OMEGA and Somlo Antiques
Located in the prestigious Burlington Arcade our stock of antique pocket watches and vintage wrist watches covers 400 years of horology. From the early 16th Century pre-balanced spring watch, fine quality enamels, the complicated repeater and the elegant Art Deco cocktail watch, to contemporary the wrist watch constructed by well known leading watch houses. We pride ourselves on acquiring the very best examples to satisfy even the most avid of watch collectors.
We house Omega watches as a particular speciality.
Omega is famous for creating history with its watches. The Omega Speedmaster Chronograph was chosen as the official watch worn by American astronauts. NASA put the Speedmaster through a series of stringent tests, along with five other chronographs. The Omega passed all of them with flying colours and was the only one qualified by NASA for all manned space flights. It has been a part of every NASA mission since Gemini III in 1965 and on the 20th of July, 1969, when Buzz Aldrin stepped on to the lunar surface, the Speedmaster strapped around his uniform sleeve became the first watch on the moon. The Speedmaster Professional continues to be a part of every NASA manned space flight.
Omega has been timing sporting events since the 1909 Gordon Bennett Cup balloon race and was the first company to be entrusted with the official timekeeping of all Olympic disciplines at the 1932 Games in Los Angeles. Omega's association with the Olympic Movement has led to numerous pioneering developments in the field of sports timekeeping and the company will continue its Olympic activities in Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012.
2008 marked the introduction of the world's first Omega Vintage Store incorporated within the Somlo Antiques store at the Burlington Arcade, London.
We also house Brequet, Cartier Watches, different types of Rolex Watch, Verge Pocket Watches, vintage Cartier, vintage Patek Philippe and handle all kinds of repair, specialising in Omega watch repairs.