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    Re: A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by OMEGAFORCE View Post
    Perhaps you have a small wrist size or maybe it's not flat that's why it looked enormous
    My wrist is about 7 inches, I wear 42mm Seamasters and Speedmasters without any issues. The Railmaster has a very thin bezel and is all dial, which made it feel like I was wearing a 42 to 43mm watch. I don't mind 42mm on a chrono or diver but it just felt so big for the style of watch.
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    Re: A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by chillwill120 View Post
    My wrist is about 7 inches, I wear 42mm Seamasters and Speedmasters without any issues. The Railmaster has a very thin bezel and is all dial, which made it feel like I was wearing a 42 to 43mm watch. I don't mind 42mm on a chrono or diver but it just felt so big for the style of watch.
    Hi, OP here. The above quote applies equally to me! The 39mm Railmaster wore like a dinner plate on my 6.75"-7" wrist. In my personal opinion, that size looks best on folks with meatier meathooks than I've got.

    The smallest version of this watch is uncommon enough that it's not practical to just go try one on, so here are a few more quick and dirty photos of my wrist and the 36mm Railmaster, 42mm Speedmaster, and 40mm Submariner:







    In all three cases the dial size is roughly the same, and for me it's mostly the dial diameter and lug-to-lug measurements that determine how big or small a watch wears on the wrist.
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    Re: A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by workahol View Post

    In all three cases the dial size is roughly the same, and for me it's mostly the dial diameter and lug-to-lug measurements that determine how big or small a watch wears on the wrist.
    Preach .... Couldn't agree with this more. The three rules of watch sizing... Dial size, Dial Size, DIAL SIZE!

    OH! and lug to lug is pretty important too.

    Well said sir.

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    Re: A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by workahol View Post
    Hi, OP here. The above quote applies equally to me! The 39mm Railmaster wore like a dinner plate on my 6.75"-7" wrist. In my personal opinion, that size looks best on folks with meatier meathooks than I've got.

    The smallest version of this watch is uncommon enough that it's not practical to just go try one on...

    In all three cases the dial size is roughly the same, and for me it's mostly the dial diameter and lug-to-lug measurements that determine how big or small a watch wears on the wrist.
    Yep, that's it exactly. What you wanna avoid is what I call 'The Veranda Effect', seen here with a 44mm Hamilton Khaki on my 6.5 inch wrist, whereby the lugs keep going long after my wrist has stopped;

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    I bought that watch at the height of the BIG WATCH! craze. Sure, I wanted something oversized and cartoony, but I think this watch may have been just 2 mil too large for me. No biggie (ha, ha!), I have since replaced this watch with a 40mm Hamilton Khaki, which still offers a largish fit on my wrist, but is more proportioned and forgiving;

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    While I probably suspected it all along, I have fully realised that 42mm is the absolute upper limit for my wrist, AND it only works with sports watches (divers, chronos) rather than dressier and simpler pieces.

    The Railmaster in 36.2mm is absolutely a perfect size and fit for my school-girly wrist;

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    While I might love to have a vintage Rolex Explorer 1016 - perhaps the closest competitor in looks to the Railmaster 36mm- the cost is prohibitive. For me, anyway.
    And though the Tudor Heritage Ranger would be another contender, its 41mm size really throws it out the window as an alternative.
    If Tudor ever releases it in 36-38mm, I just may be in trouble.
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    A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by teeritz View Post
    Yep, that's it exactly. What you wanna avoid is what I call 'The Veranda Effect', seen here with a 44mm Hamilton Khaki on my 6.5 inch wrist, whereby the lugs keep going long after my wrist has stopped;

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    I bought that watch at the height of the BIG WATCH! craze. Sure, I wanted something oversized and cartoony, but I think this watch may have been just 2 mil too large for me. No biggie (ha, ha!), I have since replaced this watch with a 40mm Hamilton Khaki, which still offers a largish fit on my wrist, but is more proportioned and forgiving;

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    While I probably suspected it all along, I have fully realised that 42mm is the absolute upper limit for my wrist, AND it only works with sports watches (divers, chronos) rather than dressier and simpler pieces.

    The Railmaster in 36.2mm is absolutely a perfect size and fit for my school-girly wrist;

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    While I might love to have a vintage Rolex Explorer 1016 - perhaps the closest competitor in looks to the Railmaster 36mm- the cost is prohibitive. For me, anyway.
    And though the Tudor Heritage Ranger would be another contender, its 41mm size really throws it out the window as an alternative.
    If Tudor ever releases it in 36-38mm, I just may be in trouble.
    Well Tino you are somewhat responsible for having an incoming RM right now with your great pictures and review! It is the 39mm size, which does not overhang my wrist (picture below from the first one had a few years ago, quickly sold to buy something else caught my eye) but not sure if will end up keeping it as really wanted the 36mm version this time (very hard to find as you know). Lets see what happens!

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    Re: A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by workahol View Post
    I'd say teeritz is the one to blame for starting all this, you see.

    Ever since I read his excellent review of the Omega Railmaster a year ago, I knew I had to have one. I won't go into the reasons why - others have already said it better than I could. Suffice to say I loved the Railmaster's aesthetics, its simplicity, the history behind the name, and the way it hearkened back to the way wristwatches looked fifty years ago. I just knew I had to have one in my collection. If you get it, you already know.

    But the fact that the Railmaster had been discontinued for years means that getting one requires more effort than simply fetching the checkbook. Like many things worth having, if you want this watch you have to be patient and wait for the opportunity to present itself. For months I trolled the internet late at night, searching for Railmasters. Finally I found one, a 39 mm model in excellent condition. An agreement was reached. The deal was done. The day came. The watch arrived. It was beautiful. It was everything I'd hoped.



    It was also too big. I realized I'd made an expensive mistake.

    At 6' 1" I'm not a huge person, and I'm equipped with fairly skinny 6 3/4" wrists. Normally I'm comfortable wearing watches that range from the understated 35 mm size of the 1950's "gentleman's watch", up to a 42 mm diver or chronograph. But the 39 mm Railmaster on my arm looks like a dinner plate. Oh, the case is a comfortable size, but the fact that the dial goes aaaalllllll the way to the edge makes it appear positively enormous in proportion to its surroundings. For instance, take a look at how big the dial is compared to a 42 mm Planet Ocean:



    Someone bigger than I am could probably easily pull it off, but on me it's just too big. It's funny how just a few millimeters here or there makes a world of difference in how you perceive the size of a particular watch. Here's the 39 mm Railmaster next to my 38.5 mm Aqua Terra 8500, the latter of which I find quite comfortable to wear. On paper these two pieces are virtually the same size; in practice I found them to "wear" very differently indeed. Look past the case size and compare the distance between the outer edges of the hour markers on the two dials, and you'll see it:



    And of course it all comes down to personal preferences as well. As someone who generally goes through life feeling like I was born a few decades too late, I've never got on board with the recent huge watch trend. I simply prefer my watches to adhere to the more classic sizing of years gone by. The Omegas in my collection are intended to be "keepers", and I plan to hang onto them through the next fad, and the one after that. For the most part I tend to only collect watches that I think have a certain extra "something" that gives them an element of timeless appeal... to me, anyhow. It's such a personal hobby, this, and each individual has to decide which ones are worth hanging on to and which ones to let go of. In my experience, if the watch is right for you, you'll just know it when you put it on.

    So I knew right away that I should have passed on the 39 mm Railmaster and sought out a smaller 36 mm sized one instead. Unfortunately for me, if Railmasters are uncommon, the 36 mm size in particular is positively as scarce as hen's teeth! I figured I was in for another year of searching.

    But by some quirk of luck, I ran across an example of what I wanted barely a month later. Another deal was done. Another watch arrived.

    This time it was perfect.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I'm pleased to present something that's not seen every day - a 39 mm Railmaster and a 36 mm Railmaster side by side:



    The proportions of the two are ever so slightly different - the lugs on the larger watch appear somewhat more slender, and the crown on the smaller watch looks more substantial with respect to the case. Size-wise, the 36 mm version puts me very much in mind of the original Explorer, which is exactly what I'd hoped.



    The apparent size of the dial on the 36 mm Railmaster is approximately the same as that of the 38.5 mm Aqua Terra, even though the case is slightly smaller. I always wear the AT 8500 on its bracelet, so I will likely put the RM on a brown leather strap to allow each to have its own separate identity. I find the 8500 bracelet much superior to the 2500 anyway, especially the clasp, so I don't think I'll miss it terribly. The Railmaster looks great on a strap too.



