To meet a long-standing request from Seamaster Bullhead enthusiasts, Swiss watchmaker OMEGA re-issues the iconic bullhead chronograph model. While the new model, with its characteristic symmetrical case and bezel, has all of the charm of the original, there are some modifications that give the new Bullhead its own personality.
With a case and dial configuration unlike any other OMEGA; the original 1969 Seamaster Bullhead that inspired this wristwatch is among the rarest, most collectable and most recognizable chronographs ever produced and the new model gives aficionados a chance to own an instant classic.
The Bullhead’s shield-shaped brushed and polished case, the inner revolving bezel and the unusual placement of its chronograph pushers and crowns had made it a favourite among watch aficionados. Its winding crown at 12 o’clock was flanked by two chronograph pushers and it was this unique configuration that gave the watch its nickname. There was also another crown at the 6 o’clock position that controlled the internal rotating bezel.
The pushers on the new Seamaster Bullhead are still mounted at the top, of course, but the round pushers on the original watch have been replaced with flat ones. Perhaps the most significant change has been in the movement. The new Bullhead is powered by an automatic Co-Axial calibre 3113, which replaces the manually-wound calibre 930 found in the vintage model. The movement is equipped with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
The new Bullhead’s dial design captures the strength of the original, with its distinctive inner bezel and the sub-dials at 12 and 6 o’clock. As with the original Bullhead, there is a date window at 3 o’clock. The white dial is visible through a sapphire crystal with anti-resistant treatment on both sides. The screw-in caseback is stamped with the familiar polished Seamaster Seahorse. Its white bi-directional rotating inner bezel has a 24-hour scale. Its day/night display with white numerals contrasted against blue and black backgrounds.
The striking timepiece is presented on a brown leather strap. The chronograph is water resistant to 15 bar (150 metres / 500 feet) and has been produced in an edition limited to 669 pieces. The OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead has a full three-year warranty.