The replica Omega released three watches in 1957 that would become classics for the Swiss watch brand: The Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster. It is paying tribute to these three timepieces by releasing 60th anniversary editions of each model this year, which can be purchased separately or as a group.
For the first time the replica Omega used digital scanning technology to offer accurate representations of the original watches—including cross-sections and dimensions. This, along with drawings of the original models, served as design templates for the new watches, which were slightly revised but remain true to the 1957 models.
All three fake watches are cased in brushed and polished stainless steel and feature black “tropical” dials. The stainless steel bracelets have been updated for strength and feature a retro-style Omega logo on the clasp. All of the logos on the replica watches are in a different style—a reference to how individual suppliers in the 1950s interpreted the Omega logo. Each replica watch is limited to 3,557 pieces and delivered inside a presentation box inspired by the original 1957 packaging, including the Seahorse on the lid, a retro logo and red corduroy lining—with two spare straps; leather and NATO; and a tool to change them.
The first Seamaster 300 was sought after for its water-resistance, its black dial, broad arrow hour hand, bi-directional diving bezel, and recessed triangular hour markers. The 2017 model, based on this model, features a black aluminum bezel and retains the original Naïad sign on the crown, which back in 1957 was a mark of the watch’s water resistance. The Seahorse on the caseback also refers to the original. It is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8806 and comes with a four-year warranty.
The double-case anti-magnetic fake watch was designed for scientists, technicians or anyone who worked close to electrical fields. The original’s unpretentious style has been carried over into the 2017 model, though the vintage indexes are slightly deepened to allow a stronger light from the Super-LumiNova filling. The watch is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8806, which can resist magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss and comes with a four-year warranty.
The original Speedmaster, called the “Broad Arrow,” due to its distinctive hands, was not only the first Speedmaster, it was also the first chronograph watch with a tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial—a feature designed for race car drivers. On the new model, the font was redrawn to match the scale of the original 1957 tachymeter. It is powered by the Omega 1861 caliber.