The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph1:59 pm
A cool and suave George Clooney, riding along on a classic motorcycle in the desert with the phrase “George Clooney’s Choice” written all over the billboard definitely deserves a second glance. On further inspection, you notice the 54-year old actor wearing a classic Omega Speedmaster ’57 on his wrist and you forget the enigmatic Mr Ocean for a while!
The Omega Speedmaster collection has come a long way since its inception in 1957. Introduced as a sporting and racing watch, the Speedy was a useful tool back then. Named for the sole reason of having a tachymeter ring outside the dial, the iconic Speedmaster was a big and sporty watch. It was a part of the iconic 1957 Omega trilogy- the Omega Seamaster 300 (CK2913), the Omega Railmaster (CK2914) and the Omega Speedmaster (CK2915). With the Speedmaster reaching a legendary status, the popularity of the watch forced Omega to produce more new and updated models under the Speedmaster collection. Today, the biggest challenge for a consumer is trying to find the ‘right’ Speedmaster for themselves. Representing Omega’s evergreen spirit of adventure and innovation, the Speedmaster has many timepieces under its banner that have time and again filled the void left by its predecessor. Pegged as one of its most successful collection, Omega is definitely hitting a home run with the Speedmaster.
An Old Story with a New Perception
Just like all the other Omega Speedmaster versions, the 2015 Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph is a tribute to its iconic ancestor. Keeping in tune with the brand’s innovative and adventurous aura, the Speedmaster ’57 (318.104.22.168.01.002 and 322.214.171.124.01.002) has been re-designed to extend the collection and rekindle a new spirit of adventure.The latest addition to the collection is a compelling timepiece which grandly includes the “broad arrow” hands that were missing in the 2013 model. The watch has a bold black dial with beige transferred dial indications with a tachymeter on the brushed steel bezel. These are some of the features that will ring a nostalgic bell in all Speedmaster fanatics.
With a 41.5mm stainless steel case which is smaller than most Speedmaster timepieces, the watch sports the revolutionary calibre 9300 Co-Axial Chronograph in-house movement with a power reserve of up to 60 hours. The self-winding chronograph movement is splendid with a column wheel mechanism which gives the watch greater accuracy, stability and resilience.
The dial also houses a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph recorder sub-dials at 3 o’clock along with a date display at 6 o’clock. The markers on the dial are Vintage Super LumiNova that are engraved on the black dial and filled with the luminous material which emits a green light. The date display numeral with the central hour and minute hands are coated with the Super LumiNova along with the classic “Broad Arrow” style.
Additional features include a see-through scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides which enables one to see and experience the inside workings of the revolutionary movement. The watch is water-resistant up to 100m. The watch comes in two straps, one in the usual steel bracelet and the other, a honey-brown Barenia leather strap. The 2015 Omega Speedmaster ’57 clearly leans towards a bulkier watch family although it sits small on the wrist when compared to the 44mm wider version.
Omega Speedmaster: Then Vs Now
It is a known fact that the Speedmaster ’57 has been heavily inspired by the iconic 1957 Speedmaster (ref. CK2915). While the 2013 version of the Speedmaster did do justice as a tribute to the iconic timepiece, the 2015 version has taken it a notch higher especially with the “Broad Arrow” hands.
Before we begin with the comparison, I would like to take a moment to commend Omega for taking on the challenge to produce a watch that beautifully combines the vintage essence of a classic timepiece with a modern and revolutionary movement. The watch may not satisfy the demands of a true Speedmaster conformist which would include a Lemania movement and the word “Professional” on the dial. However, the watch does the original proud by providing the buyer with the next best option.
The absence of the three sub-dials strikes us at first glance. The original has a tri-compax sub-dial which has been replaced with a bi-compax sub-dial. Aside from this notable change in the dial, the two watches look strangely similar to each other from the brushed steel bezel holding the tachymeter to the exact same shape of the case with the strong, straight lugs and the timeless piston pushers on the side. Although many of the features and proportions are still the same, original 1957 Speedmaster came in a 39mm case while the latest version sits big on the wrist at 41.5mm. With the markers on the dial engraved rather than applied, the 2015 Speedmaster rings very close to the original. It caters to the fans who love the style and design of the Speedmaster yet prefer to enjoy the watch with a modern technology and movement. The majority of the purists, however, may just stick to the original Professional 1957 Speedmaster.
Lastly, the best part about the 2015 Speedmaster ’57 is its features that can be enjoyed by one and all from a watch fanatic to a fashion slave or someone simply looking for a simple luxury watch to adorn their wrist. In the end, isn’t that what we are all looking for?
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Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A budding watch enthusiast with an undying love for crime fiction and a soft spot for fantasy too!