Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

It did not surprise me that Omega had one of the strongest collections of new watches for 2012. While most of my attention was on the new Spacemaster Z-33, the Speedmaster family had some line extensions that were really satisfying. The ones that stole the show are the newest Speedmaster Racing models.

These are not just cosmetically enhanced Speedmaster watches with tricked-out dials. These are a new twist on the Speedmaster concept with a new movement. That latter part is sure to catch the attention of other watch movement nerds like me. The new movement is a sort of middle area between a base ETA movement and a totally in-house made Omega movement like the 9300.

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

All Speedmaster watches are inherently about racing, but the Speedmaster Racing are more flashy by modern standards compared to the basic black and white models. Omega will initially release at least five color variants for 2012. They teased the yellow and black model, but other versions with red, black, blue, or silver dials are just as cool. The main idea is that the overall dial layout is classic Speedmaster, but there are new elements and textures included as well.

The chronograph subdials have textured insides while colors are used for some of the chronograph hands and other elements. It isn't that Omega has never played with the Speedmaster dial before, but these are among the most interesting - and certainly fun. You could call this a more youthful or casual Speedmaster if you like. It is hard for me to not like the mostly red-dialed version. Though all are nice.

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Speedmaster Racing watches are 40mm wide in a steel case. To be honest I would have loved for them to be 42-44mm wide. This is not because they look bad at 40mm, but rather that my tastes have me liking the larger sized pieces more. Nevertheless, they look great on the wrist and are comfortable. The cases are well made and the backs have that signature seahorse logo on them.

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Racing Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Omega will offer the Speedmaster Racing watches on both metal bracelets and rubber straps. The cases look great on each to be honest. This is one of those instances where I would recommend having both the strap and the bracelet. Inside the watch is a really exciting movement called the Omega caliber 3330. Based on the previous generation of Speedmaster column-wheel chronograph movements, the caliber 3330 adds two important features. First is a Co-Axial escapement. Omega is trying to have as many of their watches with Co-Axial escapement movements as possible. They were finally able to include that technology here. Also in the movements are silicon hair springs. Taken together, these new movement elements increase the accuracy and longevity of the chronograph movement in an appreciable way. The movements are also COSC Chronometer certified. Price for these beauties is reported to be about $4,000. Not bad.

What do you think?
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  • MarkCarson

    I agree that the red dial is a standout, but for me the surprise (in how much I liked it) was the last photo of the white dial with yellow hands and black trim.  Very ‘crisp’ looking.

  • JoeWelke

    What happened to the date complication? Not youthful or modern enough?

    • Oh it has the date. Part of the lower subdial. Look closely.

    • Kris C

       @JoeWelke From where I sit, every one of them shows the date at 6. Pay attention.

      • JoeWelke

        @Kris C Whoops, quite right.

  • Ulysses31

    To me, there’s something not quite right about how these look.  I prefer sub-dials to be equally sized.  The tachymeter ring looks like it could easily get scratched up since it appears to be (correct me if i’m wrong) painted/printed on to the metal.  Finally, that texture on the sub-dials seems out of place.  So basically all the things everyone else will like lol.  Overall I feel these look a little cheap compared to a “regular” Omega, but maybe that’s just the look the youth market is seeking, who knows. 

    • Arthur kunz

      I’m a big omega fan, but the racing is too chincey/cheap looking. You would be far better suited with speedy date in 40mm, just a much stronger presentation, applied ss stix,applied omega emblem, etc…also a coaxial isn’t always the answer, this one is nothing to write home about, with no history as a work horse

  • Kris C

    Do not want. Like the colour variants, but they are too small, and lack too many frills that should be around – like ceramic bezels and sapphire sandwiches.
     
    Moving in the right direction though.

  • Russ Schwenkler

    It’s interesting that you refer to them as youthful. I find them all looking “retro”, dated, and a bit cheap looking.  For $4000 I think they’re about 20% overpriced. There are many more racing chrono’s in that price range that I find more appealing.  Yellow on black is the best of the bunch, but I can’t live with the yellow Speedmaster script on the strap. And while the case back is classic Omega, what do seahorses have to do with motor sports?

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  • vellfire

    Nice looking watch, good looking, sporty watch. You’ll be able to rock out in your choice of color. It was at the service of race and rally drivers who valued the chronograph for its chronograph performance and its artistic attraction.
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  • CG

    3rd one and last one would suite my yearning for “youth” just fine…

  • astroboy2000

    It’s really hit and miss with Omega. They come out with some great looking watches (1962 Speedy tribute) then follow it up with perfume and ipad covers.
     
    As for the Speedmaster Racing – I cant help but think they have made this watch for 18yr-30yr Chinese males. It has a Speedmaster Day-Date feel to it. The printed “Speedmaster” on the strap is too shouty and the different colour combo’s have a Swatch feel to it. The Speedmaster range really does not need this.
     
    I have no issue with watch companies trying to appeal to the Chinese market (Blancpain’s Chinese Calendar is great and i even found myself admiring Piaget’s engraved dragons), but i think marketing needs to step back sometimes, stop the focus groups, and consider whether they are damaging the brand. 
     
    I was in the market for another Omega, but might jump ship to JLC i think.
     

  • astroboy2000

    It’s really hit and miss with Omega. They come out with some great looking watches (1962 Speedy tribute) then follow it up with perfume and ipad covers.
     
    As for the Speedmaster Racing – I cant help but think they have made this watch for 18yr-30yr Chinese males. It reminds me of the Speedmaster Day-Date for some reason. The printed “Speedmaster” on the strap is too shouty and the different colour combo’s have a Swatch feel to it. The Speedmaster range really does not need this.
     
    I have no issue with watch companies trying to appeal to the Chinese market (Blancpain’s Chinese Calendar is great and i even found myself admiring Piaget’s engraved dragons), but i think marketing needs to step back sometimes, stop the focus groups, and consider whether they are damaging the brand. 
     
    I was in the market for another Omega, but might jump ship to JLC i think.

  • sashko1

    Russ Schwenkler at $4000 you can expect a discount of at least 20% so your point is a bit mute, street price is about $2800 on these

  • sashko1

    The only thing I don’t like is the pin adjuster for the date, apart from that these are excellent value, look good on small wrists, and at about 2700-2900USD street price these are better value than the more basic Longines chronographs with same movement, albeit without a co-axial escapement, free sprung silicon balance and probably simpler finish.

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