It’s pretty hard to dispute – or underestimate – the importance of Omega replica SA when discussing the Swiss replica watch industry. They were an early and more than worthy rival to Rolex in the luxury watch arena – and in fact, lured James Bond away from the crown. They made numerous important contributions to the watch industry, both from a customer perspective and a business perspective. They’ve been an official timer of the Olympic games upwards of two dozen times. And of course, there is the glorious Speedmaster Professional.
Louis-Paul and César Brandt both died in 1903, leaving a group of four family members to inherit the brand. Paul-Emile Brant was the eldest at 23. By this time, Omega was producing nearly a quarter of a million best replica watches a year. At the same time, the company is renamed again, this time to S.A. Louis Brandt & Frère (Frère is ‘brother’ in French), Omega Watch Co. in honor of the Omega calibre which had been introduced in 1894 and was enjoying immense success.
Unfortunately, the move to quartz occurred too late, and by the late 1970s, SIHH was in financial trouble. Even a 1981 bailout by the Swiss banking industry could only provide temporary relief against the Quartz crisis. In 1983, SIHH and ASUAG merged to become SSIH/ASUAG Holding Company, the precursor to the Swatch Group.
The Seamaster first appeared in 1948. This was, of course, the brand’s 100th anniversary. Inspired by the seals on submarines in WWII, these swiss copy watches were among the first to feature rubber O-ring gaskets, rather than the shellac or lead-based seals previously used. The rubber was relatively impervious to large swings in temperature, so this was a major advance.
The Seamaster Professional line was introduced in 1957. That was the now legendary Seamaster 300. Although the Seamaster had been used sporadically in diving situations before, the 300 was really the beginning of the Seamaster as a true diver’s fake watch.