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Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

Baselworld 2016 sees the introduction of a new member of the Speedmaster family with the return of a moonphase Speedmaster. This is the Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer watch and it is a real beauty. If there is any sports watch collection that makes total sense to include a moonphase indicator is the omega “moonwatch.”

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

The Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer begins with a new movement that is the in-house-made Omega caliber 9904 movement. Building on the caliber 9300 series the 9904 adds more than just a moonphase complication and a different way to indicate the date. The movement is now fully METAS certified and a “Master Chronometer” (debuted with the Omega Globemaster), which implies a few things. First is that the movement has all the Omega-made anti-magnetic parts. Of course, the movement is also a Co-Axial Escapement. On top of that, the METAS certification (more on that here) requires a lot of durability and performance out of not just the movements but the movements cased up in the complete watch, so the overall set of “assurances” for the consumer are much higher than something like COSC Chronometer certification alone.

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

The 9904 movement is made up of 368 parts and includes the time, 12-hour chronograph, date, and new moonphase indicator with a photo-realistic representation of the moon. It is so realistic Omega claims that on close inspection you can see the picture of a footprint on it (from the NASA Apollo missions). The moon phase is said to require adjustments once each 10 years or so, and the new date indicator uses a pointer-style hand in the left subsidiary dial and helps balance out the two subdials which each have two hands.

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

At just over 44mm wide, the Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer comes in steel and a blue theme, with a blue dial, bezel insert, and blue alligator strap. The bezel is ceramic and, for what I believe is the first time in a Speedmaster, uses Liquidmetal. Like the Omega Speedmaster ’57 and Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph Dark Side of the Moon that came before, I am pretty sure this will be a highly successful model for Omega in 2016 and the years to come.

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer Watch For 2016 Watch Releases

Omega fans have been waiting for a METAS-certified Speedmaster which we have been promised for a few years now. Omega introduced METAS certification with the Globemaster, and has promised that more and more in-house movements would receive the certification process as their METAS department slowly increases its capacity. I’ve visited the relevant department at Omega and can assure you that if you want what is currently perhaps the best Swiss certification for a mechanical movement’s durability and performance, it is METAS. I look forward to going hands-on with the Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer at Baselworld 2016 soon. Price is 9,400 Swiss francs. omegawatches.com

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  • outremer

    How thick is this beast?

    • Dcf

      THIS is the only question to ask when omega releases a watch. No surprise reviewers never mention it and the info is like pulling teeth because no one would even bother to go to the AD to try it on! The last GMT omega released was thicker than a DeepSea Sea Dweller!

      • outremer

        This infomation is slowly becoming a taboo, to the extent, that otherwise reputable printed reviews “play” with this data at certain watches.

  • Frits van der Veer

    Nice nice!

  • ZL

    I will be looking for that footprint.

  • john coleman

    Love it.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    excellent watch

  • Nelson

    stunning watch. Love it

  • Shouldn’t you have an “earth phase” since you are presumably already on the moon with your moonwatch?

    • iamcalledryan

      Excellent point

    • Adam Young

      It’s so if you’re traveling to the moon you can be sure the side you plan to land on is still there.

      • I can totally see the pilot trying to land the shuttle using the moon phase as a map–with a loupe!

  • BNABOD

    I like my watches less cluttered but this is nice. One thing i would change is the red crescent used to highlight the date. while it does a good job at pointing or semi circling the date it just does not fit the theme of the watch at all. somehow they had left over red crescents to use?? and metas shmetas whatever one more gimmick but seriously I do like this watch but prefer his non moon phase brother.

    • DanW94

      It’s because of the moonphase theme – as in crescent moon. But I agree, it’s funky looking. My first thought was why is there an ice cream scooper as a date indicator : )

  • iamcalledryan

    Damn that’s cool. I love the older Speedmaster model with the moonphase and this is also a beaut. Love the layout.

  • Whoisi

    I like this blue theme!!!

  • dennis

    this beauty said’s it all. Just lovely, maybe a grail watch.

  • Shinytoys

    someone stuck a moon phase in the middle of my Speedmaster!!! I kinda like it 🙂

  • funNactive

    I like the date wheel. The graphics for the moon are much more interesting than the majority of moon phase watches. The chronograph in one dial is a nice touch in the overall design of the watch. 44mm is just too large for my wrist.

  • JPonce

    I guess being in the same lineage as the moon watch they really did make the moon right!

  • Munawar

    Why are there 2 hands in the date indicator display?

    • JimBob

      Maybe that’s the running seconds indicator.

  • Nateb123

    Saw a sad face on the dial of this watch and can never unsee it now. Emo watch is emo

    • Mark

      I wish you hadn’t said that. Now I can’t unsee it!

    • Leonardo Varuzza

      I don’t see a sad face, the moon phase indicator is too high to looks like a mouth.

  • IanE

    The representation of the moon here looks to have a diameter of about half a centimeter; its actual diameter is about 3,500,000 meters. The footprint would thus show here at rather less than a nano-meter (1 nm is a billionth of a meter) – to find it one will need a lot of patience and an impressive electron microscope!

    • DanW94

      I have 20/10 vision – I think I can see it….

  • spiceballs

    Quite a thoughtfully done lump, but still prefer the “Dark” side.

  • Epictime

    OMG! (First time I ever found a reason to type that). Beautiful. My Snoopy and DSOM (Dark Side of the Moon) may now have a baby brother. Can’t wait to see.

    • Timestandsstill

      Agreed! My Moonwatch Pro (saphire sandwich) and DSOM may have new sibling as well! I love this watch … Well done Omega!

  • GalaxyGuy

    I really, really love this watch, comment about the footprint notwithstanding.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    I keep looking at the pictures and the comments, to try and find anything that I do not like in this watch, and simply fail… This is gloriously beautiful and is now officially on my shopping list. Well done once again Omega!

  • Samuel Chan

    Come on Omega, why stop at Blue? How about a DSOM c.9904 version? With the Red crescent over the date, it would just be da bomb!!!

  • arequo

    I get the date indicator in the subdial, but what does the other hand in the subdial indicate?

    • Bob

      It’s a small seconds hand.

  • Grace

    Henry London (http://bit.ly/HenryHome) will be launching their Moonphase watch in June 2016, obviously a much more affordable alternative to the stunning Omega but still classically designed and inspired.