Omega Times the Olympics and Unveils Seamaster Olympic Games Gold Replica Watch Line

If you love following the Olympic Games, then you most likely already know that Omega has been successfully timing the Olympics since it started in 1932. The brand, part of the Swatch Group, has an entire division devoted to sports timing and the Olympic Games are a huge part of that division. In addition to its long-standing role as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, Omega also unveils a host of replica watches that honor the event. Now, with the Winter Olympics 2018 in PyeongChang starting this week, Omega now releases the fittingly named Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Gold collection.

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Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Gold watch in 18-karat yellow gold.

With retail prices ranging from approximately $170 to $185, the new replica Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Gold Collection joins a series of four already-unveiled Seamaster collections that honor this year’s Winter Games. The new “Gold” collection consists of 18-karat gold watches.

In fact, for this tribute series, Omega uses three different types of gold, including 18-karat yellow gold, 18-karat Sedna(TM) gold, and 18-karat Canopus(TM) gold. Sedna(TM) gold is the the brand’s proprietary gold, developed several years ago, and is an alloy that blends gold, copper and palladium and has an 18-karat rose gold hue.

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Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Gold watch in proprietary Sedna gold.

Canopus(TM) gold is a new white gold alloy that has been developed exclusively for Omega replica. Not only is the color of the Canopus(TM) gold whiter and more brilliant than regular 18-karat white gold, but also it is said to have more longevity, as it is less resistant to wear and tear.

Each 39.5mm case is crafted in one of these three golds. Additionally, the leaf hands and the applied indexes on each watch are created in the color-coordinated gold. The dials are domed and finised with an eggshell white enamel – making the gold hands and markers pop with a vintage flair. Omega even uses a vintage logo (in red) for this replica watch and adds a minute track to the outer edges of the dial for true retro appeal. The Omega “Seamaster” name is written in black enamel on the white enamel dial.

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Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Gold watch in proprietary new Canopus (white-hued) gold.

Turn the timepiece over, and – via a transparent sapphire caseback – one can view teh exceptional Master Chronometer Caliber 8807 movement, complete with a meticulously finished gold rotor. The outer edge of the case celebrates Omega’s role as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, and has the host cities and dates of every Olympic Game the brand has timed – starting with Los Angeles in 1932 and up to Los Angeles 2028.

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Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Gold watch collection with special case-back markings to honor Omega’s role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932.

The fact that each of these timepieces is equipped with the Master Chronometer Co-Axial 8807 movement attests to its rugged durability despite its classically elegant look. To achieve this status, the replica watches and movements have been subjected to eight important rigorous tests, and passed within the predetermined standards. The tests are established by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

As mentioned, Omega first began its role as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games in 1932, and has a contract in place to continue until at least 2032 to celebrate 100 years in that role. For a closer look at the other replica Omega Seamaster watch collections already unveiled in honor of the Winter Olympics, visit UkOmegaReplica.co.uk.

The luxury replica watches makers has designed new models inspired by the magical landscapes of its native Switzerland

Despite the festive season being over, Omega continues celebrating winter’s charm with its three brand new timepieces.

First up is the elegant Speedmaster 38mm “Cappuccino”, with a stainless steel and 18-karat Sedna™ gold case around its unique dual bezel design. The dial features three brown sub-dials with hands and indexes also in 18-karat Sedna™ gold, enclosed by a brilliant-cut diamond surround.

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Speedmaster 38mm “Cappuccino”, Omega

Next is the Constellation Master Chronometer, a timeless gift idea with its design drawing on Omega’s historical archives. Its white opaline-silvery dial features a unique silk-like pattern inspired by a number of Constellation models made in the 1960s. The 27mm case is made from stainless steel and 18-karat Sedna™ gold, with the same gold for its hands and the gold bars that sit along the stainless steel bracelet.

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Constellation Master Chronometer, Omega

Finally, the show-stopping Aqua Terra 150M Master Chronometer comes with a diamond-set bezel within an 18-karat Sedna™ gold case. The white pearled mother-of-pearl dial features 11 diamond indexes alongside a date window at 6 o’clock, and sits within a taupe-brown leather strap.

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Aqua Terra 150M Master Chronometer, Omega

In addition to their stunning designs, each model is equipped with industry-leading technical features. The Speedmaster “Cappuccino” is powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 3330; the Constellation Master Chronometer is driven by the OMEGA Master Chronometer calibre 8700; and the Aqua Terra features the OMEGA Master Chronometer calibre 8800.

