In 1969, Omega introduced one of their most remarkable watches in terms of design: the Seamaster ST146.011. Although the Omega already had a few watches with extraordinary design, this Seamaster would prove to be an excellent example of what was to come - oversized cases, unusual shapes and wild colors.
In recent times, the ST146.011 (and similar watches by Breitling, Citizen and others) have become known as 'Bullhead', due to the placement of the pushers at 12 - resembling the horns on a bull's head. It is relatively scarce and commands deep pockets compared to other Omega chronographs from this generation.
At BaselWorld 2013, Omega surprised us with a new version of this iconic design - among others the present reference 126.96.36.199.04.001. At 43 x 43mm with a height of almost 15mm and a colorful dial, it is not for the faint of heart. But then again, neither was the original!
We'd describe the 188.8.131.52.04.001 as a high-tech, modern and luxurious interpretation of the classic Bullhead ST 146.011. Just look at the high-end finishing of the case.. Or the details of the dial - all seems to be done with a meticulous eye for detail.
The BaselWorld 2013 Bullhead is powered by the automatic, Co-Axial caliber 3133, which is turned 90 degrees counter clockwise to accomplish the Bullhead lay-out. The crown (at 12) has a built-in mechanism to have the logo locked at the same position at all times - quite cool.
Omega Seamaster Bullhead Rallye
Case: stainless steel
Movement: Caliber 3133
Reference number: 184.108.40.206.04.001
Price: EUR 7.170 incl. 21% Dutch VAT
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