What are Omega Ambassadors? Omega Ambassadors are celebrities, pioneers and people of note who represent the Omega brand by wearing their Omega wristwatches in the public eye. They are sought for their professional success and sense of style in order to best promote the Omega products they wear. Omega has had great marketing success thanks to aggressive product placement campaigns which have seen Omega products in some of the most popular sporting events and movies, most notably perhaps James Bond films and the Olympic Games.
Who are some famous Omega Ambassadors? Perhaps one of the most famous people to wear an Omega watch is Buzz Aldrin, who brought his Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph to the moon during the famous moon landing and moonwalk. As he first set foot on the moon, his Omega watch was strapped around his spacesuit! Another famous astronaut, Eugene Cernan, was the pilot of Gemini IX, the pilot of Apollo X's Lunar Module, as well as the Commander of Apollo XVII. He has flown to the moon two times, was second overall to set food on the moon, and was also the last person to have walked on the moon. Mr. Cernan was made an Omega Ambassador in the year 2000. To this day, an Omega Speedmaster watch remains standard issue piloting equipment for every NASA flight.
The James Bond franchise switched from Rolex watches to Omega watches beginning in 1995, when the international spy played by Pierce Brosnan first wore an Omega Seamaster Quartz Professional. From this point onward, James Bond has stuck with Omega watches. In the latest entry to the James Bond canon, Casino Royale, actor Daniel Craig is seen sporting an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean model watch.
Not just for astronauts and super spies. Other well-known Omega ambassadors hailing from the silver screen include George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, and Zhang Ziyi. Fashion Icon Cindy Crawford and golfers Sergio Garcia and Michelle Wie also sport Omegas. Omega ambassadors span the spectrum of professional pursuits from cinema to sport, and especially exploration. Omega watches have been as high as the moon and as low as the ocean's murky depths.
Reaching into global sporting events. Beginning with the 1932 Summer Olympics, Omega has often been named the official timekeeper for other Olympic games. Omega was the official timekeeper for the 2006 Winter Olympics, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics. One of the most notable Omega ambassadors from this period is Michael Phelps, the young American swimmer who broke the record for number of personal gold medals won. He wears an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean.
Omega has also had great success in providing support for boat racing teams. It provided support to Emirates Team New Zealand and produced a new model of watch in 2007 known as the Seamaster NZL-32 chronograph which became the racing team's official watch. Dean Barker, who was the skipper of Team New Zealand and himself an Omega ambassador, lent his assistance in developing this special timepiece.