Luxury watchmaker Omega pays homage to the United States’ industrial history and denim’s utilitarian past with a new denim-inspired model of its iconic Railmaster.
“Although they are now a fashion item, denim jeans were once manufactured purely for the benefit of hard-working laborers in the American West. For a long time, the robust cloth was the choice of miners, factory workers, farmers, and of course, those on the railroads,” Omega said. “Their sturdy trousers or overalls would have gone hand-in-hand with the watch on their wrist.”
The new Railmaster has a vertically-brushed “blue jeans” dial that features indexes and hands with light-grey Super-LumiNova. There is also a beige seconds hand and transferred Railmaster indication that are both reminiscent of the stitching found in denim jeans.
The model is presented on a genuine blue denim NATO strap with brown leather on the underside and for the keepers. The same model is alternatively available on a stainless-steel bracelet. The steel with the denim NATO strap retails for $4,900. The stainless-steel version retails for $5,000.
With its reliable design and anti-magnetic properties, the original Railmaster of 1957 became a popular model for working-class life.
Omega has updated the watch to include a Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 which is 15 times more resistant than the original Railmaster models. Certified for the industry’s highest standard by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, all Master Chronometer models are able to withstand magnetism of 15,000 gauss.