We must say that in the watchmaking industry, it is quite rare for brands like Omega to take the lead, but not to honor themselves. The METAS certification program that Omega is pushing for, in addition to looking to implement its own models In addition to passing this certification, I also hope that all brands’ watches can also get certification in this fair, just and open METAS certification, in order to improve the level of the entire industry and provide consumers with better quality, which is absolutely It is a landmark move.
When Omega released the major breakthrough of the Sea Horse series Aqua Terra & gt; 15,000 Gaussian watch in 2013, it was still memorable, as if it was only a while ago. In less than a few years, Omega frequently formally promoted METAS certification in 2015. This certification is mainly different from other official certification testing content, with special emphasis on anti-magnetic.
Caption: Seahorse Aqua Terra & gt; 15,000 Gauss
It is not difficult to understand why, in 2013, Omega took the lead in leading the entire watchmaking industry. Omega and the Swatch Group Research Lab (ASULAB) and ETA movement factory jointly developed the 8508 machine. core.
Caption: 8508 movement
Certification program starts
The 8508 movement can be said to have started an important beginning of the entire META certification program. The 8508 movement is a movement made of non-magnetic components. It can resist magnetism of up to 15,000 Gauss. At that time, antimagnetic watches of the same industry basically could only resist magnetism of 60 Gauss to 80 Gauss. Over 1,000 Gauss.
Caption: Accreditation of the Astronomical Observatory is strictly approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS)
In addition, because this movement is made of anti-magnetic material, it will not be limited by the covered inner case. Therefore, the flexibility of the movement is also improved, so this movement can be simultaneously Modules equipped with other functions have become a practical watch that can be used in daily life. This is what Omega announced to the entire industry. It will truly implement the development of daily practical wear watches, and promote mass production and use technology. New materials to enhance the quality of the watch.
Caption: (Left) Use a magnetic protective case. (Right) Non-magnetic movement that can withstand 15,000 Gauss magnetism.
Of course, it is worth mentioning that Omega has long developed a coaxial escapement system to replace the traditional Swiss escapement system and provide it to consumers at a more reasonable price. From this point of view, Omega watches are not only in the The optimization of product quality has already won at the starting point. In fact, thinking about productivity and market orientation is already a step ahead.
Caption: First Chronometer, Omega’s new Zamba Sedna® 18K Gold
Omega also knows that for consumers, the most important thing is the durability of the watch and the after-sale warranty service. This is a fact that cannot be justified by any extravagant marketing tricks, and Omega is also under the strong support of the Group. With high efficiency, it has implemented and promoted the certification standards officially announced in 2015 for METAS certification. It has also launched a number of METAS-certified watches, and Omega models that have obtained this certification are based on the Constellation series. The Zunba watch is the first work. Later, in less than a year, the METAS certification was truly implemented in the Zunba calendar watch, and then successively launched in the Constellation series, the Speedmaster series and the Seahorse series. The new model of the observatory movement, even before 2020, plans to obtain METAS certification for most of its mechanical watches.
Open, fair and just
You may be very curious, why is Omega so committed to the promotion of METAS certification? In fact, in the watchmaking industry, there are not a few official certifications. Among them, they are highly credible and the most widely used certification in the industry is the Swiss Official Observatory Certification (COSC). Of course, Omega did not abandon the fairness of this certification because it wanted to In order to obtain METAS certification, in addition to having to pass 8 strict standards, every movement sent to a METAS unit must first be certified by the Swiss official observatory.
However, because the Swiss official observatory certification does not target diamagnetic testing, METAS certification can be said to complement the Swiss official observatory certification. In addition, waterproof performance and power reserve are also included in the new certification test. It is worth mentioning that because the name of METAS certification comes from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, this certification is a testing standard that both parties cooperate and promote. Omega did not choose to test in its own factory, just to ensure the fairness of this certification, and It is hoped that the METAS certification can be widely used by the entire watchmaking industry, so the METAS certification is completely open to the outside world, and any brand can apply for testing.
Establishment of testing standards
How to get METAS certification? First of all, after the movement is certified by the Swiss official observatory, it must be fully wound and placed in a box with a strong magnetic field of up to 15,000 Gauss. Use the microphone to check the operation of the watch in the magnetic field by sound. This step requires 2 working days.
Test movement at 15,000 Gauss magnetic
In addition to this level, the other tests are performed on the entire model. In addition, the temperature test is performed in an environment of 23 ° and 33 ° Celsius. In this test, it has a built-in camera that will shoot the wrist The running time of the watch is compared with the running time of 1 day after 24 hours.
Test the entire watch at 15,000 Gauss magnetism
It is also necessary to test the accuracy deviations in 6 different directions, and it takes 4 working days to statistically measure the daily average accuracy of the watch.
Daily average accuracy of a watch
In addition, the power reserve status is also an item for detecting the accuracy performance. When the watch is in the full chain to 33%, the average error of the watch is measured in 6 different directions. Finally, the waterproof performance of the watch is tested. Immerse the watch in water and gradually pressurize it to the waterproof depth of the watch to ensure that the watch has good water resistance in water.
Power reserve test
Waterproof depth test
From these various aspects, careful testing inside and out, it seems that the watch is completely meticulous in the testing process to ensure the quality, the watches that pass the test will be accompanied by a certification card, consumers can log in to the Omega official website Looking at the test results of the watch, you can fully see the determination of Omega.
From the establishment of the certification to the continuous launch of the new Observatory, it is clear that Omega’s determination to provide consumers with better watches and the forward-looking thinking that the entire watchmaking industry will push forward are definitely few brands. The tasks that can be accomplished are also the great minds of a few watch brand leaders.
Caption: Speedmaster Series Racing Chronometer Observatory stainless steel / 44.25mm diameter / 9900 Chronometer Observatory movement / hour, minute, second, date display