Omega On Point at Basel

Omega followed Tudor’s lead at Basel this year with the reintroduction of a number of vintage pieces, and in my opinion the best collection of watches they’ve exhibited in years. Here are our favourites.

Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Edition
Omega created this watch to commemorate the first lunar landing and the iconic watch that landed on the moon. It features a laser engraved black PVD dial with 18K gold hands, indexes and bezel and comes on a nylon and fabric NATO strap. The watch utilises the brand’s manual winding Cal.1861 chronograph movement and is limited to 1969 pieces.

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Speedmaster Mark II
We wrote about the Mark II prior to its Basel release in January. By all accounts it dazzled Omega fans in the flesh and will become very hot property (as will all the watches featured in this post). 

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Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial
Originally released in 1957 the Omega Seamaster 300 is one of the most collectible vintage Omegas on the market today. Aside from being a gorgeous remake of a icon it’s also equipped with the brand’s new Master Co-Axial Cal.8400 self-winding movement. The innovative movement has a timezone function and a three-level escapement wheel and via the use of Omega’s anti-magnetic technology resists magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. With its 300m water resistance and diving functionality the new Seamaster 300 is truly a versatile sports watch.

seamaster300De Ville Trésor
You know I’m a fan of vintage Omega dress watches so I thought I’d finish with this handsome and understated 40mm dress watch inspired by the original 1955 model (the glory days of the gold dress watch!) Offered in 18K Sedna gold, 18K yellow gold or 18K white gold the De Ville Trésor has a beautiful silvery opaline dial with a vintage “clous de Paris” pattern.  Polished 18K gold hour, minute and seconds hands are complemented by the date window at 6 o’clock, which ads some daily wearability to the watch. The Trésor features the Master Co-Axial Cal.8511 which can also resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. Prices will be north of $12,000.

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For more information about you’re favourite piece head to Omega’s extensive Basel catalogue on their website. In the meantime we’ll endeavour to get some hands on images as soon as the collection lands in Australia.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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