The latest member of the Omega’s Speedmaster collection comes with an innovative look and an in-house Co-Axial movement, which promises the worldwide popularity of this attractive chronograph. Besides some innovations, Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph keeps the core of the original Speedmaster Professional, the legendary watch that was worn on the lunar surface, 52 years ago.
The passionate lovers of great Omega’s legacy, as well as those who are deeply attracted with the newest technology of the renowned Swiss watchmaker will certainly find a lot to like about Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph. Its black dial with the Moonwatch-style hands and a black tachymeter on the bezel recall history, while the advanced Co-Axial technology inside the case shows nowadays skills of Omega’s craftsmen.
It is the first in-house Co-Axial movement that incorporates a chronograph function. The Caliber 9300 is a self-winding chronograph mechanism with a column wheel and a Co-Axial Escapement that guarantees higher accuracy, stability and durability.
It also features two barrels mounted in series, and a balance spring, made of silicon that protects it from magnetic fields. Thanks to the great qualities of silicon, the balance spring has improved chronometric performances. Besides, silicon has a very low fatigue influence and ages slowly. In order to reduce winding time, the system enables to be wound in both directions.
Two Chrono Sub-dials
The biggest innovation is the dial with two sub-dials instead of three which was the standard for Speedmaster chronographs. However, Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph still allows counting 12-hour and 60-minute time periods with a single counter, located at the 3 o’clock position. So, 12-hour and 60-minute counter hands, placed on the same sub-dial enable intuitive reading of the chronograph. Furthermore, the small seconds counter takes the 9 o’clock position. The date window stands clear at the 6 o’clock position.
Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph is a robust watch, with the 44.25 mm case, but the special design concept and its slim body make it fit even a smaller wrist. The case is crafted in stainless steel and it is covered on both sides with a box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
It is hard to say whether it looks nicer with a black leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet. Still, my choice would probably be leather, because it matches perfectly with the black dial and bezel. This officially certified chronometer has solid water-resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet).