Once the topic of luxury watch manufacturers comes to mind, Omega is probably one of the first you think about. Even if you are not into watches, then odds are you are aware of the brand. Then, should you fall in the trap of becoming a watch enthusiast, it won’t be long till you find yourself with one in your wrist. They are one of those brands which are so heart to the mythology of the modern watch, that it’s impossible to not be intrigued by their story and the watches they’ve created within the years.For most folks, the first Omega they will think of is the Speedmaster, also for good reason. The very first watch worn on the Moon, it is as iconic as the watch could be, still a mainstay for its brand, and has the special characteristic of being largely unchanged for the previous 50 years (the Speedmaster Professional, that’s). It’s one of the few watches that’s as much a cult classic as a popular success. However, it’s not the only watch that the brand is known for, and also this year in Basel 2017, Omega celebrated not just the Speedmaster, but two other significant watches that were released alongside it in 1957, the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster with near visually indistinguishable, limited edition rereleases.While not the Speedmaster from caché, the Seamaster 300 is certainly a well-known and regarded timepiece. Highly collectible and aesthetically intriguing, it is a big part of Omega’s history.
In 1957, Omega released the very first Railmaster, the mention CK2914. Most of us consider dive watches and hearty chronographs as tool watches, but the Railmaster was a tool watch of another kind: It was an watch for scientists who could resist the magnetic fields encountered in the laboratory. As you most likely know, magnetism can wreak havoc to a mechanical watch, distorting the balance spring and affecting its ability to maintain a secure frequency, and thus maintain accurate time. The CK2914 used a soft iron inner case as a Faraday Cage and a thicker dial to shield the movement from outside magnetic fields of strengths as much as 1,000 Gauss. Omega was not the only watch manufacturer creating this type of watch. Rolex famously has the Milgauss, which takes its title directly in the 1,000-Gauss resistance (mille being French for 1,000) and was designed in partnership with the Swiss lab CERN. The opinion was produced from 1956 until 1988 (with there being two major productions at that time period, the 6543/6541 and the 1019), until it was again revived in 2007. Similarly, IWC has the Ingenieur, which actually arrived before the Milgauss or even the Railmaster, debuting in 1954. By that time, IWC had a history of creating anti-magnetic watches for pilots, so the Ingenieur appeared a logical next step. Two years later, it might find an overhaul by Gerald Genta at the kind of this Ingenieur SL and now the brand has retained the lineup alive as a selection of racing-inspired watches, though that is a story for another time.While technologically advanced and practical for a very special type of wearer, the more Railmaster wasn’t a top seller for Omega and the model had been retired in 1963, just six years after its launch. You need to rememberthat this was the age of typewriters, rotary phones, and manual transmissions — watch wearers weren’t contending with a world filled with electronic equipment, all which create some amount of magnetism a mechanical watch must deal with in 1 way or another.
|Model||De Ville Prestige|
|Code||10 u 8 u 27 u 4 u 14|
|Year||2018 inkl 19% MWST|
|Price||2,270 € (= $2,850)|
|Availability||Ready to ship in 3-5 days|
|Power reserve||48 h|
|Case diameter||39.5 mm|
|Dial numerals||Roman numerals|
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