Omega is one of the legendary watchmaking brands in the world. It’s been adorned and cherished by some of the greatest people and has been part of history to change the world, both real and otherwise. While Omega has amassed a great lineup for anyone to choose from, there are several iconic watches that are sought after by collectors around the world. Today, we’ll talk about the iconic timepieces that made Omega legendary and specific pieces that are highly sought after.
Whatever your style is, these watches would be a great partner for your excursion to the office or with the elements. These watches have accompanied many great figures, saved the world, and explored beyond ours. Your watch tells a lot about yourself and how you carry yourself amongst others. If you prefer to be one with the masses, then these watches aren’t for you.
These watches, dubbed ‘The Trilogy’ are for the special few who appreciates the finer things in life and the achievements Omega has done with the watchmaking world. So let us at GW guide you through and see what we unlock together.
First, we have the Seamaster. Meant to accompany someone to the depths of the sea, the Seamaster has a storied history with accompanying many greats, with the most famous one you’ve seen on the silver screen.
The Seamaster was created in 1957 as one of the three Omega releases that set the pace on fine watchmaking. Focused on conquering the harsh seas, the Seamaster immediately made an impact. Featuring a rotating bezel, a generous application of hour markers, and 300m water resistance, the Seamaster can get you through any obstacle you may have. In fact, it has gotten England’s most famous spy out of a jam or two.
A Spy’s Favorite Watch
Ever since 1995’s GoldenEye, the Omega Seamaster has been a favorite of MI6’s James Bond. It has been involved in many engagements such as Tomorrow Never Dies where the Seamaster was equipped with a detonator, or in The World is Not Enough where Mr. Bond used his Seamaster equipped with a grappling hook to prevent a nuclear device from detonating.
Lastly, the Seamaster was also in Die Another Day where the Seamaster had a detonator pin and a laser built in the watch’s crown. These features, although cannot be bought at your local Omega retailer, are what enthralled collectors around to gravitate towards the Seamaster. The newer iterations of 007 don’t put the Seamaster as a quirky device rather than a statement piece to let his adversaries know he’s not someone to take lightly. The Seamaster line has been an icon for many years, and we thank Mr. Bond for being a part of that movement.
Overall, the Seamaster can be had with various movements, either quartz or automatic and has evolved to a collection of many iterations, such as Planet Ocean, Aqua Terra, Bullhead, but the iconic Seamaster Diver 300m is the one that the collectors want. While the other Seamaster watches has better features, with the Planet Ocean featuring 600m water resistance, nothing can diminish the fact that the Diver 300m saved the world more than once and has been eye candy for all watch enthusiasts everywhere.
Next is the Railmaster. With a focus on science and the achievement of technology, the Railmaster is meant to accompany any budding scientist to solve the greatest mysteries in the world or beyond. A rather clean and simple design, the scientist within you is befitting of the Railmaster as you don’t like attention on yourself, but rather to let people focus on the data that supports your hypothesis.
You want people to take your work seriously, which is a reflection of your drive to solve what others can’t and to prove a point, whatever that may be. The Railmaster would be perfect for attracting the like-minded individuals in your field.
A Scientist’s Favorite Watch
A big selling point of the Railmaster that differentiates it from the crowd is the resistance to magnetism, that will compromise the accuracy of the movement. If you were an engineer that worked close to electrical fields, you needed this watch that had a resistance of up to 15,000 gausses. It still has the elegance and the presentation of the Seamaster, but it’s been tailored to your needs.
The design isn’t as busy as the Seamaster and doesn’t have a rotating bezel. It is simple, straight-to-the-point: just like you. The Railmaster has the co-axial 8806 movement that supports the anti-magnetic technology and has a 55-hour power reserve, which is more than enough time to discover the world and beyond. Whatever the future holds for you, one thing is for certain: the Railmaster will be there for you every step of the way.
Last but not least, is the Speedmaster. The most famous piece out of the trilogy thanks to its’ out-of-the-world experience it had. Built with a racing purpose in mind, it was created as the first chronograph watch in the world that had a tachymeter engraved on the bezel. Back then, the tachymeter was printed within the dial itself, so immediately, this stood out from the crowd. The chronograph technology was as accurate as ever, and this new approach to design was icing on the cake.
The first Speedmasters, nicknamed ‘Broadarrow’, due to the broad, thick hour arrow hand it had, is sought after by collectors but there’s another Speedmaster iteration that’s desired and having a tachymeter in the bezel isn’t the reason why this is a grail piece. It was probably because of something else.
An Astronaut’s Favorite Watch
Pictured here with Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin, the Speedmaster ST105.012, with the thinner hands and a modern design, became a part of history in 1969 when it became the first watch to set foot on the moon. When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon for the first time in 1969, he left his Speedmaster on the lunar module as an onboard clock, so Buzz Aldrin had the honor of wearing the first watch on the Moon, which was the Speedmaster we all know and love today.
The funny part was that there were other watches considered by NASA before the Apollo mission. The Gemini mission got the ball rolling, which had specific requests by NASA to see if certain watches can respond to the challenge. Only a select few responded, with Omega being one of them. Out of them all, only the Speedmaster survived NASA’s rigorous testing.
At 42mm, it’s not an intimidating piece, but knowing first-hand that through the mechanical-wind movement, the black tachymeter bezel, and a black dial, it was part of world history is more than enough to get any conversation going. Featuring that chronograph feature that everyone loves, the Speedmaster was not only a part of the Apollo 11 but Apollo 13 as well, which held a pivotal role in the crew’s safe landing when things looked bleak.
The Speedmaster is a testament to the durability of mechanical watches and will always hold a place dear to the hearts of every collector out there.