Omega Vintage Watch Reissues

Best Omega Vintage Reissue Watches

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Truth be told, vintage reissues are nothing new. Every year, we’re treated to a crop of old-meets-new watches, with brands looking to their archives for models to update and modernize. One brand however, has not failed to excite watch fans when they bring back much loved watches of the past – Omega.

Omega has been around since 1848 and has recorded many important moments in history, from the first moon landing to the Olympics. Since then, they have succeeded in incrementally evolving their timepieces, such that they feel both historical and modern at the same time.

Once in a while though, they’ve revived old designs after decades of hiatus, much to the delight of the Omega faithful. Here are our favorite Omega vintage watch reissues.

 

1957 Trilogy
Omega Seamaster 300 The 1957 Trilogy Watch, and vintage Omega 1957 Trilogy : Seamaster 300, Railmaster, Speedmaster (Phillips)

The 1957 Trilogy : Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster

Launched: 1957
Revived: 2017

In 1957, Omega released a trio of watches that would go on to become classics: the Seamaster 300, Railmaster, and Speedmaster.

We know now that they were released as individual models thereafter, but in 1957, all three were part of the Seamaster line, and each model represented various fields of use. The Seamaster 300 for diving, the Railmaster for environments in high-magnetism, and the Speedmaster for racing. All three watches shared a non-screw-down crown that guaranteed water resistance through high pressure, reinforced acrylic crystals welded to a steel case, and broad arrow hands – or the distinctive hands with a luminous arrow tip.

 

Period material for the Omega 1957 Trilogy

For the 60th anniversary of the trilogy, Omega released spot-on vintage remakes of the watches, made available individually or as a set. With careful attention to detail, and with help from the Omega Museum, every watch in the 60th Anniversary 1957 Trilogy recreated the look and feel of the originals, down to the size, textures and even tan markers to replicate aged lume.

Omega updated the revivals with modern bracelets, modern Omega signature co-axial escapement technology and Super Luminova markers.

 


 

Speedmaster Vintage 321
Omega Speedmaster Vintage 321 Straight Lugs DOM 105.003 and the 2019 Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 (Omega Watches)

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321

Launched: 1940s
Revived: 2019

Omega’s renowned Calibre 321 movement was the first movement ever used in the Speedmaster, back in 1957, but had been in use in Omega’s older chronographs. Apart from its beautifully intricate construction, what makes the Calibre 321 so popular is its place in history.

It was used in a number of historic models, including the Speedmaster ref 105.003 (the first Speedmaster qualified by NASA for use in space and donned by astronaut Ed White in the first American space walk) and the Speedmaster ref 105.012 (the watch worn on the first moon landing).

After decades of hiatus, the Calibre 321 was reintroduced in 2019, in a faithful reproduction of the classic “Ed White” model. The 2019 model was updated with a slightly smaller case and straight lug design, polished black ceramic bezel, and a sapphire display caseback that shows off the Calibre 321.

 


 

Speedmaster Mark II
Vintage Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II ref 145.014 (Christies) and Omega Speedmaster Mark II Chrono Watch 

Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Launched: 1969
Revived: 2014

Introduced in 1969, the Mark II version of the Speedmaster was the first radical departure from the Speedmaster’s case, with a tonneau shape and hidden lugs. Considered the “muscle car” of Speedy models, it was created with a very 70s look, and a very solid feel.

Omega relaunched the Speedmaster Mark II chronograph in 2014, only updating it with the latest technology and a splash of color. The modern version has a very retro look at first glance; and that’s because all the major changes really happened on the inside. While the original was powered by a manual-winding calibre 1861, the revival uses the Co-Axial Calibre 3330 self-winding movement.

Everything else was true to the original. It kept the 1969 original’s tonneau-shaped case, brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, and monochromatic dial; but Omega also added a “racing dial” version that features a bold, fluorescent orange chronograph seconds hand and hour markers.

 


 

Seamaster PloProf
Vintage Omega Seamaster PloProf 600M Professional (Christies) and Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M

Omega Seamaster PloProf

Launched: 1970
Revived: 2009

Developed in the late 1960s, and launched in 1970, the Omega PloProf was an extremely advanced diver for its time. Designed with none other than legendary diver Jacques Cousteau, the Omega PloProf was revolutionary in many aspects: it was machined from a single block of steel, the crown is placed at 9 o’clock (instead of at 3 o’clock), and it used a chemically hardened mineral crystal (when others used acrylic glass).

All of these innovations made the landmark timepiece very expensive, costing as much as two Rolex Submariners, so it failed to enjoy commercial success. However, it did become a popular choice among professional divers.

In 2009, Omega released an updated version of the PloProf under the Seamaster family, with luxurious new details and modern upgrades. The revival comes with a titanium case, ceramic bezel, metallic helium escape valve, a double extension bracelet, and an increased water resistance of up to 1200M.

 

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