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Speaking of that dial, that’s where we have some further changes. With the Omega Speedmaster ’57, rather than the familiar three sub-dial layout for the chronograph functions, we instead have two sub dials. The small seconds is at 9 o’clock, and then the chronograph hours and minutes are recorded at 3 o’clock. With only the two registers, it allows them to be slightly larger, and makes for a very balanced dial layout. If you take a close look, these registers also seem to be “flatter” than what you might see on other models, and aesthetically I think that it goes well with the new colors being offered.

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For the handset, we’ve got slim (yet quite readable – and lumed) pointers marking out the time, with similar hands appearing on the sub dials. The chronograph hours and minute hands are lumed (a relative rarity), and the chrono hour hand seems to be a nod to the “broad arrow” hour hand of the original ’57 Omega Speedmaster. It’s subtle touch, but it’s a nice nod for those who are familiar with the original design. Rounding out the dial, you have the date display appearing at 6 o’clock, with a color-matched date wheel.

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Topping the dial, you have that lovely domed sapphire crystal which is then surrounded by an engraved tachymetre bezel that we’re familiar with in much of the Speedy lineup, albeit without the black insert. This allows the watch to keep the lineage, but present a more subtle look to the new design (perhaps it would look OK in steel and a black dial, but the other combinations, not so much). Around back, you have another domed crystal for the exhibition case back – which is the largest I’ve ever seen… more»

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