The Omega Speedmaster Racing, on the market since 2012, is a return to the brand’s automotive roots. Its got a 40-mm steel case with a matte black tachymeter ring, made of aluminum, on the bezel. The type on the tachymeter scale is in either gray or gray/yellow or gray/red combos. Omega’s familiar seahorse emblem is featured on the solid steel caseback. (Click on pictures below for larger images.)
The chronograph subdials, also available in several color schemes, sport a triangular Clous de Paris pattern. The 30-minute counter is at 3 o’clock; the 12-hour counter is at 6 o’clock; and the small seconds display is at 9 o’clock. There is also a date window at the 6 o’clock position; Omega includes a date corrector tool with each watch.
The movement inside the Speedmaster racing is Omega’s in-house Caliber 3330, with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism, a silicon balance spring and the brand’s trademark co-axial escapement. Omega is so confident about the watch’s timekeeping performance and reliability — the movement has been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss testing agency COSC — that it delivers it with a four-year warranty.
The watch comes on a steel bracelet or a black rubber strap with a distinctive embossed pattern that bring to mind the treads of a race car’s tires — just another way the Swiss brand is putting the “speed” back in its Speedmaster. Both the rubber-strap and steel-bracelet versions of the Speedmaster Racing retail for $4,800.
Movement: Omega Caliber 3330, automatic, column-wheel chronograph; officially certified chronometer; 31 jewels; 28,800 vph; co-axial escapement with 3 levels; silicon “si 14” balance spring on Omega free sprung-balance; Nivachoc shock absorber; 52-hour power reserve
Functions: Central hours and minutes; small seconds at 9 o’clock; date at 6 o’clock; chronograph with central seconds hand, 30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock, 12-hour subdial at 6 o’clock
Case: stainless steel with polished and brushed finishes; diameter = 40 mm; thickness = 15.05 mm; stainless steel bezel with matte black aluminium tachymeter ring with grey/yellow scaling; polished crown and pushers; embossed Omega logo on crown; domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with nonreflective treatment on both sides; screw-down caseback stamped with seahorse medallion; water-resistant to 100 meters; on rubber strap or patented screw-and-pin steel bracelet with foldover clasp
Dial and hands: Vertically brushed main dial (except matte black, white and red areas) in gray; triangular-Clou de Paris-textured subdials in black; yellow touch hour markers; transferred indices with Super-Luminova; blackened, rhodium-plated or varnished white hour, minute and seconds hands (hour and minute hands with Super-Luminova); blackened, rhodium-plated, varnished yellow or white chronograph hands
Click below for a video of the Omega Speedmaster Racing…
This article was originally published on April 10, 2012, and has been updated.