Although it entered the history of watchmaking at the wrist of the first human landing on the Moon, Omega Speedmaster had been recognized as the exquisite chronograph, a whole decade before. In order to pay tribute to the very first model from its iconic collection that was lunched back in 1957, Omega created a new member of the family – sporty and elegant Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph watch that recalls the past by a few interesting design solutions, while at the same time represents the most innovative accomplishments of the Swiss brand. Created in great choice of high quality materials and powered by one of the brand’s signature Co-Axial mechanisms, this novelty with strong symbolic value is revealed at the Baselworld 2013 watch show.
Among elements that recall the 56-year old ancestor, there are a straight lugs extending from the case, as well as the specially designed bracelets. The same as the previous edition of the Speedmamster, new timepieces are powered by OMEGA Co-Axial c Calibres 9300/9301, known as the brand’s first in-house Co-Axial calibres with column-wheel chronographs. Along with the brand’s trademark – Co-Axial escapement, each self-winding movement is equipped with a silicon balance spring, ensuring an extraordinary chronometric performance. Revealed through a sapphire crystal case-back, it also incorporates a free sprung-balance, 2 barrels mounted in series, automatic winding system in both directions. Depending on the version, these high-end mechanisms with the power-reserve of 60 hours come with different decorations. Thus, the Co-Axial Calibre 9301 that powers a red gold version showcases a special luxury finish, as well as an 18 karat red gold rotor and a balance bridge.
The mechanism allows an unusual arrangement of the chronograph indicators. Thus, 12-hour and 60-minute counters are positioned on the same sub-dial at the 3 o’clock position. The central chronograph seconds hand also provides information about elapsed time, while the small seconds sub-dial takes the 9 o’clock position. Finally, there is a date window at the 6 o’clock position. A characteristic, wide and nicely brushed bezel comes with the tachymeter scale for counting speed.
The case with the diameter of 41.50 mm (being significantly reduced when compared to the previous line) comes in five versions. It is either made of 18 karat red or yellow gold, lightweight titanium or stainless steel as its ancestor. Finally, there is a fashionable bi-color version that combines 18 karat red gold and stainless steel. Each version is available either with a matching bracelet or an elegant leather strap.
The Speedmaster ’57 Chronograph in 18 karat gold features either black or silvery dial with 18 karat gold applied markers and hands, coated with Super-LumiNova. While the red gold model is paired with a black leather strap, the yellow gold version features a stylish brown leather strap. Of course, both of them are also available with matching three-row gold bracelets.
The Speedmaster ’57 in lightweight grade 5 titanium is characteristic by a white dial with beautifully shaped blued hands and markers. Paired with a brown leather strap with white stitching, this is certainly one of the best variations in the new line. At last, there is a stainless steel version that offers a number of dial options, from black or blue PVD with rhodium-plated markers to the silver-colored with 18 karat red-gold applied indices.