One of the greatest struggles for watchmakers in the past has always been the issue of magnetic resistance. However, watchmakers at OMEGA have designed a watch that will address this challenge. OMEGA has recently announced that they have created a watch that will be the first ever anti-magnetic watch. This movement is resistant to magnetic fields of over 1.5 tesla. No other watch can withstand even close to this amount of magnetic resistance, making this OMEGA watch truly innovative and one-of-a-kind. OMEGA made this announcement at a press conference on January 17th in Geneva. The first prototype has been fitted in an OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra and the new movement has several patents pending. One of the aspects that sets this movement apart from other is that the movement is protected by non-ferrous materials in the movement, rather than a protective container in the watchcase. As magnets have become more present in everyday life, watches constantly need to be demagnetized after being exposed to magnetic fields. However, this new OMEGA movement will serve as a solution to this challenge. Michel Willemin, OMEGA Vice President and Head of Product Development, gave a live demonstration and further explained how this OMEGA movement is truly a breakthrough. This new OMEGA movement will be introduced in April at the Baselworld trade fair and the OMEGA Co-Axial caliber 8508 will be introduced with this new movement sometime in 2013.
Images and information from the official OMEGA site.