As far as cred goes in the tool watch world, Omega replica knows it has more than earned its share. The iconic Speedmaster’s hold on the psyche of watch collectors is assured. Hell, it even has a day of the week—Speedy Tuesday—named after it. But the Speedmaster doesn’t stand alone; it was launched as part of a trilogy alongside two other masters, the Railmaster and the Seamaster way back in 1957, representing Omega’s first deep foray into tool watches. Each had their own specific schtick.
The Speedmaster was a manual-wind chronograph that later passed the rigorous accuracy and performance test to become NASA’s official moon watch. The lesser-known Railmaster was created to maintain timekeeping while withstanding high levels of magnetism of, say, a locomotive engine. The Swiss-made copy Omega Seamaster, meanwhile, came with a depth rating of 300 meters. As Omega’s first professional diver,it was a technical feat back then that is still up there in regular mechanical dive watches.
This week, Omega launches new and striking additions to the 41mm fake Omega Seamaster 300 range and frankly, we’re having a real hard time choosing which one we like more. They have a spare retro vibe, with sandy vintage markings, narrower bezels than they used to, and distinctive new sandwich dials. One is in stainless steel with a blue (on a steel bracelet) or black (on a calf leather strap) bezel and dial, while the other is a version of the same design rendered utterly different because the metal used to make it is a brand new alloy of bronze and gold developed in-house.