There’s no better excuse for a celebration than an anniversary – and at Omega, it has three.
This year, the brand celebrates the 60th anniversary of its launch in 1957 of three sports watches that would go on to become classics: the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster.
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Omega rolled out three special anniversary edition timepieces that can be bought either as individual pieces, or as a collector’s limited edition Trilogy set. Each individual watch is limited to 3,557 pieces, while the Trilogy is limited to 557 sets.
The historic timepieces were revived using – for the first time by Omega – a unique digital scanning technology to accurately reproduce the original designs and dimensions while allowing a little breathing room for modern updates.
The new Seamaster 300 is based on the CK2913 and features a black aluminium bezel and the original Naïad sign on the crown, a logo that denoted remarkable water resistance in 1957. Inside the 39mm case ticks the Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.
The double-case antimagnetic 38mm Railmaster retains its practical, no-nonsense aesthetic reminiscent of its 1957 design. However, the vintage indexes have been deepened just a tiny bit to allow a stronger Super-LumiNova light to shine through. It is also powered by the Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.
Part of the appeal of the Speedmaster heritage – apart from its having been the first watch on the moon, worn by Buzz Aldrin – is that it was the first to feature the tachymeter scale on the bezel instead of on the dial. Racing drivers found this feature useful – and the watch soon acquired a cult following. This year, Omega reproduced the original font to match the scale of the original tachymeter. It is driven by the calibre 1861.
Another highlight from Omega was the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”, which combines the perks of a GMT and diver’s watch. The “Big Blue” marks the first time the brand has fashioned a case directly from a single block of ceramic. Ceramic is six times harder than steel and is resistant to scratches and discolouration.
The “Big Blue”, pairing electric blue with shocking bright orange, is likely to appeal to the young, sporty gentleman. It is powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8906, which can be viewed through the transparent screw-in caseback. Water resistance is to 600 metres.
The use of orange is echoed in the 44.25mm Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, which debuted this year in two different models: a stainless steel and black version with orange accents, and an 18ct Sedna gold and blue version. Both feature ceramic bezels with a tachymeter scale and an alternating minute-track on the dials. The distinctive minute-track, first used in 1968, is inherently linked to the brand’s unique relationship to motor racing. Driving the timepieces is the co-axial Master Chronometer calibre 9900/9901.
Another addition to the Speedmaster family is the new Speedmaster 38mm, available in 14 models for men and women. The three sub-dials (located at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock) are made of horizontal ovals, and a vertical oval date window can be found at 6 o’clock, a design feature inspired by the De Ville timepieces. Some models feature a dual bezel design, where the tachymeter scale on the bezel is complemented by an outer ring of diamonds. Each caseback boasts the Speedmaster’s signature Seahorse medallion, while inside ticks the calibre 3330. For ladies, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies’ collection has been expanded to feature 30 new models. Three sizes are available: 38mm, 34mm and 28mm. It features a few updates, including reproportioned and domed links for the bracelets, and a conical crown with waved edges.
The dials feature mother-of-pearl in 14 colours, and diamond hour-markers. The 34mm and 38mm watches are powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8800, while the quartz calibre 4061 drives the 28mm version.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometers collection also has new models features subtle upgrades. Its dial now has a horizontal teak pattern inspired by a luxury yacht’s deck, and the date window is at 6 o’clock. At Baselworld, three models – each in 41mm and 38mm sizes – were presented. The timepieces are powered by either the Master Chronometer calibre 8800 or 8900.
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