Pre-Baselworld 2017: OMEGA Speedmaster 38 mm and Automatic Master Chronometer

 Omega Speedmaster 38 mm Cappuccino and Automatic

Omega Speedmaster 38 mm Cappuccino and Speedmaster Automatic

This year, the Speedmaster is celebrating its 60th birthday, a true horological “baby boomer” with an exceptional career. Such an anniversary should not go down unnoticed and Omega seems to be ready to commemorate it in great fashion. As a teaser of what will come to Baselworld, Omega leaked two new Speedies: the Speedmaster 38 mm and the Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer.

Speedmaster 38 mm

Omega Speedmaster 38 mm "Cappuccino"

Omega Speedmaster 38 mm “Cappuccino” (Ref. 324.

The Speedmaster 38 mm “Cappuccino” is only a sample of a larger collection of smaller sized Speedmasters that Omega will unveil at Basel, targeting both men and women. The case of the “Cappuccino” is a combination of stainless steel and Omega’s proprietary 18K Sedna gold.

There are several design elements that make this model unmistakably feminine. First of all, it comes with a diamond-paved bezel that also includes a brown aluminium ring, featuring a sporty tachymeter scale. As we get to the dial, we are greeted again by a feminine touch, a unique panda dial with oval sub-registers and oval date window. The contrast between the dial and registers is more on the softer side and they are complemented beautifully by the Sedna gold indexes and hands.

Under the Seahorse stamped back, we’ll find a Calibre 3330 movement equipped with co-axial technology and silicon balance-spring.

Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer

Omega Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer

Omega Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer

For bigger wrists, Omega will have a new Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer with a 44.25 mm case and with a more slender profile. Omega would not give yet the exact size, but they mention that there was work done on the sapphire crystal to make the watch thinner.

The dial features an alternating minute track that was first introduced by Omega on a 1968 Speedmaster, and more recently on the Speedmaster Mark II. On the matt-black dial the bright orange markings and the Super-LumiNova filled white gold arrow indexes seem to pop, the orange is also used for the hands giving this watch a sporty allure. For better visibility, the subdials are slightly larger.

The watch is fitted with a gorgeous racing strap made of black leather with a section of orange rubber, visible through the perforations.

Under the hood, we’ll find the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9900, it is the latest and greatest from Omega, introduced last year at Baselworld. The watch and the movement will be METAS certified (for more about METAS certification, click here).

Both of these watches are very interesting, I’m especially curious to see the other models from the Speedmaster 38 mm collection. We will let you know as soon as we have more details.

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