Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

For 2016, Omega has released a collection of Speedmaster moon phase watches, a complication that pays homage to the watch's unique history as the watch NASA took to the moon. Last year, Omega unveiled a Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon collection, but this year they want to show off the storied space history and also show off their new METAS-certified in-house caliber 9904/9905 movement housed in the Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watches.

To satisfy Speedmaster fans, and as the the brand tends to do with its new releases, Omega is offering several versions of the new Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watch. First, in stainless steel with a cool blue liquid metal dial and blue alligator strap or on a steel bracelet. Second is the version in Sedna gold with black alligator strap. Third is a rare yellow gold one but with green liquid metal bezel. And finally, there is a limited edition platinum version with a super-cool red liquid metal bezel. Additionally, the platinum version also includes a tiny magnifying glass on the date hand semicircle which helps to see the date more clearly. Omega says that this little addition is not so easy to achieve and, at least for now, it is only on the platinum version.

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On
Omega Speedmaster Moonphase on blue dial and steel bracelet.
Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On
Omega Speedmaster Moonphase in Sedna gold with Alligator Strap
Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On
Omega Speedmaster Moonphase in Yellow gold and green liquid metal bezel
Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On
Omega Speedmaster Master Moonphase in Platinum and red liquid metal bezel

The Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watches all share the new caliber 9904/9905 movement which is a METAS-certified (learn more about that here) Master Chronometer, meaning there are rigorous anti-magnetic and performance standards that exceed the industry-standard COSC Certification. This follows Omega's promise to make all their watches pass the METAS certification and at the same time move all of their collection to become anti-magnetic. This is primarily achieved by using a proprietary nonmagnetic alloy for all parts of the watch and movement as well as using a silicon escapement.

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The movement is made of 368 parts as well as 54 jewels. The automatic movement operates at a frequency of 28,800vph (4Hz) helping provide the Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watch with a 60-hour power reserve. As we mentioned earlier, it is antimagnetic to the tune of 15,000 gauss. This movement also features Omega's silicon Si14 balance spring and free-sprung balance. By the way, when you see a 9905 movement, that just means the rotor and bridge on the balance wheel is made of Sedna gold. In the 9904, these are Rhodium-plated. Both feature Geneva waves in arabesque and blackened screws, barrels, and balance wheels.

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The two additions to the Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase dial are the moon phase above the 6 o’clock marker and date markers on the seconds dial which has a “lollipop” hand that accurately creates a semicircle on the current date. The date subdial remains also an indicator of the current seconds since, like the chronograph counters at 3 o’clock, there are two hands. There's a very cool look to the magnified date hand on the platinum version, and I really hope it's a feature that extends to the future versions. While we're on the topic, just take a look at the closeup of the platinum dial below. This is one beautiful watch, and the attention to details like the guilloche on the inner seconds sub-dial is top-notch.

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Perhaps the main notable difference in the new movement (besides the nonmagnetic characteristic) is the moon phase complication at 6 o’clock. It follows various similar moon phase subdials done as a semicircle with the phase of the moon on top that goes from 0 to 29.5 days. Omega claims that the accuracy is about a day every 10 years, which while sounding impressive, and maybe decent in real life use (though who keeps their watches always wound and running for 10 years?), but that is about one tenth of similar moon phases added to typical in-house movements; many tend to instead deviate one day for every 122 years!

Nevertheless, the best aspect of the moon phase subdial in this Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watch is the photorealistic representation of our nearest neighbor and a cool but whimsical and poetic tiny addition of the footprint of Buzz Aldrin on the actual location where man first landed on the moon. Sure, it requires a loupe to make out the footprint, but if you are into watches, you are likely to own one of the many branded loupes readily available, including from Omega, or more advanced ones such as from Loupe System.

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watches are 44.25mm wide and 16.85mm high on the wrist, and the have a water resistance of 100M. The size is definitely on the large side, but a smaller case with this much going on would look cramped and busy. Looking at the dials on these models, there is enough breathing room between everything for it to look complex and nuanced without looking packed in.

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase in steel is priced at $11,400, steel with Sedna gold or steel with yellow gold is $14,300, the Sedna gold and yellow gold case models are $29,000 each, and the platinum version is $54,000 with a limited edition run of 57 pieces. omegawatches.com

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  • ProJ

    Beautiful piece..

    But why does it have to be 44mm?

    Why, Omega??

    Why?

    • Larry Holmack

      Well…my wife has about a 6 inch wrist and wears one of my 44 – 45 mm dress watch watches occasionally ( which isn’t often I have to admit ) and they look fine on her. I think some guys need to get over the fear of their watch being noticed. Live a little on the edgy side from time to time…you might enjoy it!!!

      • Sevenmack

        My wife’s only watch is 44mm wide and it looks great on her wrist. In fact, when I bought her the watch, she told me specifically to not buy “one of those dainty women’s watch things” because she likes big, chunky jewelry. A watch can look great at any size if designed well.

    • Sevenmack

      Well, chronos were always wider watches. The first two Speedmasters were, respectively, 41.5mm and 42.5mm with their crowns. Many of the later Speedmasters (including the Mark V) were as wide as 45.25mm without crown So 44mm isn’t much of a increase in width — and is, in fact, slightly smaller than many of the Speedys of the 1970s. You will be okay wearing a 44mm Speedmaster, if that is what you choose to do, especially since it is the lug and case design that matters more than width.

  • john coleman

    Younger watch buyers are going for the larger watch these days so Omega is just following the trend. Love these Speedys esp’ the gold model.

    • Larry Holmack

      Yep. It’s all I’ve heard about the last 8 or 9 years…larger watches will go out of style next year…and so on and so on. Doesn’t seem like it’s happening now does it. Watch manufacturer’s are not going to ignore a segment of the market….if it sells…they will make it.

