Omega: It's not you, it's me

Omega is one of the most respected, legendary watch companies with deep roots and offerings for all, right? Not this guy. I'll attempt to explain why their design language does nothing for me. Yes, even though I have the classic 2531.80 as my avatar picture (separate story).

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The Globemaster might be acceptable but doesn't thrill me. Not a fan of roman numerals so the Constellation is out. Just not exciting pieces.

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The Seamaster lineup alone could make some collectors very happy; perhaps only collect Seamasters. I've seen many people obsess over ATs and SMPs but they just don't speak to me. Weird right? I really tried to love my 2531.80 but it just didn't feel right on my wrist. The newer models are too big (so POs are definitely out). Not a big fan of vintage so the Heritage are out.

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If you're still reading after my SMP take, I'm about to make a lot of enemies: I don't like Speedys. Maybe it's because websites love to talk about them repeatedly. Or people that own them love to tell everyone they own them. Or half of the watch community thinks they have to own one to be a serious collector (shots fired). Truth is I don't like the chronograph design. As a complication it's amazing and I respect it, but I have no practical use for it. So I will not buy a Moonwatch because for me it is not essential. Even sold my Seiko SSC813 as unassuming as it is.

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If I can't be convinced to buy the best of Omega, I certainly can't be convinced to buy the least impressive of their collection (tourbillon not in the budget). I'm not a dress watch guy anyway but these don't seem interesting.

So is my brain broken? Am I the only weirdo that can't find a single Omega to lust after? I don't like vintage so I'm not going down that rabbit hole either. Thanks for reading and please feel free to agree/disagree.

De gustibus non est disputandum. There are plenty of watch brands, with different designs and price ranges. I am sure you will find something you would like to wear.

I feel the same about Rolex... Everyone has different tastes.

I'm an Omega fanboy. I own a number of Omegas. But even then I get how Omega models can be an acquired taste.

There's always that one thing, for me with Omega. "It's perfect but there's this one thing."

Aqua Terra for me would be a great daily driver. But that arrowed minute hand annoys me. I love my Omega Seamaster Professional 300M but the size is ever so slightly too big for me. I have a Speedmaster Automatic but I'm not a fan of the way it sits on my wrist. Something about the bracelet. My De Ville dress watch is perfect-ish. I don't know what it is but something is off.

That said, I'd throw money at Omega over almost anything else because perfect does not exist.

Still... there's always that one thing.

KristianG

I feel the same about Rolex... Everyone has different tastes.

Interesting, I don鈥檛 like Rolex for a different reason but their design language is great.

brunofrankelli

I'm an Omega fanboy. I own a number of Omegas. But even then I get how Omega models can be an acquired taste.

There's always that one thing, for me with Omega. "It's perfect but there's this one thing."

Aqua Terra for me would be a great daily driver. But that arrowed minute hand annoys me. I love my Omega Seamaster Professional 300M but the size is ever so slightly too big for me. I have a Speedmaster Automatic but I'm not a fan of the way it sits on my wrist. Something about the bracelet. My De Ville dress watch is perfect-ish. I don't know what it is but something is off.

That said, I'd throw money at Omega over almost anything else because perfect does not exist.

Still... there's always that one thing.

Well said!

Omega fan here too..

Yes , you must've been dropped on your head as a baby 馃ぃ

Got a SM300 heritage and Aqua Terra, wouldn't have an SMP because I really really dislike round indices (why didn't they redo the 2254?! ) , & doubt I'll ever have a Speedmaster despite being a keen amateur astronomer and space fan - love the story and aesthetics, but zero use or interest in chronographs or handwind.

Still honestly believe they're the best brand out there tho, certainly better than anything the Wilsdorf marketing company offers (design & movement & history)馃槣

The beauty of this hobby is that there are so many great brands with so many talented designers that you are bound to find an aesthetic that speaks to you and brings you joy at some point. 馃憦

I feel exactly the same way you do about Rolex and their catalog. They are a fan's favorite brand but their design language does nothing for me and I don't lust over any of their watches. My tastes gravitate toward other brands and design languages. We don't have to fit the mold! 馃憤

Inkitatus

Omega fan here too..

Yes , you must've been dropped on your head as a baby 馃ぃ

Got a SM300 heritage and Aqua Terra, wouldn't have an SMP because I really really dislike round indices (why didn't they redo the 2254?! ) , & doubt I'll ever have a Speedmaster despite being a keen amateur astronomer and space fan - love the story and aesthetics, but zero use or interest in chronographs or handwind.

Still honestly believe they're the best brand out there tho, certainly better than anything the Wilsdorf marketing company offers (design & movement & history)馃槣

How about the 2234.50 GMT?

They seem fine. Fairly nice.

But fine doesn't make me give up 5 grand.

Not until they make a watch that can do BJs and make breakfast.

neloms

How about the 2234.50 GMT?

Yup, beautiful 馃槏馃憦馃徏馃憦馃徏

I want to love the speedy but I'm over hand wound. Not sure if the 1957 is hand wound but that thing is stunning. I would also love to own the x33

What about the Railmaster?

