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— Sixty years ago, in the sem­i­nal year of 1957, Omega re­leased not one but three wrist­watches that have be­come col­lec­tors’ clas­sics — the Speed­mas­ter, the Sea­mas­ter 300 and the Rail­mas­ter. At this year’s Basel­world, the brand pays trib­ute to all three with spe­cial, lim­ited an­niver­sary edi­tions in its so-called 1957 Tril­ogy.

Omega used a spe­cial dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy — which recorded cross-sec­tions and di­men­sions of the vin­tage mod­els, along with orig­i­nal draw­ings — to de­rive the de­sign tem­plates for the very pe­ri­o­dac­cu­rate repli­cas cre­ated for this se­ries. Only slight re­vi­sions have been made to en­sure that the watches ap­peal to mod­ern tastes while still stay­ing true to the spirit of the 1957 orig­i­nals.

All three watches have brushed and pol­ished stain­lesssteel cases and black “trop­i­cal” di­als. eir stain­less-steel bracelets have been up­dated for strength and fea­ture a retro-style Omega logo on their clasp. Each logo on the three di­als is ex­e­cuted in a slightly dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal style — a ref­er­ence to how sup­pli­ers in the 1950s all in­ter­preted the Omega logo in their own way.

Each of the Tril­ogy mod­els is lim­ited to 3,557 pieces and pack­aged in a pre­sen­ta­tion box in­spired by the orig­i­nal 1957 pack­ag­ing, right down to the Sea­horse on the lid, a retro logo and red cor­duroy lin­ing. e pre­sen­ta­tion box con­tains two spare straps — a leather and a NATO — along with a tool to change them.

e Omega Sea­mas­ter 300 – 60th An­niver­sary Lim­ited Edition Mas­ter Chronome­ter 39 mm is a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of the very first Sea­mas­ter 300 divers’ watch, which was lauded for its ex­treme wa­ter re­sis­tance, stark black dial, broad-ar­row hour hand, re­cessed tri­an­gu­lar hour mark­ers, and bidi­rec­tional (stan­dard at the time) ro­tat­ing bezel. Based on the highly col­lectible Omega Ref. CK2913, the new time­piece boasts a very mod­ern black alu­minum bezel (still bidi­rec­tional) and is out­fit­ted with an Omega Mas­ter Chronome­ter move­ment, Cal­iber 8806. Among the model’s many stylis­tic nods to the past is the Na­iad sym­bol on the crown — which de­noted ex­cep­tional wa­ter re­sis­tance back in ’57 — and a faith­ful ren­der­ing of the orig­i­nal model’s Sea­horse illustration on the case­back. e watch car­ries a fouryear war­ranty.

“Sim­ple, prac­ti­cal, yet sub­tly el­e­gant,” and “made to be worn to work” is how Omega de­scribes the orig­i­nal Rail­mas­ter watch. Whereas the orig­i­nal model — spe­cially de­signed to be worn by sci­en­tists, tech­ni­cians, and oth­ers who plied their trade in close prox­im­ity to mag­netic fields — used a dou­ble-case de­sign to en­sure its an­ti­mag­netic prop­er­ties, the new watch en­sures them with its Mas­ter Chronome­ter move­ment, Cal­iber 8806, among whose many at­tributes is its re­sis­tance to mag­netic fields up to 15,000 gauss. e con­tem­po­rary watch is more or less iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor, ex­cept that the vin­tage-style in­dexes have been slightly deep­ened to al­low them to be filled with more Su­per­lu­mi­nova, and hence make them brighter in low light. Omega also of­fers a four-year war­ranty on this model.

Last but cer­tainly not least, 1957 gave the world the orig­i­nal Speed­mas­ter “Broad Ar­row,” the very first in that now-iconic col­lec­tion, and the first chrono­graph wrist­watch with a tachymeter scale printed on its bezel rather than di­rectly on its dial. On the Omega Speed­mas­ter 60th An­niver­sary Lim­ited Edition 38.6 mm, the tachymeter scale is drawn in a dif­fer­ent font than that of the cur­rent Speed­mas­ter se­ries to match the scale of the vin­tage model from 1957. e watch’s mod­estly sized, pe­ri­o­dap­pro­pri­ate case con­tains Omega’s chrono­graph Cal­iber 1861.

Each of the watches in Omega’s 1957 Tril­ogy is avail­able sep­a­rately, but for those who wouldn’t settle for less than the whole set, Omega of­fers 557 spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion boxes con­tain­ing all three watches. In­di­vid­u­ally, the watches are priced as fol­lows: $7,000 for the Sea­mas­ter 300; $6,800 for the Rail­mas­ter; and $7,250 for the Speed­mas­ter; the box with all three is $21,600.

Omega 1957 Tril­ogy Lim­ited Edi­tions: Sea­mas­ter, Rail­mas­ter and Speed­mas­ter

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