1. Omega

  2. Why the Omega Railmaster is a Classic

    The first-ever Omega Railmaster watch, the CK2914, was first released in 1957. It was a part of Omega’s collection of tool watches, which also included the Seamaster and Speedmaster. There’s a lot to learn about the Railmaster and what makes it one of the many classic watches. The Birth of the Omega Railmaster The Railmaster was essentially designed for scientists and electrical engineers. What made it stood out from its other two siblings in tool watches is its anti-magnetic shielding which served as protection from the movement. Over the years, there have been several attempts to protect various watches from magnetic fields. Although the damage is invisible to the naked eye, magnetic fields tend to damage crucial and delicate parts of the watch as well as the balance spring and the escapement. To put it simply, the magnetic field can easily mess with the watch’s accuracy and with a job like that of a scientist or an electrical engineer, magnetic fields can’t be avoided. Omega Railmaster – Protecting the Movement With a Faraday Cage, the CK2914 was able to protect the movement and made the watch resistant to up to 1000 Gauss. Omega placed a NuMetal plate on the case back, thus protecting the movement under the case from magnetic fields. In its initial edition, Omega opted for the 30T2 movement which was later renamed Calibers 284, 285, and then 286. For added magnetic resistance, the company decided to make the dial to be 1mm thick instead of their usual 0.4mm. Features of the Omega Railmaster With a 38mm case, the Railmaster was made using stainless steel and was water-resistant to up to 200 feet. It also didn’t have a screw-down crown. Instead, there is a Naiad crown that pushes tighter against the seals with increasing water pressure. The watch also has a bold and beautiful black dial that house white Arabic numerals along with triangular hour markers. While this is the company’s one of the most iconic designs for Omega watches, the Railmaster didn’t receive the popularity it should have. The watch also has different variations with rare, different colored dials. One of these rare models includes a version with a white dial and leaf-shaped hands. Throughout the production of Omega Railmaster, the company used different kinds of hands, including broad arrow, baton, and dauphine hands. 2.0 In the early 1960s, the company began the production of a new version of the Railmaster. The dial was white and all the hour markers were black numerals instead of the iconic triangles. Some versions of this model also had the hours for twenty-four time mentioned in red beside the black number. However, this model didn’t really last for long in the market, and the company didn’t produce any more Omega Railmaster watches until 2003. The Revival of Omega Railmaster Omega’s line up of watches skipped out on the Railmaster until 2003. That’s when the company began reinventing themselves by producing more calibers with co-axial escapements. For this purpose, the Railmaster seemed to be the ideal fit. It could flawlessly live up to the technical achievements that were put forward by the newly-introduced co-axial escapement. Thus, the new Railmaster came with three sizes (36mm, 39mm, and 42mm), and as a first, it has a chronograph too. It is further equipped with an Aqua Terra style case, an exhibition case back, a screw-down crown, and slightly twisted lugs. However, this particular version didn’t have any special anti-magnetic properties. This version of the Railmaster seemed to be the ideal watch for all watch enthusiasts. However, it didn’t sell as well as the company had hoped and it again pulled the line back in 2012. More Recently At Baselworld 2017, Omega released two new versions of the Railmasters. The first was the Railmaster 60th Anniversary model, designed physically the samel. Therefore, it has the same hands, same dial, same 38mm case, and even the same bracelet. However, it does have modern movement, and instead of tritium, it has faux patina. Due to the silicium parts in the escapement, the Calibre 8806 of this watch is up to fifteen times more resistant to magnetic fields than the original caliber. The new Railmaster watch, however, is an entry-priced model that houses the most recent Omega movements. It’s pretty clear why this one is a classic and why it should be in every watch connoisseurs’ collection. In this model, there’s an actual and genuine appreciation for the Railmaster lineage. It has the same triangular hour markers as well as Arabic numbers at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions. Running along the dial of the brushed dial, there are new baton hands as well as a crosshair. The case measures 40mm wide and is water resistance to up to 150m. Like the original model, this doesn’t have a screw-down crown, closed steel case back, and a printed case.

