Omega is a luxury watchmaker founded in 1848. After being set up in the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the company exported its products throughout Europe, with England becoming its key consumer. The popularity of Omega watches spread throughout Britain, leading to the brand being appointed as the official timekeeper for the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Since its founding, Omega has been renowned for its innovation and quality in watchmaking, producing various models with unprecedented horological technology. The Omega 'Seamaster' was first sold in 1948, and has been a firm favourite amongst celebrities and royalty since its release. Worn by James Bond in the iconic film series, the model is water-resistant and features luminescent arms, making it visible underwater. The Omega 'Speedmaster' was the first watch to be worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission of 1969, after it passed NASA's vigorous testing.
Loved by nostalgia collectors, steampunkers and young fans of the retro style, pocket watches have a very special and unique charm. Here’s a look at their history – and revival – plus the most collectable brands and tips on how to wear yours.