With their timeless appeal underpinned by superior watchmaking expertise, these new Omega replica models are the perfect replica watches to don either your own or a loved one’s wrist.

18 Holes With the Omega Aqua Terra Golf Replica Watches

The Omega Seamaster replica collection is made up of several sub-families, all of which spring from the original Seamaster dive watch that the brand introduced in 1948 (You can learn more about that original, groundbreaking watch, and other important historical Omega replica watches, here). Not all of them are dive watches per se, but all have some type of nautical or aquatic influence — hence the “Aqua Terra” and “Planet Ocean” monikers on the two major sub-brands. It seems a tad unusual, at first, that cheap Omega would choose the Seamaster collection, specifically the Aqua Terra line, to host the brand’s first watch devoted to the sport in which one wants to avoid the water as much as possible — the replica Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf. However, upon closer examination, and after a good old-fashioned wrist test that included an actual day out on the links, the choice seems more than appropriate.

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What better way to review such a timepiece, after all, than strapping it on the wrist for an actual round of golf? That was my opportunity recently, and not in just any setting, but at the Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC — a resort right next door to Quail Hollow, which hosted the 2017 PGA Championship, the year’s final major, and one in which Omega would serve as official timekeeper, as it has done since 2011.

The watch I reviewed was from the original Aqua Terra Golf collection (Omega introduced new, redesigned models during the PGA Championship weekend; I reported on them here.) Its basic look is similar to those of other three-hand-with-date Aqua Terras, with some subtle variations inspired by golf: Green is used for the central seconds hand, which culminates in an arrow tip filled with a tiny triangle of luminous material, as well as for the Arabic numbers at the five-minute marks on the minute track, separated by thin, white indices.

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Triangular wedge indices, also with luminous inserts, are applied at the hour markers, all except for the 3 o’clock position, where sits a modest date window, with white numerals on a black background harmonizing with the predominantly black dial. A silvery Omega replica logo appears below the 12 o’clock marker; beneath it is a cursive-script “Seamaster” logo, one more touch of fairway green. The Greek letter Omega, the Swiss brand’s longtime, recognizable emblem, appears in raised relief on the crown, which screws down securely to ensure the 41-mm stainless steel case’s 150-meter water-resistance.

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The black dial catches the light nicely, and features one of those aforementioned nods to the Seamaster’s heritage, a vertical lined pattern that is meant to evoke the deck of a seagoing vessel. For most, this motif would not be immediately obvious — which may be why the brand chose to introduce a more pronounced, horizontal pattern on the newer Aqua Terra Golf replica Watches — but I personally like the subtlety here. (One other note: if you’re coming to this watch “cold,” you might assume the arrow-tipped minute hand is actually a GMT hand, since that is a look commonly used for GMT watches, but a quick counting of the hands (and the lack of a 24-hour scale on the dial flange or bezel) will quickly disavow you of that error.

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Turn the watch over and through a sapphire caseback you’ll get a view of the movement, Omega’s in-house Caliber 8500, with its big bidirectional winding rotor, plates, and bridges all decorated with the radiating, “Arabesque” guilloché pattern that has become emblematic of Omega movements. As the minuscule text on the movement and caseback reveals, Caliber 8500 features replica Omega’s co-axial escapement and an outstanding resistance to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss and above (though not, in this model, all of the METAS-certified Master Chronometer attributes possessed by the 8900 Caliber that supersedes it in the newer models), and two clearly labeled (albeit not readily visible) mainspring barrels, storing a 60-hour power reserve. Other engravings on the caseback reveals the case’s water-resistance level and the movement’s use of silicon (Si14) for the balance spring — an element increasingly common in timepieces produced by the brands of the Swatch Group, Omega’s parent company.

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So how did the Omega Aqua Terra Golf watch fare in an actual 18-hole round of golf? As any good sports watch should while being worn during actual sports, it did its job when summoned and stayed in the background when it might have been a distraction. To wit: the watch never felt too heavy, weighing down the wrist when it was needed for a drive or a putt (which is good; my golf swing has plenty of issues without adding that complication to the mix). The caramel-colored calf leather strap, secured by a brushed steel folding clasp, never felt uncomfortable, even in the heat and humidity of a North Carolina August, and even the most powerful swings and strikes of the ball didn’t make me fret about whether or not the fake watch would come undone or end up in a sand trap or a lake. (Though, as it was a loaner, perhaps I should have been a little more concerned.)

