In 1948, Omega made its first group of watches, the Seamaster – an assortment that has proceeded to become one of the foundations of Omega Watches, an assortment comprising the majority of the plunging instruments the brand has made up until this point. On the off chance that our counts are correct (and they are) the Seamaster assortment is commending its 70th commemoration this year and, honoring this significant achievement, Omega has chosen to get us two new watches, profoundly motivated by the two first Seamaster watches. Meet the Baselworld 2018 Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions.
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-obstruction and dependability in combat. The finish of the war left Omega with extraordinary information and involvement with assembling exact, solid, water-safe watches. The brand reacted to interest for a watch containing a similar powerful innovation and unwavering quality, however more esthetically fit to regular citizen life. The Seamaster was born.
Launched in 1948, the Seamaster was the main legitimate group of watches planned by Omega. Despite the fact that imagined on the base of WWII military watches, the debut Seamaster pieces were flawlessly planned and reasonable for regular citizen use. However, they were given more noteworthy water-opposition than their military partners on account of Omega’s epic utilization of the O-ring gasket innovation. Made in steel, with an unmistakable case – rather intense around then and profoundly manly – two forms were accessible: a little seconds with leaf hands and a model with focal seconds and dauphine hands. The two watches have been redone in current limited editions for the Omega Seamaster 1948 70th Anniversary Collection.
This isn’t the first occasion when that Omega utilizes these early Seamaster watches to make a re-edition. 64 years after Omega dispatched the absolute first Seamaster during the London Olympics of 1948, it delivered another Seamaster at the London Olympics of 2012 – the limited release Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer . It was a 39mm steel watch, with a little seconds counter and calibre Omega 2500C, which showed extraordinary similarity to the first model – yet not as much as the two watches you’re going to see now.
The Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions 70th Anniversary
For the 70th commemoration of the Seamaster Collection, Omega once again introduces the two 1948 debut models in two loyal watches, which are plainly propelled by the first models and extremely close in style and execution. A slight dash of advancement has been added, yet the first pieces are promptly noticeable. Omega didn’t decide to go completely vintage either, as it did with the Master Trilogy presented at Baselworld 2017 – recollect that Omega checked the 1957 pieces and replicated them on a size of 1:1. For these new Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions, a couple of contemporary visual and specialized arrangements have been applied.
Two editions will be accessible, one with a focal seconds hand, one with a little seconds counter at 6 o’clock and each limited to 1,948 pieces. Both offer practically a similar case – with one being 11.20mm thick (focal seconds) and the other 11.65mm thick (little seconds). These new Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions bring back similar generally plan as the first pieces, with an expanded distance across of 38mm – which can appear to be rather little today, however is a lot bigger than the first pieces. The instance of these new forms utilizes a similar plan codes: powerful straight drags with a chamfer on the edge, striking cleaned bezel, cleaned and brushed surfaces on the focal container.
The dial of the two forms is domed and opaline white – marginally grained, with a shiny white tone. On both, we discover the mark three-sided cleaned hour records and Arabic numerals at each corner. On top, the hesalite glass has been supplanted by a domed sapphire precious stone, with the Omega logo engraved in the middle. On the back, Omega picked its protected NAIAD LOCK case back, with sapphire crystal.
As referenced, two forms will be accessible. The first, reference 5220.127.116.11.02.001, highlights a focal seconds hand and 18k white gold cleaned dauphine hands, loaded up with iridescent paint – lume plots are likewise applied on the three-sided files. A subsequent track has been imprinted on the outskirts of the dial – and the general dial stays near the first. This rendition includes the in-house, Master-Chronometer type 8806 and will be conveyed with a blue-dark leather strap.
The second form is again a tribute to one of the debut models, however this time it includes a little seconds counter at 6 o’clock. Reference 518.104.22.168.02.001 likewise has various hands and records – non-radiant markers and hands, and leaf hands for the hours and minutes. It is fueled by the in-house, Master-Chronometer type 8804 (same base as the 8806, just changed for the situation of the small seconds) and is conveyed with a brown leather strap.
On the back, types 8806 and 8804 offer similar details. Both are current self-twisting developments with Omega’s old style details: co-hub escapement, METAS confirmation, against attractive properties, silicon balance spring, Arabesque Geneva stripes adornment. These Master-Chronometer developments are set under a sapphire gem that has been laser-engraved and lacquered by hand with a 70th Anniversary logo, a Chris-Craft boat and a Gloster Meteor airplane – an accolade for the numerous pilots and sailors who have put their trust in Omega’s watches.
Both watches are introduced in their own unique collector’s box, made of soft earthy colored leather, and conveyed with a spare NATO tie in the first Admiralty dark tone alongside a lash changing tool. Each model is limited to 1,948 pieces and evaluated at CHF 5,700 (focal seconds, 522.214.171.124.02.001) and CHF 6,200 (little seconds, 5126.96.36.199.02.001). More subtleties on omegawatches.com .