    No more mistaking which one is the dive watch and which one isn't!



    Who's up for a double helping of Railmaster lume?



    Anyway, thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed the photos. The larger Railmaster will find a new home in due course, I'm sure. Meanwhile, I'm very happy to have found my Railmaster at last.

    Oh, and confidential to teeritz - thanks for the introduction to the Railmaster world. I owe you a drink sometime. I imagine we could find something in common...

    love the 36MM, it's a classic size and looks fantastic..
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    Re: A tale of two Railmasters

    I just happened onto this thread...and now I have a grail watch to pursue. I wear Seamasters and Speedmasters regularly, but every now and then I want a smaller watch. I also have a 38mm blue dial AT 8500, but I would love a 36mm black dial sports watch with Arabics at the poles that I can wear anywhere.

    For now, this is scratching the itch.



    34mm CK 2846

    Along with this:



    37mm Seiko SARB 033



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    Re: A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by teeritz View Post
    Yep, that's it exactly. What you wanna avoid is what I call 'The Veranda Effect', seen here with a 44mm Hamilton Khaki on my 6.5 inch wrist, whereby the lugs keep going long after my wrist has stopped;

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    I bought that watch at the height of the BIG WATCH! craze. Sure, I wanted something oversized and cartoony, but I think this watch may have been just 2 mil too large for me. No biggie (ha, ha!), I have since replaced this watch with a 40mm Hamilton Khaki, which still offers a largish fit on my wrist, but is more proportioned and forgiving;

    Name:  P4250013.JPG
Views: 169
Size:  4.45 MB

    While I probably suspected it all along, I have fully realised that 42mm is the absolute upper limit for my wrist, AND it only works with sports watches (divers, chronos) rather than dressier and simpler pieces.

    The Railmaster in 36.2mm is absolutely a perfect size and fit for my school-girly wrist;

    Name:  P4270013.JPG
Views: 167
Size:  3.42 MB

    While I might love to have a vintage Rolex Explorer 1016 - perhaps the closest competitor in looks to the Railmaster 36mm- the cost is prohibitive. For me, anyway.
    And though the Tudor Heritage Ranger would be another contender, its 41mm size really throws it out the window as an alternative.
    If Tudor ever releases it in 36-38mm, I just may be in trouble.
    It still looks great teeritz! This thread and your review were two of the main reasons I have a 36mm Railmaster today. I wore it at my wedding. The Railmaster started as rolex Explorer alternative for me, but its charm is undeniable in the metal. That matte black dial with the sharp reflective hands contrast so well, the size is timeless, the look goes with just about anything. Even if these were readily available, I'd be hard pressed to let it go, cuz it's just that good. But the fact that the 36mm version is hard to come by, and if I sold it I'd probably never find another one, solidifies this in my collection. I've fallen in love with it. It'll never leave.

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    Thought I'd hold out for the 36mm. I bought the 39mm instead and I'm glad I did.

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    It wears extremely well on my 6.5 inch wrist. Slim, light, but still has the the heft and substance of a modern watch. It's my GADA watch from now on.

    It's also a strap monster. Almost every strap looks good on this watch!

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    Thanks to workahol and teeritz, this Railmaster (along with my Speedmaster Pro, Seamaster PO 2201.50, and CK2846) completes the core of my collection.

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    A tale of two Railmasters

    Quote Originally Posted by NotAMomentToLose View Post
    Thought I'd hold out for the 36mm. I bought the 39mm instead and I'm glad I did.

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    It wears extremely well on my 6.5 inch wrist. Slim, light, but still has the the heft and substance of a modern watch. It's my GADA watch from now on.

    It's also a strap monster. Almost every strap looks good on this watch!

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    Thanks to workahol and teeritz, this Railmaster (along with my Speedmaster Pro, Seamaster PO 2201.50, and CK2846) completes the core of my collection.
    Congrats!!

    Seems like today was 39 MM Railmaster arrival day, as my 2503.52.00 arrived today as well!!

    I was also in between 39 and 36 and decided to give a try to the 39 mm (again, as had one briefly about 3 years ago); first impression is good! Came on steel:




    but switched to an Omega OEM Alligator / deployant:



    Very nice lume:




    and timegrapher performance!








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