The Omega Globemaster was the world's first Master Chronometer. Its design pays homage to vintage watches from the 1950s and is characterized by a "pie-pan" dial. Top models feature an annual calendar and are made of platinum.
Omega caused a sensation when they presented the Globemaster in 2015. As the world's first Master Chromometer, this watch can withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 Gauss – well above almost every other mechanical timepiece. The Biel-based manufacturer uses anti-magnetic materials like titanium and silicon for the balance and other components to achieve this enormous level of magnetic resistance.
Additionally, every Omega Globemaster must stand up to comprehensive testing of its accuracy, power reserve, and water resistance. Two organizations certify the precision of these timepieces: the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The latter is responsible for Master Chronometer certification, meaning they examine magnetic resistance, water resistance, and the power reserve.
People are attracted to more than just the Globemaster's pioneering technology, however. Its retro design is also extremely fashionable and reminiscent of vintage Omega watches from the 1950s and 60s. The "pie-pan" dial and fluted bezel are particularly eye-catching. The fluted bezel first appeared on the Omega Constellation in 1952.
|Reference number||Price (approx.)||Case material||Complications|
|18.104.22.168.99.002||49,900 USD||Platinum||Annual calendar|
|22.214.171.124.03.001||16,900 USD||Sedna gold||Annual calendar|
|126.96.36.199.02.002||14,900 USD||Yellow gold||Date|
|188.8.131.52.03.001||8,000 USD||Stainless steel and Sedna gold||Date|
|184.108.40.206.06.001||6,500 USD||Stainless steel||Annual calendar|
|220.127.116.11.03.001||5,200 USD||Stainless steel||Date|
Are you searching for a retro dress watch? 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 is a platinum model, made even more appealing by its limited run of 352 pieces and costly material.
Stainless steel three-hand watches are an affordable entry point to this collection. You can get a variant with a blue "pie-pan" dial and matching leather strap for under 5,200 USD new and around 4,900 USD pre-owned. If you'd prefer a stainless steel link bracelet, be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars more.
Bicolor editions of the Omega Globemaster are also rather modestly priced. Those with a brown leather strap, which pairs exquisitely with the yellow gold hands, indices, and bezel, cost about 6,500 USD in mint condition and 5,600 USD pre-owned. This timepiece is also available with a bicolor stainless steel and gold link bracelet. Prices for a new version come in at about 8,300 USD. Pre-owned examples cost about 1,200 USD less. The bicolor Globemaster in stainless steel and Sedna gold sits in a similar price range. Sedna gold is Omega's own rose gold alloy. Plan to spend around 14,700 USD on a mint-condition Sedna gold Globemaster on a brown leather strap. You can get a pre-owned gold watch for about 12,600 USD. The yellow gold edition also features a brown leather strap. Prices for this model range from 13,100 to 14,900 USD.
The highlight of the Globemaster series is the platinum edition with a limited run of 352 pieces. Unlike the other versions, the platinum watch lacks a date display and, thus, feels a bit tidier. A blue leather strap with platinum stitching holds this timepiece securely on your wrist. At 30,700 USD new, it is the most expensive Globemaster by far. Due to their extremely limited numbers and relatively recent release, pre-owned examples are quite hard to find.
Omega presented the Globemaster Annual Calendar at Baselworld 2016. It is 2 mm larger than the "normal" Globemaster without an annual calendar. This timepiece displays the month using a fourth central hand that then points to a month scale around the edge of the dial. The stainless steel version is the most affordable at 6,500 USD. You can get a pre-owned example for around 6,000 USD.
Bicolor models in stainless steel and Sedna gold sell for between 7,200 and 7,900 USD. Those in 18-karat Sedna gold with a blue strap and dial cost 16,900 USD in mint condition.
Once again, the platinum editions are the highlights. However, this time each version is limited to a run of only 52 pieces. There are currently two platinum editions with an annual calendar: one with green elements, the other with burgundy red. The list price for both versions sits at 53,000 USD.
Current Globemaster models are available in stainless steel, yellow gold, or Sedna gold. Sedna gold is Omega's in-house rose 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 solid stainless steel or gold models, Omega offers bicolor versions in stainless steel and 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. 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 of "Master Chronometer." The dome of the observatory symbolizes Omega's precision awards which they won during chronometer observatory trials in the 1940s and 50s.
There is even a special Globemaster model made of 950 platinum. Omega's most refined variant in this 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 is limited to a run of only 352 pieces. 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.
When it comes to design, 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 "Co-Axial Master Chronometer" inscription on the dial makes that clear. The Globemaster was the first watch to ever earn that title. It received the honor after passing eight tests from METAS which simulated real-life situations. During the tests, the watch must prove its levels of water and magnetic resistance, as well as 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 from one another: 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 it unnecessary to use a soft iron cage to protect the caliber from magnetism. The lack of a cage adds an additional benefit: You're able to watch the caliber 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 bidirectional 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.
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.
For legal reasons, Omega had to rename the Constellation the Globemaster in the United States. The new Globemaster follows in the tradition of 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, called such due to its resemblance to a baking tin. This dial was first introduced in the early 1950s on the original Constellation models. The modern Globemaster's case and fluted bezel were inspired by models from the late 1960s.
The Globemaster models in the Constellation collection are innovative, vintage-inspired wristwatches. Their designs are similar to those of their predecessors from the mid-20th century. Their timelessly elegant look goes well with a suit or tuxedo. Thanks to the high-quality materials used, such as gold and platinum, the watches are also solid investments. They're powered by state-of-the-art calibers with silicon, titanium, and Nivagauss components that protect the watches against magnetic fields of up to 15,000 Gauss. As Globemaster models were the first to pass tests from the COSC and METAS, they are considered the first "Master Chronometer" watches in the world.