Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph

Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph

Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co Axial Chronograph   watch releases

Baselworld 2013: Welcome yet another Omega Speedmaster for you Omega fans out there, the Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph is a vision of the past with new guts. It seems several items to be unveiled at Baselworld were posted on Omega's site yesterday a bit prematurely and quickly taken down.  We told you yesterday about  the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, as we were able to grab some of that info before Omega pulled it from their site, and today we have enough info on another release from that "leak" - I went to that release page today, and in spite of getting George Clooney's face on the error page of the Omega website staring at me...

Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co Axial Chronograph   watch releases

...we have another Speedmaster variation to tell you about with timeless appeal that will certainly speak to more people.

Take a look at the Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph, most obviously a refresh of the very first Speedmaster that came out in 1957. Yesterday, we had the Dark Side of the Moon Speedmaster, obviously a forward looking watch very much for modern times. Today, we have Omega looking back to its history and looking to its pre-Moonwatch roots when the Speedmaster was first conceived as a sports and racing chronograph.

At the time, Omega probably only saw the Speedmaster as a watch for use on earth and not really anywhere else, as 1957 was a full eight years before NASA qualified the Speedmaster for space. As a part of the Speedmaster story however, this watch is certainly very important, and the updated styling is surely welcome to Omega Speedmaster fans.

Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co Axial Chronograph   watch releases

The '57 distinguishes itself most notably with not having a black bezel as seen on the Moonwatches. This imparts a more traditional chronograph look and in many ways, bears a more than striking resemblance to the Rolex Daytona. This is especially so when paired with the flat bracelet with brushed and polished links. I would go with this version of the Speedmaster if I were more inclined to a traditional chronograph look and was not attracted so much to the bolder Moonwatch variation.

Movement-wise we have the same in-house co-axial calibres 9300/9301 equipped with a silicon balance spring which is impervious to magnetic fields. This is a movement that I have looked at before and am personally a big fan of, as it allows a more streamlined dial look, reducing the three sub-dials of the original 1957 version to a more  balanced bicompax layout.

 

Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co Axial Chronograph   watch releases

Of course, Omega will be bringing out this watch in quite a number of different variations. For example, black or white dials, blued hands and a choice of case materials ranging from red or yellow gold, titanium, two tone red gold/stainless steel or in plain stainless steel. You will have a choice of getting this watch on a leather strap or a matching bracelet.

I am informed by my sources that the case size will be the 41.5mm, which is smaller than the Moonwatch variations at 44.25mm. This is something to keep in mind in case you were expecting the larger case size. Also of note, there is no Broadarrow hand set like in the original 1957 Speedmaster. This is quite unfortunate as the Broadarrow hands were what distinguished this watch, looks-wise. Still, this gives room for Omega to launch another version with the right hands.

More concrete details on this watch will follow as always when the official release is made "official"...

 

 

8 comments
armenta
armenta

Ariel, I know you love the Speedies, but I'm really looking forward to the review of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph GMT just released at Baselworld. Thanks for your wonderful coverage of the show. You have managed to single-handedly pull back the velvet rope to let us take a peek inside. Thanks.

Peitron
Peitron

The "smaller" size is due to the straight lugs and lack of crown protector. This affects the size of the wacth diagonally. Vertically and horizontally it's the same size as al 9300 Speedmasters.

mojomarc
mojomarc

I mostly like this watch.  I must admit I'm a bit baffled by the lack of broad arrow, though.  Why have it on right window and not on the main hands?  Either both or neither would seem to make more sense.

That said, while I think the Dark Side of the Moon looks great, at nearly 45mm that's too big for my wrist.  This one is going to be pretty tempting however.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Meh. Now that I've seen the Dark Side of the Moon, this lacks the ability to intrigue me.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

A decent looker except for that little arrow hand - it breaks the harmony a little.  Technically almost no substance is immune from magnetic influences, it's just that those effects are very much smaller than what we're used to - it depends on the magnetic permeability of the substance.  Given a strong enough field I could roll a silicon balance wheel around on a table top.

mojomarc
mojomarc

@Peitron I guess I'm missing why Adi wrote "I am informed by my sources that the case size will be the 41.5mm, which is smaller than the Moonwatch variations at 44.25mm" then.  If the measured case size is supposed to be 3.75mm smaller, then isn't it 3.75mm smaller?  I'm not worried about crown protectors or lugs--I need a watch that is smaller horizontally and 42mm is about as large as I can go and still do things like hold my steering wheel comfortable.

adisoon
adisoon

@Kris C I agree. The Dark Side is like butter, the 57 is like bread. 

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