In 2017, Omega Replica Watches released the “1957 Trilogy” watch, which included the remake of three watches originally launched in 1957. These include the limited edition Omega Seamaster, the Railmaster and of course the Speedmaster – each featuring the iconic Omega watch collection. It made its debut in that year. Most of the 60th anniversary limited edition models have been sold out – including Omega’s reference number 318.104.22.168.01.001 Speedmaster ’57 chronograph 38.6 mm. So, in a very real sense, if you are interested in this watch, even if the limited edition of 3,557 is not so small, you have to work hard to find one.
My favorite story about this Speedmaster 1957 Trilogy watch is how Omega made this case. They basically performed a 3D scan of the original Speedmaster watch, based on the brand’s work at the Omega Museum across the street from Bienne. Omega does not have the original schematics of the 1950s, so they need to use this type of modeling technology to build old cases based on old cases. One of the interesting things that Omega said they found was that all Swiss Omega Watches logos on the watch were different. In fact, there are five Omega logos on the watch, but none of them are identical. The reason is that in the 1950s, the logo did not have a specific size specification, and Omega used various suppliers to produce its watch parts. Therefore, each supplier extracts the Greek Omega letter more or less. This caused each logo on the watch to be slightly different, and Omega himself apparently didn’t even realize it until they scanned it.
Personally, I think the novelty and modernity of the Omega Replica Speedmaster series was a bit surprising when it was first released. More than 60 years later, it still has the logo of many modern watches, which may seem futuristic at the time. The Speedmaster is the first watch to have a tachometer scale printed on the bezel and dial of the watch. Today, even if no one uses the speedometer calculations on Speedmaster or other watches, such design elements are so iconic that they seem to be indistinguishable from the theme of racing watches.