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What do you folks think about the new DD2 in 40? I just think this was a big let down for DD fans like me. At 41, the pre-2015 DD stood really tall and imposing.

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Omega Globemaster Watches With Live Photos and Pricing

Posted by Robert-Jan Broer on Mar 19, 2015

On the press day of BaselWorld (just one day before the official opening), Omega introduced the first watch that will have the new Master Chronometer wording on the dial. We explained the Master Chronometer definition in this article yesterday

Today, we had a closer look at the Omega Globemaster and I have to say that my enthusiasm of yesterday evening during the official launch event was still there when seeing the watch in a more ‘quiet’ environment.
The 39mm Omega Globemaster collection will be part of the Constellation family, which makes perfect sense as the Globemaster had a close relationship in the 1950s with the Constellation watches. In a more in-depth article I will explain that relationship. First, let me introduce the Omega Globemaster watches to you.






Omega’s Globemaster comes in a few variations: stainless steel (leather and stainless steel bracelet), bi-color, full gold (yellow gold and Sedna gold) and a limited edition platinum piece.
Omega was inspired by the double C case of the Constellation of the 1960s, which also had the fluted bezel. I noticed some criticism on the fluted bezel on social media and on our previous article on the launch event, that it reminds people of the Datejust. However, someone from Omega showed me some watches from much earlier dates than 1945 which also already had a fluted bezel. Despite the ‘resemblance’, there is little to compare to Rolex’ Datejust about this model. It is perhaps also a bit about what you want to see in a watch, to be honest. I respect both brands and own watches of both, and it doesn’t bother me. There is little you can do ‘different’ from what has been done already in the +100 years that wrist watches are around.
In any case, the pie-pan dial is a huge deal for Omega fans. The Constellation pie-pan is probably one of the most sought-after vintage Omega watches and even though Omega tried to do something with it in their Constellation Sedna watch a while ago, it has a much nicer fit with the Globemaster in my opinion.
The platinum Globemaster is the one I favour the most, mainly due to the beautiful platinum dial with blue enamel painted hour markers and the stunning (!) enamel medallion on the case back with the Constellation and 8 stars painted on there. The medallion reminds me of the first Omega Constellation pie-pan models with enamel dials (made by Stern). A very neat feature. The platinum Omega Globemaster comes in a beautiful presentation box and is limited to 352 pieces only. The stitching of the leather strap also uses a very small portion of platinum to get the right match with the watch case and dial. Price will be CHF 37.000 Swiss Francs, excluding VAT.


 


The 18 carat yellow gold and 18 carat Sedna gold Omega Globemaster watches come with a silver Opaline dial. The price of the gold Omega Globemaster models is set at CHF 18.000 Swiss Francs, excluding VAT. The bi-color Omega Globemaster has a beautiful blue dial and a bi-color bracelet. The price of this bi-color model is set at CHF 10.000 Swiss Francs, excluding VAT.





Now, the stainless steel Omega Globemaster model comes either with a silver opaline dial or with the blue dial. Also, Omega offers this model either with a stainless steel bracelet and a leather strap (with folding clasp). Prices for the stainless steel model start at CHF 6.300 Swiss Francs.





For all of these models, Omega uses the caliber 8xxx movements. The 8501 being the movement for the gold versions, with the gold rotor. The platinum edition with the enamel medallion uses caliber 8913. The Master Chronometer wording on the dial, will also be used in other product families, like the new line-up of Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M.
The Omega Globemaster is expected to be delivered to Omega boutiques starting November.
More information can be found here, on Omega on-line.
All photos can be clicked for larger versions.




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bigrustypig wrote:
What do you folks think about the new DD2 in 40? I just think this was a big let down for DD fans like me. At 41, the pre-2015 DD stood really tall and imposing.

While the Day-Date is not really my thing (although I might be tempted by some of the previous DD2 versions), I agree with you Jeff...I don't really get the slight downsizing of the case size from the 41mm of the DD2, to this new DD40.

[Although, we seem to be seeing a number of makers return to the "smaller" sizes of their historical base...hmmm...are we seeing a real trend here? Seems like we are even seeing a number of new offerings in the 39mm size.]

The DD40 seems to be all about the new laser cut dials (which look very ornate and cool for a dressy piece), and then that new 3255 calibre, which has been heavily redesigned and modified.

My wife would likely love this light blue dial version, and at 40mm on her wrist would make a heck of a statement (she has been known to wear my 42mm Anonimos when she wants to wear something big).

