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#TBT Omega Railmaster 39mm - A sophisticated Classic You can purchase NowOmega RailmasterWait a 2nd, the Omega Railmaster is way too new to be featured on #TBT! Well, for sure, the discontinued watch from Omega is not so far taken off our mindscape, but it is gone. I did a recent visit from family and my pops, who's seemingly a player in finding overlooked but worthwhile objects, wore a 39mm (39.2mm but who’s counting?) ref. 2503.52.00 version during almost all of the visit. I noticed it because, well, I take note of the watch on anyone and everyone’s wrist and i also thought, damn, which is one seriously beautiful piece that needs a longer gmt master rolex , more reflective view. It simply one particular replica watches that simply feels so right. So, the actual and here you go…the Omega Railmaster is on Fratello Watches for which I think may be the first-time. All aboard!Today's Omega Railmaster was area of the brand’s “rebirth”Omega launched into a life threatening renaissance in early to mid-2000’s. Watches such as the original Seamaster Planet Ocean were released together with the Seamaster Aqua Terra. Part of the renaissance was supported by a decision to move more in the direction of a genuine manufacture as Omega started implement the now-famous co-axial escapement (since 1999). The George Danielsinvention that reduces internal friction and lengthens service periods is currently symbolic of Omega’s in-house movements, but it wasn’t always doing this. During this time period, Omega paired the escapement with the bulletproof ETA 2892-A2 movement in order to create the chronometer certified caliber 2500. Amongst numerous sizes and colors of replica watches featuring the movement, Omega released a genuine peculiarity in 2003: the Omega Railmaster.Why was the Omega Railmaster this kind of odd re-release? Well, it brought back a brand not seen ever since the 1960’s. The Railmaster CK2914 originally debuted in 1957 plus the Seamaster 300 CK2913 and Speedmaster CK2915 and rounded out Omega’s sporty trio (an excellent overview can be obtained here). However, it had been clearly essentially the most niche rolling around in its reference to trains. The name likely owed towards the no-nonsense dial with Arabic numerals, no date, and huge concentrate on legibility.1960 Omega Railmaster (Image courtesy of matthewbaininc.com)That it was marketed, in a manner just like Rolex’s equally unique Milgauss, to engineers along with technicians who'd be working around strong magnetic fields often perfectly located at the vicinity of trains. To support the marketing push with real hardware, the dial was soft iron and the watch featured a dual layer case back. Today, vintage Railmasters command serious sums and finding good original versions presents a significant challenge.An amazing variety of Omega Railmaster offerings started in 2003When the Omega Railmaster premiered in 2003, the marque certainly placed effort behind the launch. In doing so, they developed a fairly dizzying volume of models. A hand-wound which has a chronometer rated ETA/Unitas 6498-2 model arrived an extraordinary size of 49.2mm perhaps looking more like a conductor’s pocketwatch for the wrist. It absolutely was easily obtainable in steel, gold along with a version which has a mother of pearl dial. Normal, co-axial automatic editions were released in 36 (a good writeup here dosed with many history too), 39 and 42mm. Gold versions came and chronographs were also marketed. And, Omega being Omega desiring to entice about everyone offered the replica watches with bracelet or on strap. Looking back, the many models in addition to the pearl abomination are wonderful exercises in simplicity and restraint. The steel models, though, should now be considered as true gems.Balance and restraint define the Omega RailmasterThe Omega Railmaster sat in a Seamaster Aqua Terra case, filled with its twisted lugs, screw-down crown, and exhibition case back (sorry, Robert-Jan, nevertheless is very worthwhile). Oh, if purchased correctly, the watch had what I’d argue is one of the greatest bracelets to around come from the house of Biel. As i have said, the watch were only available in three different sizes, but it’s the 39mm version that has resonated most with collectors and savvy secondary market trawlers.Yes, in 39mm, the Omega Railmaster displays ridiculously perfect balance. Eschewing the date function that plagues so many ill-devised retro inspired models, the timepiece makes apply a matte black 3/6/9/12 dial and bold, lumed arrows at every hour. Involving are simple white hashes to mark the minutes that match the equally simple font showing the brand, the model, movement and certified accuracy. Any time is denoted in regards to what may be Omega’s best ever try in a redo on vintage hands. It’s a wonderful mix of a dagger