1969 was the year that the Apollo 11 Spaceflight landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin who were both wearing Omega Speedmaster Professional chronographs.
That was also the same year that Omega introduced the new Speedmaster Mark II, a timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound calibre 861 found inside the Moonwatch”
This year for Baselworld 2014, Omega has re-released the Speedmaster Mark II with a new automatic movement and tachymetric scale that is visible in the most limited light a first in the iconic Speedmaster family.
This watch pays homage to the original from 1969, combining the modern day technology of the Co-Axial calibre 3330 self-winding movement complete with an Si14 silicon balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism, a better brushed stainless steel bracelet with Omega’s patented extendable fold over rack-and-pusher clasp, available in the originally dial options of grey with orange or black with white along with a bigger 42 mm case, water resistance to 100 meters and a full 4 year warranty.
Technical Details of the NEW Omega Speedmaster Mark II
Case- 42.4 mm polished and brushed stainless steel barrel-shaped case with polished crown and pushers.
Movement- Co-Axial calibre 3330 self-winding movement complete with an Si14 silicon balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
Date- A date corrector is located at 10 o’clock on the case.
Dial- black or grey with three recognizable sub-dials popularized by the original Speedmaster chronograph: a 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock, 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock and small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
Crystal- A flat scratch-resistant sapphire protects the matt black or grey dial.
Caseback – engraved with the Seahorse medallion, “Si14” and “Column Wheel”.
Bracelet-The case is fitted with a brushed stainless steel bracelet, complete with OMEGA’s patented extendable fold over rack-and-pusher clasp.
Illuminated tachymeter- The transparent tachymeter scale on the sapphire crystal is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova. The varnished white and black hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova as is the central chronograph hand.
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