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Omega Constellation Globemaster Master Chronometer 130.33.39.2... Omega Constellation Globemaster Master Chronometer 130.33.39.2... US 66 2012 $4,950

The Omega Globemaster: Retro Redesign

The Globemaster pays homage to Omega chronometers from the 1950s while being equipped with the most modern caliber technology, such as silicon components. Thanks to its superior precision, it was the first watch to be dubbed a "Master Chronometer."

Highlights

  • Vintage-inspired wristwatch
  • Classic design, the perfect dress watch
  • Characteristic "Pie Pan" dial
  • Innovative caliber technology
  • Very precise

Precision for Over 50 Years

The story of the Globemaster began in 1952, when Omega introduced the Constellation. This watch was the first wristwatch chronometer produced by Omega in a series and can be identified by the small star on its dial. Due to legal reasons, Omega had to rename the Constellation as the Globemaster in the United States. The new Globemaster follows in the tradition of the older models. Therefore, it has a classic design resembling the watches from the 1950s and 60s. It's easily identifiable by its distinctive "Pie Pan" dial. This dial was first introduced in the early 1950s on the original Constellation models. The modern Globemaster's case, as well as its ridged bezel, were inspired by models from the late 1960s. Louis Brandt founded Omega in 1848. Their most famous models are the Seamaster and the Speedmaster, which accompanied NASA astronauts to the Moon. Today, the company is a member of the Swatch Group.

Buying Advice

Are you searching for a dress watch with a vintage look? Then the Omega Globemaster is the watch for you. Materials such as yellow or Sedna gold add value to these classic wristwatches. Bicolor models made of stainless steel and gold are also available. In addition, there are 352 limited platinum models, made even more appealing by their limited run and costly material. These classic timepieces offer more than just looks, though: They feature the most modern caliber technology, resulting in incredible precision. Omega has their watches certified precise by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Thanks to the watches' anti-magnetic silicon components, they are unaffected by magnetic fields. You can buy stainless steel introductory models online for around 4,500 euros. Bicolor models are available for about one thousand more at 5,500 euros. Watches made of solid gold cost over 10,000 euros, reaching the 13,000 euros range. The platinum Globemaster costs around 30,000 euros.

Buying Tips

  • Stainless steel Globemaster starting around 4,500 euros
  • Special platinum limited edition for around 30,000 euros
  • Retro design paired with the most modern caliber technology
  • Ideal paired with a suit or tuxedo

The Omega Globemaster's Design

Current Globemaster models are available in stainless steel, yellow gold, or Sedna gold. Sedna gold is Omega's in-house red gold alloy made of gold, copper, and palladium. The Globemaster's case measures 39 mm in diameter and is 12.5 mm thick. In addition to the pure stainless steel or gold models, Omega offers bicolor versions of stainless steel paired together with Sedna or yellow gold. The case is almost completely satin-brushed, apart from two polished edges. The three-piece link stainless steel bracelet is similar: It is entirely matte brushed, except for the polished edges. The bracelet measures 20 mm across at the lugs, and narrows to 18 mm near the clasp. There is also the option of a leather strap. The stainless steel models feature a bezel made of tungsten carbide, a very robust material, making scratched bezels a thing of the past.
For the case back, Omega uses sapphire glass, which is secured by four screws. The case back features a medallion in the middle with the cupola of the Geneva observatory and eight stars. The eight stars represent the eight tests developed by the Swiss Federal Institute for Metrology (METAS), which watches have to pass to earn the title "Master Chronometer." The dome of the observatory symbolizes Omega's precision awards which they won during chronometer observatory trials in the 1940s and 50s.

The Platinum Globemaster

There is even a special Globemaster model made of 950 platinum. Omega's most refined variant in the series is a simple three-hand model without any additional complications. The watch's appeal comes from its design, details, and the materials used - the leather strap even has 950 platinum stitching. It was limited to a run of only 352 models. The 18-karat white gold indices are, like the hands, filled with blue enamel. The medallion on the sapphire glass case back is also filled with bright blue enamel; it features the observatory cupola and eight stars, as well. The case back is see-through, offering a view of the caliber 8913 in action. The caliber features a striking rose gold winding rotor and balance bridge. Anti-reflective, domed sapphire glass covers the dial. The platinum case measures 39 mm in diameter. You can expect to pay around 30,000 euros for a platinum Globemaster.

Top Innovative Technology

When it comes to their designs, the current Globemaster models barely differ from their 1950s siblings. Only upon second glance do you realize that the recent Globemasters are high-tech timepieces. The inscription "Co-Axial Master Chronometer" on the dial makes that clear. The Globemaster is the first watch to ever bear that title. It received the honor after passing eight tests from METAS which simulated real-life situations. During the tests, the watch had to prove its levels of waterproofness and resistance to magnetism, as well as test its precision and power reserve. Omega developed the test, which is available for any manufacturer, together with METAS. Calibers 8900, 8901, and 8913, which power various Globemaster models, are also all officially certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
 
These three calibers only differ slightly: The 8913 does not have a date function, and the 8901 has a rose gold rotor. The calibers feature technology so innovative that competitors can barely keep up. By using silicon components, the watches are resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. Silicon is primarily used for the balance spring and the escape wheel. Ulysse Nardin is a pioneer alongside Omega in using silicon technology. Omega uses a non-ferromagnetic material called Nivagauss for the pallet. These anti-magnetic parts make the use of a soft iron cage to protect the caliber from magnetism unnecessary. The lack of a cage adds an additional benefit: You're able to watch the calibers in action through the sapphire glass case back.
Since Omega uses two barrels, the power reserve lasts an impressive 60 hours. The barrels are powered by a bidirectionally winding rotor. The manufacturer also equips the Globemaster with their in-house Co-Axial escapement, an alternative to the commonly used Swiss anchor escapement. A Co-Axial escapement requires very little lubrication and keeps the movement very precise.

Technical Highlights

  • First watch in the world to be certified as a "Co-Axial Master Chronometer"
  • Certified by the COSC and METAS
  • Anti-magnetic components made of silicon and Nivagauss
  • 60-hour power reserve

Omega Globemaster: The Timelessly Elegant Dress Watch

The Globemaster models in the Constellation collection are innovative, vintage-inspired wristwatches. Their design is similar to that of their predecessors from the 1950s. Their timelessly elegant design goes well with a suit or a tuxedo, and thanks to the high-quality materials used, such as gold or platinum, the watches are also a solid investment. They're powered by the most modern calibers with silicon, titanium, and Nivagauss components, which keep the watches unaffected by magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. As Globemaster models were the first to pass both the tests from the COSC and METAS, they are the first "Master Chronometer" watches in the world.