Replica Omega 1957 classics released as anniversary editions at Baselworld 2017

The Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster have been rolled out looking exactly as they did when launched 60 years ago, but with modern updates

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Omega Trilogy set: Seamaster 300, Railmaster, Speedmaster

There’s no better excuse for a celebration than an anniversary – and at Omega, it has three.

This year, the brand celebrates the 60th anniversary of its launch in 1957 of three sports watches that would go on to become classics: the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Omega replica rolled out three special anniversary edition timepieces that can be bought either as individual pieces, or as a collector’s limited edition Trilogy set. Each individual fake watch is limited to 3,557 pieces, while the Trilogy is limited to 557 sets.

The historic timepieces were revived using – for the first time by cheap Omega – a unique digital scanning technology to accurately reproduce the original designs and dimensions while allowing a little breathing room for modern updates.

The new Seamaster 300 is based on the CK2913 and features a black aluminium bezel and the original Naïad sign on the crown, a logo that denoted remarkable water resistance in 1957. Inside the 39mm case ticks the replica Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.

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Omega Railmaster

The double-case antimagnetic 38mm Railmaster retains its practical, no-nonsense aesthetic reminiscent of its 1957 design. However, the vintage indexes have been deepened just a tiny bit to allow a stronger Super-LumiNova light to shine through. It is also powered by the replica Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.

Part of the appeal of the Speedmaster heritage – apart from its having been the first watch on the moon, worn by Buzz Aldrin – is that it was the first to feature the tachymeter scale on the bezel instead of on the dial. Racing drivers found this feature useful – and the replica watch soon acquired a cult following. This year, Omega reproduced the original font to match the scale of the original tachymeter. It is driven by the calibre 1861.

Another highlight from swiss Omega was the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”, which combines the perks of a GMT and diver’s watch. The “Big Blue” marks the first time the brand has fashioned a case directly from a single block of ceramic. Ceramic is six times harder than steel and is resistant to scratches and discolouration.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Big Blue’

The “Big Blue”, pairing electric blue with shocking bright orange, is likely to appeal to the young, sporty gentleman. It is powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8906, which can be viewed through the transparent screw-in caseback. Water resistance is to 600 metres.

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Omega Speedmaster 38mm

The use of orange is echoed in the 44.25mm Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, which debuted this year in two different models: a stainless steel and black version with orange accents, and an 18ct Sedna gold and blue version. Both feature ceramic bezels with a tachymeter scale and an alternating minute-track on the dials. The distinctive minute-track, first used in 1968, is inherently linked to the brand’s unique relationship to motor racing. Driving the timepieces is the co-axial Master Chronometer calibre 9900/9901.

Another addition to the Speedmaster family is the new Speedmaster 38mm, available in 14 models for men and women. The three sub-dials (located at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock) are made of horizontal ovals, and a vertical oval date window can be found at 6 o’clock, a design feature inspired by the De Ville timepieces. Some models feature a dual bezel design, where the tachymeter scale on the bezel is complemented by an outer ring of diamonds. Each caseback boasts the Speedmaster’s signature Seahorse medallion, while inside ticks the calibre 3330. For ladies, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies’ collection has been expanded to feature 30 new models. Three sizes are available: 38mm, 34mm and 28mm. It features a few updates, including reproportioned and domed links for the bracelets, and a conical crown with waved edges.

The dials feature mother-of-pearl in 14 colours, and diamond hour-markers. The 34mm and 38mm replica watches are powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8800, while the quartz calibre 4061 drives the 28mm version.

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From the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies collection

The Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometers collection also has new models features subtle upgrades. Its dial now has a horizontal teak pattern inspired by a luxury yacht’s deck, and the date window is at 6 o’clock. At Baselworld, three models – each in 41mm and 38mm sizes – were presented. The timepieces are powered by either the Master Chronometer calibre 8800 or 8900.

