Now this is how you commemorate a 60th anniversary. In 1957 Omega introduced three professional timepieces that would go on to become icons – the Seamaster 300, the Speedmaster and the Railmaster. To celebrate the trio turning 60 this year, Omega has unveiled anniversary editions of each model, which can be acquired separately or as a beautifully presented trio.
What’s amazing about this re-edition is how faithful they are to the originals, right down to the printed vintage Omega logos. To recreate these models, Omega used digital scans of the originals to recreate the dimensions of the original. These scans along with drawings of the original models, served as design templates for the trio, which, though slightly revised for the 21st century, remain true to the spirit of '57.
All three watches are cased in brushed and polished stainless steel and feature black 'tropical' dials. The stainless steel bracelets have been updated for strength and feature a retro-style Omega logo on the clasp. In a curious design quirk, three different Omega logos appear on these watches, a nod to the fact that Omega’s suppliers in the Fifties all interpreted the brand logo in their own way.
Each watch is limited to 3,557 pieces and delivered inside a presentation box inspired by the original 1957 packaging, right down to the Seahorse on the lid, a retro logo and red corduroy lining. The presentation box contains two spare straps; leather and NATO, as well as a tool to change them.
Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer 39 mm
Based on the legendary CK2913, this watch retains the black aluminum bezel and the original's Naïad sign on the crown, which back in '57 was a mark of the watch's exceptional water resistance. It features the broad arrow hand and the famous black dial of the 2913.
The caseback has the Seahorse just like it was drawn in 1957. It is powered by the Omega’s anti-magnetic Master Chronometer calibre 8806 and comes with a 4-year warranty.
Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition 38.6 mm
Based on the CK2915, the original Speedmaster “Broad Arrow” is still a much sought after timepiece in the vintage market. Back in 1957, it was the first chronograph wristwatch with a tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial - a feature designed for the benefit of racing car drivers.
On the new model, the font was redrawn to match the scale of the original '57 tachymeter. The attention to detail here is intense. Even the accent of the tachymèter is like in the original. While the Lemania-supplied Caliber 321 powered the original, this re-issue uses Omega’s Cal. 1861 movement.
Railmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer 38 mm
Of the three watches in the trilogy, it’s the Railmaster that remained the unsung hero. Only produced for a limited period initially (between 1957 and 1963), it was a simple, practical tool watch that was anti-magnetic up to 2,000 Gauss that was designed for railway employees, scientists and technicians.
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 calibre 8806, which can resist magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss and comes with a 4-year warranty.
Omega has created a special Trilogy presentation box containing all three for those who want to collect the Class of 1957 re-editions. The outer-box, made of Swiss oak wood, has an engraving of the 1957 Seahorse on the lid and a front-plate engraved with “Trilogy 60th Anniversary, 001/557”.
Opening the lid reveals a smaller box, inspired by the 1957 version, which contains all three watches, identical in style and technology to the individual pieces, but uniquely marked.
Each dial is printed with Trilogy and the Limited Edition number; and each caseback is engraved with "Limited to 557 pieces”. The larger box also includes a leather watch roll, with three spare leather and NATO straps as well as a wooden spring bar changing tool (plus tube with additional spring bars). The special Trilogy presentation box is limited to just 557 pieces.