In 1969 the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph landed on the moon (on the wrists of the Apollo 11 Astronauts that is). In the same year Omega released the Speedmaster Mark II, a timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound calibre 1861 found inside the ‘Moonwatch’.
At Baselworld 2014 Omega will be re-introducing this iconic watch with an updated automatic movement, Omega’s co-axial Caliber 3330, and a cleverly executed tachymeter scale that glows in the dark. For those of you that know this model you will notice that the 1970’s era tonneau-style case has remained unaltered, lending a retro look to this watch.
The polished and brushed stainless steel case is barrel-shaped and has a polished crown and pushers. A date corrector is located at 10 o’clock on the case. The dial is complete with the three recognisable sub-dials: a 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock, 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock and small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. The transparent tachymetric scale on the sapphire crystal is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova.
The version with a black dial – like the 1969 original – remains mostly monochromatic, with subdued white hour markers and hands set against a dark grey background. For those of you looking for an iconic design with a bit of colour, the grey dial features a fluorescent orange central chronograph seconds hand and a matching minute track. The brushed stainless steel bracelet boasts Omega’s patented extendable fold-over rock-and-pusher clasp
We have no doubt that all you Speedmaster fans will be over the moon (yes we said it) with the new Mark II as it perfectly blends a modern movement with a design that is very true to the original.