Baselworld 2018 was another strong year for vintage-inspired releases, proving once again that the trend shows no sign of slowing down. Today, we teamed up with StockX’s Blake Buettner to round up six of our favorite heritage releases from this year’s show.
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Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions
Omega’s done an incredible job with anniversary watches in recent years. Look no further than the Trilogy pack of watches released last year for evidence of this. This year, they’ve done it again with a pair of limited edition watches celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster. The new watches are true to form in looking the part, with dials that authentically re-create the look of the time period, and we’d expect nothing less from Omega.Things get a little more modern on the inside. Turning the watch over yields a view of the thoroughly modern Omega caliber 8806 (center seconds), or 8804 (small seconds). How modern? Part of the spec sheet on these movements features stuff like a silicon balance spring, Omega’s free-sprung balance and Co-Axial escapement, rhodium-plated bridges and rotor, and blackened screws—so you get the idea these movement’s aren’t messing around. One detail I’m not so crazy about is the graphic on the exhibition window, but hey, you can’t have everything.
Seiko SLA025 Hi-Beat Diver
Seiko has a deep back catalog from which to draw inspiration for their modern dive watches, and they’ve done so to great effect in recent years. Their latest example comes in the form of the SLA025, a recreation of a model first shown in 1968. The original was the first watch to feature a 36,000 bph, high-precision automatic caliber. It also featured a one-piece case, screw-down crown protection, and a unidirectional rotating bezel. The latest iteration, the SLA025, is built in a similar manner, with a single piece body and a high beat caliber, though with the latest model, that movement is the caliber 8L55, replete with far more modern bells and whistles.
The Seiko SLA025 is $5,400.