The Denim-Inspired Railmaster
A New Take on Omega’s Underrated Field Watch Is Inspired By Your Pants
The Omega Railmaster might be one of the brand’s more underrated tool watches, overshadowed by the likes of the mighty Speedmaster and Seamaster. The model first launched in 1957 alongside the aforementioned Masters and was, as the name suggests, billed as an anti-magnetic field watch for railway workers. The model was given a much-need revision last year for its 60th birthday, and this week it’s getting a new special edition further exploring the railroad connection.
Hence, we have the Railmaster denim-inspired edition, which aims to incorporate the look of the material worn by rail workers both on the strap and dial. In the case of the former, the watch is now available with a NATO-style strap made from denim and lined with leather. The dial itself is redone in a brushed royal blue color, meant to echo the texture of a pair of jeans. The cheesy connection aside (because jeans-inspired things that aren’t clothing can be silly and/or questionable), the new dial color texture is very eye-catching and handsome, something the watch industry sorely lacks.
The rest of the watch retains specs familiar to the standard Railmaster, namely a 40mm stainless steel case, Omega’s chronometer-grade 8806 automatic (that’s anti-magnetic to 15,000 gauss) and water resistance to 150 meters. The watch comes either with the mentioned denim NATO or a stainless steel bracelet and will retail for $4,900 and $5,000, respectively.