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Dapper Denim: Omega Released New Railmaster In Tribute to Its Origins

More than 60 years on, we celebrate once again Omega’s anti-magnetic innovation. This time, with a fashionable twist.

Jul 26, 2018 | By Lynette Kee

In terms of fashion, denim was traditionally an attire for blue collar workers. Modern-day denim, however, has transformed into a quintessential fashion staple. Likewise, the Omega Railmaster was originally marketed towards labour workers in the railroad industry (hence the name) due to its robust qualities – The original Railmaster distinguished itself with a magnetic resistance of 1,000 gauss through copper-finished movement, double case, extra thick dial and iron dusting. Yet its standing in the watches sphere was short-lived due to its brand counterparts and competitor watches of similar interest.

Fast forward to 2017, Omega hosted a successful 60th anniversary of its iconic 1957 trilogy with three limited edition timepieces honouring the classic wristwatches in that seminal year – the Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. This then placed the Railmaster back on the radar as the brand’s core collection.

Omega Releases a Denim-Infused Railmaster

Today, Omega released an updated iteration of the Railmaster to honour its utilitarian history. The most significant change lies in the dial, which now features a vertically brushed “blue-jeans” design, inspired by the iconic material of its historical cache. Feeding on the effect denim has in fashion now, the new Railmaster also comes with an additional option of dressing with a matching denim NATO strap for the nostalgic Omega fans to go for the full effect.

Other than the dial and strap, the “beige” seconds hand, as well as the Railmaster logo, is reminiscent of the coloured stitching found in denim jeans. The updated model is presented as an improved version that still carries all the fundamental “genes” (pun intended) of the original Railmaster. Case in point, the watch has a diameter of 40mm in stainless steel, finished with the contemporary touches of a conical crown and a wave-edged caseback with a NAIAD lock system. Powering the watch is a METAS-certified Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 with anti-magnetism up to 15,000 gauss (15 times more resistant).

More than 60 years on, we celebrate once again Omega’s anti-magnetic innovation. This time, with a fashionable twist.

Omega Railmaster Technical Specs and Price

Movement: Automatic Omega co-axial calibre 8806
Case 40mm Stainless Steel with 150 metres water resistance
Strap: Stainless Steel or Denim and Brown Leather
Price: From SG$6750

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