This year Omega praised the 70th commemoration of one of its two meaningful assortments, the Seamaster. Brought into the world in 1948, made waterproof gratitude to the experience procured with military watches yet in a regular citizen and rather exquisite way, the early Seamasters were still gentlemen’s watches – and not the powerful, professional devices that the vast majority of us know today. At Baselworld 2018 , the brand introduced a very dependable commemorative pair of watches – the 1948 Seamaster Limited Edition – and now we have a more rich, exceptionally elite rendition, which has made it to the assortment. Meet the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition now in Platinum.
The story behind the Seamaster assortment is emphatically connected to military watches. Between 1940 and 1945, OMEGA conveyed in excess of 110,000 watches to the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) for use inside the Royal Air Force and its other branches. These watches were esteemed for their precision, water-opposition and dependability in combat. The finish of the war left Omega with incredible information and involvement with assembling exact, solid, water-safe watches. The brand reacted to interest for a watch containing a similar vigorous innovation and unwavering quality, however more esthetically fit to regular citizen life. The Seamaster was brought into the world in 1948.
Launched in 1948, the Seamaster was the main legitimate group of watches planned by Omega. Despite the fact that considered on the base of WWII military watches, the debut Seamaster pieces were flawlessly planned and appropriate for regular citizen use. However, they were given more prominent water-opposition than their military partners because of Omega’s tale utilization of the O-ring gasket innovation. Two variants were accessible: a little seconds with leaf hands and a model with focal seconds and dauphine hands.
The two watches have been patched up in current limited editions for the Omega Seamaster 1948 70th Anniversary Collection – two watches that were presented at Baselworld 2018 and that we assessed here . Esthetically speaking, the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions were very dedicated to the first. Surely not as compact as in the past, the extents stayed especially on the sensible side, with a 38mm case. In any case, if the looks are indistinguishable, the innovation is about the 21st century.
As for the debut watches dispatched in 1948, Omega introduced two forms: one with little seconds (somewhat dressier) and one with focal seconds. Contrasts can be seen on the minutes track, the state of the hands and, obviously, on the development side – a comparative base however with various stuff prepares because of the various seconds show. Initially made in steel and accessible in 1,948 pieces each, the assortment is going to get some new leads, with profoundly restrictive platinum models.
The new Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Platinum
Besides the difference in material for the case, the developments of these new platinum editions of the Omega Seamaster 1948 are inconspicuous and the general vintage-arranged plan, so near the first 1948 model, hasn’t been altered.
First and chief, the cases are currently created from 950 Platinum – which means a lot denser watch on the wrist. Nonetheless, the measurements are the equivalent: a 38mm distance across and 11.20mm (focal seconds) or 11.65mm (little seconds) in stature. The little seconds variant, because of the expansion of a couple of wheels to move the seconds from the middle to the 6 o’clock position, is marginally thicker. The instances of the platinum forms hold a similar completing, with for the most part cleaned surfaces and brushed casebands. The lashes are additionally unique, and are presently made of green or earthy colored croc skin.
One the back, we find back the equivalent moved decoration: a Chris-Craft boat and a Gloster Meteor airplane, an accolade for the pilots and sailors who once depended on Omega’s watches. Despite the fact that the material has changed, these watches remain water-impervious to 60m – adequate thinking about the rather dressy occupation of these pieces, particularly in a respectable material. The caseback has the typical patented “NAIAD LOCK” framework, with all the engravings and embellishment impeccably aligned.
Inside the instances of these Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Platinum are similar developments utilized in the steel renditions, anyway with a strong Sedna gold rotor and equilibrium connect (something that is consistently the situation with valuable metals watches at Omega). The programmed Caliber 8806 (focal seconds) and Caliber 8804 (little seconds) are in-house created and fabricated and include the METAS/Master Chronometer confirmation. They are against attractive and exceptionally exact, as expected.
Along with the new material, these Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Platinum include a few little reports on the dials. Most importantly, they are made in Platinum as well (as recommended by the Pt 950 engraving underneath the hands’ hub) and have a metallic, grained shading. Lists and hands are the equivalent yet the little seconds variant has yellow gold accents while the focal seconds highlights rose/Sedna gold details.
Price and availability
The Omega Seamaster 1948 Platinium Limited Editions are accessible in limited editions of 70 pieces. The Ref. 5126.96.36.199.99.001 with little seconds is valued at CHF 39,500 and the Ref. 5188.8.131.52.99.002 focal seconds is evaluated at CHF 39,000. More subtleties on omegawatches.com .