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Legibility remained strong on those occasions when I actually did need to check the time, with the contrast of the white indices on the black dial and overall simplicity of the design aiding the cause immensely; even the harshest sunlight did not render the replica watch unreadable in the glare. And while the green seconds hand doesn’t stand out as much as one would think against the black dial, the subtle but brilliant use of the little white triangle in the tip of that hand makes it very easy to see at a glance that the watch is running. Another concern that some sticklers for accuracy might have — that the harsh motions of the wrist during an 18-hole golf session might overwind the movement or make it run too fast — also proved to be unfounded.

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All in all, I found the sporty yet quietly luxurious character of the Aqua Terra well suited to representing the somewhat leisurely sport of golf — much more so than, say, a chronograph like the Speedmaster, which is much more ideal for intense, timed-to-the-second sports like motor racing — which was, of course, what that replica watch was originally designed for in the first place. The replica Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra is just enough time clock for a game whose major appeal is that there is no time clock.

Omega launches the Seamaster Diver Commander’s watch to toast a year of James Bond anniversaries

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The Omega Seamaster Commander replica watch

Of all the gadgetry that have outfitted a certain secret agent over the years, it’s telling that of all the kit and caboodle, it’s James Bond’s watches that are cemented in the public consciousness. Whether outfitted by Q to container a detonator (that would be Roger Moore in A Spy Who Loved Me) or buzz saw (Live and Let Die), his watch is as integral to Bond’s identity as the tuxedo and martini. Which is why Omega have chosen a red letter year for the British institution to unveil a new limited edition model.

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The watch honours Bond’s military career

To mark a host of Bond milestones this year – 2017 sees the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice, the 40th of The Spy Who Loved Me and the 20th of Tomorrow Never Dies – Omega have created a timepiece in his honour, one particular focused on the militaristic aspect of Bond’s adventures (in each film he dons military attire). The replica Omega Seamaster Diver Commander’s Watch – unveiled at a high octane boating event on the River Thames, befittingly passing MI6 – employs the colours of the British Royal Navy to summery effect; the tones of red and blue bezel with a dazzling white ceramic dial look suitably fresh and appropriate for this time of year, while the 007 gun logo acts as counterweight on the second hand. The NATO strap also comes with stripes that border on a Regatta-style design. Numbers are limited; 7,007 will be produced, with the 18k gold version limited to just seven.

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Daniel Craig in Skyfall wearing an Omega watch

Bond’s roster of wrist candy began with Rolex in Dr. No, before he embraced the digital, more democratic age, with Seiko. He first slipped on an fake Omega Seamaster in 1995’s GoldenEye, thanks to costume designer Lindy Hemming, who recalled the sporty functionality of her RAF father’s model while she was growing up. “I was convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear this watch”. The official title of the watch is indicative not just of Bond’s rank, but of cheap Omega’s rich history in the the military field – during WWII, it outfitted 110,000 pilots, naval officers and soldiers on the orders of Britain’s Ministry of Defense. Proving that alongside the cinematic substance, there’s a heavy dose of substance to swiss Omega’s dynamic timepieces.

Replica Omega 1957 classics released as anniversary editions at Baselworld 2017

The Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster have been rolled out looking exactly as they did when launched 60 years ago, but with modern updates

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Omega Trilogy set: Seamaster 300, Railmaster, Speedmaster

There’s no better excuse for a celebration than an anniversary – and at Omega, it has three.

This year, the brand celebrates the 60th anniversary of its launch in 1957 of three sports watches that would go on to become classics: the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Omega replica rolled out three special anniversary edition timepieces that can be bought either as individual pieces, or as a collector’s limited edition Trilogy set. Each individual fake watch is limited to 3,557 pieces, while the Trilogy is limited to 557 sets.

The historic timepieces were revived using – for the first time by cheap Omega – a unique digital scanning technology to accurately reproduce the original designs and dimensions while allowing a little breathing room for modern updates.

The new Seamaster 300 is based on the CK2913 and features a black aluminium bezel and the original Naïad sign on the crown, a logo that denoted remarkable water resistance in 1957. Inside the 39mm case ticks the replica Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.

