A Trio Of Omega Watches Celebrate 60 Years

Three Omega watches for three specific uses were released in 1957—the Seamaster 300, Railmaster and Speedmaster. They immediately were a big hit and are now considered a classic within their product categories. The timeless popularity of these watches has led the Swiss luxury watch brand to introduce a 60-year anniversary edition of each model and a special “trilogy” edition.

Omega employed digital scanning technology to create accurate representations of the original watches—including cross-sections and dimensions. This, along with drawings of the original models, served as design templates for the new watches, which were slightly revised but remain true to the 1957 models.

All three watches are cased in brushed and polished stainless steel and feature black “tropical” dials. The stainless steel bracelets feature a retro-style Omega logo on the clasp. All of the logos on the watches are in a different style—a reference to how individual suppliers in the 1950’s interpreted the Omega logo.

Each watch is limited to 3,557 pieces and delivered inside a presentation box inspired by the original 1957 packaging, including the Seahorse on the lid, a retro logo and red corduroy lining—with two spare straps—leather and NATO—and a tool to change them.

Seamaster Omega watches

The Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer 39mm  |  The very first Seamaster 300 was sought after for its water-resistance, black dial, broad arrow hour hand, bi-directional diving bezel and recessed triangular hour markers. The 2017 model, based on the CK2913 original, features a black aluminum bezel and retains the original Naïad sign on the crown, which back in 1957 was a mark of the watch’s water resistance. The Seahorse on the caseback also refers to the original in 1957. It is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8806 and comes with a four-year warranty.Railmaster Omega watchesThe Railmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer 38mm  |  The double-case anti-magnetic watch was designed for scientists, technicians or anyone who worked close to electrical fields. The original’s unpretentious style has been carried over into the 2017 model, though the vintage indexes are slightly deepened to allow a stronger light from the Super-LumiNova filling. The watch is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8806, which can resist magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss and comes with a four-year warranty.

Speedmaster Omega watches

The Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition 38.6mm  |  The original Speedmaster, called the “Broad Arrow,” due to its distinctive hands, was not only the first Speedmaster, it was also the first chronograph wristwatch with a tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial—a feature designed for race car drivers. On the new model, the font was redrawn to match the scale of the original 1957 tachymeter. It is powered by the Omega 1861 caliber.

Omega watches

The Trilogy Presentation  |  Omega has created a 557-piece limited edition package and engravings for those who purchase all three 60th anniversary models. The outer-box, made of Swiss oak wood, is engraved with the 1957 Seahorse on the lid and a front-plate engraved with “Trilogy 60th Anniversary, 001/557.”

Inside is a smaller box, inspired by the 1957 version, which contains all three watches. Each dial is printed with “TRILOGY” and the limited edition number; and each caseback is engraved with the words, “LIMITED TO 557 TIMEPIECES.”Omega watches

The larger box also includes a leather watch roll with three spare leather and NATO straps; and a wooden spring bar changing tool.

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Anthony DeMarco

Anthony DeMarco is a freelance writer and editor who travels the world covering the jewelry and watch industry. He is also a lifestyle correspondent and “resident jewelry expert” for Forbes.com, and covers the U.S. jewelry market for JewelryNetAsia, a Hong Kong-based Web portal, as well as contributes to the Financial Times Watches & Jewellery special reports. Anthony also owns and operates the Jewelry News Network blog, which serves as a window into the international jewelry and watch industry. For more information about Anthony DeMarco, please visit his site at https://jewelrynewsnetwork.blogspot.com.

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