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  3. The Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Any informed watch enthusiast knows that there are companies producing quality products all around the globe. Still, almost every luxury timepiece brand is based in Switzerland, which has been a horology hub for hundreds of years. So, if you’re in the market for a truly remarkable product, going with Swiss watch brands is an excellent choice. Below, I choose five of my favorite Swiss watch brands and give a brief explanation for why that company is worth your consideration. The criteria I used to pick them is more art than science. The list is not solely based on the quality of the watches, their value, or the heritage of each company. Instead, it is a wonderful mix of all of those factors. I hope you enjoy it! Rolex The fact of the matter is, that in the watch world, Rolex is king. Since their inception over 100 years ago, they have continuously broken records and busted through barriers. One of the most notable examples is when they created the first waterproof watch ever and proved its ability by having a famous swimmer cross the English Channel wearing it. Another achievement that comes to mind is when they created a watch that can withstand the insane pressure of going to the very bottom of the ocean. As expected, that timepiece functioned perfectly. While there are many excellent brands out there, Rolex continues to be the most recognizable and sought after Swiss watch brands. It is the favorite of CEOs, actors, and rappers, but it isn’t all hype and celebrity endorsements. Instead, they take meticulous care in every product they create, and the quality of the final product is undeniable. If you want to get one for yourself, you might have to be patient, as their most popular models often have one or two-year waitlists. Omega Omega has a reputation as Rolex’s little brother, but it is a company that has a variety of accomplishments of its own. Perhaps the best of all of them is outfitting the first astronauts who went to the moon. That might be my favorite piece of horological trivia, and Omega will always have it in their back pocket. Just like most of the brands on this list, this company has been around for over a century and has been revolutionizing the watch market throughout. My favorite thing about Omega is how much value they deliver at their price point. No, these pieces do not beat out the likes of Rolex or Patek Philippe, but in my opinion, they come very close. A watch collector with an endless budget can purchase the best of the best, but many of us would prefer 90% of the watch for half the price. That is precisely what Omega provides. Patek Philippe This brand is one of the oldest out there. Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 and has specialized in creating luxury timepieces ever since. One of the more charming things about this company is that it is family owned. That is in contrast to most other brands, which are either large corporations themselves or part of even larger conglomerates. Throughout its history, Patek Philippe has amassed numerous achievements and made a variety of technological leaps. As far as the products themselves go, many horological experts consider Patek Philippe watches to be the best in the world. That doesn’t just mean the best value, or the best in their price range, though. It means that if you put a Patek head to head with any timepiece, it would win. Now, that is just an opinion, but it is the opinion of many prominent people who know their way around watches. Audemars Piguet The one hesitation I have in putting Audemars Piguet on this list is their somewhat small catalog. While they have some alternatives, nearly every watch they sell is a Royal Oak or an offshoot of that iconic piece. Still, their popularity is undeniable, and they absolutely deserve a spot on this list. Additionally, their Code 11.59 collection is about to expand their offerings considerably, which should make the company even more alluring going forward. IWC The last brand on this list is International Watch Company, better known as IWC.  IWC sometimes flies under the radar, but produces amazing products at a fair price. To be honest, this final spot was the toughest to pick. The first four felt absolutely right, while number 5 was a toss-up between a variety of brands. Still, IWC is definitely deserving of their inclusion, and are an excellent option for those of you who want to spend a bit less money on your wrist companion. The truth is that you can’t go wrong with any Swiss watch brands. Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and IWC all have fantastic reputations and are sure to wow you with their products. Perhaps the hardest part of this article, though, was leaving out so many other great companies. So, let’s do a quick honorable mentions list: Longines, Breitling, Tissot, TAG Heuer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin and Oris. You really can’t go wrong with any of these options, so if you want to spend a bit less or go in a different direction, don’t hesitate to check any of these brands out.

