Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer Watch Hands-On

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer Watch Hands-On

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Driving in London is bad enough, but during the 2012 Summer Olympics it is going to be even worse. Omega will be there. Omega is always there. I hope they have a few private helicopters for the event (or hotels within walking distance of ALL the events). As the long-time official timer of the Olympics, Omega also gets to release special watch models each two years for the games. These Omega Olympics watches are often fantastic, and for 2012 Olympics they have devised a retro piece.

Most Omega Olympics themed watches are based on their modern collection but this is a vintage-themed model. It is based on classic designs from the late 1940s. Specifically 1948 - which is apparently the last year London held the summer Olympics. According to Omega is it also the debut year of the Seamaster watch. What a coincidence!

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I have a hunch that there is going to be yet another watch for the 2012 Olympics that Omega will release closer to the games. The release of this Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer just seems early - although it fits the bill well for a proper limited edition model. Actually to be specific, the watch was debuted exactly one year before the Olympic games are sent to begin in the summer of 2012.

Looking at the original watch you can see how similar the design is and where Omega drew influence for this recreation model. The new piece will be limited to 1,948 pieces - a number that should surprise nobody. The case is 39mm wide in steel with an 18k yellow gold caseback. The case has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 120 meters. The caseback has the London 2012 Olympics logo done in relief. The case is very old-timey sport with an easy to read dial and lovely detailing all over the face. You know what really surprises me? Just how faithful Omega has been to the Original dial. Just look at the 2011 Seamaster Planet Ocean watch and tell me just how much of the original DNA is in it? A lot actually.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This new limited edition Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial Chronometer watch is larger than the original with an automatic Co-Axial movement. It has also been COSC Chronometer certified, using the in-house made caliber 2022 automatic movement. Aside from the 18k gold caseback, Omega adds additional gold on the dial. The applied Omega logo and hour indicators are all done in 18k white gold. The result is very subdued and appealing, just what many retro-watch lovers are looking for.

Omega matches the finely conservative watch to a black alligator strap. The combination of history, style, and Olympics fandom will help this be a very popular limited edition for Omega in honor of the upcoming games. Price is said to be relatively reasonable at $6,800.

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  • Hi Ariel,

    Great review of a wonderfull Omega !

    This watch was already great in its original form, and now i the reissued version it meets modern standards in size, technology and durability. The 1940’s omega automatics are great. They are bumper automatics, which work OK, but after 50+ years they can be quirky, and not suited for everyday use. Also they are a bit small.

    What I like especially is that they did not change the original design, its only adapted to fit the movement. This unlike the planet oceans who have raised hour indexes and broad arrow hands contrary to the sword hands and painted hour markers of the 1960’s seamaster 300. I discussed this subject by the way with Jean-Claude Monachon (chief design at Omega) at Baselworld. He gave a very clear (tough confidential) explanation for this btw.

    Vintage Omega’s are one of the reasons why I started Pellikaan timing….

    Cheers, Hubert Pellikaan

  • Pete

    Alot of attention has been focused on this watch but Omega are also releasing two Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph L.E’s for the London Olympics which seem to me to be much better options.

    • kris c

      Agreed. The Seamaster Chrono is a much better representation of the games. This one is stuffy and pretty boring. I’m sure its a great homage to watches of yore, but I am so over sub-seconds on un-complicated watches.

    • Charles Boulakia

      I think they did a better job for the 2010 games, based on what I see so far.

  • Sharp, I like that.

  • Todd

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s a little crazy for this watch to be $6,000+ ? It’s steel with a bit of yellow gold on the back…

    You can pick up a vintage Seamaster with a nicer movement that looks nearly identical for under $1,000.

    I feel like I’m on crazy pills.

  • john steppling

    Well, Its a pretty cool watch. But way over-priced. That said, Omega is doing a lot of things right these days. I sort of feel they are catching rolex in a sense. The Seamaster 300 chronograph is a watch I happened to see in person recently. Its stunning. Its far better in person than in photos. The fit and finish (as it were) is simply outstanding. The new speedmasters are all great. They remain a bit unfocused with too many watches coming out, but the watches themselves are rather amazing. As I say, in person….say what you will about the James Bond marketing yada yada….its a beautiful watch. This one is actually a very classy simple design. Just too much money.

  • A lovely piece indeed… I am always happy to see something vintage on stream and this one I definitely like. $6,000 is expensive or not depending on who’s looking.

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