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BaselWorld 2017: Omega DeVille Co-Axial Chronometer 50th Anniversary - 2017/02/07 by Dale Vito


Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary
Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary

 

The ‘1957 Trilogy’ is not the only anniversary Omega has planned for 2017, as the DeVille, one of the brand’s most popular collections, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Omega created three watches to celebrate.

I’m not sure how I missed this release, but then again I can’t remember having read about them on any of the big blogs. So while everybody’s getting all excited for the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Trilogy (Seamaster, Railmaster, Speedmaster), it appears that Omega’s poor little De Ville is actually celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Omega has created three special editions sporting enamel dials and a special case back depicting the Greek god Chronos and a text commemorating the occasion of the release. They’re powered by caliber 2500.

You’ll find these in our ‘Base at;

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Yellow Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.005)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 White Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.002)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Red Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.004)


BaselWorld 2017 Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001 - 2017/01/13 by Dale Vito


Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001
Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

 

Pre-BaselWorld 2017: Omega releases the Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial 304.32.44.51.01.001 with vintage-inspired ‘Racing’ dial!

In an early BaselWorld 2017 release, Omega just introduced the latest version of its 44.25mm co-axial Speedmaster, featuring a stainless steel case, a ceramic bezel insert with LiquidMetal tachymeter scale, and a bold ‘Racing’ dial inspired by the 1969-1975 Speedmaster Mark II Racing. It is the first Speedmaster to be equipped with caliber 9900, the Master Chronometer-certified version of caliber 9300.  Attached to it is a leather strap with orange rubber mid layer – the latter shining subtly visible through the racing-style perforations.

Omega Speedmaster 9900 vs Speedmaster 9300
Omega Speedmaster 9900 vs Speedmaster 9300

 

Compared to the earlier models like the 311.33.44.51.01.001, the profile is said to be slightly slimmer due to a redesign of the sapphire crystals. The size of the sub-dials is increased, enhancing readability – and perhaps even offering a more balanced look.

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001
Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

 

Check out more details of the Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001 in our database. I’ll update with pricing info as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for more BaselWorld 2017 news!

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001
Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

2017 Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary: what’s in store? - 2017/01/11 by Dale Vito


2017 marks the 60th anniversary of one of my favorite watches: the Omega Speedmaster – and its Railmaster & Seamaster siblings. After yesterday’s release of the wonderful #SpeedyTuesday limited edition, this now has me wondering what’s left in store for BaselWorld…

For now, I’ve gathered the following info;

Omega Speedmaster Professional 60th Anniversary 31110393001001 will be a limited edition of 1957 pieces. The case is stainless steel. It is powered by caliber 1861. It comes with a bracelet, brown strap, and grey NATO strap.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 60th Anniversary 31110393001002 will be a limited edition of 180 pieces. The case is stainless steel. It is powered by caliber 1861. It comes with a bracelet, brown strap, and grey NATO strap. The difference with the -001 I’m sure will present itself in time.

Additionally, there will be the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Loyalty’ 31130423001008. Both case and bracelet are stainless steel; it is powered by caliber 1863. It looks pretty standard from the front – I guess we’ll see what the ‘Loyalty’ bit will come to mean?

I’m sorry – this is it. No pictures, nothing. Keep an eye to our database as I will upload more info as soon as possible.

 


IN THE WORKS: Omega’s High Tech Bezel - 2016/12/06 by Dale Vito


Omega Seamaster 300 Electrical Light Patent
Omega Seamaster 300 High Tech Bezel / Image 1-2

 

During recent research I came across an interesting and unusual project Omega seems to be working on: a wristwatch with luminous indexes illuminated through the dial by a light source powered by an electrical energy source. And it’s activated by the bezel!

Omega Seamaster 300 Electrical Light Patent
Omega Seamaster 300 High Tech Bezel / Image 3-4

 

Geeking out is fun. And when I have exhausted all my usual resources, at times I browse through patent databases to try and find that one bit of information that can tip off what the manufacturers are working on. Many of these patents are hardly worth reporting on. They cover only mildly interesting bits like clasp designs, they are too technical or they are backdated. But earlier I came across this interesting bit of innovation that I thought is worth sharing. And while I’m not at all sure that we’ll see anything like this at BaselWorld 2017, I hope at least a few of you will enjoy getting in on this tech at this early stage, only to find out later how it will be incorporated in real world watches.