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  4. Omega Watches Tokyo 2020 Olympics Limited Editions

    Alongside the latest Seamaster Aqua Terra, Omega has rolled out a few other special limited edition pieces to commemorate the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It’s a story that’s more than eight decades in the making. Omega, the official timekeeper of the 2020 games, first had that role in 1932, when the games were held in Los Angeles. Omega watches has since been the official timekeepers of the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Timepieces for Today’s Games When Olympics fever takes over Tokyo in the summer of 2020, Omega will watch the future unfold. Modern competitions such as skateboarding, karate, and surfing make their first-ever runs at Olympic gold. Simone Biles will be the gymnast to watch judging by her 2016 gold-medal showing. Swimmer Katie Ledecky also comes in as a favorite, while the ever-popular Team USA Basketball has also made the cut. New Speedmasters for Tokyo 2020 Looking ahead into 2020, Omega went back to its past for inspiration from their Professional Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster that was along for man’s first step on the moon in 1969. That classic style is carried over to the Speedmasters for the upcoming games. The new Omega watches come in five colors that represent (you’ve guessed it) the five colors of the Olympic symbols: red, yellow, green, blue and black. Omega came with color and the watch world took notice. Blue: The Tokyo Blue brings it in reverse panda-style with a brushed blue dial beautifully contrasted against popping white sub-dials. Purists love the trademark red font for the Speedmaster logo. Black: We have traditional panda style with a striking white dial and black subdials that peer through the minimalist face. Green: Green and gold is both an elegant and a bold choice, so just a touch of green please, on the bezel. Now bring on the glimmering contrast with Omega’s signature Sedna Gold in a balanced mix with stainless steel. Red: Red comes in bold and stormy. It’s seriously downplayed by an all-business light-grey saturated dial. But that robust ring of red around the face embodies its spirit and radiates an action-ready vibe. Yellow: Here we get a full-on tribute to Olympic rings with a medley of circles in yellow gold cast in sleek contrast with a matte black dial. Meet the 2020 Seamasters For the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020, Omega makes a sweeping change with the collection’s first-ever ceramic dial. The official Olympic emblem for the event is laser engraved across the high polish blue dial. At a solid 41mm case size with a sapphire case back, this Seamaster wears super sporty. They’re rolling out just 2,020 pieces (a bit on the nose, but okay). If you want to make a change from the all-stainless-steel motif, it wears wonderfully on the included blue rubber strap. On the Seamaster’s inside, you’ve got magnetic-resistant Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8900 from a solid Swiss player in the industry. Omega Watches, More to It A nod to the games lies in the case’s solid back stamped with a competing continent. The switch from the traditional Speedmaster sapphire case back is a standout feature. Beyond that, these limited editions don’t veer too far from Speedmaster territory with polished and brushed 42mm cases, three-link bracelets and 1861 hand-wound movements. The Dial Let’s talk about that dial that mimics the Cubist-inspired logo for Tokyo’s games. It’s standing right out there like an art grad’s accent wall. Sooner or later someone is going to call attention to the design that would be at home on the set of a swinging’ evening variety show in 1964. Love it or not, it’s got an iconic style. Sticking with the sea, we also get the Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020. The host country gets a salute in this watch Omega says has “a true Japanese touch.” Could they be referring to the Liquidmetal diving scale that would be at home in Japanese anime? Could it be the patriotic colors with a “lollipop” seconds hand that echoes the flag of Japan? A bezel filled with red liquid ceramic continues the country’s colors. This one wears in a refined kind of funky, or funky kind of refined on a white leather strap. Or go with the more traditional stainless steel bracelet or the NATO strap that’s in with the packaging. Flip the watch over to find a sapphire crystal case back with the emblem of the games on stainless steel that’s protecting an Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement. Seamasters to Mark Moments It’s worth looking back just a few balmy summer months ago to when Omega bowed its Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black to commemorate tequila, mezcal and a wee splash of George Clooney. Going black-on-black, the watchmakers did a design meld with Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal, an artisanal agave producer in Oaxaca, Mexico that the actor co-owns. View this post on Instagram #omega #omegaplanetocean #omegacasamigos A post shared by Collecting Watches (@appanerairm) on Jun 25, 2019 at 8:40am PDT Chances are you won’t be in Tokyo for the Olympic games. More than likely you will catch them on TV, maybe have a mini addiction on something like Badminton or Dressage. And when you see the shining Olympic moment of triumph that inevitably happens, maybe you’ll want a piece of that history on your wrist with an Omega watch.

