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Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

For 2015, Omega continues to release exciting new watches that are inspired (often directly) by their own history while also serving to debut new technologies or features that make these modern watches so exciting to enthusiasts. The brand new Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer is something that requires a lot to fully explain, but few words are necessary to appreciate the style of this dressy, though still sort of sporty, new timepiece inspired by original Omega Constellation watches – namely those with the so called “pie pan” dials. Omega could not, however, call these watches just “Constellations,” because currently the Constellation is a totally different model family (and that might confuse people today, just a little bit). With that said, the technical full name of the collection does include “Constellation.” So we now have the 2015 Omega Constellation Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Aside from using this new Globemaster name, there are a lot of nice little details taken directly from vintage Omega Constellation watches, and in fact it belongs to Omega’s Constellation collection. Some dedicated collectors may opt to simply close their eyes and think, “I know in my heart this is a modern ‘original’ Constellation, so I will imagine that name on the dial.” One of my favorite Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer watch details is the 18k gold or steel emblem set into the sapphire crystal on the rear of the watch with an image of an observatory. Omega collectors will really like that detail. The pie-pan design of the domed dial is also a nice touch and the legibility of the collection is very impressive.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

In terms of size, the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer collection is 39mm wide, and for 2015, Omega isn’t taking it slow with versions by offering an 18k Sedna gold (basically rose gold), a steel version, and a two-tone model. When Omega comes out with a new collection that the brand feels will be popular, there is rarely a deficit of variety for consumers to choose from. What I really like about the new Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer is the case finishing which is mostly brushed. That also goes for the bracelet which has a neat sporty feel to it, being offered in a brushed finish versus polished. The main polished element on the case is the bezel. While many people will see the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer bezel as being rather thematically similar to a fluted bezel on Rolex watches, this is a design element which is present on some existing Omega timepieces.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

The blue-dialed steel version of the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer is probably my favorite. It is a deep, grayish blue that has the finishing of stone so that it isn’t glossy. I have to say that legibility for the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer collection is pretty good as well, with the lumed hands and hour markers. A lot of people are going to be happy with these as a daily wear, and others might feel underwhelmed by the design, as they see Omega primarily as a producer of sport watches.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

That is actually an interesting subject – Omega is a really diverse brand and in many instances has different people who like them for different reasons. Some people love Omega for its De Ville and Constellation watches, without any interest in Speedmaster or Seamaster – and of course just the opposite is often true. I don’t know that I’ve met any hardcore Omega lovers that love everything Omega does today – which adds an interesting dimension to the brand’s persona. It just proves that Omega is aiming to appeal to many people who themselves are often diverse from one another.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

For many people, the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer’s most interesting story is in the movement. Here, Omega debuts the name “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” which more or less replaces “Master Co-Axial” that has been around for only a year. So if you have or want to get an Omega Master Co-Axial watch I have a feeling these are going to be collector’s items because will not have been produced for too long. Why the name change? Well, the new Omega caliber 8900 movement family is the first to receive the Omega METAS accuracy certification which is what Co-Axial Master Chronometer. What does this mean? Allow me to explain.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Omega “Master Chronometer” movements will first be sent to COSC for Chronometer certification and then cased into watches and given an additional certification process (which is the one referred to above that has been approved by the Swiss government agency METAS). Rolex is actually more or less doing the same thing with some of their new movements – namely, the 3255. Though Rolex doesn’t have a fancy new name like “Co-Axial Master Chronometer.” Omega has mentioned that average rate results for caliber 8900 (and 8901) automatic movements that are Co-Axial Master Chronometer watches are – 0, + 5 seconds a day. At least you know your Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer will never run slow.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

The Omega caliber 8900 is a rather lovely movement, and the 8901 adds some 18k Sedna gold elements. The 8900 shares a lot with the 8500 architecture, but, as noted, boasts anti-magnetic properties as well as the “Master” designation. The “Master” part of the name implies that it uses the non-magnetic parts, making for an extremely anti-magnetic timepiece (and of course, it is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback). Operating at 3.5Hz, the 8900 offers 60 hours of power reserve through two mainspring barrels and, functionally, offers the time and date on the dial.

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Omega is offering the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer on both a strap as well as a bracelet. While the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer will make a fine dress watch, I think it offers the most value and visual interest in steel on the bracelet for slightly more casual wear. It hearkens to the past, while offering modern watch lovers a lot to enjoy. Accurate, legible, and loaded with exotic certifications most people don’t quite understand, Omega shows us that they know how to pull our nostalgic heartstrings with vintage-inspired elements and novel features which keep us excited about even the most minute new developments in the world of mechanical timepieces.

