Baselworld 2018: Omega Brings Back the Original Seamaster from 1948

Celebrating 70 years of a classic timepiece.

Baselworld, the biggest watch event of the year, is happening now at the Messe Basel in Basel, Switzerland. We’ve got a team on the ground, there to bring you the most exciting releases. Follow our coverage here, and also be sure to check out Instagram. We’ll be posting to our feed throughout the week.

Verdict: Though today the name conjures up the image of a hulking diver, the Seamaster started life as a dress watch back in 1948. To celebrate 70 years of that heritage, Omega released two special edition Seamsters that take on the look of those early dress watches.

Both watches feature sleek 38mm case designs and feature old-school details like domed dials and mid-century-style applied hour markers. They come in two configurations: one with a central seconds hand and one with a small seconds sub-dial. But both are running a version of Omega’s Master Chronometer movement, which means they’ll be hyper-accurate and resistant to magnetism.

Who It’s For: Though ostensibly a dress watch, the Seamaster 1948 is well-rounded enough (anti-magnetic, water-resistant to 60 meters, etc.) that this could work as an everyday watch, especially for those whose profession requires more formal attire.

Key Features: Opaline silver dial. Stainless steel case. Chronometer accuracy. Water resistant to 60 meters.

Size: 38mm diameter, 11.2 (center second) or 11.65mm thick (small seconds)

Movement: Omega 8806 Master Chronometer (center seconds); Omega 8804 Master Chronometer (small seconds)

Release Date: TBD

Price: ~$6,020+ (5,700+ CHF)

Learn More: Here

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