Sunday, March 27, 2016

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon “Meteorite”

The 44.25mm Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon “Meteorite” introduces a number of new features to the Speedmaster collection. For example, this is the first time that a tachymeter scale has been created using OMEGA Ceragold™.

The OMEGA Ceragold™, created by decorating ceramic watch parts with 18K gold, offers a smooth and captivating overall effect. In this new timepiece, the 18K Sedna™ gold bezel is layered with a silicon nitride bezel ring. This is harder and lighter than ceramic, and is considered an important material in the future of OMEGA’s watchmaking. The OMEGA Ceragold™ tachymeter scale has then been added. The mellow, reddish tone of 18K Sedna™ gold is also used to create the brushed indexes and hands of the watch.
This special Speedmaster boasts an incredible meteorite dial. On each timepiece, the dial has been made from a solid piece of extra-terrestrial stone.  For “meteorite dial”, the manufacture has sourced slices of the Gibeon meteorite that fell in prehistoric times in Namibia. These pieces from iron meteorite are highly alluring thanks to its classic Widmanstätten pattern.
The Widmanstätten pattern, named after the Austrian scientist who discovered it,  refers to the ribbon-like flecks that are found in this kind of meteorite after an acid etch. For the owner of this watch, the pattern is clearly visible, and also unique in each model.
It is pertinent to note that in this new creation, the original look and feel of the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon has still been retained. The same revolutionary techniques have been used to create the grey ceramic case, and there is still the grey leather strap with its fold-over clasp.
Like the iconic Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon timepiece, the new model houses the same OMEGA Co-Axial 9300 self-winding movement.
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
Exclusive features with:
- OMEGA column wheel chronograph mechanism
- Time zone function
- Silicon “Si14” balance spring
- OMEGA free sprung-balance
- Co-Axial Escapement, 3 levels
- 2 barrels mounted in series
- NIVACHOC
Special luxury finish:
- Rhodium-plated rotor and bridges
- Geneva waves in arabesque
- Blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel

Functions
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
Ceramic + plasma treatment (ZrO2->ZrC) with 18K Sedna™ gold bezel and silicon nitride [Si3N4] ring

Dial
Meteorite

Case
Diameter: 44.25 mm    He ight: 16.14 mm
Water resistant up to: 5 bar (50 m / 167 ft)
Polished-brushed case body
Brushed 18K Sedna™ gold bezel and silicon nitride [Si3N4] ring with brushed
OMEGA Ceragold™ tachymeter scale
Polished crown and pushers; white Super-LumiNova in Ω
Box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystals:
- Bezel-side: anti-reflective treatment on both sides
- Caseback-side: bevelled, anti-reflective treatment inside
Polished ceramic caseback ring with engraved marks: "ZrO2/ZrC", "50m/167ft",
"Ceragold™", "Si 14", and "Grey Side of the Moon"

Dial
“Moonwatch” style dial with 2 subdials:
- Grey meteorite dial (solid piece of extra-terrestrial stone acid etched to reveals is unique structure) ; applied brushed 18K Sedna™ go ld indexes
- "Speedmaster" in red
- White Super-LumiNova (green emission) in indexes and on 2 dots at 12H

Hands
“Moonwatch” style hands:
- Brushed 18K Sedna™ gold hands, except central chrono seconds hand (brushed
gold-plated with red tip)
- White Super-LumiNova (green emission) on H-M-chrono seconds hands

Bracelet
Grey leather strap with rubber insert
Fold-over clasp, ceramic top-bottom cover and pushers; ceramised titanium spring folders
Fitting: 21 mm between lugs, 18 mm on clasp

Other specifications
4-year warranty
Delivered with special presentation box

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