BaselWorld 2017: New Watches by OMEGA

Nobody have missed that BaselWorld, the worlds most important watch fair, just opened their doors yesterday. The doors to an infinite amount of novelties, innovations and grown-up candy shop for watch enthusiast.

Omega being one of my favorite brands, this time of the year is a really exciting time. After I looked through the new timepieces Omega is releasing this year, I cant say they have their best BaselWorld release of their time, but for sure a couple of watches that is in the ‘eye candy’ division. Lets have a look at the different models they have announced. 

Omega 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Omegas three ‘icons’, The Seamaster 300, The Speedmaster and The Railmaster, Omega is now releasing three new watches in a limited edition as a tribute to these previous models. Each watch is limited to 3,557 pieces and comes with an extra NATO and leather strap.

The Speedmaster 38.6MM ‘Broad Arrow’ makes an honorable comeback from being the worlds first chronograph with a tachymeter scale on the bezel.  The Speedy stays true to its origin and is powered by calibre 1861.

The Railmaster 38MM was originally made for people who work close to magnetic fields. Railmaster had a strong resistance towards magnetism, this is of course something Omega highlights in their new release by using the calibre 8806 which can withstand upwards 15,000 gauss.

The Seamaster 39MM features a black aluminium bezel and is like the Railmaster powered by calibre 8806.

Although I’m all for vintage watches, I cant understand the fact why someone would buy a “fake patinated” watch. I mean, either go vintage or go new, the whole idea diminishes when trying to blend vintage with new. However, if you like the ’57 models and would like to rock one yourself, these are much easier to get your hands on than the true originals.

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Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 M Master Chronometer Gents’ Collection

The new Seamaster Aqua Terra series have got a beautiful face-lift. Omega is aiming to make their design more symmetrical to fit both the 38mm and the 41mm timepieces they offer in this range. Changing the position of the date window from 3 to 6 o’clock is a nice touch that I like. Omega motivates this move by honoring the very first Omega watch that had the date complication, which was placed at the 6 o’clock marker and released back in 1952. The new Aqua Terra also has a less cluttered dial compared to its predecessor, Omega has chosen to remove the ‘water resistance’ marking from the dial to its caseback. Previous model had vertical lines on the dial whilst the new Aqua Terra has horizontal lines. The Aqua Terra 150 M now also comes with a rubber strap.

All in all, I’d say its few cheap tweaks from Omega to call this a ‘new release’. But hey, if your name is Omega, you’ll sell anyways.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”

Here we go, for all the Planet Ocean lovers, this is great news. If you’re a sporty and a colorful guy, you’ll love the new Planet Ocean. Omega released the “Deep Black” PO last year, and riding on its success, a more colorful version is just perfect. Much like the previous PO, the Big Blue is  also a GMT/Diver watch fashioned from a single block of blue ceramic. The nerdy part of this watch is the hands and the indexes which are made out of 18K white gold coated with white Super-LumiNova. What I love the most with this watch? Easy, the caseback! I don’t know if its the color combination or the visible movement that does it for me, but its really attractive. The impressive Seamaster Planet Ocean is powered by calibre 8906 which is water resistant to 60 bar and withstands 15,000 Gauss.

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Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer

The Speedmaster is closely correlated with Racing, thats been the case for many years. For me, their Speedmaster Racing watches isn’t one of my favorites, I’m more a Daytona kind of guy, but nevertheless this is one interesting watch with great heritage. This Speedmaster comes in 44.25mm diameter and with Stainless Steel and Sedna Gold. I’m a sucker for blue dials with a touch of red gold. Have a look for yourself and be the judge.

 

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Did you find a new favorite among these beauties? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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