Omega Caliber 8508

Omega Caliber 8508

Omega Caliber 8508

Brand Omega
Caliber Number 8508
Base Caliber 8500
Movement Type Automatic, Chronograph
Jewels 39
Power Reserve 60 hours
Diameter 29mm
Vibrations Per Hour 28,800bph
Hairspring Silicon Si14
Shock System Nivachoc
Hacking? Yes
COSC? Yes
Features Co-Axial Escapement, date, anti-magnetic
Country of Manufacture Switzerland
Known Models Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega’s in-house caliber 8508 is a COSC rated automatic movement equipped with Co-Axial Escapement for “greater precision, stability and durability” according to Omega documentation. The picture above is from an Omega Aqua Terra 150M (231.12.42.21.01.001).

How it works:

Magnetism has always been challenging for watchmakers to deal with. Most notable about this movement is that is a entirely anti-magnetic. Until now, anti-magnetic timepieces rely on a protective case that acts as a shield layer between the movement and the case. Typically this only protects the watch from about 1000 gauss.

The caliber 8508 does not have such a container/shield, and depends on non-ferrous materials (no iron) within the parts of the movement to maintain it’s anti-magnetic status and protection of over 15,000 gauss.

This movement was developed after Swatch Group CEO G. N. Hayek requested for Omega to make their best effort in designing a completely non-magnetic watch.

As with many of Omega’s in-house movements, double barrels allow for a power reserve of 60 hours. The rotor winds in both directions to reduce winding time and is engraved with >15’000 GAUSS (1.5 tesla).

This caliber was originally announced in early 2013.

From the Omega site:

The Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss was the first watch to feature OMEGA’s revolutionary Co-Axial calibre 8508, which is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. This far exceeds the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous watch movement and solves a problem that has always challenged watchmakers.

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