3 New Omega Seamaster and Speedmaster Watches

Omega Speedmaster Mark II - gray/orange - reclining As in recent years, Omega introduced  new watches in its Seamaster, Speedmaster and Constellation collections at last year’s Baselworld. Here is what you need to know about them.

The new Omega Speedmaster Mark II is based on a model released in 1969, the same year that astronauts wore Omega Speedmaster Professional watches on the surface of the moon, forever earning that model the nickname “Moonwatch.” The original Speedmaster Mark II contained the same hand-wound mechanical caliber that powered the Moonwatch, Omega’s Caliber 861. The modern version has been updated, with an automatic movement (Omega’s co-axial Caliber 3330, with silicon balance spring and column-wheel chronograph mechanism) and a cleverly executed tachymeter scale that glows in the dark.

The barrel-shaped case has brushed and polished finishes; the crown and chronograph pushers are polished. The tricompax dial features subdials at 3 o’clock (30-minute counter), 6 o’clock (12-hour counter), and 9 o’clock (small seconds). The tachymeter scale is printed on the flat, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and illuminated from beneath by an aluminum ring filled with Super-LumiNova. The version with a black dial has a varnished white central chronograph hand; the one with gray dial uses fluorescent orange for this hand, as well as for the minute track. The Speedmaster Mark II has a brushed stainless steel bracelet with Omega’s patented extendable fold-over rock-and-pusher clasp. The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters and comes with a four-year warranty.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II - gray/orange - reclining

Omega Speedmaster Mark II- black/ white - reclining

 

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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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