Introduced in 2004, the jewellery version of Omega Railmaster 49.2mm chronometer timepiece steals the show with its coloured mother-of-pearl dials, large diamond hour markers and a ruby cabochon on the crown.
A gold disc forms the base for a mother-of-pearl dial – available in black or red – that measures nearly 5 centimetres in diameter. The luxury continues with 20 baguette-cut diamonds (0.76 ct) used for the trapezoid hour markers that mimic the design of the standard model. The ruby cabochon set into the winding crown adds the final touch of luxury.
Following on from the successful re-introduction of the classic Railmaster wristwatches, which were first launched in 1957 and targeted specifically at railway workers, the extra-large Railmaster model recalls Omega’s very first official railway pocket watches, which date back to the turn of the century. Indeed, at 49.2mm in diameter, the familiar Railmaster case, with its contrasting brushed and polished facetted lugs and simple polished bevelled bezel, is the same size as a pocket watch and the biggest watch by far in the current Omega collection.
The movement used in the Railmaster 49.2mm offers up its own superlatives: At 16.5 lines (37.2 mm) in diameter, the manual-winding pocket watch calibre 2201 is the largest movement in the current OMEGA collection. This is the first time in a number of years that an Omega wristwatch has been fitted with a pocket watch movement. Since the calibre 2201 is a pocket-watch calibre, it is manually wound and, true to the precision of Omega’s original railway pocket watches, is also a certified chronometer. It has a power reserve of 60 hours.
The large sapphire crystal case back gives a clear view of the fine decoration of the movement, with Geneva wave decor, circular graining and bevelled bridges. Sapphire crystal also covers the dial, with anti-reflective treatment on both sides offering excellent legibility. This imposing Railmaster model is available with a black or red alligator leather strap with pushbutton stainless-steel foldover clasp to match the dial and is water resistant to 150 metres.