Spruced up for civilian life, the first Seamaster was the ideal combination of a rugged, reliable sports companion handsome enough to be worn to the office with a suit. On the contrary, the thick polished bezel, the solid straight lugs and the height of the case 11. While it has been known the 1948 to 1957 models of the watch existed and today are often cherished on vintage forums, this period was marked by many different dial configurations and case shapes in the series, so the era seemed too non-cohesive and further overshadowed by the post-1957 300 and later Professional models to warrant modern homages — let alone two. Each watch is limited to 1,948 pieces. My first watch I recieved from my neighbor who was a Veteran who was trained after the war by Hamilton and he gave me a 1957 Omega Seamaster cal. At the time, we assumed that these two 38mm limited were it for the collection. They're a good size, the styling is classic but a little striking, and the movements inside are some of the best everyday movements you can find anywhere.Next
Both are Master Chronometer-certified, thanks to the Calibre 8804 for the Small Seconds version and the Calibre 8806 for the Central Second model. There is a 5-hour power reserve difference between the two movements, with the 8804 just beating the 8806 with a total of 60 hours, but other than that the movements are nearly indistinguishable. Inside the cases of these Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Platinum are the same movements used in the steel versions, however with a solid Sedna gold rotor and balance bridge something that is always the case with precious metals watches at Omega. I much prefer the elegant leaf hands on the small seconds to the Superluminova filled dauphine hands of the central seconds. Seventy years down the line, the Seamaster 1948 reappears to seduce a new generation of buyers with two very attractive models, one with central seconds and the other with a small seconds sub-dial. Ahead of the show opening, these might be the two watches I'm most excited to see in the metal. Unlike its ancestor with luminous radium dots on the hour markers, the Central Second model features touches of SuperLumiNova on the tips of the white gold hour markers and the Dauphine-style hour and minute hands that glow blue in the dark.Next
Although they have the same 38mm-wide steel case watertight down to 60m , the layout on the curved silver-opaline dial and their calibres are different. This is an Omega patented locking system that allows watchmakers to perfectly align the decorate elements of a case back engravings, serial numbers, etc every single time. On the Central Second model, both the minute and seconds hands are domed. More often than not, brands will try and up-size a vintage design to accommodate for modern tastes but it almost never works. Some may complain about the extra lines of prose on the dial but a compared to the epic poems found on Rolex dials, this is practically a haiku and b these longer descriptors are part and parcel of modern Omega design so best get used to it! I feel that this is a slightly anachronistic choice given the state-of-the-art movement in its interior and its historical fame as a water-resistant timepiece.Next
Utilizing new movements for the Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition will bode well for Omega. The Naiad crown was prone to leaking in shallow water! In each of these watches are plenty of vintage influences with modern refinements. These new platinum additions have the same winning looks as the stainless steel models launched earlier this year, but there are a few aesthetic details that differentiate them from their slightly more pedestrian white-metal brethren. Each has a rotor and balance bridge made of Sedna gold, which can be seen through a distinctive boat motif on the sapphire crystal caseback. As you probably already guessed, I'm a big fan of these watches.Next
Two versions were available: a small seconds with leaf hands and a model with central seconds and dauphine hands. Caliber: Omega Caliber 8804 small seconds Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds Power Reserve: 60 hours Winding: Automatic winding in both direction Frequency: 3. However, the dimensions are the same: a 38mm diameter and 11. Bringing the watch squarely into the 21 st century, Omega has kitted out both models with its proprietary Master Chronometer movements. Otherwise, the two are very similar. I'd love to know, so drop a note in the comments below. Initial thoughts This is proof again — if any were needed — that Omega knows how to do vintage.
Both are 38-mm in diameter in polished steel and have a subtle crown, short lugs, and flat bezel. In this way, we are able to personalize your visit to the Website. Like the original straps, both buckles include a vintage Omega logo. From the dessert, through oceans,through the storms and construction job site. 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. With their elegant 38mm cases, monochromatic silver dials, Spartan aesthetics and non-existent date window, the Seamaster 1948 models were definitely one of our favourites at Baselworld 2018. As required by their differing dials, the two pieces use two different automatic movements.Next
That being said, I believe they will sell well, which makes me hope to see more Seamaster dress watches in the future. The very first Seamasters, with either small or centre seconds, were fitted with O-ring gaskets for increased water-resistance to 60m. The design was thus exalting both form and function, with great reliability and water resistance for its era, and simultaneously holding great sophistication. On the first, the slender, curved, leaf-shaped hands made of white gold, together with the sub-seconds, are powered by the calibre 8804, providing this elegant timepiece with a power reserve of 60 hours. Aside from the tenuous connection to Omega, I find the etchings very distracting and I feel that a plain steel case back would have served the watch much better. Though the visuals of these two watches are heavily inspired by the era, the watches utilize the Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8804 and 8806 in-house movements — giving the post-war look some modern guts.Next
We work for our audience and our coverage is as honest as it is passionate. The Seamaster is one of the most storied collections in all of watchmaking and doing something fitting for a big anniversary is a no-brainer. The case back with a Naiad Lock has a sapphire crystal window to view the movement with its rhodium-plated rotor and bridges and Geneva wave decoration. These current Seamasters appeal no longer to consumers as entry-level, and much more as novelties to vested, long-term collectors. Could Omega have gone manual with these? Even though the material has changed, these watches remain water-resistant to 60m — sufficient considering the rather dressy vocation of these pieces, especially in a noble material. Omega Seamaster 1948 Central Seconds The watches differ from each other somewhat subtly in their details.
The contemporary changes for each are also apparent. This helps us to improve the way the Website works. As for the inaugural watches launched in 1948, Omega presented two versions: one with small seconds a bit dressier and one with central seconds. If the details have been executed as properly as I think they have been, these could be two straight up home runs for Omega. Background The story behind the Seamaster collection is strongly linked to military watches.Next
She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date pun not intended. Each platinum edition is also presented with a soft brown leather collector's box with additional leather straps and a strap changing tool. Personally, I think it's the sub-seconds model for me, since it feels a little more 1940s, but it's almost a coin flip. If I had to choose one, the clean nature of the Central Seconds catches my eye, and I feel it would look great with a suit — though I would likely swap the blue-grey strap out for something more subtle. Currently located near New York City, he is a persistent student in all things historical, a writer on many topics, and a casual runner. Each model is limited to 1,948 pieces. Both of these new platinum pieces are also Master Chronometers, which means that in addition to being certified chronometers, they have been subjected to a rigorous battery of tests, including for resistance to magnetic fields.Next