For many brands, 2021 has been an incredibly challenging year, not only to navigate through the pandemic for the second year in a row but also to push the envelope and present one or more new models and collections. While some brands have postponed big releases to a later period in time, Omega decided to drop multiple important novelties. One of which was the unexpected but rather impressive Speedmaster Chronoscope collection, but there’s more to Omega’s news for this year than that.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Master Chronometer
Early on in the year, Omega launched a new take on the Speedmaster Moonwatch, one of the biggest icons in watchmaking history, for obvious reasons. It’s a daunting task to refresh an icon into a new model, but Omega has succeeded on all fronts. The changes are subtle from the outside, with a slightly thinner and more compact case. A new bracelet ensures that the retouched case wears even more comfortable than ever. Omega also gave the new Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Master Chronometer a slightly more vintage appeal, bringing it closer to the original ST105.012 reference. On the technical side of things, Omega doesn’t let us down either, with the new Calibre 3861. It now comes with a co-axial escapement, METAS Master Chronometer certification, improved finishing and decorations, and the option to see all this through the new sapphire crystal caseback. For the purists, there’s also a Hesalite version available, with a closed caseback.
Quick Facts: 42mm x 13.2mm (Sapphire) or 13.6mm (Hesalite) – stainless steel case, brushed and polished – asymmetrical construction with lyre lugs – external steel bezel with aluminium insert, tachymeter scale – 50m water-resistance – matte black dial, grained surface and stepped profile – Professional white hands, diamond-shaped seconds hand with teardrop counterweight – recessed sub-counters – new seconds track with 3 divisions – Calibre 3861, in-house – Master Chronometer Certified – hand-wound cam-operated chronograph with horizontal clutch – 26 jewels – 21,600vph – 50h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds (hacking) and chronograph with 12h and 30min counter – stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp or fabric or calfskin leather straps – EUR 5,900 to EUR 6,700 (depending on reference)
Revamped Omega Seamaster 300 Collection
Omega has pushed the vintage look and feel Seamaster 300 collection even further, using a 1957 Omega dive watch as inspiration. Not to be confused with the far more modern Omega Seamaster Diver 300M, this has always revolved around a retro-themed design, but now more than ever. The new Seamaster 300 is available in steel, with a choice of two dial colours (blue or black), or a very funky 9k Bronze Gold alloy with a brown dial. The exterior of both watches has been retouched, with alternating polished and brushed surfaces. The case is a bit slimmer and looks less bulky due to the larger dial opening. The biggest change perhaps is the new aluminium bezel insert instead of a ceramic one (the Bronze Gold one is still ceramic though). The in-house Calibre 8912, Master Chronometer certified by METAS of course, can be seen through the caseback.
Quick Facts: 41mm x 13.85mm – brushed and polished stainless steel or 9k bronze gold case – unidirectional rotating bezel with aluminium insert (ceramic on bronze gold) – domed sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal caseback – 300m water-resistance – black or blue sandwich dials (dark brown on the bronze gold model) – Super-LumiNova backplate – “broad arrow” hour and minute hands with lollipop seconds hand – Calibre 8912, in-house – automatic, with co-axial escapement – Master Chronometer certified by METAS – 25,200vph – 38 jewels – 60h power reserve – stainless steel bracelet or brown leather strap (Bronze Gold only) – CHF 6,150 to CHF 11,500 (depending on the reference)
Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Collection
The comeback of the Chronoscope name for Omega was big news. Used for the De Ville collection in the mid-2000s but goes back much further than that. It appeared on an 1885 pocket watch by Louis Brandt (founder of Omega) and the reason behind this unusual name is explained in our in-depth article here. The Chronoscope is a new interpretation of the Speedmaster concept. As a result we get all the hallmarks that make the Speedy such an icon; asymmetrical case, lyre lugs, fixed external bezel with scale and a raised box-shapes crystal. The Chronoscope features a new 43mm size, a bi-compax dial and comes with a new hand-wound movement; calibre 9908. It also has three different scales to measure the duration of a phenomenon, as Omega puts it; a tachymeter (one on the bezel and one on the centre of the dial), a telemeter and a pulsometer scale. Three dial combinations are available in steel, with one solely reserved for the 9k Bronze-Gold. All steel references are also available on a leather strap, with the 9k Bronze-Gold version coming on leather only.
Quick Facts: 43mm x 12.8mm – stainless steel case, brushed and polished or 9k Bronze-Gold, brushed and polished – fixed bezel with aluminium insert and tachymeter scale – sapphire crystals front and back – 50m water-resistance – stepped dial with applied Arabic numerals – polished leaf-shaped hands – 3 different scales (tachymeter, telemeter, pulsometer) – dial in blue with silver counters, silver with blue accents, silver “panda” with black counters or dark-brown with silver (9k Bronze-Gold only) – Calibre 9908, in-house – hand-wound column-wheel chronograph – Master Chronometer certified – 44 jewels – 28,800vph – 60h power reserve – co-axial escapement – hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with co-axial counters for hours and minutes, no-date – steel bracelet or leather strap (9k Bronze-Gold only) – CHF 8,400 or CHF 8,600 in steel, CHF 14,000 in 9k Bronze-Gold
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black is certainly a big statement piece on one’s wrist. A large 43,5mm wide matte black ceramic case with ceramic bezel and a fully black dial will get noticed for sure. It results in a proper stealthy looking watch with a few surprising touches, mostly in terms of texture and finishing. For starters, the case and bezel are polished and brushed, creating a shimmering contrast between different surfaces. The bezel has a 60-minute scale set in relief, with the top surface of the numerals polished to a glossy finish, with a grainy texture as a background. Then there’s the wavy pattern on the dial, done in a positive relief along with all the other markings and logos on the dial. The applied indices are filled with anthracite-coloured Super-LumiNova, emitting a blue glow. The Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black is rated to 300m water-resistance and comes with the in-house automatic 8806 Calibre, with a co-axial escapement.
Quick Facts: 43.5mm x 14.47mm – full matte black ceramic case and bezel – 60-minute scale in relief – sapphire crystal on both sides – 300M water-resistance – black ceramic dial with wave-like pattern and markings in positive relief – applied indices and hands with Super-LumiNova – Calibre 8806, automatic, in-house – METAS Master Chronometer certified – 35 jewels – Co-axial escapement – 25,200vph – 55h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – black rubber strap with black ceramic pin buckle – CHF 8,600
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