Omega’s Globemaster collection might not be the first watch that comes to mind when you think of the brand that has brought us the Speedmaster Moonwatch, but it holds an important place in Omega’s history. It was the first ever collection to house master chronometer certified movements, one of the highest classifications in watchmaking provided by METAS. Now, three new versions are joining the collection in a trio of gorgeous colourways.
In terms of technical specs, they’re nothing we haven’t seen before. 41mm diameter cases housing either the co-axial calibre 8922 or 8923 master chronometer automatic movements. However, what is new are the combinations of colours and materials presented here and they honestly look amazing.
Globemaster Annual Calendar Green
First up is the colour 2021 just can’t seem to shake off, green. Here the verdant colour graces the iconic “Pie Pan” dial of the Globemaster with sun-brushed finishing that makes even its fairly restrained tone shine. It’s paired with a stainless steel case and a tungsten carbide bezel so there’s plenty of scratch resistance and durability. The specific shade of green used, combined with a steel case reminds me of the Nautilus 5711/1A Patek Phillipe released to acclaim earlier this year, so it’s definitely a winning combination.
The facetted hands, indexes, Omega logo and Constellation star are picked out in 18k white gold. Although despite those hints of gold this is by far the most restrained of the trio and the most likely to see regular wear. This version houses the calibre 8922, which has a 55-hour power reserve and all the magnetic resistance required for master chronometer certification.
It also happens to be the most accessible of the trio at £7,230.
Globemaster Annual Calendar Burgundy
Next up is a watch that makes a strong case for being included in our guide to the Top 10 Steel and Gold Bi-Colour Watches. The 41mm case is made from stainless steel with the signature fluted bezel and crown in Omega’s own alloy, Sedna gold. It works beautifully in conjunction with the burgundy Pie Pan.
Here the hands and other accents are also made from Sedna gold instead of the white gold of the Green version. However, like the Green version, it comes on a dial-colour matched leather strap. And it also houses the calibre 8922 master chronometer movement. In fact, in honour of the history of the Globemaster and its exceptional precision, the caseback is embedded with a Central Observatory medallion.
Price wise it’s a fair jump up from the Green version at £9,640. Which frankly isn’t too bad for a dress watch with a solid complication like an annual calendar and plenty of gold elements.
Globemaster Annual Calendar Sedna Gold
Continuing the trend of increasing the gold content with each watch, the last of the new trio is entirely made from Sedna gold. The case, the bezel, the crown and the dial are all made from Omega’s signature alloy. Speaking of the alloy, its symbol ‘Au750’ is engraved on the dial. I’m not a massive fan of full gold dress watches but not even I can deny that this is lovely.
Well, technically not everything is made of gold… The majority of the movement housed inside is steel except for the rotor, which is gold, hence it being the Calibre 8923 which is otherwise identical to the 8922. Plus, the indexes and hands are made from black onyx, marking the first time Omega have used the material for a set of hands. It’s also the black of the onyx that is mirrored by the leather strap, not the dial colour.
For this model, it’s a price on request situation.
Price & Specs:
Model: Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Annual Calendar
Reference: 22.214.171.124.10.001 (green dial), 126.96.36.199.11.001 (burgundy dial), 188.8.131.52.99.002 (gold dial)
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter, stainless steel case with green dial, bi colour steel and Sedna™ gold case with burgundy dial or Sedna™ gold case with gold dial
Water Resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 8922, automatic, Master Chronometer certification process approved by METAS (green and burgundy dial)
In-house calibre 8923, automatic, Master Chronometer certification process approved by METAS (gold dial)
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power Reserve: 55h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, annual calendar
Strap: Alligator leather
Price/availability: £7,230 (green dial), £9,640 (burgundy dial) and price on request (gold dial)
More details at Omega.