Omega’s game of cat and mouse with the present and past continues. The last several sport watches they released seem to have at least one leg (from a design perspective) in the past. This new Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial watch isn’t that much different. It is like a modern man in a vintage Armani suit that still looks pretty good today. The Broad Arrow Speedmaster watch has been around for a long time. The point of the name? Well compared to your standard Omega Speedmaster Professional watch the Broad Arrow has…. well, it has a broad minute hand and an arrow hour hand. And to think that Broad Arrow just sounded like a cool name for a Speedmaster.

Aside from this new for 2010 look, the “Speedmaster Broad Arrow” name doesn’t get any embellishment. The case size is a generous 44.25mm wide in steel (likely to be gold version as some point) and uses the same case shape that Omega has been using for these watches forever. I like how even in a large size, the case shape still looks quite nice. The bezel has a tachymetre (because it is a Speedmaster – what else would it have?), and the dial is where all the new play is.

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The dial is available in black or silver tone, and has vertical stripes meant to look like Cote de Geneve polishing. Omega has been playing a lot lately with vertically striped dials, and this is just the latest experiment. With the applied dial markers and such, I think the dial here actually works better than some of the other experiments they are been doing with such designs (such as with a few Aqua Terra models).

Hour markers are all applied and Arabic in style. this will hopefully make for a very easy to read watch. Chronograph subdials are very peculiar being metal rings with honeycomb patterns on the inside. I mean they do look cool, but this type of design feature for an Omega chronograph subdial was totally unexpected for me. Under the geometric pattern is a substrate with concentric circles. The look is very visually rich, but hopefully not to distracting. Omega was able to integrate the black date window nicely. The watch comes on a metal bracelet or alligator strap. Overall it is a nice (more) modern Speedmaster Broad Arrow watch that takes risks with the design, but will eventually lead to a more rich experience for owners of this collection.  I am going to guess that price is somewhere in the $5,000 range. Look for it soon.

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