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Introducing: The Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions -

Introducing: The Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions –

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This year is the 70th commemoration of the Seamaster, and Omega is celebrating with a couple of restricted version watches that get back to the model’s initial years. Both element 38mm hardened steel cases, refined, domed silvered dials, and exemplary applied markers. Quite, neither shows the date, which is something I (and I’m certain a great deal of you out there) affection. One has leaf hands a little seconds register, while the other has dauphine hands and focus seconds. Otherwise, the two are very similar.

While the watches look exceptionally old-school, inside are high-tech, thoroughly-current Omega developments that are programmed, METAS-guaranteed types with co-hub escapements. Could Omega have gone manual with these? Of course, and I’d be gushing much more here, however this is an all the more for the most part easy to understand choice that makes complete sense.

There’s an unpretentious piece of military accolade going on here as well, since Omega gave a great deal of watches to the British MOD during the years paving the way to the Seamaster’s creation. There are some caseback etchings gesturing to this, though Omega didn’t go excessively heavy with those references (which I think is something to be thankful for here). 

The two models are fundamentally the same as, though the developments are slightly unique and the styling of the little seconds model is more 1940s while the styling of the middle seconds model is somewhat more 1950s. Both are restricted versions of 1,948 pieces. 

These watches might look outdated, yet there’s new-school tech inside.

Introductory Thoughts

As you most likely previously speculated, I’m a major enthusiast of these watches. The Seamaster is quite possibly the most celebrated assortments taking all things together of watchmaking and accomplishing something fitting for a major commemoration is an easy decision. Going right starting over from the beginning though is a shrewd approach. In particular, however, these look like watches that somebody today with no information on vintage watches at all could be get and appreciate, absolutely setting free. They’re a decent size, the styling is exemplary yet a touch of striking, and the developments inside are probably the best ordinary developments you can discover anywhere. Having the option to purchase a watch with an enemy of magnetic, chronometer guaranteed, programmed development with a co-pivotal escapement for under $6,500 is a unique thing that we shouldn’t disregard or make light of.

Ahead of the show opening, these might be the two watches I’m generally eager to find in the metal. On the off chance that the subtleties have been executed as appropriately as I think they have been, these could be two straight up home runs for Omega. 

Personally, I think it’s the sub-seconds model for me, since it feels somewhat more 1940s, however it’s very nearly a coin flip. Which do you like? I’d love to know, so drop a note in the comments below.

The focus seconds model feels more 1950s than 1940s.

The Basics

Brand: Omega

Model: Seamaster 1948 Center Seconds and Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds

Diameter: 38mm (both)

Thickness: 11.2mm (focus seconds), 11.65mm (little seconds)

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Dial: Opaline silver (with domed profile and applied 18k gold Ω at 12 o’clock)

Indexes: Applied Arabic numerals and daggers

Lume: On hands and blade shaped hour markers (focus seconds only)

Water Resistance: 60 meters

Caseback: Flat sapphire, etched with 70th commemoration Seamaster logo, Chris-Craft boat, and Gloster Meteor plan, using NAIAD Lock system

Strap/Bracelet: Blue-dim leather lash (focus second), earthy colored leather tie (little seconds), both with vintage-style Omega pin buckles

Through the rear of the little seconds model you can see the Caliber 8804 at work.

The Movements

Caliber: Omega Caliber 8806 (focus seconds)

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds

Diameter: 29mm

Power Reserve: 55 hours

Winding: Automatic (twisting in both direction)

Frequency: 3.5 Hz (25,200 vph)

Jewels: 35
 METAS Master Chronometer Certified

Additional Details: Resistant to magnetism up to 15,000 Gauss, silicon balance spring, Omega free-sprung balance, co-hub escapement, rhodium-plated extensions and rotor, and darkened screws, barrel, and equilibrium wheel.

Caliber: Omega Caliber 8804 (little seconds)  
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds  
Power Reserve: 60 hours  
Winding: Automatic (twisting in both bearing)  
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (25,200 vph)
Jewels: 35  

 METAS Master Chronometer Certified
Additional Details: Resistant to magnetism up to 15,000 Gauss, silicon balance spring, Omega free-sprung balance, co-hub escapement, rhodium-plated extensions and rotor, and darkened screws, barrel, and equilibrium wheel.

The little seconds Seamaster gazes directly out of the 1940s.

Valuing & Availability

Price: CHF 5,700 (focus seconds), CHF 6,200 (little seconds)

Availability: Coming Soon

Limited Edition: 1,948 bits of each model

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