OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead
Earlier this year at Baselworld 2013, Omega revealed a reinterpretation of its highly regarded 1969 Seamaster Bullhead. Limited to only 669 pieces, demand for this latest OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead is likely to outstrip supply.
This detailed review of the OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead includes live images.
I am already planning for my trip to Baselworld 2014. My accommodation and flights are booked and it won’t be long before I begin to fill a pristine diary with appointments.
Physical training is something that is recommended for those professionals intending to attend the event. Entering the exhibition halls with only a camera and notepad, it is merely a few nano-seconds later that you become weighed-down with copious bags. I cringe when an exhibiting brand provides its press material in hardback format, I know that I am one step closer to a hernia.
Running between stands, to reach pre-arranged appointments, my feet also begin to suffer the strain of the exhausting endurance race. Indeed, numerous blisters fuse together and a comical gait is adopted to get through with as little agony as possible.
The annual horological marathon is arduous. My own technique involves taking pictures of the watches that appeal most to me and jotting comments to a red notepad. A watch which had its mug-shot taken and details recorded, at Baselworld this year, was the OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead. Its unusual, yet attractive appearance, meant it was always destined for column-inches here on ESCAPEMENT.
The OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead can trace its lineage to 1969 when the first Seamaster Bullhead was launched and subsequently found favour with numerous enthusiasts of the brand.
The brand from Biel / Bienne, OMEGA, has revisited the shield-shaped case and reinterpreted some of the original design features. Omega has imbued this new model with modern details whilst retaining the connection with the original model.
The watch is available with a fresh white dial. However, I particularly liked a variant I saw at Baselworld with a silver coloured dial featuring perlage, the cloud-shaped circular graining, ordinarily found on the mainplate. Perlage has featured on this year’s IWC Ingenieur Silberfpfeil and I adore its inclusion on the surface of the silver dial version as it provides an attractive reminder of the mechanical movement that occupies the case.
Silver dial version photographed at Baselworld 2013
Those who appreciate peerless legibility will probably prefer the white dial variant and this is the focus of my review. The clarity of the dial is enhanced with anti-reflective surface treatment on both sides of the dial.
On the central area of the dial, batons are employed to indicate the hours. An inner rotating bezel frames the dial and is marked with hours showing values in both 12-hour and 24-hour formats.
A red central chronograph hand, resembling an elongated isosceles triangle, points, courtesy of its fine tip, to the minute rail with laser-like accuracy. This allows the wearer to easily discern the elapsed seconds and parts thereof.
The watch only features two subdials and these are arranged in-line, from north to south, initially appearing to provide perfect symmetry. However, closer examination reveals the 30-minute chronograph register below noon, is slightly larger in diameter than the subsidiary seconds display adjacent 6 o’clock.
A date aperture features at 3 o’clock and completes the ensemble of functions presented.
It is the case which proffers a significant point of differentiation. Whilst the dial is the customary round shape, the case, as stated earlier, resembles a shield when viewed from the front. It is the contrast of the round dial with the tapering sides of the case that are extraordinary and engaging.
Omega have combined brushed and polished surfaces on the Bullhead and the outcome is very pleasing to the eye.
Originally in 1969, the chronograph pushers on the northern flank of the caseband were round but these have been usurped by flat pushers. They have a modern, up-to-date, design which feels perfectly at ease with the rest of the watch. The crown, located between the chronograph pushers, provides adjustment of the hands and allows winding of the movement should it be required.
Opposite the uppermost crown is a second crown, located adjacent 6 o’clock. This crown is used to adjust the inner rotational bezel. This timepiece repeatedly uses symmetry to enthralling effect.
The seahorse medallion, in common with many Seamaster models, adorns the caseback.
A notable feature of the case is how there are no conventional horns, with the strap affixing to the underside of the case, adjacent the leading edge of the caseback. It provides a tidy and uncluttered union between strap and case.
OMEGA have eschewed the hand-wound characteristic of the 1969 original, preferring to confer the convenience of a modern self-winding movement, the Co-Axial calibre 3113. The specification includes a column-wheel chronograph which will particularly appeal to aficionados.
The chiseled good looks and sublime symmetry achieved by this watch make it particularly noteworthy.
Some may question my choice of title when the OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead does not appear to have conventional horns or lugs. However, with only 669 pieces to be offered for sale, would-be buyers should not deliberate too long if they are serious about acquiring one of these handsome horological gems.