As you probably already guessed, I’m a big fan of these watches. The Seamaster is one of the most storied collections in all of watchmaking and doing something fitting for a big anniversary is a no-brainer. Going all the way back to square one though is a smart approach. Most importantly, however, these look like watches that someone today with no knowledge of vintage watches at all could be pick up and enjoy, totally context free. They’re a good size, the styling is classic but a little striking, and the movements inside are some of the best everyday movements you can find anywhere. Being able to buy a watch with an anti-magnetic, chronometer certified, automatic movement with a co-axial escapement for under $6,500 is a special thing that we shouldn’t ignore or make light of.

Ahead of the show opening, these might be the two watches I’m most excited to see in the metal. If the details have been executed as properly as I think they have been, these could be two straight up home runs for Omega. 

Personally, I think it’s the sub-seconds model for me, since it feels a little more 1940s, but it’s almost a coin flip. Which do you prefer? I’d love to know, so drop a note in the comments below.