Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 ‘Trilogy’ 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 ‘Trilogy’ 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Omega is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster, Seamaster 300, and the less remembered yet cult-collector’s favorite Railmaster watches with what they’re calling the Omega 1957 Trilogy. The reeditions are staying true to the original designs but with METAS approved Master Chronometer movements for the Railmaster and Seamaster. The Speedmaster, however, retains the iconic manual-wind 1861 caliber that’s immediately associated with the “moonwatch.”  Of course, all three will be limited editions, coming in 3,557 pieces per watch and 557 pieces of the Trilogy presentation box that’ll include all three watches. Let's see what Omega has to offer with their reissues of the Speedmaster ref. CK2915, the Seamaster ref. CK2913, and the Railmaster ref. CK2914.

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Omega went to great lengths to keep the overall theme of the 1957 releases. Using digital scanning and imaging technology for the first time, along with designs and original drawings of each model, Omega managed to create an accurate nod to the original models while keeping with a modern execution for each watch. Take, for example, the 2017 reedition of the Speedmaster compared to the actual 1957 model seen above.

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

All three watches will feature the “tropical” dials fans of the vintage Omega watches are fond of, and even an eclectic, retro logo on each piece - a nod to how 1950s suppliers each had their own interpretation of Omega’s logo. Each case is made of brushed and polished stainless steel with a design that Omega has updated for strength and to match the featured vintage-designed clasp with retro logo. I think the retro-vintage-style LumiNova indices are a cool touch - however, I can see some enthusiasts thinking it kind of takes away some of the "feeling" of the watches that carry over so many traits of their predecessors.

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Let's begin with the Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition, a watch which should come as little surprise considering the online catalog of 60 Omega Speedmasters (that we discussed here) released on their website last week. Reissues of this iconic Speedy aren't anything new - take, for example, the Broad Arrow ref. 3594.50.00 released some years back which carried over the design style but was sized at 42mm. Of course, the retro-styled Speedmaster '57 Vintage watch which took a lot of inspiration from the original but went in its own direction. Here, we see a more true-to-the-original reedition that carries over the 38.6mm case but, as previously mentioned, features the caliber 1861 movement (the original 1957 CK2915 featured the caliber 321 movement).

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

While the Omega Speedmaster is the model most widely known for the “Broad Arrow” hands, all three models will feature this style; a move that I am quite fond of. It’s a not-so-subtle vintage nod to already iconic timepieces, and I feel it gives an originality and character to a collection that tends to have the same look repeatedly in the spotlight.

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases
The 1957 Omega Railmaster Ref. CK2914

The Omega Railmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer will measure 38mm wide carrying over all the design elements of the 1957 model with the addition of the Super-LumiNova for contemporary buyers' standards. It might "ruin the feel" for those who are seeking an exact replica, but Omega decided to also add a contemporary movement, the caliber 8806 which is magnetic resistant to 15,000 gauss and has been a staple movement for Omega since their adoption of the METAS certification. This movement operates at 25,600vph and has a solid 55-hour power reserve.

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Considering this watch was designed for scientists who would be exposed to magnetic fields, the update is pretty apt. Though this is a limited edition, the size and classic design here make me think that we could be looking at good competition to the Rolex Explorer I, no?

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases
The 1957 Omega Seamaster 300 Ref. CK2913

The Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer (seen further above with the 1957 original below it) retains the broad arrow hands, bidirectional rotating bezel, and triangular hour markers of the 1957 original. Omega introduced the Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial back in 2014, but it was spruced-up and not intended to be true to the original model, with a 41mm case and a lot of refreshes and updates (you can read all about it in the hands-on article linked to above) that made it far from a reedition. Here, we get a 39mm case with black aluminum bezel, caseback with iconic seahorse engraving, and original Naïad sign on the crown. The movement is updated, with the same caliber 8806 as we see in the Railmaster.

As mentioned earlier, each piece is available on its own, with the option to buy the entire “Trilogy” as a set. Buyers who opt for the set will receive packaging inspired by the original 1957 presentation. This includes the iconic red-corduroy lining, and the retro-vintage Seahorse logo on the top of the lid, along with two replacement straps - a leather and a NATO - in addition to smaller boxes for each watch.

Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, & Railmaster 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

So often when we see a vintage-inspired rerelease there's bound to be a chorus of "why did they change the [insert design feature here]?" so Omega is bound to make the historically-accurate enthusiasts a little happier with this set of reeditions. Again, there will be 3,557 of each watch and 557 available "Trilogy" sets. Price for the Omega Speedmaster ref. 311.10.39.30.01.001 will be CHF 6,700, the Omega Seamaster Ref. 234.10.39.20.01.001 will be CHF 6,500 , and the Omega Railmaster ref: 220.10.38.20.01.002 will be CHF 6,300. We'll get you pricing for the Trilogy when we have it. omegawatches.com

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  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    All that faux-vintage luminova… Just makes my eyes burn…

  • Svetoslav Popov

    interesting how that vintage luminova will age 🙂

    • ??????

      It becomes brownish, degrades and later just falls down.

  • TrevorXM

    If they could just get rid of the fake “old radium” lume on these watches they would really work. What colour was “new radium”? These are new watches with an old style. Think about what’s aesthetically correct here. Not this.

  • TrevorXM

    re: Railmaster from the article: “Though this is a limited edition, the size and classic design here make me think that we could be looking at good competition to the Rolex Explorer I, no?”

    No. You don’t see fake “old radium” lume on a Rolex Explorer. For good reason. Because its stupid.

  • SuperStrapper

    I’m getting a sense that omega really hit a home run with the use of faux-aged lume.

    • IG

      Except that this darker colour weakens the actual luminosity quite badly.

      • SuperStrapper

        I was being sarcastic.

        • IG

          I wasn’t.

          • SuperStrapper

            I was

          • IG

            Yes, you were.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I love the Aqua Terre range. But within one second of looking at these, I thought No. These smack of jumping on the vintage band wagon without even trying.
    I don’t like being too critical of any watch, as I know my own tastes change, especially without seeing them in the real. But these are definitely not for me.

  • Color me heretical, but I dig the aged-radium lume, especially on the Railmaster. In a sea of black dial / white index watches, it at least shakes things up a bit. At that price point though, I’d still take the newer iteration of the Exp 1.

  • FXD

    Why the hell did they reverse the bezel on the 300? Not really keeping as true to the original is it?

    • It was news to me as well, but apparently some of the earliest variants had a countdown instead of a count-up bezel. They’re rarely found intact, which is probably why this came as a surprise. Definitely odd in a ‘modern’ diver, but I dig it.

  • ??????

    Omega: milking the cow again, and again, and again, and again…

  • BrJean

    Great trio (not kidding)!

  • Ruslan Matveyev

    Can someone please explain why the seamaster and railmaster both have updated, master chronometer movements and the speedmaster does not? Yes, I get that the speedmaster has the “iconic” 1861 movement from the moonwatch, but that was almost 50 years ago… I get that it is purist, but can a movement really be that revolutionary that it does not need an upgrade for half a century? Just curious here as they did the same thing on the speedytuesday, which I love, but it doesn’t really make sense to me.

    • Katnip Everlean

      Because the Speedmaster 57 with the 9300 movement already exists in their regular lineup. Look up Ref. 331.10.42.51.01.002

      • Ruslan Matveyev

        Completely fair, but why is it priced higher than the METAS master chronometer movements? That’s what has me baffled.

        • Katnip Everlean

          “Limited Edition”

  • Middle

    Question about faux patina many watches have today: is this a shortcut or an all-in option?
    I think the patina of vintage watches can look great, but with modern materials and fabrication practices is it even possible to achieve today if you were to buy a non-faux patina black/white speedmaster and wear day in and day out for years?

    • It’s pretty unlikely – the modern Superluminova you see on pretty much any watch after the mid 1990s (which is around when tritium started getting phased out) hasn’t aged long enough for us to really know for sure. I think the general consensus though is that SL doesn’t ‘decay’, and is thus more stable long-term.

      • Middle

        So the only way to make it is to fake it. That’s a shame.

  • Bill Grist

    I vacillate on the faux patina. They certainly have a nice bracelet.

  • James

    Love these, especially with the faux patina which, and I don’t know about you, but I’d much prefer on my wrist than un-degraded radium.

  • Yanko

    Love them all. Does railmaster come with sapphire crystal or plexiglass?

  • Andrew Hughes

    These are great… they were not afraid to go “small”. For those who don’t like the vintage lume, just wait a year and they may release it with white Superluminova, non limited edition. We’ll see…

  • Djsherif

    Why is it the small wrist club gets all the fun watches? Sport watches in 38mm? Come on people.

  • IVA the LT

    Might need to visit and AD and pick up that bracelet for my FOIS…..

  • IYG

    39 mm diver watch, tapered lugs, well proportioned, bidirectional aluminum bezel (that I believe works better than ceramic bezels, for this type of watches), METAS standard … Issues with the faux vintage lume ? … hell no , who cares? …actually looks nice

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