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Omega Develops Magnetism Standard With Swiss Federal Institute

Omega introduced its Master Co-Axial movement in 2013, which became the world’s first completely anti-magnetic movement. The newfangled movement features a number of innovative materials that raised the magnetic resistance bar to over 15,000 gauss. Up until that point, most timepieces were only protected against 1,000 gauss. To maintain quality control of new movements that will have a higher standard for magnetic protection, Omega has partnered with the Swiss Federal Institute for Metrology in order to develop a new certification process for anti-magnetic timepieces that can be utilized by any company in the watchmaking sector.

The benchmarks will include the following:

  • the function of each movement when exposed to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss
  • the function of each watch when exposed to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss
  • average daily precision (different positions and temperatures) between 0 and +5 sec / day before and after exposure to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss
  • autonomy (power reserve) determined in house by the watch model
  • water resistance

Existing COSC testing methods do not subject movement to such high levels of magnetism. Partnering with the Swiss Federal Institute for Metrology, Omega has leveraged the Swiss institute’s expertise in measurement science. Through this special partnership, there will be a universal and standardized credentials that will be reliable due to its independence from government operations.

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