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Omega Railmaster

The double-case antimagnetic 38mm Railmaster retains its practical, no-nonsense aesthetic reminiscent of its 1957 design. However, the vintage indexes have been deepened just a tiny bit to allow a stronger Super-LumiNova light to shine through. It is also powered by the replica Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.

Part of the appeal of the Speedmaster heritage – apart from its having been the first watch on the moon, worn by Buzz Aldrin – is that it was the first to feature the tachymeter scale on the bezel instead of on the dial. Racing drivers found this feature useful – and the replica watch soon acquired a cult following. This year, Omega reproduced the original font to match the scale of the original tachymeter. It is driven by the calibre 1861.

Another highlight from swiss Omega was the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”, which combines the perks of a GMT and diver’s watch. The “Big Blue” marks the first time the brand has fashioned a case directly from a single block of ceramic. Ceramic is six times harder than steel and is resistant to scratches and discolouration.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Big Blue’

The “Big Blue”, pairing electric blue with shocking bright orange, is likely to appeal to the young, sporty gentleman. It is powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8906, which can be viewed through the transparent screw-in caseback. Water resistance is to 600 metres.

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Omega Speedmaster 38mm

The use of orange is echoed in the 44.25mm Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, which debuted this year in two different models: a stainless steel and black version with orange accents, and an 18ct Sedna gold and blue version. Both feature ceramic bezels with a tachymeter scale and an alternating minute-track on the dials. The distinctive minute-track, first used in 1968, is inherently linked to the brand’s unique relationship to motor racing. Driving the timepieces is the co-axial Master Chronometer calibre 9900/9901.

Another addition to the Speedmaster family is the new Speedmaster 38mm, available in 14 models for men and women. The three sub-dials (located at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock) are made of horizontal ovals, and a vertical oval date window can be found at 6 o’clock, a design feature inspired by the De Ville timepieces. Some models feature a dual bezel design, where the tachymeter scale on the bezel is complemented by an outer ring of diamonds. Each caseback boasts the Speedmaster’s signature Seahorse medallion, while inside ticks the calibre 3330. For ladies, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies’ collection has been expanded to feature 30 new models. Three sizes are available: 38mm, 34mm and 28mm. It features a few updates, including reproportioned and domed links for the bracelets, and a conical crown with waved edges.

The dials feature mother-of-pearl in 14 colours, and diamond hour-markers. The 34mm and 38mm replica watches are powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8800, while the quartz calibre 4061 drives the 28mm version.

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From the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies collection

The Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometers collection also has new models features subtle upgrades. Its dial now has a horizontal teak pattern inspired by a luxury yacht’s deck, and the date window is at 6 o’clock. At Baselworld, three models – each in 41mm and 38mm sizes – were presented. The timepieces are powered by either the Master Chronometer calibre 8800 or 8900.

Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia Replica Watches

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Out of the blue, Omega today debuted the replica Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia, a stylish, retro-inspired take on the Seamaster, offered in a highly elegant 39.5mm case, crafted from either Omega’s proprietary 18k Sedna gold or… yes, stainless steel.

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On a personal note, the 40mm-wide De Ville Trésor has been probably my favorite modern Omega: it’s classical, restrained, and under-the-radar, but, with its curvy case and dial, it’s plenty interesting for a dress watch. Plus, its Master Co-Axial Chronometer movement delivers all the goodies Omega can engineer into a movement today… So what exactly is the matter with the Trésor? It’s not available in steel but exclusively in very pricey gold of different types…

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Which leads us to the cheap Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia, a new Seamaster that offers comparably beautiful and restrained styling in a classical 39.5mm case, a METAS-certified Master Co-Axial Chronometer movement (now an automatic over the Trésor’s hand-wound), and refreshingly, it does come in Sedna gold and steel. And, if you hadn’t guessed already, there is, of course, a story to go with it as well.

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Omega says the idea for the Seamaster’s sea horse logo came when one of Omega’s designers visited Venice and saw the gondolas adorned with this fascinating animal – he liked the possible connection with it and the Seamaster and, since 1957, the Seahorse emblem has been associated with this collection.

While self-proclaimed swiss Omega historians will certainly know of a few vintage Seamasters from the mid-1900s, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that most Omega replica fans and buyers today think not of a vintage dress watch when they hear the word Seamaster. Yet, this new-for-2017 piece shares numerous design elements with Seamasters of old, reminding everyone that the Seamaster has not always been about chunky, sporty, and colorful. It goes to show that, if you think about it, not only is Omega itself a very versatile and complex brand, but even its collections can be a bit all over the place sometimes.

