The original Omega Railmaster was first launched in 1957 as the successor to a watch created for the British Royal Air Force in 1953. It had a special anti-magnetic construction and was designed specifically for people who worked in or around powerful electric currents, such as railway workers – hence the name. Relaunched in 2003, the classic black dial of the Railmaster models have enjoyed considerable popularity.
Launched in 2004, the chronograph models have the classic Railmaster stainless-steel case design in a diameter of 42.2mm. It has a brushed finish with contrasting polished facets on the typical Seamaster lugs, a polished crown, polished oval pushers and a simple polished bevelled bezel. As with all Railmaster models, the dial is available exclusively in the same matt black as the original model and shares the same high-visibility luminous Arabic numerals at the four quarters and triangular hour markers as the other models in the collection.
In the chronograph, these are highlighted even further by facetted rhodium-plated hour, minute and central seconds hands with extra luminous SuperLuminova material. Chronograph counters for 30 minutes and 12 hours are situated at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively, with a continuous small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, all with rhodium-plated hands. The central chronograph seconds hand with luminous arrowhead pointer can be read off against a scale graduated to ¼ of a second.
The Railmaster Chronograph is powered by the Omega calibre 3205 self-winding chronometer-chronograph movement which has 55-hour power reserve, official chronometer certification and column-wheel mechanism.
The calibre 3205 is also fitted with Omega’s proprietary free sprung-balance without index, which avoids the disturbing effects of contact between the balance-spring and the index pins and therefore ensures stability of the watch’s going rate over long periods of use.
These classic chronographs naturally have the same high-quality standards as all Seamaster models, including a screw-in crown and case back that ensure water resistance to 150 metres and a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside. A choice of brushed stainless-steel bracelet and black or brown alligator leather straps with push button-operated stainless-steel foldover clasps enables the exact look to be tailored to the wearer’s preference.