This year is the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster, and you can bet we’re going to be talking about it from now until December 31. There’s no way Omega lets this one slip by without some serious fanfare and some awesome watches. Hot on the heels of its latest release, the limited edition Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday,” Omega has decided to announce another Speedmaster, this time in the automatic range. Meet the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer has a so-called “racing dial” inspired by a 1968 Speedy.
The Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer looks, well, like a Speedmaster. This variation is a two-register chronograph with a matte black “racing dial,” distinguished by the minute track which is based on an early Speedmaster model from 1968, and which we last saw in the re-issue of the Mark II. It’s loosely inspired by the collection’s past, although it’s noticeably larger at 44.25mm across. Omega is saying that it’s thinner than previous watches in the collection due to changes in the sapphire crystal, though no actual thickness measurement is available yet.
The watch also has vivid orange accents throughout, with the “tachymetre” on the bezel, the Speedmaster logo on the dial, luminous dots outside the white gold hour markers, and some of the hands all rendered in the bright color. That bezel, by the way, is polished ceramic and the tachymeter markers are brushed Liquidmetal, which means they’ve been injected into the ceramic for staying power and a nicer finish.
Omega has created a Speedmaster that is mindful of its past, but is clearly intended to attract young audiences.
The size of the small seconds subdial at nine o’clock and the dual 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph recorder at three o’clock has also increased ever so slightly for better legibility. Otherwise, it’s a pretty recognizable modern Speedy. And that’s certainly not a bad thing.
The watch is powered by Omega’s relatively new self-winding caliber 9900, a movement debuted in the new Planet Ocean Chronograph last year which is approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Meteorology (METAS), hence the Master Chronometer certification. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again – it’s nice to see Omega pushing on the chronometry and technology fronts in addition to creating stylish watches. The quality goes all the way through on these and that’s awesome.
Here you can see all the orange accents on the dial and bezel.
The watch comes on a leather racing strap, with small perforations revealing orange highlights that match those on the watch itself. We’ll get a chance to handle this one in a few months at Baselworld, and it has us anxious to see what other anniversary Speedmasters Omega has waiting for us.
Pricing has not yet been set for this watch, but it will likely be in line with other Speedmasters in the current collection.
For more information, visit Omega online.