Saturday, March 28, 2015

OMEGA Speedmaster ‘57 (New Edition)

In 2013, OMEGA unveiled an upgrade of the original Speedmaster of 1957. With its Co-Axial movement and classic design, the watch was an instant hit as it combined the best of both aesthetics and mechanics. This year, the brand has revisited the timepieces and created a new model that, while boasting several updated features, remains loyal to the style of the watch that has continued to be an icon in the industry for more than half a century.

The 41.5 mm stainless steel Speedmaster ’57 has a polished and brushed case body that is complemented by its brushed bezel, which features the tachymeter scale that is at once associated with the chronographs in this legendary watch family. Protected by a box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is a black dial with white and beige transferred dial indications. Distinguishing this model from its 2013 counterpart are the recessed hour markers that are partially filled with “vintage“ Super-Luminova that emits a green light.
Another design element that sets this timepiece apart from its latest predecessor but creates a tighter link to the original Speedmaster is the look of the hands. The polished facetted rhodium-plated central hour and minute hands have been created in the “Broad Arrow” style and are coated with Super-Luminova. Alpha-shaped hands can be found in the small 60-minute and 12-hour recorder at 3 o’clock and the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
This inspired timepiece is presented on either a brown leather strap with a polished and brushed stainless steel foldover clasp or OMEGA’s patented brushed and polished stainless steel screw-and-pin bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

The OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9300 is visible through the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal caseback. The reliability and accuracy of this extraordinary mechanical movement is such that the Speedmaster ’57 is offered with a full four-year warranty. As with all the timepieces in the Speedmaster family, this watch is water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet).

Technical details
Movement
Omega Co-Axial Calibre 9300
Self-winding movement in both directions
Officially certified chronometer
Jewels: 54
Frequency: 28’800 A/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours
Time zone function
Silicon “Si14” balance spring on Omega free sprung-balance
Co-Axial Escapement with 3 levels
Omega free sprung-balance
Omega column wheel chronograph mechanism
2 barrels mounted in series
NIVACHOC

Special luxury finish:
Rhodium-plated rotor and bridges
Geneva waves in arabesque
Blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel

Display
Central hour-minute hands, small-seconds at 9H, date window at 6H
Central chronograph seconds hand, 60-minute and 12-hour recorder at 3H

Case
Case: stainless steel
Diameter: 41.50 mm; Height: 16.17 mm
Water resistant up to: 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)
Polished-brushed casebody
Brushed bezel with tachymeter scale
Polished crown and pushers, embossed Ω on crown
Box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on case body and caseback:
- Bezel-side: anti-reflective treatment on both sides
- Caseback-side: anti-reflective treatment inside
-  Polished screw-in caseback with sapphire crystal

Dial
Black dial
Recessed hour markers partially filled with "vintage" Super-Luminova (green emission)
White or beige transferred dial indications

Hands
Polished facetted rhodium-plated hands;
Hour-minute "Broad Arrow" style hands with "vintage" Super-Luminova

Strap
Brown leather strap on brushed stainless steel fold-over clasp
Brushed- polished Omega patented screw-and-pin bracelet with butterfly clasp
Fitting: 20 mm between lugs, 18 mm on clasp

Warranty
4-year warranty

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