We might have already told you, but many brands chose to dig into their past to offer new models this year. Omega is one of those and chose to draw inspiration from previous watches while managing to revisit them in a way to cater to new audiences. Paying tribute to the brand’s motor racing heritage in a modern way is what the new Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer is all about.
A distinctive minute-track for this new Speedmaster
Without trying to be groundbreaking, which is a good thing here, Omega offers a new version of the Speedmaster inspired from the Moonwatch and the brand’s racing heritage. The dial displays a classical coaxial chronograph look with the small seconds subdial at nine o’clock, the dual 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph recorder at three o’clock and a square date aperture replacing the 6 o’clock index. The racing heritage is reminded through a distinctive “alternating” minute-track in a racing style, which gives the models their name. This feature, linking back to early Speedmaster designs from 1968, aimed to provide better readability for the wearer but also brings something a little more original to the watch.
This model is offered in 4 version, 3 of them in steel and one in gold. The stainless steel version leaves you the choice between a black, white or gray dial. A polished ceramic bezel with a brushed Liquidmetal tachymeter scale sits on top of it. The dial is sprinkled with pops of orange on the tachymeter’s font, the Speedmaster logo, the dots outside of the indexes as well as on the matching hands and the tip of the seconds hand. The black version is worn on a black leather strap that contains a section of orange rubber through the middle and micro perforations that provide the perfect racing look.
A beautiful gold case and blue dial version
The last version, our favorite, is crafted from 18K Sedna gold with a blue dial and ceramic bezel providing a stylish and stunning contrast. There is no orange on this version, the tachymeter scale is made of Ceragold and the hands and logo match the case as well. This one is worn on a blue leather strap, matching the dial. A real eye-catcher on the wrist.
We might note that the 44,25 mm case of this new Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, which is thinner than previous models according to Omega, remains quite large. Too bad the brand doesn’t offer a smaller 40 mm version (or even less) of this fine watch that is a bit hard to wear for those of us with slim wrists. As far as mechanics go, the watch embarks an automatic 9900 caliber with a Master Chronometer certification by the METAS, a 60-hour power reserve and a magnetic resistance up to 15.000 gauss. These pieces will retail between 7.800 CHF and 22.750 depending whether you choose the steel or gold version. More about this watch here.