Whether they were aware of it at the time or not, Omega released three professional timepieces that would become quintessential classics, the: Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster. Now 60 years later each one of them is being released in a special “Omega 1957 Trilogy” Anniversary edition, at Baselworld 2017.
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For the most part these watches have been kept very similar to their original conceptions, although they’ve all been equipped with Omega’s new standard METAS approved Master Chronometer movements for the Railmaster and Seamaster. Only the Speedmaster was left out, in order to preserve its historic manual-wind 1861 caliber, which is a direct link and requirement for a “moonwatch”.
Let’s begin by inspecting the “Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition” which as we’ve already mentioned has been updated, while preserving the Moonwatch movement. So, this re-edition has mimicked the exact case size of its predecessor with a 38.6mm case made of stainless-steel. That exactitude of proportions and details on these re-editions was assisted by digitally scanning the original drawings of each model. And so this Speedmaster comes with the same straight lugs seen on the original from 1957. Just like the tachymeter scale has been etched on the bezel in the same exact manner. The attention to detail has gone as far as including the accent in the French term “tachymètre”.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with index hour markers that have been thru a faux tropicalization, in order to give it an older patina type look. There are the standard sub-dials in their typical order: 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. Also includes the much admired broad arrow hands and it seems like even the log has been updated to the past. The mention of “Professional” has been omitted, since that it first appeared on the modern 42mm version. But, they have reinstated the applied Omega logo and even used the original font for the “Speedmaster” signature. Even the “Swiss Made” inscription has moved from beneath the seconds, to above them.
Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition
This “Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition” (Ref#: 322.214.171.124.01.001) is powered by a hand-wound movement, caliber 1861 with 18 jewels and 21,600 Vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours. This watch is a limited edition of only 3,557 manufactured pieces.
Next we zoom in on the “Omega Railmaster 60h Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer” which has also been crafted with extreme attention to detail, although bearing some modern touches for an enhanced performance. The 38mm case has maintained most of the design elements seen on the original 1957 model. But they have added Super-LumiNova elements for an enhanced legibility, even though they weren’t present on the 1957 model. Just like they added a sapphire crystal and a modern automatic movement. The case back has a special anniversary engraving.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with triangular hour index markers and the Arabic numerals: 3, 6, 9 and 12. Here we can once again witness the induced patina, or so-called “tropical” ageing effect on the hands and indexes. Plus, this “Railmaster” has been equipped with broad arrow hands, even though they are normally associated with the “Speedmaster” models.
Omega Railmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer
This “Omega Railmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer” (Ref#: 126.96.36.199.01.002) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8806 with 35 jewels and 25,600 Vph. So, we have a modern METAS certified movement with magnetic-resistance up to 15,000 gauss; although originally the Railmaster had a hand-wound movement. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound. This watch is a limited edition of only 3,557 manufactured pieces.
Finally we end this “Trilogy” by taking a close look at the new “Omega Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer” that has also been designed very closely to its original 1957 model, although with a couple of modern features, for enhanced usability.
The 39mm case has been made of stainless-steel and since it’s fresh off the assembly line, these Seamaster’s can actually be employed for diving, unlike we’d recommend for many of its vintage predecessors nowadays. It’s also equipped with a black aluminium bezel and Omega has even added the original Naïad sign on the crown.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with triangular hour index markers and the Arabic numerals: 3, 6, 9 and 12. Here again we find the induced patina, or so-called “tropical” ageing effect on the hands and indexes, where even the luminescent filling matching its color tone. Plus, this “Seamaster” was equipped with broad arrow hands, even though they are mainly associated with the “Speedmaster” models.
Omega Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer
This “Omega Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer” (Ref#: 188.8.131.52.01.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8806 with 35 jewels and 25,600 Vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound. This watch is a limited edition of only 3,557 manufactured pieces.
As previously mentioned all these models shall be limited editions of only 3,577 manufactured pieces per model. Plus they will be delivered inside a presentation box inspired by the original 1957 packaging with a retro logo and beige corduroy lining. Also included in the box are two extra straps, one leather, the other NATO, as well as the proper tool for swapping them out.
Other similarities between all of these Omega ”Trilogy” pieces are the: mixture of brushed and polished finishes to the stainless-steel cases; the black ‘tropical’ faux patina dial; and they are all mounted to modern stainless-steel bracelet, adorned with a retro-style Omega logo and secured to the wrist by a clasp.
Ultimately for those with deep pockets and an overwhelming affection for the Omega brand. It’s possible to own not one, but all three of these watches in a very special Trilogy box set, which will be limited to 557 pieces. Consisting of a specially-engraved Swiss oak box that will contain all three watches with identical Limited Edition numbers. Also including a leather watch roll with six extra straps: three made of leather and three more NATO’s, plus a wooden spring bar changing tool.
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