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While you could consider this another 60th-anniversary tribute, I think the new replica Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia should really just be left alone to be what it actually is: a heavily vintage-inspired, retro-looking dress watch, something that’s been missing from Omega’s stable for some time now. The Globemaster is available in steel but is more modern in its design, even if it is not without its own vintage-tribute details.

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The Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia has a domed, silvery, off-white dial with applied indices, Omega logo and text, and a pair of thin, polished leaf-style hands – all of this is in 18k Sedna gold on both model variants. Legibility, because the dials appear to be more satin than shiny, should be alright – it would have been sad to see this piece ruined by the horribly illegible combination of a shiny dial and shiny, skinny hands. Love it or hate it, there is also a subtle date aperture at six, maintaining the symmetry of the dial.

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Over the dial is a domed sapphire crystal that should add more depth to the skinny-looking watch – no official figures on thickness but considering the basic functionality of the movement and the small diameter of the case, we’d be surprised if this was a burger. Water resistance is an ample 60 meters or 200 feet, not bad for a gold dress watch and just enough that you never have to worry about it.

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Exposed via the laser-engraved sapphire case-back is the replica Omega Caliber 8801, an automatic Co-Axial movement boasting METAS-approved quality control and a resistance to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. The gold version will come with an 18k Sedna gold balance bridge and oscillating weight. Power reserve is 55 hours which isn’t bad considering the relatively small size of the case and, therefore, movement.

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Pricing for the Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia is a marketable €5,900 in steel (reference 511.13.40.20.02.001) and €13,200 in 18k Sedna gold (reference 511.53.40.20.02.001). As you might have guessed by now, both pieces will only be available for purchase in Venice, Italy.

New James Bond’s Omega Replica Watch

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” Omega

Omega’s new president, Raynald Aeschlimann, asked me to join him and a surprise dinner guest “who plays an amazing James Bond.” I torpedoed back my R.S.V.P. Ian Fleming’s secret agent, known for his exquisite taste, has been associated with fine replica watches ever since his Rolex wristwatch was described in the 1954 novel Live and Let Die. He has worn Rolexes, a Breitling, and even quartz Seiko watches when quartz was all the rage.

However, as a Royal Navy reserve commander and since Fleming himself spent time in the British Naval Intelligence Division it makes sense that Bond would wear a diving watch. In 1995’s GoldenEye film, Bond for the first time sported an cheap Omega Seamaster 300 diving watch, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that a massive turnaround at Omega started at about the same time.

The guest at the Omega-sponsored dinner was, of course, British actor Daniel Craig, who has been playing Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale. In lower Manhattan’s Beekman Hotel, the room sparkling with vintage Omega replica watches under glass, I sat down at a candlelit table, just opposite Craig. He seemed genuinely excited to be among other watch geeks, and as we sipped Billecart-Salmon Champagne, he explained how he bought his first fine watch, a Breitling, when he started earning money. But his passion for replica watches began in earnest with the James Bond role, when he bought his first Omega replica, a vintage Seamaster 300. His most emotionally significant timepiece is an Omega Seamaster engraved for him and given by the producers of Casino Royale. When ordering custom-made shirts for his Bond wardrobe, Craig has the “left cuff made slightly larger so I can wear the watch, and the sleeve sits over the watch.”

Now, that’s a sign of a serious watch guy.

BUT THE REAL STAR of the evening was arguably the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue,” just released at watch fair Baselworld 2017. Originally introduced in 1957, the Seamaster traces its roots to the Omega Marine from 1932, the world’s first production wristwatch made specifically for diving. Exactly 60 years later, at the dinner, we got to handle the new Seamaster Big Blue—the first fake Omega watch with a case made entirely of blue ceramic. Its name comes from a Seamaster from 1972 that Omega devotees call Big Blue. Oversize, with a blue dial, it was the world’s first diver’s chronograph in which the stopwatch functions could be fully operated underwater.

The new watch is, in fact, an evolution of 2013’s black ceramic Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. The full case, dial, bezel, and even the strap’s folding buckle are made of ceramic and scratch- and fade-resistant. Creating the blue ceramic color was no easy feat. It’s fabricated in-house using high pressures, hours-long plasma treatments, and sintering at 2,550 degrees.

