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Omega Speedmaster Returns to its Racing Roots With “Porsche Club of America” Limited Edition


Years before it rocketed into space to earn its place in timepiece history as the first watch worn on the moon, the Omega Speedmaster was engineered for more terrestrial pursuits, specifically as an instrument to time automobile races. With this recently released limited-edition model, produced in collaboration with Porsche Club of America, the Speedy revisits its motor racing history while adding a few distinctly modern elements.

Omega Speedmaster Porsche Club America LE - front-back

Limited to just 99 pieces, the Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Porsche Club of America Limited Edition can be regarded as a dual tribute piece, as both the Speedmaster watch model and the PCA mark their 60th anniversary in 2017. The watch channels not only some of the racing-inspired charm of its 1957 pre-Moonwatch debut, but also some unmistakably Porsche sports car DNA and even a few elements acknowledging the Speedmaster’s history of space exploration. The base model, in fact, is actually the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon, originally released in 2014, whose brushed gray ceramic case with plasma treatment and grade 5 titanium dial with ceramized finish is designed to evoke the look of the lunar surface. Gray ceramic, as it turns out, is also the material of choice for the brakes in high-performance sports cars; on Porsche sports cars, the visual calipers of these brakes are yellow. Hence the yellow details on the limited-edition timepiece, which can be found on the hands, indices, and tachymeter-scale bezel, as well as in the stitching of the gray leather strap. Incidentally, the ceramized titanium used for the dial is also used for the exhaust system of the Porsche 911 Turbo.

Omega Speedmaster Porsche Club America LE - front

The watch is powered by Omega’s co-axial Caliber 9300, which powers the central hours and minutes display, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock, and chronograph function with central counter hand and a combined 60-minute and 12-hour totalizer in the subdial at 3 o’clock. This classical bicompax layout, with the chronograph hours-and-minutes readout combined into one intuitively read subdial, is typical of the contemporary Speedmaster “Moonwatch.” The movement is self-winding and COSC chronometer-certified, with a 28,800-vph frequency and a 60-hour power reserve in two series-mounted barrels, and equipped with a column wheel to drive the chronograph. Like all modern Omega movements, Caliber 9300 features a co-axial escapement, a silicon balance spring, an Omega free-sprung balance, and luxurious finishes, including “Arabesque” Geneva waves on the bridges and rotor, and heat-blackened screws, barrels, and balance wheel. The movement can be viewed through a sapphire caseback adorned with the transferred PCA logo in yellow.

Omega Speedmaster Porsche Club America LE - back

The Omega Speedmaster “Porsche Club of America” Limited Edition comes on a “driver-style” gray leather strap with micro-perforations of the kind one would find on leather driving gloves, with Porsche yellow contrast stitching; on the underside, you’ll find the opposite color scheme, with a layer of yellow rubber highlighted with gray stitching. The watch fastens to the wrist with a brushed and polished titanium buckle. The watch is packaged in a special presentation box with PCA livery and a certificate of authenticity. Priced at $12,911, this special edition can be ordered exclusively through the Porsche Club of America website, at www.pcatime.com.

Omega Speedmaster Porsche Club America LE - box

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4 Responses to “Omega Speedmaster Returns to its Racing Roots With “Porsche Club of America” Limited Edition”

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  1. Michael Hellsten

    I was just wondering, when watchbrands like Omega present these fine watches with all kind of different leather/some other material-straps, other than metal bracelets. We all know that those kind of straps will not last forever, so, if someone happens to wear his/hers watch for years and years and likes to have an original bracelet/strap, does (inthis case) Omega really have that same model in their collection in the future also. Is the future ”guaranteed” in that way. Someone like Omega seems to have so many different models with so many different non-metal bracelets, it’s seems not likely to me i could by a ”original” strap to my watch, say in 10 years, if i happened to have one of those kind.

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  2. Walter Kramesberger

    Please, can you tell me the Price for this Omega Speedemaster?
    Thank you

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