Omega’s Anti-Magnetic Technology

May 1, 2014
Magnetism is to watches what red kryptonite was to Superman – except instead of glowing red space rock, danger comes in the form of anything from a refrigerator to your iPad, both of which can knock your beloved timepiece a few milliseconds out of sync. With that in mind, luxury watchmaker Omega has boldly claimed it is has solved the issue that has plagued watchmakers for decades. Now we’re about to get a bit technical, so bear with us. In this short video clip Omega claims its Co-Axial caliber 8505, at the heart of the latest Seamaster, is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla – or 15,000 gauss, hence the name: the Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss, obviously. It sounds a little dull we know, but if you’ve paid a hefty sum for that shiny face strapped to your wrist then it’s important. Previous efforts to combat the effects of magnetism relied on a protective container inside the watchcase. Instead, what Omega has done is use non-ferromagnetic materials in the movement itself. Smart, no? While Omega’s patents are pending for the new movement it has tested the new design with exposure to a magnetic field greater than 15,000 gauss, and the watch continued to perform at a chronometric level. Impressive stuff. If all of that’s gone over your head then just admire this Seamaster for its looks. Isn’t it a beauty?