The Omega Museum collection began to be released in the 2000’s, although by looking at them an untrained eye would guess they’re the real 1930’s and 1940’s vintage pieces they are mimicking. The collection consists of four unique timepieces with collectors and antique-buffs in mind. And EiT just happened to come across two of those models.
A pilot’s watch was chosen as number one for the production of this series. The “OMEGA Museum Collection 1938” with a three-body solid stainless steel 40mm case. The long lugs they applied on this model really try to align with the wrist for a comfortable fit. The caseback is engraved with the Omega logo, as well as the “1938” date and the limited edition museum info related to this watch.
There is a bi-directional bezel in polished steel that can turn the inner graduated disc, making it move the luminous pointer for aircraft navigation timing, or can function as a typical timer, just set and go. Although the bezel has a discreet look, it’s engraved with a chiseled grip circling the edge of the whole case. The luminous pointer can be moved with the inner scale and its doomed sapphire crystal, which has an anti-reflection treatment. But, despite this feature on a three-body case Omega’s 1938 museum timepiece managed to keep this watch water resistant up to 50m (167 feet).
The watch exhibits a black dial with Arabic numerals and superluminova coating on the numerals and hands for a greenish glow in dark conditions, to increase legibility. It has a second’s sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position and a tachymeter on the inner bezel with Arabic numerals engraved in red. Mounted to this timepiece is a brown leather strap with a steel buckle. This special edition is also accompanied by an extra-wide leather strap 6x60cm long, that was used by pilots to strap the watch above their knee.
OMEGA Museum Collection 1938
This watch is powered by an automatic self-winding chronometer, caliber 2200, with 23 jewels and a power reserve capable of lasting up to 44 hours. This watch was produced in a limited edition run of 4,938 pieces.
The second model we had in shop to review was actually the third model to be produced for the “OMEGA Museum Collection”. The “1945 Officer’s Limited Edition” with a 38mm case in stainless steel lugs with a solid caseback, also engraved with the OMEGA logo and the numbers of this limited edition series. There are Arabic numerals on the bezel, of which all are color engraved in black, except for the 12 o’clock position, which is colored red.
As for the opaline black dial with so many elements going on a dark dial it comes off quite “busy”, although an interesting dial. Some people complain of the legibility, while others are drawn to this timepiece, exactly because of all the history it seems to carry. Hands are gold toned which make them contrast well with from the black background. Also contains to sub-dials: a 60-seconds at the 9 o’clock position and a 30 minute counter in the 3 o’clock position. This “1945 Officer’s” watch is finely finished with circular graining, rhodium-plated surfaces and gold-plated engravings. Topped off with a doomed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective material inside, which allows for a water resistance of up to 30m (100 feet).
This new timely looking timepiece, throughout its “busy” dial features traditional elements such as a tachymeter. But also a telemeter, which allows to measure distances to remote objects, working as a rangefinder. A tool very useful for combat to a number of different types of fields and officers. Or, a more peculiar feature is the: pulsometer scale, that nowadays could be seen as an earlier version of certain health apps found on smartwatches, like the “apple watch”. The pulsometer simplified the process of taking a pulse through a convenient scale marked on the timepiece. It was very far from being as meticulously accurate as today’s technology, but nonetheless a remarkable horology innovation at the time. Which we can now date back as one of the first connections between health and watches.
OMEGA 1945 Officer’s Limited Edition
The “OMEGA 1945 Officer’s Limited Edition”, reference#: 5702.50.02, is powered by a mechanical manual winding column-wheel mechanism, with an in-house OMEGA caliber 3200A, with up to 55 hours of power reserve. This watch is limited to 1945 pieces, just like the year it gives homage to, and comes mounted to a dark brown leather strap with a steel buckle.
OMEGA Museum Collection 1938, reference#: 5702.50.07
OMEGA 1945 Officer’s Limited Edition”, reference#: 5702.50.02
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