Deconstruction Omega Speedmaster

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Deconstruction Omega Speedmaster

Postby koimaster » July 30th 2018, 3:45pm

the water-resistant Seamaster collection, introduced in 1948, did become a commercial success...A seahorse emblem has graced the casebacks of this line since 1958 as a symbol for water resistance...The logo was conceived by engraver Jean-Pierre Borle, who was inspired in Venice by an image of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, driving a chariot pulled by seahorses (this is why Omega seahorses wear bridles)." "Diving with the Seahorse" by Jens Koch



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Re: Deconstruction Omega Speedmaster

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » July 30th 2018, 4:47pm

the water-resistant Seamaster collection, introduced in 1948, did become a commercial success...A seahorse emblem has graced the casebacks of this line since 1958 as a symbol for water resistance...The logo was conceived by engraver Jean-Pierre Borle, who was inspired in Venice by an image of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, driving a chariot pulled by seahorses (this is why Omega seahorses wear bridles)." "Diving with the Seahorse" by Jens Koch

While the hippocampus logo was absent from certain Speedmaster CK 2915 cases, I don't think there was a single Seamaster 2913 case without the logo. I'm somewhat tempted to call "bullshit" on the claim, that the logo was introduced in 1958.
Using "water-resistant" in reference to early Seamasters is something of an exaggeration. Most of them were splashproof at best. Proper screw-down case backs on Seamasters prior to 1957 are outnumbered by the models with a gasket-protected press-in. Not that these case were unreliable, but they didn't have a great reputation either. Neither did Constellation cases.
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Re: Deconstruction Omega Speedmaster

Postby Pubbie » July 31st 2018, 1:26am

It's remarkable how petite that movement is. It's only 12 lignes, yet the case is 42mm across. It looks small, but then I always thought the Speedmaster's subdials were simply too close together (same for the Zenith El P; Zenith even makes a design feature of it).
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Re: Deconstruction Omega Speedmaster

Postby foghorn » July 31st 2018, 4:23am

Truly amazing stuff.
But it still gives me a fucking headache.
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