When we think Omega there are two model lines that immediately come to mind, which are the “Speedmaster” and “Seamaster”. But, there are many others options in their catalog. And among those the “Railmaster” undoubtedly is worthy of highlighting. So, Omega has dressed it up in trendy denim and is now introducing the new “Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Denim”.
For those not in the know let’s brush up on our “Railmaster” history. Omega originally introduced this model line back in 1957 at the same time as the more successful “Speedmaster” and “Seamaster”. It was marketed as an anti-magnetic field watch, ideal for railway workers. Maybe not the best tagline for current times, but back then the railways was a massive part of peoples commute. But, the “Railmaster” underwent a much-needed revision last year for its 60th anniversary, the “Omega Railmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer” (Ref#: 18.104.22.168.01.002) which you can take a closer look at here.
The updated “Railmaster” comes in a 40mm case made of stainless-steel with a brushed finish, just like we saw on its 2017 updated release.
On the flipside we encounter a screw-on steel wave-edged case back with a NAIAD LOCK system, which also insures the iconic Omega seahorse logo and other inscriptions are always properly re-positioned.
It comes equipped with a conical setting-crown and an unassuming bezel that neatly integrates with the case, with an almost milimetric length in relation to the cases proportions, for a comfortable wrist fit. All topped by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both side that also assists with water-resistance reaching up to 150 meters (500 feet).
Time is exhibited on a denim “blue jeans” weave dial with a vertically-brushed finish. But, it’s not real denim like the “Hublot Big Bang Jeans Steel” (Ref#: 301.SX.2770.NR.JEANS16), its’s just colored and styled to mimic that particular look.
Telling time is done with gray luminescent index markers and a railroad-motif ring of minute index markers. Omega has given it a lollipop central seconds hand which they describe as “beige” colored, although to our eyes it seems more like an orange-brown reminiscent of the colored stitching found in denim jeans, and also matches the “Railmaster” logo indication.
The dial we have here is basically a blue version of their striated dial, which till now was only available in grey on the “Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer” (Ref#: 22.214.171.124.06.001) with a steel seconds hand and a vintage-toned lume. Meanwhile this “denim” edition has central hands and hour index markers coated with an uncommon but pleasing light-gray lume that blends well with the denim-tone, while also providing an enhanced legibility.
Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Denim
This “Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Denim” (Ref#: 126.96.36.199.03.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8806 with 35 jewels and 25,200 Vph. It comes equipped with a co-axial escapement and has been METAS certified, which guarantees it’s resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. The movement has also been decorated with a rhodium-plated rotor and bridges decorated with Geneva waves in arabesque. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a genuine blue denim NATO-style strap with a brown leather underside for a comfortable fit, plus leather strap loops that have been color toned to slightly match the seconds hand and maintain a coherent color-scheme, while secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle.
Alternatively this watch can also still be had with a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a steel folding clasp; just as was used in their 60th anniversary model. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
MSRP: $4,900.00 USD – on a NATO strap
MSRP: $5,000.00 USD – on a Steel bracelet
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