As a pre-Baselworld 2017 treat, Omega today announces a new flavor of Speedmaster with the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer watch that features a “racing dial.” With accents in sporty orange and the distinctive style of minute track associated with popular historical models, its vintage-inspired looks are backed up by a movement with Omega’s latest technology. It’s like a Moonwatch but with an auto racing twist.
This durability was the motivation behind NASA’s decision to retain acrylic to the Speedmaster’s crystal as it was selected as the official opinion of the Apollo program. Omega Speedmaster Tachymeter Replica did offer to swap the Hesalite out to get a newer, harder material–sapphire crystal–however NASA determined that the failure features of acrylic were favourable to the propensity of sapphire to shatter in precisely the same way as glass. The consequence of a million tiny shards of quite sharp sapphire floating in zero gravity drove the decision to stay with the tried and tested Hesalite.But we get ahead of ourselves. What is a sapphire crystal?Well, it’s just what it says it’s–sapphire, a variant of the crystalline form of aluminium oxide known collectively as corundum. Corundum grows naturally in many different colors; when it is red, it’s known as ruby. Any other color is sapphire. But the corundum utilized to make watch crystals isn’t natural–it is manufactured in a lab. This synthetic sapphire–that is also used to make the rubies found in most watch movements–has a hardness beaten only by diamond, and a durability some ten times larger than glass and four times larger than acrylic.We analyzed the difference between acrylic and sapphire with two evaluation crystals: when we scratched the acrylic with a hard, sharp item, it scratched easily–that’s evidence of the poor hardness. We did the exact same to the sapphire and–nothing. It was absolutely fine. The tight, translucent latticework holds fast.
The alternating pattern of the minute track comes first from a 1968 Speedmaster model and has since featured on many racing-related Speedmasters, but fewer modern ones. Some of the old Michael Schumacher Speedmasters come to mind for me, as well as the more recent Speedmaster MKII. It’s a charming touch, for sure, and shows that L’omega Speedmaster Mark Ii Replica knows and pays attention to its collectors.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer watch has a 44.25mm steel case that Omega says has a thinner profile due to “work done on the sapphire crystal.” Other subtle changes include the slightly enlarged subdials for improved legibility. We expect good legibility from Omega as well as a good lume experience, and white Super-LumiNova on the hands and the beveled 18K white gold arrowhead indexes should provide that. The orange accents on the dial extend to the orange wording on the polished ceramic bezel (with brushed “Liquidmetal” tachymeter) and then to the holes in the perforated leather strap that reveal orange rubber underneath. The varnished orange hands, though, are my favorite part.
The automatic caliber 9900 movement inside was introduced in the Omega Speedmaster Wiki Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean last year at Baselworld 2016 and was the first chronograph movement with Omega’s new METAS certification. The 9900 operates at 4Hz with a 60-hour power reserve and the Master Chronometer designation promises that it is accurate to between 0 and +5 seconds per day, as well as resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. No caseback images from Omega for now of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer, but the 9900 movement is also fantastic to look at.
Omega says this is the next generation of Speedmaster, and we are getting the sense that they will be giving the line a lot of attention this year, as today’s announcements follow this Tuesday’s Omega Speedmaster Sapphire Sandwich Replica Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday” Limited Edition release. So stay tuned for more. Omega is confirming the price of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer watch and we will update the article as soon as we have that information. omegawatches.com