Omega And Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology Announce New Watch Testing And Certification StandardOmega and the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) have jointly developed a new testing and certification process for timepieces, that includes functional testing under massive magnetic fields. Clearly aimed at the dominant COSC standard, the new certification will be applied to Master Co-Axial watches in 2015, though other watch brands are welcome to partake.
Many watches are certified, for various qualities like accuracy, durability and water-resistance, by independent agencies, ranging from COSC to TIMELAB. These certifications are proof of watchmaking and chronometric excellence, with a sprinkle of savvy marketing. Here's a handy guide to the most important Swiss watch certificates.