Made for world travelers, an orange hour hand indicates time in a second time zone on the blue ceramic dial’s orange 24-hour ring. Water resistant to 2,000 feet, the helium escape valve is designed for saturation dives and prevents the watch from exploding upon resurfacing. There is no denying that Big Blue is a serious divers’ watch.

SOME MIGHT FIND the colors garish, but the dial’s and bezel’s blue and orange colors are highly functional. Infused into the blue ceramic bezel, orange rubber highlights the critical, zero-to-15 minute region that is used to alert divers to their last 15 minutes of oxygen supply. Colors change the deeper you plunge into the sea. Orange quickly converts to a light olive tone, while blue is the last color to remain visible, until a depth of 275 meters. Combined with the luminescent “broad arrow” hands and hour markers, the orange and blue colors result in the best possible contrast for divers’ visibility and safety.

Inside the massive, 45.5-millimeter case ticks Omega’s caliber 8906, a state-of-the-art self-winding movement providing 60 hours of timekeeping. Antimagnetic up to 15,000 Gauss, you could wear the watch without damage while getting, say, an MRI, and it’s based on the first movement ever to receive the Swiss government’s new Master Chronometer certification. It remains highly accurate and water resistant during eight rigorous tests conducted in magnetic environments. The fake watch isn’t cheap at $11,700, but that’s because ceramic production is costly.

Bookies are taking bets on who will be the next James Bond, and the second-longest-serving Bond was asked if he would continue to play the famous spy. Craig declined to comment. Whoever steps into the role, my bet is he’ll be wearing a Big Blue.

Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” Begins Olympics Countdown

Omega, official timekeeper of the Olympics for the 28th time since 1932, began its one-year countdown to the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 8, with the installation of a special countdown clock at City Hall Plaza in Seoul. As per tradition, the brand also launched its first limited-edition timepiece devoted to the 2018 games: the Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018.”

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” is limited to 2,018 pieces.

The 43,5mm watch, which is limited to 2,018 pieces (again as per tradition), features the bold blue and red colors of the South Korean flag. The stainless steel case has a unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel that boasts a watch-world first: a polished blue ceramic ring with a diving scale that combines rubber and Liquidmetal, a proprietary alloy used on various uk replica watches made by the Swatch Group, Omega’s parent company. Red rubber is used for the first 15-minute segment of the scale, while Liquidmetal is used for the bezel’s minute numerals and indices, as well as for the luminous dot at 12 o’clock.

The dial is made of polished blue ceramic (Zr02), and features applied rhodium-plated indices. The indices, hour hand, and seconds hand are coated with a white Super-LumiNova that glows a bright blue in the dark; the luminous material on the minute hand and the 12 o’clock dot glows green instead of blue. Covering the dial is a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-glare treatment. The screw-down crown, to the right of the date window at 3 o’clock, has a relief Omega replica logo, and the helium-release valve at 10 o’clock is embossed with “He,” the chemical symbol for helium.

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The watch features the bold red and blue color scheme of the South Korean flag.

Inside the watch is Omega’s co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900, with automatic winding and a 60-hour power reserve in two series-connected spring barrels. This movement — which famously debuted in the original Omega Globemaster in 2015 — is the first to receive Omega’s Master Chronometer certification, passing eight separate, rigorous tests over 10 days to meet standards for precision, endurance, and resistance to magnetic fields, as set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (METAS). The new, alveol-patterned screw-in caseback, engraved with the words “PLANET OCEAN” and “LIMITED EDITION,” along with the limited edition number, has a sapphire window for viewing the movement, with the transferred words “PyeongChang 2018” and the Olympic Winter Games logo.

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The Omega Master Chronometer Caliber 8900 is visible through the clear caseback.

The Swiss Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” limited edition comes with a blue structured rubber strap with a blue and red rubber lining. It is packaged in a special presentation box, which also includes an extra stainless steel bracelet and a strap-changing tool so the wearer can quickly and easily switch from strap to bracelet and vice versa. The retail price of this ensemble is 6,400 Swiss francs.

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” is presented in a special collectors’ box.

Which new replica watches will become legacy pieces?

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Out of this world: the Horological Machine No.8, from MB&F.

The first timepieces I recall coveting were my grandmother’s.