for that hours, an arrow for your minutes and also a paddle-bottomed arrow similar to a pre-Moon Speedmaster for the once-a-minute trip throughout the dial. Topping this all is really a barely domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. And i really like that 150 meters (500) feet water resistance are part of the package?The Omega Railmaster an ideal watch bought by no oneIf all this sounds too best to be true, it isn’t. The Omega Railmaster is at production until roughly 2012 and it was seemingly the response to an appointment from enthusiasts who wanted a straightforward, classically inspired sports watch without having a few useless fuss. If it sounds nearly the same as a Rolex Explorer, then I’d say you’re on target. A watch which everybody pines for, gets all steaming mad any time a company threatens to switch or modernize it, and no-one buys it. It’s a bit like when enthusiasts scream for sports cars with manual transmissions and ashamedly go and buying a computerized. This, sadly, is exactly what happened to be able Railmaster.Want proof? When the Omega Railmaster was unceremoniously dumped in the Omega line around or in 2012, dad became of walk into a neighborhood authorized dealer in america and saw the unsold model you see to put watch for it 40% off or $1600. Of course, the perfunctory hemming and hawing was all show; this became a no-brainer of your purchase. The Omega Railmaster is definitely a cult classicI spent a bit of time using the 39mm Omega Railmaster with this particular 100% believing that this watch might be a collectible at some point. In fact, with prices now hovering within the $3,000 range, apparently they’re already headed in that direction. No, I am not suggesting that this watch will be paid to your kid’s university fees bertolucci watches , however do think it is an actual cult classic similar to the main Longines Legend Diver “no date The bracelet is really as smooth as silk (it’s actually stamped as made in Switzerland 😉 ) and just how the button clasp clicks as well as the buckle smoothly slides just oozes subtle quality.Additionally, on the wrist? The Omega Railmaster fits perfectly which enable it to easily do duty in almost any situation exactly like an Explorer. With a magic 20mm lug width, it’s also suitable for an awful lot of straps from your ratty NATO to formal croc. Personally, though, I’d stay with the bracelet.Concerns about the Omega Railmaster cal.2500 Co-axial?Are available concerns regarding the Omega Railmaster? A coupleFirst, there’s the caliber 2500 movement. They have garnered some deserved criticism (yeah, yeah too best to be true my foot!) as early versions had some teething problems. Various internet postings indicate an excessive amount lubrication and the odd the event of the seconds hand stopping as a result of a lot of torque early versions ran at 28,800 bph and later editions dropped to 25,200. Still, when you continue to read on concerning the movement, it would appear that most failing movements had their issues in the beginning and also have been sorted. Also watches , an early movement wasn’t a guaranteed catastrophe. So, consider yourself warned, on the other hand wouldn’t let the issue stop me. The underlying ETA runs like a well, a train and also a decent service history should erase most concerns.The sole other superficial concern I've got with all the Omega Railmaster would it be offered little to no deference to its ancestor on trading of anti-magnetic properties. I refer to it as superficial, because so many people aren’t truly coping with magnetic fields that could affect a watch, however it does have the modern rendition feel much more window dressing. Still, in general, I have found it has enough other premium specifications to garner interest. With that front, though, it will seem that Omega felt a bit uncomfortable with the not enough anti-magnetic protection because it released the Seamaster Aqua Terra 8508 15,000watch in 2013. I’ve never read this watch was officially the replacement on the Railmaster, nevertheless it does seem very logical.Easily were on the market today to get a perfect everyday watch which has some relative rarity behind it a 39mm Omega Railmaster will be on top of my list. Mentioned previously, they’re not too common and do appear to sell quickly (Omega likely bristles around this) to collectors across the $2,500 3,000 mark. It’s easily as credible being an Explorer and sure really an oddity about the wrist. Plus, Omega can bristle again, it strikes me among those replica watches that could be handed a lots of “wow, what is thattype compliments mainly because it does jump out for the wrist way more in comparison to the truth. Appreciate your looking at a modern day, but deserving watch. And, hey, you can’t state that it’s impossible to seek out like so many pieces we discuss here. Happy hunting!