The watch world has always been an interesting one, and it is experiencing new heights since the beginning of this decade. From the re-invention of vintage models to the creation of brand-new classy designs, we have seen so much in this decade.
Well, Omega has also stepped up its game, and given us a few gems to talk about. Omega Railmaster is yet another exciting watch to come out this decade, and it became immensely popular among watch enthusiasts from the moment it was announced.
It is true that necessities birth inventions. The Omega Railmaster was created for highly magnetic environments, and its anti magnetic case offered accurate timekeeping even in the harshest of environments. These watches were exclusively favored by pilots (think Pakistan Air Force) and were later discontinued.
These watches used a soft iron inner case as a Faraday Cage to counteract the magnetic rays and keep the internal components from getting disrupted. The dial was also quite thick as compared to other watches, and this was done in order to shield the movement from the outside magnetic fields of up to 1,000 Gauss.
The Modern Omega Railmaster
The modern iteration of the Railmaster comes with an amazing 40mm stainless steel case with a 12mm thickness. The watch may feel heavier around the wrist, but the height and thickness serve the purpose of defense against magnetic rays.
Additionally, the modern reiteration got rid of the brightly polished surfaces and went with a rather soft brushed finishing for everything from lugs to the case back. The finishing will also show some grin around the lugs and the side of the case, but that goes in accordance with the overall rugged finish of the watch.
Omega Railmaster comes in two gorgeous dials: Black and Grey. Both the dials offer vertically brushed finished for an amazing look, and these lines also reflect light in such a way that everything becomes more readable without bouncing off a glare.
For the hour markers, Omega chose to go with 12 triangles made of Super-luminova. This material is quite similar to well-aged radium. However, one touch of modernity that Omega implemented was that the engineers set the triangles into the dial, rather than imposing them on top of the dial. This makes the entire surface look smoother than the original watch.
Omega went above and beyond when the time came to choose a powerful inner movement for the new Railmaster. The watch comes with the powerful Caliber 8806, which may just be the best that Omega has to offer. The movement is certified as a Master Chronometer and offers both co-axial escapement and a silicon balance spring.
The movement can withstand an immense magnetism of up to 15,000 Gauss with ease and comes with the regulation of +4 seconds per day.
The Bottom Line
Reviving an old design and making it amazing is an art in itself, and Omega has proven itself as an artist. The watch comes with either a stainless steel bracelet or a leather military style strap.
However, if you decide to choose an aftermarket strap for your watch, you can head over to DaLuca Straps and find yourself a leather watch strap without worrying about the quality. You can also find leather care and polishing products at DaLuca Straps, and enjoy the best quality.