ChronoScope Collector Watches presents a highly desirable and elusive first series of the Omega Railmaster Ref. 2914-3 SC from 1957. This reference made its debut as the “Holy Trinity” collection right alongside the original Seamaster 300 ref. CK2913 and Speedmaster ref. CK2915.
Please read the condition report carefully and refer to the high resolution pictures to help you assess the overall condition of the watch.
MODEL / REFERENCE: Omega Railmaster Ref. 2914-3 SC and a serial no. 15572231 which dates it to 1957, its launch year.
DIAL+HANDS: The Railmaster features a simple explorer-style dial, with Arabic numerals and large luminescent triangles at the poles granting it remarkable purity and legibility.
This one happens to be one of the more technically interesting timepieces with a special 1mm thick dial, instead of the conventional 0.4mm used by other manufacturers.
The dial shows signs of aging. Please refer to the high-resolution pictures. The white imprint is flawless all over, from the text to the minute/second divisions.
The lumed indexes and luminous stylized Arabic numerals at the quarters have been stripped in the past, and professionally relumed
The dauphine minute hand and the broad arrow hours hand are absolutely gorgeous and correct for this watch. The steel contour on the hour hand shows fine scratches. The hands have been professionally relumed. The second hand is tad to long and will be replaced by an Omega Service hand.
CRYSTAL: This timepiece has been fitted with a replacement, domed acrylic crystal, which is in excellent condition.
MOVEMENT: This Railmaster is animated by a manually wound, copper-colored calibre 284 that has 17 jewels. This is a highly reliable straight-line lever escapement movement, with a monometallic balance, a shock absorber, a self-compensating flat balance spring, and an index regulator.
The movement is recently serviced thus it winds smoothly, runs strong and keeps good time.
CASE: The Staybrite stainless steel case is sized at an easily wearable diameter of 38mm. It has a double-constructed case, with a screw-in caseback, manufactured by none other than the famous Huguenin Frères. The outer three-body case features an inclined bezel in beautiful condition. The mid-case has a mix of polished and brushed finishes, seen all the way through to the downturned lugs.
Overall, the case is in good condition but appears to be polished. It shows defined bevels and only light, normal signs of wear throughout. No major scuffs or nicks are worth mentioning given the age of the watch.
The Portuguese import stamp is still visible on the top left lug front side.
Since this watch was the stablemate of the Seamaster, Omega’s first dedicated dive watch, the Railmaster was water resistant up to 60 meters. However we cannot guarantee the water resistance rating since the timepiece is 64 years old!
CASEBACK: The 6 notches, screw-down stainless steel caseback is in good condition, showing some scratches throughout. It displays a very well preserved Seahorse logo and “Railmaster” text engravings.
The inner caseback bears the right stamps for the period such as the Omega symbol, the casemaker, Huguenin Frères’ hallmark, and case reference number.
Omega addressed the magnetism problem by encasing the movement in a thick, nickel-iron alloy, or “MuMetal” cover which is held in place by a lead O-ring gasket. This shield acts as a Faraday cage that could withstand exposure to 1000 Gauss and offers superior shock resistance to almost any other watch of the day.
CROWN: The watch is equipped with a seldom seen original Naiad crown which is embossed with the Omega logo at the center and functions flawlessly.
BRACELET: The watch is fitted with a brand new 19mm leather strap and an unsigned pin buckle.
ACCESSORIES: The Omega extract of archives has been ordered. The watch will be supplied with a blue ChronoScope Saffiano Leather watch roll.
Dial, crown, caseback and movement signed Omega. The watch is fully functional.
We guarantee the authenticity of the watch. We also provide 12 months guarantee for the correct function of this timepiece. All guarantees are subject to the General Terms and conditions of ChronoScope Collector Watches, Switzerland.
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