Attachment: Rolex-Day-Date-40-Caliber-3255.jpg (Downloaded 25 times)

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Omega has brought back the Broad Arrow hour hand with the Baselworld 2015 announced Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial, a tribute to the original Pre-Moon-Watch-Speedmaster.







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Hey Jeff, while some makers are going back to their smaller historical case sizes, Zenith has chosen to upsize their El Primero Sport for 2015.

At 45mm, and with this case design, you are going to have a huge amount of wrist presence with this one!







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Completely out of my price range (anyone have a spare $42K they want to donate to the watch fund?subtlelaugh.gif), but Patek Phillipe introduced the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time at BaselWorld 2015. Case size is 42mm, rendered in polished white gold.

The Pilot design is not something I would expect to see from Patek, but I like it! This long established premier brand in watchmaking continues to surprise me lately. One can dream...






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Sharp inputs, Chris, and thanks. I usually am averse to new calibers so I guess time will tell how this one goes.

I just feel that the DD deserves to be big, grand and majestic at 41 and fully wrapped in steel. The new DD40 appears to really be small and worse, glass is used for a caseback...glass??!!

I really don't know what thought process went into this at Rolex. But i don't like what they did. Again, that's just me.

I will really hunt down a 41.

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bigrustypig wrote:
Sharp inputs, Chris, and thanks. I usually am averse to new calibers so I guess time will tell how this one goes.

I just feel that the DD deserves to be big, grand and majestic at 41 and fully wrapped in steel. The new DD40 appears to really be small and worse, glass is used for a caseback...glass??!!

I really don't know what thought process went into this at Rolex. But i don't like what they did. Again, that's just me.

I will really hunt down a 41.


I agree with you on the proportions Jeff. The 41mm DD definitely has a much more 'grand' wrist presence due to the overall proportions.

I haven't yet seen the glass caseback that you've seen for the DD40. Everything I've seen shows a solid caseback.






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Interesting to see Omega offering a 2015 update of the legendary Seamaster Ploprof at BaselWorld 2015! It has only been since 2007 that Omega released the last Seamaster Ploprof 1200m based on the ultra-cool vintage diver from the 70's.

Significant differences with the 2015 model:
*Co-Axial Chronometer movement very similar to the 8500 movement used in the 2007 version, but contains additional anti-magnetic protection.
*The New version is also No-Date, for a very clean dial layout.
*The most significant difference is that the new 2015 Ploprof is cased in Titanium with Ceramic Bezel inserts (versus the 2007 model cased in SS with Sapphire Bezel inserts). Should wear amazingly light on the wrist, (although the SS version is very comfortable especially when combined with a rubber dive strap IMO).

Several very cool color combinations being offered IMO.













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Heck, Chris! Those PloProfs look smart! Colors. Colors. Colors.

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stew77 wrote: Interesting to see Omega offering a 2015 update of the legendary Seamaster Ploprof at BaselWorld 2015! It has only been since 2007 that Omega released the last Seamaster Ploprof 1200m based on the ultra-cool vintage diver from the 70's.

Significant differences with the 2015 model:
*Co-Axial Chronometer movement very similar to the 8500 movement used in the 2007 version, but contains additional anti-magnetic protection.
*The New version is also No-Date, for a very clean dial layout.
*The most significant difference is that the new 2015 Ploprof is cased in Titanium with Ceramic Bezel inserts (versus the 2007 model cased in SS with Sapphire Bezel inserts). Should wear amazingly light on the wrist, (although the SS version is very comfortable especially when combined with a rubber dive strap IMO).

Several very cool color combinations being offered IMO.














WoW !

These various Ploprofs looks amazing.

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- no date
- various new dial colors
- anti magnetic protection


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- titanium case
- exhibition caseback
- price subtlelaugh.gif


I prefer an no date dial. So it is a very good decision for a no date dial.

But I am not a fan of an titanium case. I prefer stainless steel and a massive case back.

And Chris, that dial version looks absolutely gorgeous.




Last edited on Sat Mar 21st, 2015 03:43 pm by exc-hulk

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Agreed Jeff and Phil! These Ploprofs are stunning! wowzer.gif

I agree with your PRO/CON list Phil! ThumbsUp02.gif Although I could probably forgive the Ti case and display back since that movement is so nice to look at (but I do prefer the solidity/heft of a SS case with this design). The price definitely makes me say ouch!

I thought you might like that grey dial version Phil.

Here's another closer view of that dial combo: wowzer.gif



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