Ball Watch Company
Baume et Mercier
Bell & Ross
Louis Brandt at 23 years of age founded Omega in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1848. He would gather parts from local craftsmen and make key wound pocket watches. He would travel throughout Europe selling his watches with England being his best market. Louis' sons, Louis-Paul and Cesar, took the helm in 1879 upon his death.
Paul-Emile Brandt would take the company to amazing heights when, at 24, he assumed leadership following the death of Louis-Paul and Cesar in 1903.
Two very popular marketing campaigns Omega pulled off was being the first wristwatch to the moon in 1969; and becoming the watch of choice for James Bond beginning in 1995's GoldenEye movie, removing Rolex as 007's preferred timepiece.
Omega was bought by the Swatch Group in 1985 and has remained a subsidiary to this day.