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Omega was founded at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1848 by 23-year-old Louis Brandt, who assembled key-wound precision pocket watches from parts supplied by local craftsmen. Britain’s Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches in 1917 as its official timekeepers for its combat units, as did the American army in 1918. Omega watches were the choice of NASA and the first watch on the Moon in 1969, worn by Buzz Aldrin. Omega has been the official timekeeping device of the Olympic Games since 1932. James Bond has also worn it in films since 1995. Other famous Omega wearers, past and present, include John F. Kennedy, Prince William. From the year 1894 till 1974 the company has 42 precision records. Now it is owned by the Swatch Group.