The original patent can be found by clicking HERE.

Omega Seamaster 300 Electrical Light Patent
Omega Seamaster 300 High Tech Bezel / Image 5-6

 

So, what are we looking at in these images? In the abstract, Omega defines it:

Wristwatch comprising a watch case (1), a bezel (4) mounted rotatably on the watch case (1) and a dial (8) fitted with at least one luminous index (12a-12e), said luminous index (12a-12e) being illuminated through the dial (8) by at least one light source (28) arranged under the dial (8) and supplied by an electrical energy source (54), an activation component (72) of the light source (28) being housed in the rotating bezel (4) and engaging with a detection component (76) housed in the watch casing (1), the activation component (72) being arranged such that, in a determined position of the rotating bezel (4), the presence of same is detected by the detection component (76), the detection component (76) then transmitting an electrical signal which is addressed to a microprocessor circuit (46) housed in the watch case (1), the microprocessor circuit (46) transmitting, in response to reception of the electrical signal sent by the detection component (76), an electrical signal which orders the switching on of the light source (28) for a determined period of time.

Omega Seamaster 300 Electrical Light Patent
Omega Seamaster 300 High Tech Bezel / Image 7-8

 

So basically what we’re looking at is a Omega Seamaster 300, whose ‘sandwich’ style dial is illuminated using a light source located below the top layer – in the present construction specifically the markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9. The light is activated by some kind of action involving the bezel; most likely rotating it. It is my understanding that the bezel is ‘connected’ to the electrical part through special magnets and magnetic sensors. And this is probably the most interesting part, as it opens up a whole new range of possible functions for which to use the bezel – for instance, Omega itself imagines us turning off an alarm or opening a car using a combination of NFC and this bezel tech. How 007.

It’s a brave new world!

Again, the original patent can be found by clicking HERE. If anyone being either more technical or better in French than me has additional insights / corrections, I’d love to hear it!

Next up – Omega’s telescopic hands?!

Omega Seamaster 300 Electrical Light Patent / Pic 9-10
Omega Seamaster 300 High Tech Bezel / Pic 9-10

 


NEW: The mystery Planet Ocean Chronograph seen on the wrist of Michael Phelps at Rio 2016 - 2016/08/12 by Dale Vito


Michael Phelps & Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph - picture by Omega
Michael Phelps & Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph – picture by Omega

 

Hodinkee recently posted an article on Michael Phelps and Omega’s timing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. To my surprise, the added promotional picture showed Phelps wearing a previously unknown variation of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph, sporting a black dial with lighter subdials.

Update: DEBUNKED?!

A jump over to the Omega website didn’t reveal anything – not a single word on this mysterious new Planet Ocean. Omega has a history of honoring its ambassadors’ achievements (remember the Speedmaster The Legend?) – could this be something similar? I hope we’ll find out soon, but for now the finer details are still in the dark,. Nonetheless, here’s our provisional image and corresponding database entry. I will edit these as soon as more information comes in and as always: don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any details!

Click for more details!

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Michael Phelps
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Michael Phelps

 

Update 13:59: it appears the photo is from an 2011 issue of Omega Lifetime.


UPDATE: Full 2016 Omega Planet Ocean collection including Deep Black Ceramic models - 2016/06/14 by Dale Vito


2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 39.5mm
2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 39.5mm

 

Last night Omega added four new models to its popular Planet Ocean line of watches. Including these four ceramic-cased ‘Deep Black’ versions, the total of 2016 Planet Ocean watches now stands at 36 – and I have just updated our database to feature every single one of them.

Omega introduced the third generation of the Seamaster Planet Ocean at BaselWorld 2016, but somehow only today managed to update its website to reflect the changes made to the collection, allowing me to finally fill in some gaps and add a few that escaped my attention earlier.

