INTRODUCING: The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar collection gets enlivened with a burst of colour INTRODUCING: The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar collection gets enlivened with a burst of colour

INTRODUCING: The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar collection gets enlivened with a burst of colour

Jared Belson

When someone hears “Omega”, the watch that pops into their head is invariably the iconic Speedmaster. Yet the brand’s dress watches are some of their oldest designs. Born in 1952, the Constellation line featured signature elements such as the fluted bezel and pie-pan dial that have subsequently made their way into three new Globemaster models that also bring some welcome pops of colour into the relatively sober line.

While the standard time-and-date Globemasters are 39mm in diameter, the three annual calendar models seen here utilise a slightly larger 41mm case. Each model has 100 metres of water resistance, making them highly usable in daily wear. Three different sets of case materials were used for each respective colour: the green dial has a stainless-steel case, the burgundy dial has a two-tone steel and Sedna Gold one, and the Sedna Gold dial has, you guessed it, a solid 18k Sedna Gold case. Each model retains the characteristic fluted bezel, with it’s tight ridging providing a coin-edge effect. Though the standard for dress watches generally dictates the use of smaller cases, the additional dial space afforded by the extra 2mm in diameter is definitely appreciated when reading the annual calendar.

That leads me to the real showstoppers on these models: the dials. Previously, the Globemaster line was available in a handful of relatively austere colors. Dark blue, white, and grey, were the only options, regardless of metal. Taking a cue from the explosion of interest in bold dial colours across the industry, the new dials seen here provide a nice change of pace from the standard dress watch fare.

The deep burgundy dial matches the Sedna Gold bezel and hands well, creating a collection of rich warm tones for your wrist.  The full Sedna Gold iteration is stunning as well, as the pinkish colour of the gold sunburst dial is offset by black onyx markers and deep black text. Of the three, this is by far the most “traditional” dress watch: it certainly wouldn’t look out of place in the 1950s.

Like the other two, the pine-tree green has a beautiful brushed sunburst effect. The contrasting silver text and 18k white-gold hands bring a little bit of light to the “forest” while also aiding legibility. Each model displays the month for the annual calendar written in an elegant script between hour markers. This text size makes it easily legible at a glance, a feature many annual and perpetual calendars lack. The placement of the date window at 6 o’clock is welcomed, as it allows the balance of the dial to be maintained without sacrificing any functionality.

Each respective model is paired with a colour-matched strap: green leather for the green dial, burgundy leather for the burgundy dial, and black leather (to match the onyx markers) for the Sedna Gold dial.

Known for their love of co-axial movements, Omega naturally chose to include one here as well. The Calibre 8922 (8923 for the Sedna Gold dial, thanks to the Sedna gold rotor) packs the aforementioned annual calendar complication, while also being certified as a Master Chronometer. This certification is issued by METAS, which guarantees COSC-level timekeeping under a variety of different conditions. Effectively, this guarantees that the movement in the Globemaster will be extremely accurate regardless of what you throw at it. Beautifully decorated and finished, the 8922 and 8923 calibers are viewable through a sapphire caseback that includes a medallion in the centre as a tribute to the Central Observatory.

The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar pricing and availability:

The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar is available now from Omega and their authorised dealers. Pricing: Sedna Gold: $39,125 AUD, Burgundy $17,175 AUD, Green $12,875 AUD