When you hear the words “Omega Speedmaster,” you undoubtedly picture the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. One of the most famous watches ever made, the manual-wind black and white tri-compax chronograph with the twisted lugs and tachymeter bezel has a near-perfect design. But as iconic as it is, the Moonwatch is far from the only Speedmaster that Omega makes. And the brand has just introduced an entirely new model to the range in the vintage-inspired Speedmaster Chronoscope.
The Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope takes inspiration from the pre-Speedmaster chronographs that Omega was producing in the 1940s. The dial is, in a word, busy, owing to the complex timing scales that were popular in chronographs from that era. The chronoscope features about as many scales as one can fit on a watch: There’s the expected tachymeter bezel, which is used to calculate speed. Then on the dial, you’ll find a series of measuring scales in an old-school “snail” layout. Closest to the bezel is the telemeter — which is used to calculate distance, such as how far away a flash of lightning is. Moving toward the center of the dial, you’ll find a pulsometer, which measures heart rate. And finally, at the very center of the dial, there is a second graduated tachymeter that’s for measuring speed in smaller increments. The retro touches continue on the rest of the dial, with leaf-shaped hands, applied Arabic numeral indices on a spiral track, and a bicompax layout. Powering the watch is Omega’s METAS-certified Master Chronometer manual-wind co-axial chronograph Calibre 9908, which is beautifully decorated and visible through the sapphire caseback.
There are three stainless steel versions of the Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope — a blue dial, silver dial, and panda dial — all of which are available on either a leather strap or a steel bracelet with a quick-adjust comfort release clasp — a first for a Speedmaster. There is also a bronze gold version with a brown dial on leather. These new Speedys are waiting and ready to be waitlisted on Omega’s website now, with prices starting at $8,450.
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