Maybe they were the first objects of any kind I hankered after, given I was not yet a teenager, but there was a carriage clock by her bed that looked somehow important, a small battered Rolex handed down to, and in my formative years, on the arm of an aunt, and a gold Waltham pocket watch that I chanced upon while visiting my grandmother’s home in Somers Avenue, Malvern, Victoria. The latter was a 17th birthday present from her parents; by the time I spotted it, many years later, it seldom appeared in daylight, like her best silver.

On passing to my mother it remained in the realm of the unavailable – but with the tantalising rider of “maybe one day” which, eventually, arrived, as is the way of such things. Ditto for the little Rolex replica that migrated in my direction on my aunt’s passing. Treasures then, and still treasured, the only exception being the carriage clock, whereabouts long unknown.

As to the value of these objects, that’s something that’s both minuscule and immeasurable; early Rolex replica watches and Waltham pocket pieces are easily found in the secondary marketplace and command modest prices, but owning pieces handed down by forebears – well that’s a different proposition, the worth here being sentimental and historical rather than monetary. This is assuming there are no 5512 or 5513 model Rolex Submariners or military issue Jaeger-LeCoultres or Blancpains in your immediate past, sought-after collectables that now bring prices many times the original ask.

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The Omega Seamaster 300: a watch as likely to be regarded as good-looking in 50 years’ time as its 1970s-style suggests now.

Either way though, you have to like the object in question, which brings me to the question of what watches today might make the grade as a future prized piece. Even better, should you still have a favourite and functioning grandparent – or elderly relative – is there a timely treat they might be persuaded to invest in before looking your way?

Timeless wonders

Something – almost anything – with Patek Philippe adorning the dial has traditionally fitted such a bill and still would, but your options have broadened in recent times thanks to special replica watches appearing at almost every level – and catering to almost every taste. If it’s a simple everyday wearer you might suggest an replica Omega Seamaster 300, a fake watch as likely to be regarded as handsome in 50 years as its 1970s-style lines suggest now. You can imagine a little patina and use would only enhance such a model, whereas Omega’s latest ceramic-cased Planet Ocean, a resolutely modern-day statement, might not age so well; treasures are like that, they wear history like a badge.

Moving up a bit there’s a classic that most certainly won’t date, the Richard Lange Pour le Mérite from A. Lange & Söhne. The name mightn’t trip off ancestral lips like “Patek” or come with the same clever advertising reassurance – that “you never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation”. But make no mistake, Lange has its own impressive history, surviving World War ll’s divide of Germany and now thriving at horology’s high end.

As for the Glashütte-based brand’s recently announced Pour le Mérite, it’s a quietly confident beauty in white gold with a black dial. What makes it special is not so much the presentation – impressive as it is – nor the limited production run of just 218 pieces. Rather, it’s heirloom material because of its uncompromising approach to precise timekeeping. It achieves this by employing a complex fusée-and-chain transmission arrangement inspired by the mechanism of historic pocket watches. You read correctly. Peer closely into the back of the replica watch and you’ll spot a tiny 636-part chain wrapped around the mainspring barrel, 0.25 millimetres thick and 156 millimetres long, we are told. It delivers power from the mainspring to the wheel train via the cone-shaped fusée in a way that guarantees constant torque and stability across the entire power-reserve range; when the watch is fully wound, the chain pulls at the smaller circumference of the fusée.

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A classic watch that most certainly won’t date: the Richard Lange Pour le Mérite from A. Lange & Söhne.

Conversely, when the tension of the mainspring is nearly depleted, the chain pulls at the larger circumference of the fusée. The Lange spans a happy 40.5 millimetres and it doesn’t hurt that previous versions – cased in rose gold and platinum – sold out. Mind you, you’re looking at a price tag in the region of $120, but what else are your grandparents going to be splashing out on at this stage?

One of a kind

The answer to that is probably not another similarly priced arrival regarded by enthusiasts as a treasure, as that’s MB&F’s Horological Machine No.8. This low-six-figure item is a fake watch that blends high-end craftsmanship with high-octane, race-car-inspired design and is destined to be just as rare as the Lange. Exquisitely sculptured, and undeniably a wrist-borne fantasy, it looks better than anything you’ll see at a race track, but is probably not your average octogenarian’s idea of a fine timepiece.

Barely recognisable even as a watch, it’s all angular forms and optical prisms with two of the latter showcasing bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes.

