In 1848, at the age of 23, Louis Brands opened a comptoir d'etabilissage, a sub-contracting
sales office for watch manufacture. In 1880, the two brothers César and Louis-Paul Brandt
rented a floor in a Bienne building to set up a modern watch production unit. With the
introduction of the "Labrador" lever movement in 1885, they achieve a precision of within 30
seconds a day.

In 1889 Louis Brandt and Fils became the largest producers of watches in Switzerland, with a
production rate of 100,000 watches. But this fact did not stop the exclusivity of the watches
they produced, e.g. the minute-repeating wristwatch, developed in 1892 in partnership with
Audemars Piguet, and probably the first wristwatch of its kind.

The company's banker, Henri Rieckel, suggested the name "Omega". The overwhelming
success of the "Omega" name led to it being adopted as the sole name for all the watches of
the company from 1903.

The Omega name made it's sports debut at the international ballooning contest in 1909.
Britain's Royal Flying Corps choose Omega watches in 1917 as their official timekeepers for it's
combat units, as did the American army in 1918. Omega had their first victory at the
observatory timing competitions in Neuchâtel in 1919 with their chronometers winning the
competition. This was continued with a score of first places right up until 1971. The 1933,
1936 and 1946 competitions were some of Omega's most noteworthy.

In 1957, the "Omega Speedmaster" was created. After rigorous testing, NASA decided to use
the "Speedmaster Professional" chronograph in 1965 as it's official timekeeper. In 1967, the
one millionth chronometer was certified.

On 21st July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon, he was wearing
his Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph.

In 1974 the legendary "Megaquartz" marine-chronometer had a daily timing variation of just
two thousands of a second, in a trial lasting for 63 days.

On the 18th of May, 1983, Omega recieved it's 100,000th official rating certificate for quartz
chronometers. A museum for the company was opened in 1983. In 1995, presentations were
made of the first automatic wristwatch with a centrally mounted tourbillion.

Louis Brands opened a comptoir d'etabilissage

1903 Omega brand name is born

1917 British Flying Corps use Omega as offical timer

1919 Omega win the Observertory timing competion  

1957 Omega Speedmaster is made

1969 Omega Speedmaster goes to the moon with Neil Armstrong

1974 Mega Quartz invented

1983 2 milionth chronometer rating issued to Omega
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