Ever more resistant to magnetic fields, even more accurate, the Railmaster is also attractive for its minimalist and aesthetic display of the time elements.
Magnetic fields are a natural phenomenon and can also be created by objects in daily life, preventing our favourite timepieces from running in an optimal way. Since 1973, the ISO 764 standard has set out the conditions for antimagnetic watches in everyday use. They must be able to resist a magnetic field of 60 gauss. In the fight against these negative effects, Omega was no latecomer. In 1957, the brand proved to be a pioneer in unveiling a Seamaster Railmaster that could resist magnetism up to 1,000 gauss with the help of an inner case. 60 years later, the models from 2018 introduced at the last Baselworld feature some recent innovations. Thanks to the calibre Master Chronometer 8806 including silicon components, these models can resist magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss, corresponding to an emission from a powerful electro-magnet in a hi-fi speaker. Along with its reliability and resistance to magnetic waves, the self-winding movement provides 55 hours of power reserve.
The watch is housed in a 40mm-wide polished steel case that is watertight down to 150m. All three models feature an attractive satin-grey or black dial, depending on the version, and luminous hour markers in a vintage colour.
The Seamaster Railmasters are worn with a choice of NATO, leather or steel straps.
Price: 4,600 EUR omegawatches.com
By Dan Diaconu