OMEGA RAILMASTER - Ref. 2914-3
A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CENTER SECONDS ANTI-MAGNETIC WRISTWATCH, 1958 REF 2914-3 SC RAILMASTER
• cal. 284 manual wind movement, 17 jewels, anti-magnetic dust cap * black matte dial, luminescent dauphine hands, sweep seconds * screw back * case, dial and movement signed * diameter 38 mm
Released in 1957, the Railmaster, was Omega's response to the growing desire in the market for a watch that would resist high magnetic fields in electro-industrial work.
Originally rated to be safe up to 1,000 gauss (a unit that measures the strength of magnetic fields) due to its double-case construction, use of soft iron, and a dial more than twice as thick as standard dials, it was one of the best anti-magnetic watches in the market at the time. It is said that during this period, Rolex's Milgauss model, whose name comes from its ability to function well up to 1,000 gauss, actually only rated to around 800 gauss.
Part of a trilogy of 'Master' watches, along with the Speedmaster and Seamaster models, the Railmaster had a much shorter production run due to its unusual tool status and its extremely simple aesthetic design.
The timepiece had a short production run starting in 1957, and ending in 1963 before its trilogy counterparts. Due to its short production run and limited pieces produced, it is one of the most collectible pieces of the trilogy today.
Today, this model is extremely collectible due to its rarity, style and its part in the history of mid-century technology.
- serial: 16.581.xxx
- completely original condition - runs excellent!
- watch comes with a handmade vintage leather strap plus Omega buckle.
- extract of the Archive!