appraiser and a curator of horological exhibitions.