Replica Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition Watches

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One of Omega’s many sponsorships and partnerships is as Official Timekeeper of the Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) sailing team. For the 35th America’s Cup yacht race taking place this month, June 2017, the Swiss replica watch maker has announced a couple of limited edition watches including this replica Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ that the team members wear while actually racing. Compared to other collections from swiss Omega, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about this interesting but rare family of digital, quartz-powered Omega replica watches.

The replica Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 was released in the ’90s, helping show that Omega wasn’t stuck in 1969 with the manually wound mechanical Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” as their cutting-edge astronaut gear. But much like Breitling’s Professional line of replica watches, also with hybrid analog-digital displays, the fake Omega Speedmaster X-33 was also convincingly meant for professional aviation purposes. It remains a peripheral branch of the Speedmaster collection that particularly dedicated watch enthusiasts and brand enthusiasts can also enjoy.

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There’s no reason, however, that it needs to be exclusively for aviation and aerospace, as the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition watch shows. I felt it was worth mentioning that the sailing team members wear the cheap Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ while on board as it does add some credibility to the watches’ intended practical use and durability. If you don’t follow regatta racing and aren’t clear on some of the physical rigors involved for people or replica watches on board one of these vessels in a race, see Ariel’s report after being strapped to a catamaran and splashed a lot with Bremont Watches and Oracle Team UK.

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On a nylon fabric strap, the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition is 45mm wide in Grade 2 titanium and water-resistant to 30m. This might cause some watchnerds to blink, as that is basically the minimum water-resistance rating for any modern watch, and this one is designed to be involved with watersports. Boats ideally stay on top of the water, yes, but 30m of water resistance refers to the water pressure below 30m of perfectly still water. We generally recommend that you don’t do anything wetter than washing your hands with a 30m-water-resistant watch – mostly dress watches. Granted, there are a bunch of buttons and spots where water ingress becomes a concern on the fake Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ, and it seems like they are intended to actually be used – but even most G-Shocks come with 200m water-resistance.

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The quartz 5620 movement inside powers the analog three-hand time telling with the addition of a countdown timer for regatta racing, along with a host of digital displays. If you didn’t know, the reason countdown timers are important to yacht racing and so often found on such replica watches is that boats get a running start before crossing the starting line that they need to time very carefully. The digital functions can show three time zones, chronograph, timer, calendar information, and two alarms. I will continue to say that negative LCD displays are just inferior to positive ones and can only be seen as a sacrifice of legibility for aesthetics. The regatta countdown timer is activated by the red button at 9 o’clock and triggers a series of alarms with recognizable ringing sequences.

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Some differences from the Skywalker X-33 in the swiss Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition watch include design cues for ETNZ, the specific functions meant for boat racing mentioned above, and of course, the omission of Skywalker from the name. The colors are of the New Zealand flag, and the blue ring at 9 o’clock that seems to reference an analog subdial is new and cool-looking. I happen to think that a more colorful approach to the X-33, as we also saw here with the Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse watch, makes it look a lot more modern and fun.

We don’t have caseback images for the moment, but fake Omega tells us that it is “stamped with an EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND logo and engraved with ‘CHALLENGER FOR THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP,’ ‘X-33 REGATTA,’ and the limited edition number.” The bi-directional rotating bezel, made of a ceramic-titanium mix, includes litle stars at the “compass points” in place of the aviation (stylized spaceship? K rail?) symbols of the Skywalker. Omega says the stars represent the Southern Cross on New Zealand’s flag. We can assume that there will be lume on the hands and indices, as well as the 12 o’clock star on the bezel, in addition to a back light for the digital displays.

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There are certainly a lot of potential luxury watch replica customers involved with the yachting world, so every year we see a range of sponsorships and limited editions from different fake watch brands. This is one of the cooler ones, in my opinion, and that’s because of the watch itself. Limited to 2,017 pieces, the replica Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition watch will have a price of $159.