Ridiculous or Genius (JEAN-ius?) – The New Omega Railmaster in Blue Denim

Aug 02, 2018

When Omega reintroduced the Railmaster proper at Baselworld 2017, it was widely considered to be a success, at least based on the press coverage. This model, slightly different in a few key ways from the Railmaster introduced in the Trilogy Collection, most notably its more modern 40mm size compared to the 38mm of the Trilogy model. This model line also lacked any kind of real update at Baselworld 2018, but the update did come several months later, in July, in the form of the Blue Denim Edition (note: Omega itself does not have a specific name for this model, so from here on, it will be referred to as the “Blue Denim” or “Denim” Edition).

On a technical level, this is the same Railmaster that’s been in the collection for a year or so now. It features a 40mm stainless steel case with the signature twisted lugs, and the Master Co-Axial caliber 8806, resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss. There are, however, two major differences that separate it from the standard model.

Omega Railmaster Blue Denim Edition
Source: HODINKEE

The first is the dial. While it may seem flat blue from afar, closer inspection reveals a similar graining texture to the other two dial variations. This allows for, among other things, the appearance of different shades of blue to exist simultaneously depending on the viewing angle and lighting. This pretty directly mirrors the appearance of well-worn denim, obviously the look they were going for, and one which carries the theme a bit further than just a new strap. Speaking of the strap…

Omega Railmaster On Denim Nato
Source: WatchTime

There is a (noteworthy) version that comes stock on a steel bracelet as well, but it is through this NATO strap option, made of denim, that the concept behind the watch becomes evident. The strap is, indeed, denim on the front, lined with leather on the back for comfort, and is designed, as per Omega, to evoke the utilitarian, working class spirit of the piece’s original functionality (as a railroad engineer’s watch).

The Damage:
Steel Bracelet – $5,000
NATO Strap – $4,900

*Note: Both versions of this watch are listed as “Sold Out” on Omega’s website.

Anna’s Take:
I’m a big fan of the Railmaster as introduced in 2017. Omega executed it in nothing but a clean, refreshing, and intelligent fashion. The dial is well-balanced and I personally think the 12-3-6-9 markers look great with the pointed hour markers. Since the fundamental design elements of that model remain intact for this model, my appreciation for the watch remains. I wouldn’t necessarily call the design particularly innovative or wildly out of the blue, but it’s certainly fun. The original watch did have a brushed finish seen in the new blue version, so it can almost be said that they didn’t have to go through any extraneous effort to create this rather quirky “denim” look. Rather, they capitalized on a very popular dial color, blue, and combined it with their brushed finish, easily creating this rather uncommon and particular “denim” look.

I think the move is interesting, it’d bet that it will gain some fun traction. However, I do think the strap paired with the watch is a bit overkill, almost tacky. Nonetheless, I do think the watch is still a good buy for any modern Omega fans or anyone looking for a solid, well-built, blue-dialed watch from a trusted manufacture. And I’m going to assume that if and when they start selling second-hand, it’s going to be an even bigger temptation.

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