To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the “Seamaster” and mark this special occasion, Omega released these timepieces at Baselworld 2018, among other we will be writing about in near future blog posts. For now let’s take a closer look at these limited edition tribute models, the: “Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds” and the “Seamaster 1948 Central Seconds”.
Back in those turbulent times Omega contributed to the war front by providing efficient watches to the pilots that soared the skies for peace. And it didn’t end there, Omega also supplied timepieces to sailors and various branches of the military during 1940 to 1945. And when the war finally came to an end, Omega began selling some of these models to civilians. It was the popularity of the military-spec watches that led to the creation of the original “Seamaster” collection, back in 1948.
At the time the “Seamaster” line featured many of the military-grade characteristics that had made them reliable in battle, but were crafted with more aesthetically pleasing designs for the civilian life. Also as certain innovating breakthroughs occurred in the industry, the new Omega productions even became more efficient! Thanks to the O-ring gasket technology the “Seamaster” gained a greater water-resistance, which would go on to become a standard in the horology industry.
They say time goes in circles and what goes around, comes around. Back in the 1940’s during World War II, Omega manufactured and delivered over 110,000 timepieces to the British Ministry of Defense to use within their Royal Air Force. Now it’s reissued as they introduce the “Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions”.
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Both these watches come in a 38mm case made of stainless-steel, equipped with a polished fixed bezel and a polished crown embossed with the vintage Omega horseshoe trademark emblem. Plus they’ve been crafted with long lugs that provide a cozy wrist fit. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on these watches reaching up to 60 meters (196 feet).
Meanwhile on the flipside to further give tribute to the many aviators and mariners that placed their trust in Omega is a transparent exhibition case back with: “Seamaster”, “NAIAD LOCK” and “LIMITED EDITION” followed by the unique number for each of these limited pieces, engraved on their steel rim; while directly on the sapphire crystal each watch is laser engraved and then lacquered by hand with a 70th Anniversary logo, a Chris-Craft boat and Gloster Meteor aircraft, which was the first jet plane used by the Royal Air Force.
Time on both these watches is on an opaline silvery domed dial with stainless-steel applied hour index markers and some Arabic Numerals. Besides these common traits the dials begin to differ. The “small seconds” model has a railroad-motif minute track circling around on the flange of the dial, with leaf-style hands and a sub-seconds dial located at the 6 o’clock position.
While the “Central Seconds” model has an inner ring of small printed minute index markers towards the center and Dauphine style central hands filled with white Super-LumiNova, for an enhanced legibility.
Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds
The “Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds” (Ref#: 518.104.22.168.02.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8804 with 35 jewels and 25,200 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound. This is a METAS approved Master Chronometer resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss and comes
Mounted to the watch is a brown leather strap, secured to the wrist by a polished-brushed stainless-steel buckle with the vintage Omega logo engraving.
MSRP: $6,700.00 USD
Omega Seamaster 1948 Central Seconds
The “Omega Seamaster 1948 Central Seconds” (Ref#: 522.214.171.124.02.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8806 with 35 jewels and 25,200 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound. This is also a METAS approved Master Chronometer resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss.
Mounted to the watch is a blue-grey leather strap, secured to the wrist by a polished-brushed stainless-steel buckle with the vintage Omega logo engraving.
MSRP: $6,150.00 USD
These watches come presented in a special edition collector’s box, made of soft brown leather and are kept upright but easily moveable thanks to a magnetic floor. A spare NATO strap, leather strap and strap changing tool are also included. Each of these models is limited to 1,948 pieces. For more information on these limited edition timepieces, visit the official Omega website here.
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