Everything You Need to Know About the Luxury Fake OMEGA Co-Axial Escapement

Back in the mid-1990s, the replica watch industry was very different from what it is today and mechanical watchmaking was still in its renaissance. Very few watch brands actually manufactured movements in-house, and even fewer brands had the ability or industrial capacity to reimagine the escapement and the oscillator, together called the regulating organ and these are the most crucial part of a watch. With the idea of improving the century-old Swiss lever escapement (developed in 1755 by Thomas Mudge and used in 99.9% of all movements), master watchmaker George Daniels developed the Co-Axial escapement, an innovation that OMEGA realised was groundbreaking. Understanding the importance of chronometry, a field in which fake OMEGA has achieved multiple records, the Biel-based brand took on Daniels’ idea and industrialised the Co-Axial concept. It would become a key element in the impressive precision of its watches and paved the way for OMEGA’s Master Chronometer certification. Today, MONOCHROME presents its latest in-depth movie, a borderline educational film that will explain everything you need to know about the OMEGA Co-Axial escapement.

The escapement is one of the most crucial parts of a mechanical watch. It is its brain. It gradually releases the energy of the mainspring. It works in conjunction with the oscillator, giving impulses to power it. In return, it is regulated by the oscillator. Its role is critical in the quest for greater precision, stability and durability in a watch movement.
Still today – and even more so a couple of decades ago – the Swiss lever escapement has been the norm for mechanical watches. It is used in 99% of Swiss and international movement production. The lever escapement was invented some 250 years ago by Thomas Mudge. Although it has been adopted universally, it has one fundamental flaw: it requires oil. Its sliding friction makes optimal lubrication crucial. The problem with lubricants (oil) is that they deteriorate over time compromising the stability of watch rates. In recent years, we’ve seen plenty of new escapement architectures unveiled by brands; however, most of them are produced on a small scale, and the lever escapement remains the only architecture produced at an industrial scale… Until high quality replica Omega changed this in the late 1990s with the Co-Axial escapement.
Some 50 years ago, one of the world’s most revered watchmakers, George Daniels, decided to question the uncontested pre-eminence of the lever escapement. Daniels knew there was room for improvement, mostly by reducing friction and offering better stability over time. His solution – at this stage still a prototype and a superb piece of horological ingenuity – was the Co-Axial escapement. Still today, his brainchild is the only ‘other’ escapement produced on an industrial scale along with the Swiss lever escapement.

Despite the ingenuity and proven results of the Co-Axial escapement, getting it into production wasn’t easy. Daniels travelled to Switzerland on countless occasions to present his invention to several brands. Unfortunately, the watch industry was facing the quartz revolution, which was celebrated as the future of watchmaking. As clever as his idea was, it hardly resonated in the watch industry. Still, Daniels persevered.
The first application of the Co-Axial escapement in a wristwatch dates back to 1974/1975 when George Daniels hand-produced the components to fit his Co-Axial escapement into the calibre 1045 of his personal steel bracelet replica Omega Speedmaster Mark 4.5 – a piece of watchmaking history, now exhibited at the Omega Museum in Biel. He made a second wristwatch prototype (a thinner wristwatch), and again, he presented it to several of the most prominent Swiss brands. Still, it wasn’t until the early 1990s when Daniels would find support and an optimal framework to develop and industrialise his escapement with OMEGA, a brand that has countless records in the field of chronometry (as explained in the history part of our movie). However, the ultimate determining factor of this success came down to the personal backing of Nicolas G. Hayek, Chairman of Omega’s parent company, Swatch Group.

And in 1999, OMEGA copy finally commercialised the first watch equipped with a Co-Axial escapement, marking a milestone in watchmaking history.

Best Quality Omega Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Replica Watches With Blue Dials

A short recap, Bond
Yet before we get into our main topic, it’s been a while since our last Sunday Morning Showdown. The fake Omega Speedmaster World Cup has occupied this space, and we are glad to see many readers lend their vote to their Speedy of choice. We hope you agreed with the eventual winner, the Speedmaster Calibre 321. Try and cast your mind back to the last two Showdowns, and it’s not looking too good for Ben. Jorg’s Breguet Type XXI took a marginal win over the Blancpain Air Command at 51%. But the Tudor Chrono S&G slaughtered the new 2020 Breitling Chronomat with 58% playing 42%. That is Ben’s actual Frecce Tricolori you just slandered.
No Time To Spectre
Like the grainy black and white opening to Casino Royale (2006), Ben is battered and bruised and lying on the bathroom floor. Even so, he still musters the energy to rise, take aim, and let the music play. Jorg, on the other hand, is practicing his evil laugh, stroking a Persian cat, and waiting for the plucky Brit to miss the target once again. But today’s showdown might just be a fair fight as Jorg and Ben are dueling with Omega watches that feature prominently in the two most recent Daniel Craig spy thrillers. In his arsenal, Jorg has the yet unseen No Time To Die (2021) Omega Seamaster Diver 300M in titanium. Ben thinks he has a straight shot with the heritage-infused best quality replica Omega Seamaster 300 last seen in Spectre (2015).

Grab a martini, cock your Walther PPK, and watch the Showdown unfold. If you think the Bond puns stop here, think again, agent.

Spectre (2015) Fake Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Chronometer With NATO Strap
Omega has featured prominently in Bond movies since the Brosnan-era. Adorning Bond’s wrist has been the Seamaster Diver 300M, the Planet Ocean, and Aqua Terra. In 2015, the 24th EON Productions Bond film, Spectre, went a different direction. The then newly reintroduced Seamaster 300 took styling cues from the very first Seamaster 300 ref. CK2913 from 1957. The 300 wasn’t the first Seamaster but instead the inaugural model in the range purpose-built for diving. Dubbing it the “300” was a bold statement as Omega could only rate it to 200 meters. But that was the limitation of the testing equipment rather than the potential performance. When the producers were looking for 007’s next wrist gadget, the Master Co-Axial Chronometer Seamaster 300 made perfect sense.
But the prop department didn’t simply take an existing Seamaster as it was shown in the Omega catalog. For the first time, Omega designed this watch specifically for the silver screen. Omega Seamaster 300 ref. replica kept the ceramic bezel, but the Liquidmetal™ numerals use a 12-hour scale rather than the traditional 60-minute dive graduations. By turning the bi-directional bezel, the 00 Agent can track the additional time-zone of his elusive target. It also starts to deviate quite a lot from the CK2913 by not having the 12 that usually accompanies the 3, 6, and 9 on the dial. The Omega logo is much larger and occupies this space, seemingly to showcase greater emphasis on the branding to cinema-goers. Lastly, what differentiates this “Spectre” edition from the regular timepiece is the lollipop tip of the central seconds hand.