The Railmaster line from Omega, in its contemporary form, might be overshadowed by some of the brand's more iconic models. Those 2017 grey and white dial versions? They didn't exactly win unanimous praise from critics, largely due to the controversial faux-aged indices and hands trying to evoke a patina feel. However, a year later, Omega introduced a version with a dial reminiscent of a denim texture, without the questionable faux-patina, and it certainly captured my attention.
With its ideal 40mm size, a fully brushed case, excellent luminosity (a step up from the Aqua Terra), and the absence of a date function, it almost ticks all the boxes.
What more can a watch enthusiast ask for? Maybe a better strap, that's what! The included NATO strap? Total nightmare.
Fortunately, the Railmaster pairs well with a variety of straps. Here are some personal recommendations:
Starting with my top pick – the CTS rubber. The Railmaster's sporty and has a 150m water resistance; perfect to take for a spin in tough conditions. And for that, rubber is your best bud. Its matte, no-fuss texture balances that bold dial just right. Plus, thanks to its design, the watch always sits snug in the centre of your wrist.
An orange strap made from soft Saffiano leather offers a vibrant choice when looking to add a hint of colour to one's ensemble. It served me well during warm summer evenings.
This refined matte alligator leather strap showcases the Railmaster's versatility. While it might not be the first choice for black-tie events, it fits seamlessly within a corporate environment.
A strap that harmoniously aligns with the watch dial brings immense satisfaction. This Navy Chevre Slim variant is a fitting choice for the Railmaster, providing a balanced look for everyday wear. It's comfortable, and when paired with the watch's dial, it forms a coherent aesthetic.
Last but not least, a kinda out-of-the-box choice – the Dark Grey Elastic Loop. I wore my Railmaster all summer, barely taking it off. This was my go-to for biking or hitting the gym. There's something about wearing a watch and forgetting it's even there, and this strap does just that. It might not be for everyone, but I think it's worth having in the rotation.
- Reference: Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer
- Case Size: 40mm
- Thickness: 12.7mm
- Lug-to-Lug: 47mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
If you enjoyed this Strap Guide, be sure to check out the rest of our Strap Guides for more inspirations!