This morning in Geneva, Omega announced what they say is the first truly anti-magnetic watch movement. Omega Co-Axial caliber 8508 is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any other watch — significantly more than the two timepieces most widely known for their anti-magnetic characteristics: the Rolex Milguass (1,000 gauss) and the IWC Ingenieur (1,000 gauss).

Omega’s new caliber 8508 has an even higher anti-magnetic rating than the 1989 IWC Ingenieur reference 3508, which was able to withstand huge magnetic fields up to 500,000 A/m. The Omega 8508 is rated to a record breaking 1,200,000 A/m, hence Omega’s claims that this is the first truly anti-magnetic watch movement.

Shown inside an Omega Seamster Aqua Terra. Omega expects to present the technology at the Baselworld trade fair in April. The new movement, the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8508, should be introduced to the market in 2013.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.