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  1. MikeMan2727 Dec 16, 2020

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    Hi all,

    I know some of you were likely bidding on this watch a few months back but I wanted to wait until I had more information to do a full write-up.

    The watch is an Omega Railmaster 2914-4 with full Arabic numeral luminous dial and syringe luminous hands. It cases a cal. 285 movement with 17,330,101 serial. The crown is Naiad.

    Before this watch came up for auction, there wasn't much information online about the Arabic dial variant. There is a small section on The Spring Bar about it, which helped me see a few other examples. One of those examples was sold by the Davidoff Brothers - also a 2914-4 with cal 285 and 17,330,105. Both watches have an OXG movement code, signifying delivery to the USA.

    With these few examples, I contacted Omega for more information. I just recently heard back and wanted to share what they found.

    My watch was delivered to the USA in July 1960 and produced in a 10 watch run which also included the Davidoff watch. There were no Railmasters produced directly before or directly after this batch. There were four additional batches of 10 created after the gap, all of which were Railmaster 2914 delivered to the USA. This would suggest that there were potentially up to 50 made.

    Unfortunately, the archives do not contain any information about the special dial or why it was made. It is reasonable to conclude this was some sort of special order / limited run, but beyond that would be speculative.

    If someone has another example, please let me know!
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  2. jB1128 Dec 16, 2020

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    Unreal. Spectacular. Congratulations. Superlative.

    Wow.

    Edit: I forgot to mention simply stunning ::love::
     
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  3. apsm100 applysome! Dec 16, 2020

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    Man that is pretty. ::love::
     
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  4. watchyouwant ΩF Clairvoyant Dec 17, 2020

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    I sold one many years ago to a member here. Maybe he will share his example .... Kind regards. Achim
     
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  5. Seaborg Dec 17, 2020

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    Incredible :eek:::love::
     
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  6. Cuttysark Dec 17, 2020

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    WOW this is really really cool!!::love::
     
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  7. Engee Dec 17, 2020

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    What an absolutely beautiful example of a beautiful watch. I know most people prefer showy watches but the Railmaster oozes quality and understated self-assurance. It’s a watch for the wearer to know what’s on their wrist, whereas a Rolex is a watch for everyone else to know what’s on the wearers wrist. I much prefer to be the first type.

    I hope it gives you many years of pleasure.
     
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  8. bigsom Dec 17, 2020

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    What a special watch, and the Arabic dial seems so appropriate for a watch named Railmaster.
     
  9. MikeMan2727 Dec 17, 2020

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    That would be nice. I hope he sees this thread.

    It's a shame you don't remember more details about the watch.
     
  10. td69 Dec 17, 2020

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    Congratulations! Glad it went to a good hand and fellow OF.

    I was one of the bidders on this watch, but I was put off by a quick note from seller stating that there was a small "T" at the bottom to the right of "SWISS MADE" that was not visible in those listing photos, when asking whether the lumes were radium.

    Does OP check it with Geiger?
     
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  11. MikeMan2727 Dec 17, 2020

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    Thank you! I actually checked it with a medical grade Geiger the day after I got it - very high counts as expected for radium.
     
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  12. watchyouwant ΩF Clairvoyant Dec 17, 2020

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    This is the only picture left ..... all others were stored at Photobucket and they were lost when the company wanted to charge for storage.... this is the one, we researched with Mr. J. Diethelm from the Factory in the mid 90`s. not much was known then about these dial variants..... and the second one is the one i kept and is one of the Canadian Prototypes with Swan Neck regulator from 1956. white and black dials tried with the prototypes..... kind regards. Achim omegarailrestored.jpg SAM_6662.JPG
     
  13. Seaborg Dec 18, 2020

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    Be careful with Radium :thumbsup:
     
  14. gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed et alia Dec 18, 2020

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    Did you check the hands separately from the dial?
     
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  15. Franco Dec 18, 2020

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    Hi, do you have an image of the crown- side? With or without the Mercedes sign?
     
  16. MikeMan2727 Dec 18, 2020

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    Thanks for sharing. I have always enjoyed seeing your 2777.

    I think your 2914 is the same watch as the Davidoff watch. Did you buy it from / sell it to them? The crown is identical and so are the drag marks on the dial.

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  17. MikeMan2727 Dec 18, 2020

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    There was no point to check them separately. They have clearly been redone and do not glow. Is it a dealbreaker for you?

    Indeed!

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  18. watchyouwant ΩF Clairvoyant Dec 18, 2020

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    No, i sold it to a member here. but that was many years ago ......... kind regards. achim
     
  19. gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed et alia Dec 18, 2020

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    Dealbreaker? Not at all. Very rare dial indeed.
    My question relates to the dial lume vs the hand lume. I’ve seen a few RM dials with TT and single T’s and all were indeed, Tritium lumed. If you obtained a sizable GC reading, and the dial has an engraved T, I though perhaps the hands alone were radium lumed. Do you believe the tritium dial was relumed with radium?
     
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  20. MikeMan2727 Dec 18, 2020

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    The dial does not have a T:

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    The Davidoff watch above also had radium lume, as would be expected for an early 17 mil serial.
     
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