Before SIHH 2017 began, Omega announced some 2017 Basel news. In addition to Tuesday’s Speedmaster quick limited edition, they announced Speedmaster Auto Racing Dial and Speedmaster Auto 38mm. We will introduce the ladies 38mm model at a later stage, but let’s take a look at the Speedmaster automatic main astronomical clock car dial.
As a pre-Baselworld 2017 treat, Omega today announces a new flavor of Speedmaster with the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer watch that features a “racing dial.” With accents in sporty orange and the distinctive style of minute track associated with popular historical models, its vintage-inspired looks are backed up by a movement with Omega’s latest technology. It’s like a Moonwatch but with an auto racing twist.
In its long history, omega watches contributed many important watches and innovative worlds. We record the most important Omega watches.
First Minute-Repeater Wristwatch (1892)
The world’s first minute-repeater watch was released in September 1892 by Bill City, the Swiss company Louis Brands & Monks, today’s Omega Watch Company. Brand chose the Audemars Piguet brand in Le Brassus to revise 13-ligne Lepine and modify, Audemars Piguet and the manufacturer Jaeger & Cie’s purchase. The mechanism that triggered the strike was 3 o’clock. Complicated watches are strongly similar to pocketwatch. Engraved in the dust cover is a French word translated as “excluded from the competition: jury, Paris, 1889.” The carving shows that the watch has been shown at the 1893 Chicago World Exposition but was not allowed to take part in the medal contest because Cesar Brand, who runs the company, and his brother Louis-Paul had a jury at the 1889 Paris World Exposition.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean collection is over 10 years old. In this article we already gave you some background on the Seamaster and Planet Ocean in particular. A fact you should know is that in 2007, the models were slowly upgraded to Omega’s in-house calibers (8500 and later on, in 2011, 9300). Other improvements to the use of ceramic one-way diving borders. Last June, Omega suddenly dropped ceramic bombs in the Seahorse Earth Ocean as they did in the Speedmaster 9300 series and called it “deep black.” I can wear it for a couple of weeks, that’s my idea.
Omega Hippocampus Ploprof WatchTime test, the classic re-edition diver’s watch from 1970’s initial water resistance and manufacturing standards twice. Scroll down the results, along with a gallery of Nik Scholzel’s original photos.
It was 1970, in the midst of an era that delighted in unusual shapes and bright colors, when Omega first released the attention-getting Seamaster Professional 600m, nicknamed the Ploprof. The watch, designed in collaboration with the French industrial diving company Comex, was conceived for professional use: the name “Ploprof” stands for plongeurs professionels, or professional divers. While Omega emphasized its functions, the model perfectly suited the styles of the 1970s, with a gigantic and unusually shaped case, a red button to unlock the divers’ bezel, a bright orange strap and a minute hand of the same color.
Although the feeling has now been going on for some time, the last leg of the auction season is imminent, after Geneva and Hong Kong we end up in New York. This week, we look at the New York Christie auction house provides, whether with the other two giants to see the capital.
TUDOR REF. 7924
This is one of the important Tudor Submariners to own. The Ref. 7924, dubbed the ‘Big Crown’, due to its large 8mm crown and similar to its big brother, the Rolex Submariner 6538. New to this model when released in 1958, was the increased depth rating, doubling that of its predecessor and also sporting a thicker case. The no crown guard look for a tool watch, with its simplicity and symmetry is a look that is admired by many collectors. I tend to agree that there is certainly a purity with Rolex/Tudor swiss sports watch models without crown guards, both in its design and primitive functionality.
This model, the Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer with its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, features a polished black ceramic dial with with Arabic numerals and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. Mounted on the 43.5 mm stainless steel case, is the world’s premiere black ceramic bezel with orange rubber. The diving scale of the bezel is crafted with Liquidmetal®.
Taking inspiration from pioneering legends like Jacques Cousteau, Jacques Mayol and William Beebe, watch brand Omega is debuting a new dive collection, Planet Ocean ‘Deep Black’. In these new models, the watchmaker used innovative materials and production processes to revolutionize the design. The watches garnered a Master Chronometer rating, which accompanies all models. Certified at the industry’s highest level for precision and performance, this collection is navigating new waters in watchmaking.
If you find yourself on the seas—perhaps in a regatta—while celebrating this holiday weekend, known as the unofficial start of summer, don’t forget to take an appropriate timepiece. There is a plethora from which to choose and here’s a smattering of water-worthy watches that will keep you on time.
Now, I’ve got a real soft spot for vintage chronographs. My very modest collections includes things like a Heuer Daytona, a Chronographe Suisse, and a well-traveled Tissot Seastar, though things like an Omega Flightmaster and Heuer Silverstone have been on my wants list for longer than I can remember. Phillips has two monster watch auctions coming up in Geneva this Friday and Saturday — one being a general assortment of highly collectible timepieces, and the other (and most interesting) a brilliantly curated set of vintage chronographs specifically made of stainless steel.