Don’t Sleep on the Omega Globemaster

Omega has become synonymous with creating iconic sports timepieces. With the Speedmaster and Seamaster under its portfolio, the brand has become instrumental in the evolution of chronographs and tool watches. For this reason, many forget that Omega also creates dress models — and ones with versatile appeal, powerful performance, and technically-advanced features, at that.

The Globemaster is one example of the brand’s underrated timepieces. With a design rooted in heritage, and Omega’s most advanced mechanical movement running at its core, one should definitely not sleep on the Globemaster.

Here’s what you need to know about this emblematic watch:

 

Omega Globemaster Steel Rose Gold 130.20.39.21.03.001

 

A Brief History of the Omega Globemaster

The Globemaster falls within the Omega Constellation line. Introduced in 1952, this family of watches was once the brand’s flagship, composed of dress pieces that had the dimensional “pie-pan” dials from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Among the most popular models of these kind were made by watch designer Gerald Genta, who worked with Omega’s supplier during the same period. His Midas touch can be seen in references 168.005 and 168.009, which featured pie-pan dials with ultra-precise and chronometer-rated bumper movements.

 

Omega Constellation 168.005 and 168.009

 

Well-proportioned and classic in design, they also feature a screw-down caseback with the signature Constellation logo. The raised indices provide better reading of the dial, while the metal and leather staps offer a convenient fit. These pieces would form the hallmarks of the collection down the line: elegance and performance.

Around the 1980s, the Constellation’s design switched to the Neo-Classical styling popular at the time, giving birth to the Constellation Manhattan model, which remains in production today. Its key characteristics are the half-moons and “claws” on both sides of the case, leaving the pie-pan dial and fluted bezel behind.

 

Omega Constellation Manhattan Steel Sedna Gold 131.25.39.20.52.001

 


 

The Omega Globemaster

In 2015, Omega dug deep into its archives and launched a historical nod to the dress watches from its past – the Omega Constellation Globemaster. With its classic style, the Globemaster makes for the perfect everyday watch.

Straddling the line between casual and elegant, this watch revives two great design characteristics from the mid-20th century: the pie-pan dial of the 1950s and the fluted bezel of the 1960s. Sized at 39mm for the time and date-only models, and 41mm for the annual calendar, it wears just right on the wrist.

 

Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar Steel 130.33.41.22.06.001

 

Available in steel, yellow gold, Sedna gold, platinum, and a bi-metal construction, the Globemaster also has complementing dial colors: slate gray, opaline, blue, and eventually, green and burgundy dial colors were added. For the stainless steel models, the fluted bezels are made of tungsten carbide and feature smooth ridges, giving the watch a contemporary look.

Boasting legibility, the watch’s pencil-style hands and baton indices have metal surrounds and white Super-LumiNova. The caseback also includes a Central Observatory medallion as seen in all Constellation models.

 

Omega Globemaster Time and Date-only and Annual Calendar watches

 


 

The Caliber 8900/8901 as the Globemaster’s Source of Power

Alongside the vintage details, the Globemaster runs on Omega’s most advanced movements yet – the Calibers 8900/8901. These mechanisms were submitted to a new kind of certification called METAS, wherein the organization tests movements that already have a COSC chronometer accreditation.

 

Calibers 8900 and 8901

 

To acquire a METAS certification, calibers are put through eight tests, aimed to measure their performances in real-world conditions. Regulated to an accuracy of -0 to +5 seconds per day after being exposed to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss, the Calibers 8900/8901 are highly capable movements.

Since then, newer Omega pieces have been submitted to the METAS, but the Globemaster remains the pioneer of this milestone.

 


 

The Globemaster demonstrates Omega’s expertise in creating refined timepieces with unique aesthetics, robust performance, and rich heritage. Explore our selection of Omega Globemaster models at SwissWatchExpo.com.

 

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