RAILMASTER OMEGA CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER 40 MM on a stainless steel bracelet
RAILMASTER OMEGA CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER 40 MM on a strap
I have always said that the only Omega that I would ever wear is the iconic vintage Speedmaster Moon watch from the sixties. Well, I stand corrected as there is now another Omega watch I would wear, and can you believe it isn’t vintage! The NEW Omega Railmaster CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER 40 MM is a breath of fresh air. It is the perfect three-handed watch and a great representation of Omega’s commitment to manufacturing anti-magnetic watches while respecting their past! I have always been a fan of the Rolex Explorer 1 but this watch blows it out of the water as far as I am concerned! This is available in two different versions; one on a stainless bracelet and one on a coated nylon strap. The best part is that it’s $1,500 less than the Rolex Explorer 1 at $4,900 on the coated nylon strap and $5,100 on the stainless steel bracelet.
What makes this watch special?
For starters, it’s one millimeter bigger than the Rolex Explorer 1 at 40mm. Also, there are no polished surfaces on this watch case or bracelet whatsoever. It’s completely brushed from start to finish. This makes the watch utilitarian, everyday wearing and unique. The original OMEGA Railmaster of 1957 was simple, practical, and a refined timepiece designed for railway employees or anyone who worked within close proximity to electrical fields. Today, that spirit of innovation has been carried over into an updated model which enhances the Railmaster’s capabilities yet again. This watch is antimagnetic and historic. The best part is the dial. It’s one of the most interesting and well-executed dials I have ever seen on a modern day watch.today! Unlike the Rolex Explorer 1, the Omega Railmastert has four white Arabic numerals instead of three. This makes the watch more symmetric and aesthetically pleasing. The most arresting part of this dial is the vertical brushed lines, giving it texture and making it distinct from any dial on the watch market. This is a subtle yet powerful detail. There is a white printed chapter ring at the very edge of the dial, just inside the flange, which is accented by 12 triangles made of Super-LumiNova. This gives the watch depth and character and provides great contrast for legibility. It’s also a subtle yet impactful nod to their past as the color of the lume is almost identical to the color of the aged radium used on the vintage version from the late fifties. The baton-shaped hour and minute hands are simple and bold, and a lollipop shape for the central second’s hand. Both hour and minute hands are filled with lume, matching that on the dial itself, and the minute hand is slightly thinner than the hour hand. The hands are the only polished detail on the watch, so you get a glimmer of reflection off of them, helping to ensure legibility.
What’s under the hood?
So let’s talk movement! Powering this watch is reliable and well-constructed Omega Caliber 8806. This is a time-only movement executing the best of what Omega manufacturers. It has the co-axial escapement utilizing a free-spring balance wheel and a silicon balance spring and is certified as a Master Chronometer by the Omega-founded Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). This means it can handle up to 15,000 Gauss of magnetism and is regulated to +4 seconds per day (there is no minus tolerance – the watch is essentially +2/-2 for a rate that is two seconds fast).The 8806 is a self-winding automatic movement and has a 55-hour power reserve. The winding mechanism works in both directions. The movement has all the usual finishes despite the fact that it’s a closed case back; including stripes radiating from the movement’s center point as well as a rhodium-plated finish and red-filled lettering.
The crystal is domed scratch-resistant sapphire with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The crown is screw down ensuring 150 meters or 500 feet of water resistance. In the last 5-10 years I have found Omega to have seriously overpriced a lot of their watches but in the case of the NEW Omega Railmaster, it’s a bargain for what it is!
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