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  5. Checklist for Buying Your First Luxury Watch

    Are you planning to buy a luxury watch? Here are some things you have to take care of while purchasing a luxury watch that highlights your personality. Choosing the right watch may feel a little daunting, but some good caliber sense will get you the perfect one. The watch you wear reflects a lot about you; it shows you have produced some quality work to reach this level. There is no longer any essence in picking your phone to tell what time it is, and therefore, you need a masterpiece on your wrist for that. Following are the considerations to look upon while buying high-end luxury watches. 1: Watch Dial Type/Display- Digital or Analog Lets talk watch dial types. If you are a casual party person and you need stylish luxury watches that you could wear to your casual occasions, you definitely shouldn’t go for a digital watch. The same old-fashioned watch with ticking hands would give a classy look on the wrist, and yet is it the most stylish option to consider? Fortunately, there are some options which give you the elegance of both the worlds, meaning analog and digital displays. Some of these stylish brands may give you a smart look to be worn with formal attire. 2: Band/Strap Material Leather straps are the most loved variety in straps. They have their grace but have a tendency to wear off with time. In summers, you sweat, and that may damage your leather strap, so if you are looking forward to wearing it in the heat, you have to switch it up with a nylon strap. However, talking about the metal strap, it always gives a superior and robust look to your business attire. It serves as the perfect all-rounder and works to make you stand out by complementing the masculine wrist on every occasion. The most commonly used are rubber straps, also called resin. They go with almost every attire and look smart even with a sharp formal suit. A rubber strap does not reflect poor quality; it just ensures secure functionality with rough use. 3: Watch Movement – Quartz, Mechanical or Automatic The oldest and the most retro option is to go for mechanical watches that have springs and cogs to power the watch’s movement. The hands have to be wound every day. Some men think this classic opinion is just some nuisance; others enjoy minority with the ritual. Similarly, automatic luxury watches are a perfect option. You are not required to wind them by yourself after putting them on the wrist. Instead, they wind themselves using a motion sensor. Quartz is a watch-powering option which is offered with batteries. The battery life may rely in between 12 to 36 months. They have high accuracy and are comparatively lesser in price. 4: Watch Features What kind of features do you want in your watch? You may need a sound alarm system if you consider putting your phone away for a sweet sleep. A stopwatch is also a convenient option to use during your gym time. It is way better than using your smartphone for it. Quality luxury watches may give you a stopwatch going up to the length of 24 hours. A smart digital watch can also be synchronized with your phone or your computer. But it needs to be updated to the latest software so that it doesn’t go outdated. 5: Water Resistance  No watch in this world can guarantee the label of ‘waterproof’ honestly. It is not what you think water resistance is. A watch that has 100m water resistance does not authenticate that it will work excellent 100m under the water. To test water-resistance, there are some laboratory-based experiments used. These tests are comparable to be checked with static water pressure and one hour of setting it in 10cm water. Real-life examples show a watch will never come across static water pressure. It will always be moving like diving or shower. 6: Quality Signs  The seal of Geneva is the certification which ensures that the watch is built with complete class. Only a fraction of 24,000 watches from Switzerland out of 30 million manage to get the prestigious badge of Geneva. The Swiss law has set rules that the seal is applied to the movements of those particular watches that follow the strictest basis of Swiss law. There should be a tiny description of the origin of the watch inside the creation of the dial. 7: Watch’s Weight  The strong built is reflected by the weight of the watch you have invested in. So make sure that you go for an excellent design. However, a watch that is too heavy for your wrist will also not suit your everyday use. Watches that are heavy go nicely with professional and formal events and gatherings. There are certain brands that make watches solely for this sort. However, if you are not a fan of heavy watches, some brands make perfect and sleek designs. Verdict After learning the roles of luxury watches above, you must have got an idea of what it takes to create a luxury watch that stands out on every occasion. Some watches require status and personality to go with them. So keep your watches safe and invest in them respectively. The timepiece you buy may change your personality and how people look at you. It might be worth more than you ever expected. It is always a sweet feeling to get praises for your watch on unexpected and expected occasions.

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