Now, if you’ve closely followed Omega over the years or indeed, if you consider yourself an enthusiast or collector of the manufacturer – you may be more than familiar with their Railmaster collection. The line of watches, although popular for many reasons, was renowned for its anti magnetic qualities – particular with the 1950’s CK2914 model – tailored to those exposed to magnetic fields in laboratories or such like. Well, Omegas haven’t ventured too far from these values. They have been pushing hard in this direction for many decades and have been integrating anti-magnetic qualities into all of their high-end movements ever since, which brings us back to the watch in question, which follows in the lines of the Railmaster watch, albeit with fresher aesthetics and more modern technology. If you’re thinking about adding this Omega watch to your collection, we’ve given you the low-down on the bits you need to know before taking the plunge – and they’re all of the good stuff!
The Omega Seamaster Railmaster watch sits firmly within the Seamaster collection yet still claims its name as a bone afide Railmaster watch due to the special properties it brings to the design. The 40mm “denim jeans” effect dial with a 12mm case depth, feels solid enough on the wrist without feeling excessively chunky. Whilst it’s not exactly a sports watch, it feels “present” enough to get noticed for its broadness, but it can easily be worn with a pair of jeans and a smart shirt if you want to elevate your look quickly and easily. The Omega Seamaster Railmaster 40mm Blue watch creates a strong sense of proportion. The shape of the lugs as they curl over the wrist, along with the integrated bezel, all work hard to make that watch feel compact when worn.
If you aren’t a fan of the polished surface, you’ll be pleased to know that the Omega Seamaster Railmaster watch is executed in soft brushed finishes from start to finish. It’s a no-nonsense watch that packs a punch aesthetically without having to try to hard – we like that a lot! Hints of grain are definitely present, but they aren’t in your face. The watch makes a subtle suggestion through these finishes, that it will take scratches and marks gracefully, no danger. The vertically brushed finishes on the dial help to create a textured material-like effect. The twelve triangular shaped indexes, although promoting a simple layout, catch a ton of light, making the watch appeal more visually interesting, especially when the light hits the dial when the watch is turned at an angle, say under the sun for example. The orange accents visible in the second hand and the “Railmaster” writing add a playful contrast to the dial. It’s certainly not a make or break design feature but it certainly makes a huge difference when admiring how well the dial is balanced.
A lollipop icon on the tip of the second hand is always a nice feature which favours the watch on a legibility point of view. Whilst anti-magnetic watches used to need a solid metal back as a necessity, that is no longer the case in the modern watchmaking world. Omega choose to seal the underside of this watch off with a solid stainless-steel back in this design. It harks back to the original designs. The “Railmaster” wording on the back of the watch appears in an upright position and this unique feature is made possible by a patent-pending system called the Naiad Lock. Orientation is always guaranteed to remain the same, whilst it also allows Omega to grant a tighter seal for protecting the in-house developed Omega Caliber 8806, with co-axial escapement and free spring balance wheel as well as silicon balance spring.
The way the bracelet meets the case is a beauty to behold in itself. Comfortable to wear all through the day but weighty enough to let you know it’s still there, the Omega Seamaster Railmaster 40mm Blue watch brings endless enjoyment to the wrist. And if you haven’t yet delved into the Omega universe, this watch is the perfect taster to start you off in the right direction.
You can find out more about the OMEGA Seamaster Railmaster 40mm Blue Dial Men’s Bracelet Watch here.