Omega released three timepieces way back in 1957 that would each develop to become icons of their individual field. These were: the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster. When, in 2017, Omega chose to release special 60th Anniversary editions of each model, the stage was set for a spectacular return.
First, let’s take a look at the Speedmaster. Known by enthusiasts as the “Broad Arrow,” this was not just the first Speedmaster, it was the first chronograph wristwatch in the world with its tachymeter mounted on the bezel rather than simply printed on the watch dial. The 2017 Speedmaster remains authentic to this design. Powered by the legendary 1861 calibre, this is truly a direct match of the original 1957 tachymeter.
The 60th Anniversary Speedmaster is limited to just 3,557 pieces and is inspired by the original “Broad Arrow.” As such, it is enclosed in brushed and polished stainless steel and boasts a striking black tropical dial whose indexes have been given the Super-LumiNova treatment, which is all but mandatory for an Omega watch today. Elsewhere, the modernised stainless steel bracelet has a retro logo on the clasp in what is a nod to the watch and its 50’s origins.
Second in this vaunted trilogy is the 1957 Railmaster, which was intended for use by those working near electrical fields. Whilst the contemporary model holds on to the day to day styling of the original, the Master Chronometer 8806 movement is able to resist magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss, something which would never have been possible in 1957.
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Limited to 3,557 pieces, the new Railmaster is cased inside brushed and polished stainless steel and, like others in the collections, sports a striking black tropical dial complete with retro, recessed indexes filled with Super-LumiNova.
Likewise, the new Seamaster 300 remains true to the classic version whilst simultaneously propelling Seamaster watches into the present day. The black aluminium bezel sports the iconic Naïad sign on the crown, something that indicated supreme water resistance in the 1950’s. Part of Omega’s cutting edge Master Chronometer collection, the movement in this watch comes courtesy of a powerful calibre 8806 automatic.
Limited to 3,557 pieces, the new Seamaster is indeed based on the CK2913 and keeps the classic Naïad sign on the crown in addition to the 1957 Seahorse on the back of the case.As with the other watches in the series, this piece has been cased inside brushed and polished stainless steel and has a black tropical dial to boot. Common to all of the watches within the series, the sapphire crystal and hesalite glass protecting all dials has a subtle, laser engraved Omega logo, a retro element that helps the entire piece to simply ooze with elegance.
Each watch is delivered within a stunning presentation box that is directly informed by the 1957 packaging, with there even being a Seahorse on the top. There’s also two spare straps, a lovely touch from Omega that includes leather and NATO options, as well as a changing tool.
For those seeking to own all three of these stunning watches, Omega has created a trilogy et limited to just 557 pieces. Gorgeously presented inside a special Swiss oak box, all three have the same limited edition numbers engraved upon them. Furthermore, the box includes a leather watch roll with no less than six spare straps, whilst there’s also a wooden spring bar tool for changing them.
All in all, each watch in this trilogy is a triumph of horology in its own right. The fact that Omega decided to reissue these highly sought after retro timepieces from what is a golden era of Swiss watchmaking speaks volumes to the brand’s commitment to the tastes of their loyal followers the world over.