Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch Review

Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch Review

Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Quick - when you hear the word "Speedmaster", what comes to mind? Very likely, it's the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch-associated design that you're picturing in your head, or perhaps even have in your own personal collection. While the stock Moonwatch is certainly interesting in its own right, what if Omega were to draw inspiration from an Omega Speedmaster design that preceded the Moonwatch? Well, that's a leading question, and one you really don't need to think about too much - as the model we're reviewing today is the answer to that question.

Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-axial Chronograph is the latest member of the Omega Speedmaster family, and wow - this is a beauty of a watch. As you can probably guess from the name of the model, Omega started with their 1957 Omega Speedmaster model, and modernized the design a bit. This makes for a watch that's simultaneously familiar in some ways, and eye-catchingly different in others. First and foremost, at least visually, in those changes are the variety of finish options you have in this line.

Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Our review sample was in yellow gold but you can also find the case in red gold, platinum, bi-color, or steel. The bracelet, of course, matches the case finish (both in terms of color and actual finishing, which is superb). I do want to note that the deployant is slightly different than others I've seen. Outwardly, it looks like a simple push-button release, but there's actually a correct order for folding in the clasp. After a try or two, I had it down, and it felt like a pretty secure clasping mechanism.

Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In addition to those case and bracelet finishes, the dial comes in some new colors as well. You can have the familiar black, but white and a steely blue have also been added to the mix. While I don't discount the classic black dial as being the Speedy most people are familiar with, I am really digging the new dials, especially the white. With the white dial you have a watch that remains sporty but with an additional touch of refinement which in some way I can't quite put my finger on... more»

Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

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  • I agree, the gold ’57 Speedy is a looker. I was lucky to see them in person at BaselWorld 2013 and all of the 57s (steel) were really attractive watches. They were overshadowed at the show by the Dark Side of the Moon of course. But there are lots of Speedmaster variations to love. Thanks for the review.

  • Fraser Petrick

    Of the 763 watches on my short-list of must-haves, the Speedmaster is consistently  #1. If there is a God in heaven, a rich uncle I’ve never heard of is going to leave me $30,000 + sales tax in his will (asap, please).

  • I like it as well–not completely sold on the hands though…I think Omega reached their “hand” design peak with the moonwatch and everything after that seems to not fit with their watch designs IMO (like this watch, the P.O. etc.).
    The arrow hand on the hour subdial was unnecessary, it could just be a shorter version of the minute hand.
    Still a handsome watch though!

  • Ulysses31

    It’s a good looking watch, though i’m still not impressed by the movement in terms of looks.  An exhibition back is great if there’s something to blow you away, but this isn’t it.  The dated, never changing looks bother me.  One would think an Omega dealership consists of a time machine they operate to retrieve one of these things from the primordial past.

  • Jack_C1024

    I’m not so much about the gold – or the white dial for that matter.  But have you seen the steel with the Blue PVD Dial and red accents?  Oh my – I think my wallet just caught fire!

  • Jack_C1024

    Fraser Petrick amen to that, find me one of those while you are at it!

  • Kris C

    Very nice, but this colour combo would likely be the low man on the totem pole for me – I would love to see the Ti version with blue dial – I bet that’s a looker.
    I don’t think the movement looks awful, but I agree that Omega could give it a few tweaks here and there for each watch so they all have an internal personality to match the exterior. The movement finishing here is a stark clash to the look and feel of the rest of the watch.

  • DG Cayse

    A stunning re-do of a true classic. For many, when we mentally image a chronometer watch, its a Speedmaster that we see in our mind.
    This is a beautiful update. The gold/white dial carries it off with style. Larger sub-dials. Clear view date window. Well done bracelet. I’ll even make an allowance for the “look at me” backside. 
    Would wear well in almost all situations.

  • Fraser Petrick

    Jack_C1024 Fraser Petrick Find yer own rich uncle. The next one’s mine.

  • bluzer

    I agree the movement decoration is not up to the level of the gold version. However I’m thinking it wouldn’t look too out of place on the more vintage looking steel version. Remember vintage workhorse movements like the 320 were not decorated to high levels.

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