The Seamaster is the oldest watch in the Omega collection, having been first introduced back in 1948. It stands as a tribute to the brand’s maritime heritage and is renowned for its professional level reliability. And Omega have chosen to go back to its roots for this special edition.
This particular model has been named “Edizione Venezia” as a tribute to the Italian city of Venice. Legend goes that it was in this charismatic town, back in the 1950’s that a member of the Omega design team had the idea of the “seahorse” logo. At the time most of the iconic Venetian gondolas were decorated with finely sculpted representations of Neptune’s Seahorse on each side. And thus began the pairing of the Seamaster collection with the Seahorse emblem appearing on the back of each model.
The 39.5mm case is available in either: stainless-steel or 18k Sedna gold. Its transparent case back allows to see the inner working mechanical movement, with all its finely crafted components that includes a: stainless-steel or 18k Sedna gold balance bridge and oscillating weight with Geneva waves in arabesque.
The iconic Omega Seamaster’s seahorse logo has been laser engraved on the sapphire crystal shielding the case back. Other features include: vintage lyre lugs for a cozy wrist fit and a spherical crown with a design pattern resembling the dome of St Mark’s Basilica. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 60 meters (200 feet).
For those more recent watch aficionados following the horology market; when they think “Seamaster” they probably envision a large and flashy sports watch like the “Planet Ocean” or “Aqua Terra” model line. But, for a matter of fact traditionally the “Seamaster” model line began as a much classier dress watch, than what it eventually evolved in to by the late 1990’s. But, this new sudden release by Omega is a clear call-back to the original Seamaster’s, full of vintage inspired details and crafted as a classic dress watch. A great timepiece that manages to fulfill nostalgic desires, as well as inform and captivate younger consumers.
Time is exhibited on a slightly domed off-white dial with Sedna gold applied hour index markers, despite the case material on each version. These index markers are pointed out by a pair of thin leaf-type hands with a polished finish. The Omega logo text can be seen in Sedna gold, under the 12 o’clock position and under it is the cursive written “Seamaster” inscription. An overall very simple, but effective dial with great legibility. Also has a ring of traced minute index markers and there is a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position.
Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia
This “Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8801 with 35 jewels and 25,200 vph.
The movement is also equipped with a magnetic-resistance up to 15,000 gauss, attributing this watch with a METAS and COSC certification. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound.
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