The Omega Speedmaster is an icon among the icons. First introduced in 1957 under the reference CK2915, it had been updated several times in its life to now have a slightly different case and dial. However, back in 2013, Omega decided to introduce a re-issue of the very first Speedy, an upgraded edition that was keeping the overall same look with a modern twist and innovative movement. This nice watch was unfortunately not as faithful to the orignal as the collectors wanted to. This is now corrected, with the Omega Speedmaster 57 Co-Axial revisited with Broad Arrow Hands and a new dial (ref. 318.104.22.168.01.002).
The 2013 Omega Speedmaster 57 was using the same recipe as the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial introduced last year, meaning a vintage inspired watch but not a simple reedition. Instead of just recreating the exact same watch, Omega chose to modernize the design – but still using some vintage gimmicks – and to bring into the case a modern, efficient and reliable movement, the calibre 9300. Thus, the Omega Speedmaster 57 features this bi-compax movement, with hours & minutes chronograph hands in a single sub-dial, a self-winding mechanism and 2 barrels for 60 hours of power reserve. Of course it features Omega’s co-axial escapement with the silicium (Si 14) balance spring, a free-sprung screw balance and it’s chronometer rated – same movement than the Seamaster 600m Chrono or the Speedmaster Grey Side of The Moon.
The stainless steel case, with its straight lugs and its brushed metallic bezel – just like the original Omega Speedmaster CK2915 from 1957 – measures 41.5mm and has both polished and brushed surfaces. The bracelet is also made in stainless steel and features polished external links and a central brushed link. The novelties for 2015 however are not here. You’ll have to take a closer to the hands and the dial to find out.
The 2013 Omega Speedmaster 57 was coming with ‘Alpha’ hands – that refer to the 1959 Speedmaster CK2998 and not to the 1957 Speedmaster CK2915 – and applied indexes in white metal, filled with luminous paint. The 2015 edition of the Omega Speedmaster 57 changes its dial and hands to be more faithful to the original, meaning first some Broad Arrow hands – an arrow hand for the hours and a sword hand for the minutes – and then coated with vintage Super-LumiNova. Alpha-shaped hands can be found in the small 60-minute and 12-hour recorder at 3 o’clock and the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
The dial is also updated, with beige transferred dial indications. Distinguishing this model from its 2013 counterpart are the recessed hour markers that are partially filled with vintage Super-LumiNova that emits a green light instead of the applied indexes.
Price is to be revealed soon. More details on omegawatches.com.