      • john coleman

        Dead right.

      • Sevenmack

        Agreed, though i will note that larger watches have been a “trend” (as our fellow collectors call it) for 20 years. I, for one, am fine with larger watches so long as they are designed and wear well on the wrist.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    1 word: Byebye Rolex..Omega rules! A company with iconic models yet not afraid to bring style and fun into them.

    • john coleman

      Agree. The gold version with grey dial is stunning.

    • The Observer

      Apparently you haven’t seen the new Planet Ocean fashion line.

    • Shinytoys

      Indeed!

  • David Williams

    Marwan, you are quite correct – these are tremendous! Omega have clearly achieved total mastery of case and movement design, immaculate finishing and tasteful use of colors, across their whole range. There’s something for everyone, from subtle formal watches to extrovert sports watches and ‘lifestyle statements’, all sharing in Omega’s distinguished heritage.

    • john coleman

      Well said. Agree 100%.

      • David Williams

        Thank you John. Yes, with such strength in depth across the range, there is little point in making nitpicking complaints about a particular model – there’s sure to be another one closer to your taste.

    • ??????

      I believe you are wrong – cannot find any modern Omega, which ticks all the boxes for me. Calibers are so thick, which makes cases thick as well. 17 mm tower on the wrist isn’t something I am seeking for. Yes, there are some thinner modern Omegas like DeVille, but they are more boring. Really, there is no single modern Omega, which I want in heart beat… And the price range is constantly increasing – if it goes like this, they would make Rolex look like value proposition lol

      • David Williams

        In the immortal words of H L Mencken, ‘Dear Sir or Madam, you may very well be right’!

  • iamcalledryan

    Love it on the leather strap. The moonphase on the moon watch is lovely.

  • The Observer

    Beautiful watch but overpriced and oversized. The size is forgivable but the price bordering on greed/delusion is not.

  • SuperStrapper

    Green on ellow gold? Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

    • Spangles

      Leprechaun 4 Lyfe

      • JimBob

        Where’s me gooooold?

    • egznyc

      Seen “American Pimp” recently? I have to say, it’s bold, so definitely not for everyone.

      • SuperStrapper

        Green for the money, gold for the honey.

  • DanW94

    More Speedmasters? Didn’t see that coming…..

  • Dakota Dennison

    The red with the date is sharp, however it isn’t 54k, you could have the platinum day date and room to spare…40mm and in steel and we would be talking

  • Sevenmack

    Lovely Speedmasters. But I wonder why Omega, along with other watchmakers, add moon phase complications to chronographs? Makes better sense to add a moon phase to a perpetual or annual calendar. Unless it is a concession that chronographs can be boring to look at after a while.

    • egznyc

      Wise thoughts indeed. But these do look good. Maybe a little Moonphase is always welcome; or maybe at least on the Moon Watch. But there’s nothing boring about a chrono – it’s not something one simply “looks at” – it’s something you interact with.

  • Marius

    It’s really interesting to see how much more Omega can increase their prices. I mean, with their latest offerings they are already entering a price range similar to JLC, IWC, Glashutte Original, and some Blancpains. Omega produces over 1.2 million watches per year, yet constantly increases its prices. As a friend of mine uses to say, there’s only so many Big Macs that you can sell at Filet Mignon prices.

    • Sevenmack

      Except that a Speedmaster would never be called either a Big Mac or a Filet Mignon. It’s more of a Ribeye or New York Strip. And among entry-level luxury watches, $14,000 is just average these days (though too rich for my blood because I can never convince my wife to spend that much coin on a watch). In any case, so long as people are willing to buy Speedys, Omega can increase prices to as much as the market will bear.

  • Shinytoys

    This model watch just keeps getting better with time. Omega has the insight to keep the speed master evolving. We’ll done!

  • JimBob

    I’m not a speedy fan, but a few of these seem really nice. But $14k for a Speedmaster seems a bit much, never mind the price tag on the gold cased models.

  • Roman

    The one in sedna gold is beautiful.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    The blue dial & blue strap version is astonishingly good looking. There is simply nothing negative that I can say about it. Definitely a must have for me. The platinum version also looks pretty fun, however definitely not worth 5x of the price of a regular.

  • GalaxyGuy

    I think I’d prefer the new Daytona for basically the same money.

  • Marius

    The man with the leather blazer is back!

  • ??????

    Hansome pieces from Omega and exceptionally high level of the finishing of the moon and little details. But 45 x 17 mm is Panerai league already, as weel as the prices – don’t even dare to look for new fun Omegas below 10,000$ point, more realistically 12,000+ $.

    • egznyc

      I also think this would feel too big on my 7″ wrist, but more to the point, these are out of my price budget. My wife would react as if she’d found me in the arms of another woman – and that’s with the all-steel model. But sure, these look great!

  • JumpingJalapeno

    in my top 5 BW2016 watches. lovely, but massive!

  • Steven Webb

    Absolutely stunning! I actually enjoy Omega’s creative spirit and honestly they have been this way throughout all of their history so it never surprises me when they release so many options. Choosing the right one for me will be the hard part!

  • As Max mentioned in the post, most (not “all” as Ariel corrected me below) of these moonphase watches have a tiny, yet still grossly overscaled for the size of the moon, boot print on them. You can see in the below photo where to look for it (with a loupe as Max pointed out). Click on the photo below to see it larger.

    • Ariel Adams

      Small correction – the platinum and gold versions do not have the boot print since they have a different disc for the moon phase.

      • Thanks Ariel for the correction. My least favorite of the moonphase Speedmasters is the platinum one and I know I’m in the minority on that.

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