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Baselworld 2016: Omega Speedmaster Mania, with Pricing!

by Robin Lim on March 23, 2016

In this year’s Baselworld, Omega had launched three different Speedmasters. These three Speedmasters differ from each other in many varying ways, in terms of its complications, aesthetics, or the inspiration behind its creation.

Despite the fact that the iconic chronograph has been around for more than half a century, the Speedmaster is still one of the most highly sought-after watches in today’s age. It is not just a coincidence; the Speedmaster is one of the most affordable and timeless chronographs in the horological world. For this Baselworld, Omega had issued three new timepieces: two with a modern contemporary touch, and one that pays homage to the second Speedmaster reference that Omega had produced in 1959.

 

Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase

 

The Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase.

The Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase.

 

The first Omega that we here today would be the Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase. This timepiece is one of the six new Omega timepieces that are fitted with a Master Chronometer movement.

At the first glance, there is probably a particular thing that will catch your eyes: the Moonphase. It is constructed from a metallic crystal disc that is micro-structured to produce a high-resolution image, and one might be able to spot the first footprint left by Neil Armstrong on the Sea of Tranquility if he or she looks close enough. However, the Moonphase is not just a pretty face; it is highly accurate and requires only an adjustment after approximately 10 years.

The watch, powered by Omega’s Calibre 9904, features two sub-dials which includes a calendar display on one. The automatic movement has got a power reserve of around 60 hours, and it is magnetic resistant of up to 15,000 Gauss.

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The watch is available with several sun-brushed dial options, in either blue, black, brown or grey (according to the specs list, although it seems like the blue version is the only one that is available right now). At 44.2mm, this stainless steel watch is also fitted with a ceramic bezel that features a Liquidmetal tachymeter scale. The steel on leather version will retail at S$14,600.

 

Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon “Meteorite”

 

The Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon "Meteorite".

The Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon “Meteorite”.

 

Next, we move on to the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon (GSOTM) “Meteorite”.

As its name suggests, this GSOTM features a meteorite dial, sourced from a Gibeon meteorite that had struck Earth during the prehistoric times in Namibia. This iron meteorite is highly-prized by many, thanks to its classic Widmanstätten pattern that are caused by a chemical reaction from acid. The ribbon-like flecks are featured on the dials of each GSOTM, and no two dials are similar in terms of the pattern or structure.

Complementing the meteorite dial would be the 18k Sedna Gold, which is used for the bezel, indices, and hands of the watch. Notably, the bezel also features a tachymeter scale that is produced with Ceragold. For those not familiar with this technology, Ceragold is a special way of decorating ceramic watch parts with 18K gold. The results can be rather captivating, as seen in the highly-contrasting tachymeter scale from the picture above.

Mechanically, the watch is still powered by the same Co-Axial Calibre 9300 that was featured in the previous GSOTM. It features the chronograph function and a date indicator, as well as a power reserve of around 60 hours.

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The 44.2mm watch will be fitted with a grey leather strap with rubber insert, and it will be fastened by a ceramic folding clasp. It will retail at S$20,200.

 

Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition

 

The Speedmaster CK2998, based on one the the earlier references in the Speedmaster family.

The Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition, based on one of the earlier references in the Speedmaster family.

 

Finally, we have the Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition. For Speedmaster fans, the CK2998 is probably one of the most sought-after vintage Speedmasters.

Last year, Omega had produced a homage to the CK2998. In this Baselworld, Omega had made some changes to this version. One of the more obvious changes would be the use of a stainless steel case, instead of the 18k Sedna Gold variant that we had seen in the “First Omega in Space” Limited Edition. Also, Omega had incorporated the blue theme into various components of the watch, such as the tachymeter bezel, subdial, and minute tracks on the dial.

The 40mm timepiece is fitted with the classic Calibre 1861, and it will be paired with a stunning blue leather strap. Only 2998 pieces are available, and they will retail at S$8,400.

For more information, please check out Omega’s website here.

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  • Ulrich
    March 31, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Some website said that the footprint on the moonphase of Speedmaster Master Chronometer Moonphase is Buzz Aldrin’s Bootprint. Any explaination?

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