In 1848 Louis Brandt, Head of the Tax Office and vice president of the State Council of the canton Neuenburg, opened a watch manufacture in La Chaux de Fonds which produced timepieces in his own name. When Brandt died in 1866, the production was relocated to Biel and renamed Louis Brandt & Frères. In 1889 they already produced more than 100.000 watches. The brand name OMEGA first appeared in 1894 on a pocket watch.
From the beginning of the 20th century, Omega specialised in aviation and diving watches. From 1930 Omega collaborated with renowned manufacturers like Tissot and LeLocle. Together they founded the SSIH Group. The most successful models by Omega are Constellation, Speedmaster, De Ville and Seamaster. Omega was the official time keeper of the 1931 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and 1952 in Helsinki as well as in 2012 in London. Today, Omega is part of the Swatch Group.