During the mid 2000s, Omega introduced a Railmaster variant within its Seamaster Aqua Terra line, drawing inspiration from the iconic reference CK2914 from 1957. Like most Aqua Terra watches of this era, the new Railmaster edition was offerred in a diverse array of sizes, including 36mm, 39mm, 41mm, and a dramatically oversized 49mm unique to this series. At that time, the prevailing trend for large watches was at its peak, resulting in the bigger options being the more popular choices while the 36mm version remained readily available even after the discontinuation of the line in 2012.
Ironically, the recent shift back towards smaller watches has led to a surge in demand for the 36mm Railmaster, making it now the most sought-after size among collectors. However, due to its limited production numbers, acquiring this specific size has become increasingly difficult. Will it reach the pricing and collectibility of the similarly designed Rolex Explorer I? Time will tell, but for now the 36mm Railmaster, with its charming proportions and perfectly symmetrical dial, remains a compelling value proposition for those with enough patience, persistence, and good fortune to find one.
Seamaster Aqua Terra Railmaster
Omega brown alligator strap with deployant buckle
Max Wrist Size:
Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in
UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.
MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.
EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.
VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.
GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.
Case: The stainless steel case shows very little wear with only a few hairlines, faint scratches, and tiny nicks present. It has likely seen a light polish at some point, but nothing that has compromised the integrity of the case. The lugs are thick and full with excellent definition between brushed and polished surfaces. The caseback condition is consistent with the rest of the watch. The backs of the lugs show light marks from changing straps. The model and serial number engravings remain sharp and deep.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The matte black dial and polished hands are in pristine condition with fully functioning Super-LumiNova and no notable imperfections. Both front and rear sapphire crystals are squeaky clean and scratch-free.
Bracelet/Strap: The Omega alligator strap shows moderate signs of wear with creasing near the button holes, cracking to the leather backing, and some light staining near the pointy tip of the adjustable end. The top skin remains intact though and there’s no notable fraying. The deployant clasp is in nice overall condition. The raised Omega logo remains full and detailed.
Functions: All functions including the crown winding and time setting are working as expected.
Service History: The watch recently underwent a full service by Omega Japan that was completed on 05/26/2023.