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

In steel, the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer starts at $7,700, which, thankfully, is the price either on the alligator strap or the steel metal bracelet. From there, the price goes up to $9,400 for the two-tone steel and 18k Sedna gold Globemaster on the strap. $12,000 gets you the two-tone 18k Sedna gold and steel bracelet on the two-tone case, and the 2015 Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer maxes out at $21,600 in full 18k Sedna gold on the alligator strap. Below you’ll find the full price list along with reference numbers of the 2015 Omega Globemaster collection. omegawatches.com

2015 Omega Constellation Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer watch price list:
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX SEDNA  ALLG BROWN STRP 8901 O13053392102001 $21,600
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX YG  ALLG BROWN STRP 8901 O13053392102002 $21,600
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX YG SS  BRACELET WHITE DIAL 8900 O13020392102001 $12,000
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX SEDNA SS  BRACELET BLUE DIAL 8900 O13020392103001 $12,000
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX YG SS ALLG BROWN  WHITE DIAL 8900 O13023392102001 $9,400
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX SEDNA  SS ALLG BLUE  DIAL BLUE 8900 O13023392103001 $9,400
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX SS  BRACELET WHITE DIAL 8900 O13030392102001 $7,700
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX SS  BRACELET BLUE DIAL 8900 O13030392103001 $7,700
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX SS ALLG GRAY WHITE DIAL 8900 O13033392102001 $7,700
– CON 39MM GLBMSTR COAX SS ALLG BLUE  DIAL BLUE 8900 O13033392103001 $7,700

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  • Martian

    I like the warm and cool color scheme. It adds a unique quality to the simple design.

  • iamcalledryan

    These actually look far more handsome in the flesh than the marketing images. I am not at all a fan of the fluted bezel design, which is a functional echoe from the days of screwed down bezels, but here I think it is almost acceptable!

  • I agree with Dryan below. The press pictures were terrible. This post has shed new light and I actually… gulp… like them. Well done ABTW.

  • Schalosch

    ABTW, could you please check again the claimed 4Hz operating frequency of 89xx caliber. If I and for example also Timezone.com is correct, then this is a mistake and should be 3.5 Hz. And if I remember correctly, you made the same mistake when presenting the  2014 Master Co-Xxial Aqua Terra with its 8500 caliber… you did write 4 Hz there too, I just checked this.
    Concerning the new and not retrofitted movements from Omega, the 93xx Chronographs are indeed operating at 4 Hz, but the 8xxx series should be 3.5. They even changed the 2500 first co-axial from 4 to 3.5 Hz over the time.

    BTW, great article and amazing watch from omega, I love the blue one!!

    Regards,
    Alex

  • gyang333

    Why is it called Globemaster?  Is there any reason why?  When I hear that name I think of a GMT or Worldtime, or Dual Timezone watch, not a simple three hander.

  • Schalosch

    gyang333 A lot of people actually do, but this just because of history and has a different reason. Omega named the first Constellation watches decades back “Globemaster” in US market! So everything ok! It was a law-thing, protected name “Constellation” in the US. That’s what I heard…

  • Ulysses31

    The one with blue lume looks interesting, in what seems to be a very sedate bunch of watches.  Don’t like the bezel of course, but the finer notches make this a little less blingy than the “pie-pan” bezel used by Rolex.  Having a little observatory on the back is a nice touch.  One thing about Omega; they give you a lot of options.

  • nickyb66

    The new Omega’s continue to impress me, the snoopy speedy yesterday and the new glob masters today. Thanks Ariel.

  • Jimxxx

    A very bland execution of a Rolex inspired Omega made watch cobranded with Zenith (the star at 6). Big pass

  • Schalosch

    Jimxxx  Agreed, it looks a bit Datejust-ish. If this is a bad thing, is a matter of taste.
    BUT: the star is placed on about every Omega Constellation watch since 1952! That’s a while and even Zenith got rid of the star for a couple of years in between. So this is definitely an Omega star with loooong tradition.

  • Schalosch Jimxxx Hey…it’s the Datejust for all those guys that hate the cyclops!

  • I_G

    Chaz_Hen I hate fluted bezel, too.

  • Dick Move

    That looks like the bracelet from a $400 Citizen.

  • Schalosch Yes, that might be correct. I’ve asked this question to Omega on various occasions and get different responses. Some people might just be rounding up to 4Hz.

  • v2point0

    Possibly one of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever read on ABTW.
    Which is quite impressive really, so kudos to you on that.

  • GBD

    Overall I think these are a nice addition to Omega’s lineup, although the bracelet seems somewhat of an afterthought; the design doesn’t match the case very well, imo. 

    Any word on water resistance or case thickness?

  • star42

    Seems everyone is going abit Zenith this year.
    Not a bad looking watch. I love the brushed finishing, and it looks great on a leather strap to boot. However once again they are priced too ambitiously. I’ll wait a few years for it to drop to a more reasonable price before I look at it again.

