Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds Platinum Ref. 5188.8.131.52.99.01. Limited edition of 70 units. 950 Platinum. 38 mm. Price 39.000 Swiss Francs.
Inside each watch’s case — behind a sapphire pane laser-engraved and hand-lacquered with a 70th Anniversary logo and the images of a Chris-Craft boat and Gloster Meteor plane, visual tributes to the RAF and its historic usage of Omega’s earliest water-resistant watches — we find an Omega Master Chronometer movement, Caliber 8807 in the Central Seconds and Caliber 8805 in the Small Seconds. The movements, the only ones in watchmaking to meet the exacting standards for both COSC chronometer certification and Omega’s in-house METAS criteria, are self-winding, magnetic-resistant to 15,000 Gauss, high-frequency (25,200 vph), decorated to exacting haute horlogerie standards, and possessed of a hefty 60-hour power reserve. The movements in the platinum watches stand out from those used in the steel-cased versions with their incorporation of a Sedna gold rotor and balance bridge.