What’s old is new again, and Omega’s Seamaster 1948 gets another lease of life in 2018 with two limited edition models that capture the retro spirit of the originals combined with turbo-charged 21st-century motors in the kind of Co-Axial Master Chronometer moves. Down the years the line, the Seamaster 1948 reappears to seduce a brand new generation of buyers with two quite attractive models, one with central seconds and another using a tiny moments sub-dial. With their elegant 38mm cases, monochromatic silver dials, Spartan aesthetics and non existent window, the Seamaster 1948 versions were definitely one of our favorites at Baselworld 2018.
BROTHERS IN ARMS
Launched in 1948 to coincide with Omega limited edition 007 orange replica watch ‘s centenary, the Seamaster is Omega’s most veteran line in the current series and the granddaddy of Omega limited edition snoopy fake watches‘s strong family of diving devices -including the Seamaster Diver 300m Bond watch. As the direct descendant of Omega limited edition ultraman replica ‘s utilitarian wristwatches supplied in bulk to the British Ministry of Defence throughout WWII, the Seamaster was the civilian reply to the strong models made to resist the most gruelling conditions imaginable.
Print adverts of the day to the automatic Seamaster appealed to”men of action” and trumpeted that”26,000 pilots” (RAF) had already tried and tested that the watch prior to them. The very first Seamasters, with small or centre seconds, were fitted using O-ring gaskets for increased water-resistance (to 60m). Spruced up for civilian life, the very first Seamaster was the perfect combination of a rugged, dependable sports company handsome enough to be worn to the office with a suit.
A Little CASE DOES NOT MEAN PUNY
With a diameter of 38mm, that can be relatively small for the current standards but considerably larger than the first, the Seamaster 1948 versions are a fantasy come true for purists who have turned their backs on the trend for hockey puck wristwatch sizes. But don’t be tricked into believing that the small diameter translates into a lightweight, fragile view. On the contrary, the thick polished bezel, the solid straight lugs along with the height of the instance (11.20mm to the central seconds version and 11.65mm to the small moments ), endow the watch using a reassuring, large existence.
In all fairness, the dials aren’t entirely monochromatic and also the minutes’ tracks, little seconds counter tops and inscriptions are black and there’s even a touch of color on the fundamental seconds model. Unlike its ancestor with glowing radium dots over the hour mark, the Central Second model includes touches of SuperLumiNova on the tips of the white gold hour mark and the Dauphine-style hour and minute hands that glow blue in the dark.
It is 1 thing to have a retro face, but quite another to have a retro motion. Bringing the watch squarely to the 21stcentury, Omega seamaster limited edition 2018 clone watches has kitted out both models using its proprietary Master Chronometer moves. The situation back using a Naiad Lock has a sapphire crystal window to view the movement with its rhodium-plated tunnels and bridges as well as Geneva wave decoration.
The glass is laser engraved with a Chris-Craft boat and also a Gloster Meteor aircraft, a tribute to the aviators and mariners who relied on Omega seamaster limited edition commander replica watches. Like its ancestor, the watch is water-resistant to 60 metres. I believe this is a somewhat anachronistic choice given the state-of-the-art motion in its interior and its historical fame as a water-resistant timepiece.