All About Omega Omega Special
For more than a century, Omega has been one of the leading watchmakers in the world. What started as a small watch workshop established by the Swiss watchmaker Louis Brandt in 1848 is now a global leader in timekeeping. Over the years, Omega has launched many flagship lines like Omega Speedmaster and Omega Seamaster, but other models do not come under any of these lines. We like to call these watches Omega Special for their standalone innovation. The collection of Omega special watches include many which have vintage value and special edition watches released as a celebration of particular occasions.
The origin of Omega traces back to a humble watch workshop Louis Brandt in 1848. The workshop was based in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. From this small workshop, the first mass production of Omega watches started.
Omega has a long history with sporting events. It was selected as the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games in 1932 and will continue to be in that position in the coming years. The first partnership with the Olympic Games was in Los Angeles, USA. Since their collaboration with the Olympics, Omega has frequently introduced new limited edition watches dedicated to the Olympic Games. For more than a few decades now, Omega chronograph watches have evolved from dedicated sports watches to elegant multipurpose watches with state-of-art technologies.
Let's have an in-depth look at some of the most significant Omega Special watches.
Omega 1957 Trilogy
Omega launched the 1957 trilogy to mark its presence in Baselworld 2017. The launch was intended to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster, Seamaster 300, and Railmaster watches. These three collections were responsible for the early success of Omega and continue to be some of the most sought-after watches among connoisseurs around the globe.
With careful precision and attention to detail, each watch in the 1957 Trilogy seeks to recreate the heritage and nostalgia of the original editions. The Omega Seamaster 300, The Omega Railmaster and The Speedmaster are the three models in the 1957 trilogy collection. The design inspiration follows right down to the size, textures, even the small engraved logo on the crystal. According to Omega Museum curator Petros Protopapas' claim, the development team behind the 1957 trilogy worked in close collaboration with the museum to achieve perfection in every aspect of the watch's design. The 1957 trilogy can be purchased as a set with all three together or as individual watches. Each model has just 3,557 to its name. Their packaging is also inspired by the 1957 edition's packaging.
The only minor differences between the original and the recreated versions can be seen on the engraved logo on the back and the positioning of "Swiss made" on the dial. The overall vintage feel does not get affected by these minor changes. A noticeable change is seen on the bracelet, which is quite different from the ones used in the original editions.
Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary limited edition
The most significant watch of the 1957 trio is the Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary limited edition. The original 1957 Speedmaster CK2915 has the designation of being the very first Speedmaster. It is priced at over US$100,000 today for its antique value. It was the first chronograph watch to use the tachymeter scale bezel for professional racers. In the recreated model, the look is reminiscent of the original with all the signature features. The 2017 Speedmaster model makes use of the sturdy Omega 1861 Caliber.
Omega Olympic Games Limited Editions
Omega has a long association with the Olympic Games. They are the official timekeepers for the Olympics and have successfully carried out the role since 1932. Omega has been the official timekeeper for almost every Olympic Game since its first association with the event. The brand has released special edition watches for every Olympics to mark the celebration of both the games and Omega's role in it. Each Olympic collection watch is known for its Olympic-themed designs and features.
Seamaster Olympic Games Limited Edition Collection
The collection of Olympic celebration Seamaster models are available in multiple color options resembling the five rings of the Olympic Games logo. Each model has only 2,032 pieces. The number of models produced represents the year 2032, which will mark OMEGA's 100th year anniversary as the official timekeeper of the Olympics.
These watches have a domed black and white dial and a pulse reader in their themed color. It comes with three narrowly separated 20-second timing intervals capable of showing pulse beats-per-minute easily with accuracy.
All watches of the Seamaster Olympic Games limited edition incorporate the powerful Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8800. The caseback comes with an anodized aluminum ring with names of all the host cities and dates of the Olympic Games, starting from Los Angeles, 1932 and ending in Los Angeles, 2028.
Omega PyeongChang Olympic 2018 Edition
One of the most popular models of the Olympic collection is the PyeongChang Winter Olympic 2018 Limited Edition watch. The watch is a Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M watch in limited edition. It has a distinct visual appeal with the "PYEONGCHANG 2018" words engraved on the dial. The words are beautifully written in five colors representing the five-ring of the Olympic games logo. This 2018 Seamaster watch comes with a transparent crystal caseback with the official logo of "Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018" in it. Each item of the collection bears a unique limited-edition number engraved within. Omega Master Co-Axial movement 8500 is used to power these watches.
As we can see, Omega has never failed to surprise its customers with special limited edition watches. These limited edition watches are not only a display of their legendary craftsmanship and watchmaking skills but also a celebration of the brand's history. These special edition watches come in many variants and limited numbers, which makes them all the more appealing to watch lovers. Omega even has special edition watches beyond the ones listed here, and they are all worth your attention.