Dominating the structure are so-called roll bars milled from solid blocks of grade 5 titanium and hand-polished “to gleam like tubular mirrors”. No matter the time, they draw the eye, while the engine sits in full view under a sapphire crystal cover. It’s a view few will get to see, and given the limited production (as little as 20 in a year) and intrepid nature of such pieces, a mere sighting would be something to be treasured.

If the HM8 is a bit outré, the other go-to names on aficionado wish-lists are De Bethune and Greubel Forsey, whose models may not be familiar in family circles but include nary an ordinary timepiece – and barely anything that might pass for a bargain. If you or a favourite forebear could afford one, they’re undoubted treasure. And if you can’t? Just pray that your old uncle’s Longines is a good-looking one with a story.

2016 Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black Collection

This past summer, Omega expanded its range of Master Chronometer-certified Planet Ocean watches, which debuted at Baselworld 2016, with four new black-ceramic-cased models called Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black. This new collection will be among Omega’s highlights at the upcoming UkOmegaReplica New York event on October 14-15.

The Deep Black collection adds touches of color and gold to a one-piece 45.5-mm case of black zirconium oxide ceramic (ZrO2 technically, referred to as ceramic) complemented with similarly black ceramic bezels and dials. Omega has devised a ceramic case for this collection that has been tested for water resistance to 600 meters, or about 2,000 feet, which the firm claims is the first ceramic watch case tested to reach such depths.

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The Planet Ocean Deep Black models differ by accent color (red, blue, black, or gold) and one features its bezel, crowns, hands and indices forged from Omega’s own 18k Sedna gold (above). All also boast a new GMT ring that has been fixed to the dial, while each model’s diving scale is built directly into the ceramic bezel using markers and numerals made with Liquidmetal (a substance used in other Omega models and by other brands throughout the Swatch Group) or Ceragold, a proprietary Omega gold-ceramic alloy.

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Omega injects red or blue vulcanized rubber directly into the bezels of two models to colorfully mark the 15-minute dive-time indication, as well as to match the hands and the 12, 6, and 9 indication colors on those models. (You’ll find similar color accents on the steel Planet Ocean replica watches that debuted at Baselworld.) Rubber-injected “He” marks the Helium valve on the red and blue models, while the symbol is in Liquidmetal on the black model.

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Two Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black models — the Black and the Sedna gold versions — feature ceramic cases and dials polished for a glossy effect. The blue- and red-accented versions feature cases and dials that are matte finished, which Omega says offers better visibility underwater. For the gold model, Omega uses its 18k Sedna gold to accent the hands and indices; the three other Deep Black dials feature hands and indices of 18k white gold. All are coated in white Super-LumiNova that emits green and blue colors (as seen below).

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Each of these new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black watches is fitted with Omega’s Master Chronometer Caliber 8906, which boasts resistance to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss–a key feature of Omega’s Master Chronometer certification.

You’ll recall that Omega announced the Master Chronometer certification in 2015, explaining that each Master Chronometer watch will be certified as having passed eight tests set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The tests are said to replicate or exceed real-life wearing conditions highlighted by the enhanced resistance to magnetic fields. This standard, first offered with the new Omega Globemaster late last year, is meant to verify the watch’s precision and performance and is added to the COSC certification Omega already extends to these replica watches. Omega also adds a four-year warranty to this expanded certification.

A look at the caseback of these new Deep Black models reveals more than a clear view of that Caliber 8906, which features a silicon balance spring, Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial escapement and a 60-hour power reserve. Developing a new ceramic case for dive models necessitated new technology, specifically a patented ceramic Naiad Lock, to ensure a water-resistant caseback for a material rarely used to case dive watches. With the caseback thus locked tight, Omega added another aesthetic touch to the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black design by orienting the caseback so that the engraved wording always sits perfectly in position, with “Deep Black” at the top of the caseback and “Planet Ocean” below.

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Three of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black watches come on a black rubber strap that looks like a fabric strap. Each offers contrasting stitching (red, blue, or white). A wave pattern can be found on the underside. On the Sedna gold model, the strap is water-resistant leather with the same anti-bacterial rubber underside. The fold-over clasp is made from ceramized titanium, while the clasp cover is made in ceramic with two types of finishing. All straps are treated with an anti-bacterial coating.

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Tickets are going fast for UkOmegaReplica New York, America’s luxury replica watch show, which kicks off in a few days at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. Don’t miss out on your chance to get up close and personal with the new Planet Ocean Deep Black models and numerous other luxury timepieces.