The 1957 Trilogy Collection was presented by Omega on 16 Sept at the Tourbillon Boutique in Baden-Baden. Omega shared with a small group of collectors and enthusiasts the limited collection, accompanied by the 1957’s originally released timepieces. This was the perfect opportunity to compare, side by side, the initially released wristwatches with the anniversary edition. With this occasion, we caught some wrist time with the Omega Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday”.
The Omega Speedmaster: A legend turned 60 years old
At the end of the fifties, in the horological world was missing a wristwatch that can fulfil several requirements. NASA was looking for a watch to go to space, and eventually land on the moon. The watch should be a robust and water-proof chronograph with good legibility and great precision. Omega’s answer was the Speedmaster. The wristwatch was part of the Seamaster Collection. The reference 2915, the “Broad Arrow”, was the first to have a tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial. The Speedmaster was the first watch with the now standard layout of the three counters.
But the most known achievement of the Omega with the Speedmaster was to come later. After a series of tests that ruled out other [...]
Omega collectors rejoice! This year, Omega decided to make a special 60th anniversary edition for each of these three watches releasing them as a Trilogy box set. However, each model can also be acquired separately. We had the chance to study these watches at Baselworld. Here is our analytical review.The Trilogy begins
What does James Bond and NASA, the Moon and the Olympic Games, Britain’s Royal Flying Corps and George Clooney or Buzz Aldrin have in common with Prince William? The answer is Omega, the brand used by James Bond since 1995, the first watch on the Moon, worn by Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 mission, the official timekeeping device of the Olympic Games since 1932; official timekeepers for the combat units of Britain’s Royal Flying Corps since 1917 and American Army in 1918. Even Amelia Earhart had an Omega 28.9 chronograph on the wrist and her navigator, Fred Noonan, wore an Omega Marine on the day they disappeared. Not to forget the famous Concorde plane was equipped with Omega’s instrument panel clocks.
The story of Omega begins in 1848, when a 23 years old gentleman, Louis Brandt sets up an assembly shop in his family’s villa on 51, Rue de la Promenade, La Chaux-de-Fonds, assembling [...]
Omega re-introduces their most famous movement – the Caliber 321. This robust and elegant chronograph movement has been a favourite since the 1940s and is still highly sought-after by watch collectors around the world. Now, more than 50 years after the last Calibre 321 was produced, Omega is bringing the iconic movement back.The original Omega Caliber 321
Known for its beautifully intricate design, the original Calibre 321 was the first movement ever used in the Speedmaster in 1957. It had, in fact, been previously used in some of Omega’s other chronographs, namely those in the Seamaster collection. It stands out for its use of a monobloc column-wheel, a feature that is machined from a single piece and which adds technical value. Generally, column-wheel movements require very careful precision in design and build, making them popular with watch collectors.
In addition to its construction, the original Calibre 321 also earned a very notable place in history. It was used in a variety of models including the Speedmaster ST 105.003 (the model first tested and qualified by NASA and worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk) and the Speedmaster ST 105.012 (the first watch worn on the moon).The new Omega Caliber 321
For the Calibre 321 project, Omega utilised a dedicated team of experts who worked efficiently over two years and in total secrecy to bring the movement to life. The small group was composed of [...]
Originally launched in 1957, the OMEGA Railmaster was a design icon of yesteryear. Its clean and functional design made it perfectly suited to a role in working-class life: as its name suggests, a high-precision timepiece meant to aid railway conductors. In recent times, OMEGA updated and face lifted the fabled timepiece with three dial iterations: a handsome brushed grey, a striking matte black which we’ve covered here, and an all-new denim-inspired blue which proudly pays tribute to its industrial past.
Although they are now a fashion item, denim jeans were once manufactured purely for the benefit of hard-working labourers in the American West. For a long time, the robust cloth was the choice of miners, factory workers, farmers, and of course, those on the railroads. And their sturdy trousers or overalls would’ve gone hand-in-hand with the watch on their wrist.
OMEGA Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 40mm “Denim”
Dial and Case
To link the iconic material with this new Railmaster, the new watch dons a striking vertically-brushed “blue jeans” dial that features indexes and hands with light-grey Super-LumiNova. There is also a beige lollipop central seconds hand and transferred Railmaster indication that are both reminiscent of the coloured stitching found in denim jeans.
Most uniquely, [...]
What’s the fastest way to sell watches? If you are Omega, its the #SpeedyTuesday. Just a few hours ago, at precisely 6pm Singapore time, the gates to the reservation website were opened, and in less than 2 hours, the 2012 watches, each at S$9,180 were all spoken for. A total of S$18.5 million of sales. Gone in 1 hour, 53 minutes and 17 seconds! (official Omega numbers) For those of you who missed out, or who just reserved one without the full specifications, here are the details of the latest Speedy Tuesday watch: The Omega Speedmaster Ultraman.
This is the second time Omega has pulled off this feat. Both times, using the internet as the only means to reserve a watch. Both times, delivered through Omega Boutiques worldwide. Both times, sold out in record times. We covered last year’s Speedy Tuesday launch here.
The new Speedy Tuesday is officially known as the Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition 42mm “Ultraman” is a tribute the once very popular (and we were told still is very popular among some circles) Ultraman character. This series is a collection of shows created Tsuburaya Productions in Japan: one of the most famous examples of the Kaiju [...]