Denim was once the quintessential workwear of a blue collar generation. Not today. Swiss luxury watchmaker OMEGA have taken the classic fabric and reworked it into their equally classic timepiece, the Railmaster.
Having first been conceived in 1957 for railway labourers thanks to its anti-magnetic properties, the Railmaster was a much favoured piece of its time. Today it has been resurrected in a 40mm stainless steel piece bearing the signature hallmarks of denim on the strap and dial. Contemporary design appointments include a unique conical crown, a blue denim pattern brushed dial, a red ‘Railmaster’ logo inspired by the stitching on jeans and the aforementioned denim NATO strap with contrast white stitching and brown leather loops.
A peak inside the timepiece reveals OMEGA’s proven Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806, a magnetically shielded movement which is 15 times more resistant to magnetic interference than the original. Naturally, it is certified at the industry’s highest standard by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
The watch is polished off with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dome with anti-reflective treatments to make it suitable for day-to-day wearing.
No official Australian pricing has been provided yet but the OMEGA denim Railmaster with the NATO strap retails for US$4,900 whilst the steel bracelet version retails for US$5,000.