The year 1957 was a marvelous one for Omega. It was the year when Omega presented the Speedmaster , Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. The initial two are presumably best known, the Railmaster is a smidgen more a ‘collectors only’ piece nowadays. Notwithstanding, that is the watch we are covering in this survey. The 60th commemoration release that will be, that was presented last year.
You’ve all seen the Omega 1957 Trilogy box set with reedition of the three legends ( if not, click here ). Where the Speedmaster CK2915 was presented for timing (games) and the Seamaster 300 CK2913 for plunging purposes, the Railmaster CK2914 was intended for individuals working in professional conditions where they would be presented to attraction. This watch was there for researchers and engineers,
A piece of history
The instance of the Railmaster was antimagnetic, which made it completely usable in a climate where it required insurance against attractive fields. Notwithstanding, Omega was not by any means the only brand that grew such a watch. Both IWC (Ingenieur) and Rolex (Milgauss) needed a piece of that market. While without a doubt the Railmaster CK2914 was the most un-supported of the three models, some unbelievable watches actually discovered their ways into the historybooks before Omega discontinued them in 1963. I’m discussing watches like the P.A.F. (Pakistani Air Force) and F.A.P. (Fuerza Aerea del Peru – Peruvian Air Force) Railmasters.
A 38mm case – Yes!
Omega went the additional mile with the 1957 re-versions as far as getting as near the first in everything about conceivable. The estimations of the case are actually indistinguishable from the vintage pieces. It is 38mm, something you once in a while see as feature from a brand nowadays. It wears and looks magnificent, even on a bigger wrist like mine (7.5″) in any case on the off chance that you have it on arm band or tie. The carry width is a similar 19mm as the first Railmaster CK2914. In reality each of the three models share a similar carry width. It’s a blend of brushed (sides) and cleaned (top of the drags) parts. A superb little detail is the Naiad crown on the Omega Railmaster 60th commemoration model (with reference 184.108.40.206.01.002). The little image on the center of the W is the characteristic of this uniquely planned part that would additionally seal the watch as pressing factor increments. This crown was presented on every one of the three models in 1957.
In numerous cases, a reedition may look great from the dial side however the case back would contains all the (determination) data they need to crush in there. Not for this situation. The first Railmaster case backs had the Seahorse theme (early forms even needed it), “Railmaster” and the W logo. This Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm has precisely the equivalent with just a minor change; the brand added the restricted release number (XXXX/3557), the development name (Co-Axial Master-Chronometer) and the “60th Anniversary” engravings. The case back is screw-down and the watch is water impervious to 60 meters. Finally, the gem is scratch safe sapphire with hostile to intelligent coating and the small W in the center. The first CK2914 model had a plexi precious stone, of course. (As you can see underneath, the model we had for this survey shows a few scratches as it is important for the example collection of Omega, and it appears to be not all writers are cautious with other people’s property)
Black and Tropical
Paying praise to the progenitor didn’t stop with the case. For undeveloped eyes, the dial of the Omega Railmaster looks convincingly vintage. The text style, numbers at 3-6-9 and 12 even the Omega logo look precisely as the vintage model’s. The dial–as Omega puts them – “dark tropical dial with vintage recessed files” fits the depiction. The artificial patina is evident however not brutal. The Swiss Made under 6 comes up short on the two Ts, clearly since at the time radium was as yet utilized rather than Tritium. Today, that has been supplanted by Super-LumiNova. The dial plan with the matured look is awesome. It adds to the vintage feel that the shape and size of the case acquaints with us. The dial and case are in amazing amicability leaving the onlooker with the inclination occasionally that the individual in question is taking a gander at a vintage watch.
Master Chronometer Movement
If there is any analysis about the Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm it is about the development. No, there’s nothing amiss with it, on the contrary! The Master Chronometer 8806 is a stunning type. First and foremost; it can oppose to attractive fields up to 15,000 gauss (as the Railmaster ought to be). There is something else entirely to it however. The 8806, as its name would demonstrate, is a METAS Certified Master Chronometer, a programmed, silicon balance spring driven, rhodium plated development. With power save of 55 hours. We clarified about these METAS developments here .
What isn’t right with it at that point? All things considered, to the lifelong fans the way that it is anything but a manual injury type like the first, is a touch of frustration. While I’m by no means whatsoever, attempting to ensure Omega (trust me they will do it without anyone else’s help) the Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm isn’t a duplicate of the vintage model. Without a doubt, the other two individuals from the Trilogy have a similar development types much the same as their vintage counterparts (hand twisted for the Speedmaster and programmed (additionally type 8806) for the Seamaster 300). While this one does not.
A profoundly foreseen highlight of the 1957 Trilogy watches are the rethought level connection arm bands. The first wristbands (reference 7077 and 7912) merit a chunk of change nowadays. The wristband of the Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm tastefully looks very much like these vintage ones. It has wide and (moderately) level connections which are brushed in the center however cleaned on the sides. This is anyway where the comparison stops. Arm bands have gone far since the good ‘ol days. The enhanced one is entirely comfortable and simple to wear. It coordinates the Railmaster impeccably however it’s no collapsed, empty connection arm band anymore. The new wristband is not difficult to change long because of a virtuoso component inside the fasten. The disadvantage is that the fasten has become rather huge in view of this. As much as I love the arm band, actually I’d wear the Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm on a cowhide strap.
Verdict and Pricing
All in all, Omega hit a grand slam with the 60th commemoration Trilogy and its Railmaster 38mm. It is an incredible looking, vintage-propelled watch, coordinating consummately into the 1957 Trilogy. Out of each of the three, the Railmaster 220.127.116.11.01.002 will sneak up all of a sudden as the most adaptable watch because of its size, absence of bezel and complication. An incredible all-rounder or 2nd choice on the off chance that you as of now have a Speedmaster for example. Such an excess of coming from a person who adores his chronographs. The cost of the Omega Railmaster 38mm is €6.400. It has an incredible enemy of attractive development and it is a restricted release. You ought to at any rate see it face to face to comprehend the astonishing worth its oversimplified at this point rich specialized foundation holds. Would we love it more when it had a Hesalite (plexi) gem and a hand-wound Co-Axial Master Chronometer development? Maybe, however there are certainly favorable circumstances of having sapphire and a programmed development and as said, it’s anything but a precise carbon copy.
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