It may surprise many reading this, but two out of the three Omega watches that really got the collective horological community talking in 2019 weren’t limited editions. In fact, the one limited edition watch that really struck a chord with enthusiasts, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, was just a gorgeous looking timepiece, regardless of whether or not it had a finite number of pieces made. Perhaps this signifies the future of Omega — a move away from limited edition timepieces in favour of aesthetically pleasing, technically impressive wristwatches. If the Swiss marque’s latest two releases, the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition and the Omega Speedmaster Caliber 321, are anything to go by, then the move away from limited editions could certainly be the case. Anyway, here were the three biggest Omega fan favourites from 2019:
OMEGA SEAMASTER DIVER 300M OMEGA CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER
The Omega Seamaster is one of watchmaking’s undisputed classics. And while the main key for dive watches is legibility, white dials are not the common choice for this icon. Featuring the engraved ceramic dial and a high-contrast black bezel, the newest addition to the popular Diver collection has supreme legibility thanks to blackened hands indicating the time against that pure-as-snow background.
Ref No: 184.108.40.206.04.001 / Case size: 42mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: 8800 / Price: $7100
OMEGA DE VILLE TRÉSOR
The Trésor range from Omega is an extremely luxurious arm of the brand that began life as La Generale Watch Co. in 1848. It honours the rich heritage of the company with a pared-back and refined look that has something of the old hand about it. The blue dial model featured here is simply exquisite. Perhaps the nicest touch is the presence of a very contemporary Omega calibre (the beautiful 8910) that happens to be hand-wound.
Ref No: 4220.127.116.11.03.001 / Case size: 40mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: 8910 / Price: $8875
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER APOLLO 11 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Let’s face it, we all knew it was going to be a success. Perhaps the most anticipated season of Omega releases in the long history of the brand has just passed. And one of the most eagerly awaited models – the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – did not disappoint. A modern diameter (42mm), and timeless bi-colour presentation of materials all but secured a rapid sell-out of a piece limited to 6969 pieces.
Ref No: 310.20.42.50.01.001 / Case size: 42mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: 3861 / Price: $13,175