Simply put it's subjective. I adore the Omega brand and many don't and that's perfectly OK 馃憣馃徑. Nothing wrong with your preference(s) at all Elijah. That's the beauty of this hobby.

Are you a Tudor guy?

Much the same feeling here. I liked the CK859 and quite like the Railmaster and the Constellation Globalmaster but that's it. The love here on WC for the Aqua Terra is so great that I've taken multiple looks but I find it a tad blingy and I can't overlook the reversed handset. Broad arrow goes on the hour hand, people... Lots to like in terms of their quality, history, QC, etc., but it's not for me.

Orontius_Fineus

Omega's stablemate Longines makes nicer looking watches.

Oooh, you鈥檙e on to something here鈥

neloms

Same, Tudor is great 馃嵒

Funny what we like and don鈥檛 like. I don鈥檛 care for Tudor as near all have the Snowflake hands which to me look like some brutal sex toy. 馃ぃ

It鈥檚 ok. You鈥檙e entitled to your opinion. No need to justify it to anyone else. I finally got my hands on an AT and love it. Makes me question why I need another watch. But then the Speedy speaks to the little boy in me who grew up wanting to be an astronaut鈥

OMEGA are my favourite brand, but I鈥檓 not too excited by the current offerings from them either.

There are a few standouts though, the NTTD, erm actually that鈥檚 the only stand out for me.

When think about it, the reason OMEGA are my favourite is because over the last 60 or so years, maybe 5 or so watches they have made are my favourites.

The seamaster 300 from the 60鈥檚, flight master, speedmaster mark II, chronostop, aqua terra from 2000鈥欌檚, and one I actually own, the Seamaster 2254.50 Peter Blake.

In the last 60 years OMEGA will have made hundreds, if not thousands of different references and I probably know less than one percent of them but still theyl my favourite brand because of the watches I have mentioned.

Probably not the best way to choose my favourite watch brand but it is what it is 馃檪

Larry_Von_Trapp

OMEGA are my favourite brand, but I鈥檓 not too excited by the current offerings from them either.

There are a few standouts though, the NTTD, erm actually that鈥檚 the only stand out for me.

When think about it, the reason OMEGA are my favourite is because over the last 60 or so years, maybe 5 or so watches they have made are my favourites.

The seamaster 300 from the 60鈥檚, flight master, speedmaster mark II, chronostop, aqua terra from 2000鈥欌檚, and one I actually own, the Seamaster 2254.50 Peter Blake.

In the last 60 years OMEGA will have made hundreds, if not thousands of different references and I probably know less than one percent of them but still theyl my favourite brand because of the watches I have mentioned.

Probably not the best way to choose my favourite watch brand but it is what it is 馃檪

I appreciate your comment, enjoy!

Have you tried them all on?

Predneck

Funny what we like and don鈥檛 like. I don鈥檛 care for Tudor as near all have the Snowflake hands which to me look like some brutal sex toy. 馃ぃ

Snowflake hands are awesome!

usccopeland

Have you tried them all on?

Owned the 2531.80 which was the only SMP I liked. Couldn鈥檛 get a good fit with the bracelet. Needs a taper!

Tried on the new Moonwatch, bracelet feels nice but don鈥檛 care for chronos.

Haven鈥檛 been interested enough to try others in person. Good point though, that could change my mind.

neloms

I appreciate your comment, enjoy!

Thanks, it was a bit of a ramble馃槀

Orontius_Fineus

Omega's stablemate Longines makes nicer looking watches.

I like the Spirit GMT but I already have a GMT. Ultra-Chron looks great; I need to try it on.

I will cautiously agree with Speedy. I kinda want Snoopy (even tho I'm not a Snoopy fan) but other ones do almost nothing to me. I see their heritage and stuff but as a design wise, I'm not that interested. Still, it's not pointed to entire Omega since I really like their AT collections!

The fact you don't like a single watch from Omega current catalogue is somewhat understandable ( aldough they have really vast protfolio to choose from, many would say too big ) but saying you even don't like their vintage pieces is a bit strange. I can get you maybe don't like vintage watches per se but many Omega designs from 40's to 70's are in top 10% watches ever designed IMO.

To each their own, there are many other brands to choose from.

Mare0104

The fact you don't like a single watch from Omega current catalogue is somewhat understandable ( aldough they have really vast protfolio to choose from, many would say too big ) but saying you even don't like their vintage pieces is a bit strange. I can get you maybe don't like vintage watches per se but many Omega designs from 40's to 70's are in top 10% watches ever designed IMO.

To each their own, there are many other brands to choose from.

To be fair, I haven鈥檛 researched enough vintage Omega. Maybe I should.

Omega is epic , but everyone has there own taste , that is the same for Rolex personally , good movement but none of there watches speak to me.

When I first saw Pierce Brosnan wearing an Omega instead of a Rolex and subsequently Daniel Craig doing the same I thought wtf !!! Many years later it made sense Omega is almost 60 years older and further ahead than rolex,now that doesn鈥檛 mean it鈥檚 right for you but when your older and further into your journey it might be right for you