Long before Hi-Vis became a thing, denim was the material of choice for hard-working miners, farmers and those on the railroads in the American West. The original OMEGA Railmaster wristwatch from 1957 was an anti-magnetic design built for the working class, so it felt natural for the Swiss watchmaker to blend its iconic watch with denim.
To link the material with the new Railmaster, OMEGA created a vertically brushed ‘blue jeans’ dial featuring indexes and hands with light-grey Super-LumiNova. The beige lollipop central seconds hand and transferred Railmaster indication both represent the coloured stitching of denim jeans. Just as you likely suspected, the Railmaster comes equipped with a genuine blue denim NATO strap, complemented by brown leather on the underside. Alternatively, a stainless steel band is also available.
The Railmaster receives a modern facelift through a 40mm brushed symmetrical case made from stainless steel with a conical crown and a wave-edged caseback with a NAIAD Lock. Inside, the wristwatch is powered by OMEGA’s Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 movement which is 15x more resistant to magnetism than the original Railmaster, and it’s also certified at the industry’s highest standard by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology.
There’s currently no word on an Australian release or price, although the Railmaster with blue denim NATO strap retails in the US for $4,900 while the steel version costs $5,000.