In tribute to the very first
Seamaster models of 1948, this unique Limited Edition timepiece has
remained true to the original post-war design, while introducing some
very 21st century technology. The series is limited to 1,948 pieces.
38 mm stainless steel case houses an opaline silvery domed dial with
Dauphine style hour/minute hands, central second hand, indexes and a
vintage OMEGA logo all in 18K white gold.
The caseback features a
flat sapphire crystal which has been laser-engraved and lacquered by
hand with a 70th Anniversary logo, a Chris-Craft boat and Gloster Meteor
aircraft. This is in tribute to the aviators and mariners who all
placed their trust in OMEGA’s timepieces during World War II.
on a blue-grey leather strap, the watch is driven by the OMEGA Master
Chronometer Calibre 8806, certified at the industry’s highest standard
by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
Master Chronometer Co-Axial
Anti-magnetisch (15.000 Gauss)
A tribute to OMEGA’s peaceful use of wartime technology.
Conflict, although devastating, often drives innovation; and OMEGA’s
new Seamaster Limited Edition timepieces are firmly rooted in World War
Between 1940 and 1945, OMEGA delivered more than 110,000 timepieces
to the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) for use within the Royal Air
Force and its other branches. The watches were highly valued by British
airmen and sailors for their water-resistance and reliability in combat.
The end of the war and the ensuing optimism found OMEGA at the height
of its creativity and the brand responded to the demand for a timepiece
with the same robust technology and reliable conception, but more
aesthetically suited to civilian life.
Launched in 1948, the Seamaster line was OMEGA’s first family of
watches. The beautifully designed timepieces, which were given greater
water-resistance than their military counterparts by OMEGA’s novel use
of the O-ring gasket technology, would go on to become universally
recognised and respected.
In 2018, the 70th Anniversary of the Seamaster, OMEGA is
paying tribute to these exceptional timepieces by releasing two Limited
Edition models in the spirit of the 1948 classics.
Though both watches stay true to the original post-war design, the
Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds and the Seamaster 1948 Central Second are
powered by calibres which are very much a product of the 21st century. Driven by Master Chronometer movements 8804 and 8806
respectively, these watches have been battle-tested at the watch
industry’s highest level.
A stainless steel case, polished bezel, opaline silvery domed dial
and polished crown, embossed with vintage Ω are common to both watches;
but a closer look at the diamond polished 18K white gold hands reveals
subtle differences between the two.
On the Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds, the hour and domed minute hand
are in leaf style, while the Central Second is graced with Dauphine
style hour and minute hands filled with white Super-LumiNova. On the
Central Second model, both the minute and seconds hands are domed.
The Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds includes a small seconds indication
at 6 o’clock and is presented on a brown leather strap with a
polished-brushed stainless steel buckle. The strap of the Central Second
model is blue-grey leather. Like the original straps, both buckles
include a vintage OMEGA logo.
The caseback of each watch features an oriented and patented OMEGA
"NAIAD LOCK”, engraved with SEAMASTER, LIMITED EDITION, the Limited
Edition number and "NAIAD LOCK”. As a further tribute to the many
aviators and mariners who have placed their trust in OMEGA’s timepieces,
the flat sapphire crystal itself is laser engraved and lacquered by
hand with a 70th Anniversary logo, a Chris-Craft boat and
Gloster Meteor aircraft, the first jet plane used by the Royal Air
Force. Present day adventurers can also rely on the integrity of the
Seamaster, as the new models are water-resistant to 6bar/60m/200ft.
Both watches are beautifully presented in their own special
collector’s box, made of soft brown leather. In each box, the watch is
kept upright but easily moveable thanks to a magnetic floor, while a
spare NATO strap in the original Admiralty grey colour, leather strap
and strap changing tool are also included. Each model is limited to
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