Let’s take a look at a fascinating story of the Omega Aqua Terra Railmaster Line. It was successfully introduced at Basel World 2003, a watch that draws inspiration from the vintage designs of the 1950s. Omega Railmaster CO-AXIAL Chronometer is a watch for scientists, engineers, and railway-mechanics. Sounds familiar? Well, it is probably because it is marketed in a similar manner to Rolex Milgauss and Omega Aqua Terra. Today, Railmaster is no longer available in the Omega catalog, but it continues to draw vintage collectors’ attention.
A new version of OMEGA’s revolutionary Co-Axial movement links this historical model firmly with the present.
Omega Railmaster CO-AXIAL Chronometer Ref 2508.52.00.
1957 was a pivoting year for Omega as it not only launched the iconic Omega Speedmaster, but also the Omega Seamaster as well as Omega Railmaster. Omega then built on these models within the field of professional tool watches.
While the Speedmasters and Seamasters have their specific functions, the Railmaster has its’ antimagnetic function (similiar to Rolex Milgauss). Designed especially for scientists, technicians, and railway workers; or anyone else working around powerful electrical fields.
A bit of history on the Omega Railmaster
From what we gathered, it seems like there is some relation with Omega and “Railway Time”. Back then, the railway travel time was based on the solar time, with midday being the time at which the sun was at its highest in the sky. However, there was a lack of standard time which has caused some confusion on the departure and arrival times. It was towards the end of the 19th century that companies were adopting a “Railway Time” (or standard time). By then, Omega already had nearly 50 years of experience in watchmaking and was the natural choice as a supplier to railway companies.
Features on the Railmaster
Generally speaking, the Omega Seamaster Railmaster is a fusion of innovation, combined vintage design elements with new and advanced technologies. The Omega Railmaster Chronometer (Ref. 2503.52.00) case is made of Staybrite stainless steel; A polished beveled bezel, polished solid enveloping lugs, anti-reflective crystal, and a scratch-resistant crystal back with 150m water resistance. The Omega Seamaster Railmaster is available in three case sizes: 39.2 mm (Ref. 2503.52.00), 41 mm (Ref. 2802.52.37), and 42.2 mm (Ref. 2812.52.37).
The watch is a self-winding chronometer that is fitted with the Omega 2403 caliber, houses Co-Axial escapement and allows for a highly reliable and precise mechanism.
Overall, the only concern we have with Omega Railmasters is that it seems to target the same market as Seamaster Aqua Terra. This could be one of the reasons that Omega stopped the Rail Master models. However, the Railmasters are not common today and they can price around $2,500 to $3,500. Perhaps you can take a look at some Omega Aqua Terra watches instead.