  • Jimxxx

    Oh dear… Not enough fiber in your diet?

  • DG Cayse

    Nicely fluted bezel.

  • These should be called the Omega ‘Rolexes”. Seriously. 

    I dig the piepan dial though, nice throwback. Also enjoy the blue colour-accented handset. 

    All that said: do not want.

  • GoBuffs11

    SuperStrapper

    While I don’t love the bezel either, they were making fluted
    bezels and star dials back in the 60s and beyond.  Rolex is not the only
    one who makes watches or has a history.
    http://omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.com/2008/12/constellation-c-shape-omegas-child-of.html

  • GoBuffs11

    Jimxxx

    Same comment as above.  

    While I don’t love the bezel either, they were making fluted
    bezels and star dials back in the 60s and beyond.  Rolex is not the only
    one who makes watches or has a history.
    http://omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.com/2008/12/constellation-c-shape-omegas-child-of.html

  • GoBuffs11  Understood, but the look is instantly and universally synonymous with Rolex, and that can;t be denied. So much so, I think it is a mistake for any other brand to do it today, even if you’re Omega and did it previously.

  • GoBuffs11

    SuperStrapper GoBuffs11

    Yeah I can see that viewpoint.  Funny story from my youth, until I got into watches after college, this style was synonymous with my dad’s Seiko. Back to this watch, It would get away from the “dressy” aesthetic but a smooth tungsten bezel with a coin-edge would have looked fantastic

  • GoBuffs11

    SuperStrapper

    Kind of like this..

  • TTrq01

    This watch is really growing on me.  I am trying to figure out if it’s the Rolex/Datejust-like bezel or what?  And I like that caseback and the movement.  I was ready to pull the trigger on the new retro Seamaster Ti 300 but now I’m thinking this blue dial SS Globemaster is waiting for me 🙂

    P.S. Ariel, Omega should have used you to put together the press messaging! Great write-up and pics!

  • star42 Except Zenith

  • spiceballs

    Good article (thx) but your price list doesn’t indicate those with (or without) the (nicely placed) date window – eg, blue/grey version?  I mean, could one choose?

  • ZL

    I consider myself a De Ville and Speedmaster fan – a moderate in the apparently polarized Omega fan world.

  • WimadS

    Very lovely watches! Love the one with the blue markers, as well as the gray dialed version a lot. A modest design without being boring.

  • egznyc

    Looks like the one with blue luminant is the only one without the date window. That’s actually just fine with me, though the date windows are done in a nice way. I find the gray dial with blue lume very appealing, particularly on what looks like a navy strap. Just wish it had a dolifferent bezel.

  • Why the Globemaster so much more expensive than the more complicated Speedmaster, pushing it into Rolex territory?

  • TTrq01

    Can’t stay away! I read that the fluted bezel on the SS models is made of tungsten carbide with claims that it is tougher than ceramic. That could be very interesting!

  • soupman1951

    Truly a bit pricey … I am an Omega Fan for sure but I may take a second look at Rolex now……

  • sgvasquezr

    Clean but still on the small side.
    Surely they/Omega want to try and appeal to those that want a clean watch in a larger size.
    Steel-Blue in 42-43mm would be perfect.

  • astrolon

    This is just fugly, I don’t understand why so many like it. The connie of the 60’s with fluted bezel was unmistakably Omega but this looks like a knockoff of a watch I don’t like and wouldn’t wear if I was paid to.  And also there’s something I can’t explain about the way the bracelet integrates into the case that reminds me of a cheap Seiko. I guess I never really got the modern Constellation aesthetics, must be a targeted to a different demographic (a watch for people who are not into watches? in a 1980 Volvo kind of way…)
    OMEGA: Make a new one with a beautiful piepan dial and the same top notch movement, but ditch the fluted bezel and put a “railroad” bezel, like the 2000-ish DeVilles. Problem Solved.

  • Amser88

    So much negativity here – c’mon guys, take your medication and calm down!

    Seen in the metal, or indeed the several metals, this is a fine-looking watch – understated, handsomely proportioned and impeccably finished. The movement is a technical tour-de-force and the use of extra-hard tungsten carbide for the crisply fluted bezel means that it will retain its good looks indefinitely. The much softer white gold used for Rolex bezels tends to become scratched very quickly. The Omega Globemaster offers a ‘middle way’ between the more formal De Ville range and the more sporty Speedmasters and Seamasters – it will suit the needs of many people much of the time.

  • Andrew Rennison

    What’s the model number for the version with the white face but blue detailing (hands and hour markers)? I can only find model numbers for the version with the blue face and the white face, but not for the white face with blue detailing. Thanks for any info!

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