 

2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.5mm
2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.5mm

 

OK, don’t worry. If my own social media feed is any hint, I fully understand if by now you can’t read another word on the new Planet Ocean – so I’ll try and keep it short.

While perhaps a bit underwhelming at first sight, Omega went over the collection quite thoroughly with a gentle update of the design, a reconsideration of the case sizes and -of course- a METAS-certified movement in every single one of them. The addition of the ceramic-cased ‘Deep Black’ versions is a nice touch, though hardly unexpected considering the fact that the Dark Side of the Moon has been a hit for years.

Our full Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean database now stands at 145 separate watches. I’m missing a handful I guess – mainly the jeweled-versions of the early years. CLICK!

2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph
2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5mm Chronograph

 

2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT
2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT 43.5mm / 45.5mm

 

Edit – we now have the prices in EUR for the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black’s added;

Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial 43.5 Master Chronometer GMT Deep Black 215.92.46.22.01.001

Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial 43.5 Master Chronometer GMT Deep Black Red 215.92.46.22.01.003

Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial 43.5 Master Chronometer GMT Deep Black Blue 215.92.46.22.01.002

Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial 43.5 Master Chronometer GMT Deep Black Sedna 215.63.46.22.01.001


Updates: Omega & Patek - 2016/04/15 by Dale Vito


Omega Seamaster 1948 522.23.39.20.02.001
Omega Seamaster 1948 522.23.39.20.02.001

 

As indicated in my earlier updates, I’ve been keeping busy with updating existing entries with the latest pricing info, images and newer, more accurate descriptions. After the Speedmasters, I have gone through all our Planet Oceans and you might note that even discontinued models such as the awesome 2201.52.00 now feature larger images – a welcome change.

I have also decided to do away with the dedicated Olympic family and place the watches in the category of the watches that they’re based on. As such, one of my favorite collections -the Museum Collection- now has the ‘Olympic Official Timekeeper’ models right nexst to the original Museum Collection pieces that they’re based on. I’ve also put the stunning Seamaster 1948 here, as I feel that this is where it rightfully belongs. I’ve always thought that this watch did not quite need the London 2012 connection anyway…

Patek 5960P-001 Price Chart
Patek 5960P-001 Price Chart

 

On another note, I’ve also started to update our Patek collection with historic pricing. Many of what I feel are key / emblematic models also feature older prices. Take a look at the 5960P-001 and be surprised!


Updates: Omega Speedmaster Professional - 2016/04/08 by Dale Vito


Omega Speedmaster Professional Limited Editions
Omega Speedmaster Professional Limited Editions

 

Today I’m updating our Speedmaster Professional database with new, hi-resolution images, the latest prices and whatever additional information I can find. To kick things off, you’ll find a few of my favorite limited editions of recent years above. What’s your favorite LE Speedmaster?

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase Aventurine

Omega Speedmaster Professional Silver Snoopy

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz Meteorite

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary


Updates: Omega Speedmaster Automatic Models - 2016/04/06 by Dale Vito


Omega Speedmaster - Automatic Movements
Omega Speedmaster – Automatic Movements

 

Today I tackled some 40 Speedmasters for another round of updates to our Omega database. No Professionals though: all of them fitted with an automatic movement. So how about a ‘Panda’ caliber 3304, the HB-SIA with bright orange rubber strap or the ‘Casino’ caliber 1164 Speedmaster?

I uploaded a few more Speedmastershandwounds too!


Updates: Omega Watches in our Database - 2016/04/05 by Dale Vito


Omega Spacemaster Z-33
Omega Spacemaster Z-33

 

Our Omega Watches database will soon be fully updated with better information, better text and -where needed- pricing updates.

Last Saturday I started with an update of our Omega database. I’ve started to replace the somewhat small images with larger ones. While in our first round of Omega editing, many of them featured identical texts, I’ve now also begun with editing the bulk so their distinguishing features will be properly highlighted.

So – watch this space and stay tuned. For now, have a look at our updated pages, like the Spacemaster Z-33 and many others…


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