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    Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    Found this site which goes over a good deal of info
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    Now the full story… The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra antimagnetic wristwatch | Watch-Insider.com

    Some things that seemed interesting:

    Nine patents protect the various inventions of the new calibre 8508

    Combination of various antimagnetic materials used to build the new movement - up to five different ways the job can be done

    40 prototypes are being tested. In a couple of weeks Omega then will decide which movement will go into serial production. Specialists of Omega, Nivarox, Asulab and ETA several ways lead to the goal. But only the best one will be chosen, since Omega will guarantee the new absolute top quality standard with this new development.

    The final product with a protection of at least 15.000 Gauss will then come on the market in October 2013. Omega simply does not have the possibility to test the watch with stronger magnetic fields so it may be resistant to higher.
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    I don't know what everyone else thinks but to me this marks one of the biggest innovations in mechanical watchmaking in a long time and something that is tangibly beneficial to all.

    Having seen a good amount of posts by people who have had issues with watches getting "zapped" and needing service and with magnets being in virtually everything these days I think this is great news....far more adaptable and forward thinking than companies who are simply using special cases to shield from magnetism....this can be used in all watches, with display backs, and to a far greater degree of resistance.
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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    I guess it's cool. I mean, any improvement the protects a movement is awesome. To be honest, though, I don't see watches being magnetised as a big issue. I've never had it happen personally, but I could get it fixed for free in five seconds if it did. I guess if you're a watch guy and you don't live in an urban center near a convenient watchmaker then it becomes more of an issue, but then you could just buy a de-magnetising thingy online for cheap that would solve the problem instantly any time it happened.

    You make a great point that magnets are increasingly common, though. People even say that the magnets in their laptops or tablets are getting to their watches somehow. It can only be a good thing if a watch is less likely to be affected by that.

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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    Looks like a great achievement from the technical side. Really upping the bar on the anti-magnetic front vs what's out there. Practical side it would be nice to not have to worry about magnets at all - but probably a bigger technical achievement than practical one.

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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    Quote Originally Posted by tigerpac View Post
    Looks like a great achievement from the technical side. Really upping the bar on the anti-magnetic front vs what's out there. Practical side it would be nice to not have to worry about magnets at all - but probably a bigger technical achievement than practical one.
    I guess, as someone who works with tech and is around high powered magnets from time to time I think this is pretty impressive, maybe not as you said applicable to all, but for me I just see it as furthering the whole watch that needs as little service as possible goal. My wife used to work around NMRs which would often stop her watches for a few seconds, wonder if this would be immune to that. What I also find interesting is seemingly Omega isn't going to charge more for it.
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    Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    The need for protection against magnetism isn't as intuitive as water resistance. But given the plethora of magnets out there in laptops, ipad covers etc and how little magnetic resistance most standard mechanicals have, seems like a great idea.
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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    I don't understand why Omega couldn't test it to higher magnetic field strengths, given that 15000 Gauss = 1.5 Tesla, which is the typical field strength of a medical MRI machine, although there are also 3 Tesla machines, and they go up to 21 Tesla in experimental labs.
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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Likestheshiny View Post
    To be honest, though, I don't see watches being magnetised as a big issue. I've never had it happen personally, but I could get it fixed for free in five seconds if it did.
    I'm with LTS. Maybe it will become a greater issue with exposure to more tech devices, but for now, I'd be much more interested (to wit: willing to buy another Omega) if they'd focus on making their 8500s and 9300s slimmer.

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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    MJ - absolutely agree with you - for some people this will be an epic breakthrough

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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    Not sure about the use of the word "technology" being used here in this context.

    As far as I can see, it is simply the further use of an existing material/s that is/are already being used for making movement parts.

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    Re: Omega Anti Magnetic Movement technology seems impressive

    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing. Never had a watch get magnetized but it would be nice to have that.

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