The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph

Written by Mike Sanders on . Posted in Watches

The Speedmaster is the most famous chronograph in the world, the only wristwatch to have passed the U.S. Space agency’s severe tests under conditions of extreme shocks, temperatures, vibrations, magnetic fields and zero gravity. It was approved by NASA for all space flights and has been present at every space flight, from which 6 were lunar landings. Until today, it remains NASA’s official chronograph.

The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph Pictures

The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph was introduced at Baselworld 2013. The amazing timepiece recalls the design of its predecessor, although its features and appearance are more modern. The latest member of the family is familiar in some ways, but visually eye-catching because of the new variety of finish options. The Speedmaster’s lungs extend from the 41.5 mm case made of stainless steal with red gold. You can find the case in platinum, yellow gold, red gold, steel or bi-color. The bracelet recalls of the renowned chronograph and matches the colors and finishing. However, the deployment system is a bit different than others. On the outside it seen a simple push-button release, but it actually has a correct order for folding the clasping mechanism that feels very secure.

The classic Speedmaster features three sub-dials, but the Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph’s has only two. This displacement is possible because of the introduction of the 12 hour and 60 minute counters on the same sub-dial at 3 o’clock. This allows an intuitive and comfortable reading. A second 9 o’clock sub-dial keeps track of the seconds and the gold bezel has a familiar tachymeter scale. The dial also has some new colors in addition to black, white and steely blue that add a touch of refinement.

The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph Pictures

The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph has lumed hours and minute hands, a rare feature. The chrono hour hand reminds of the original Speedmaster and is very appealing for those familiar with the initial design. On top of the dial we can see a beautiful domed sapphire crystal surrounded by an engraved tachymetre bezel. There is another very large domed crystal for the exhibition case back.

The elegant timepiece is has a 41.50 mm case, the optimal size for most people. It is the smallest case created by the watchmaker to house a 9300 movement, and it probably can’t get much smaller. The revolutionary move and the vintage look make this timepiece reliable and fashionable. The outstanding Speedmaster ’57 has a four-year warranty and is water resistant to 330 feet (100 m). The price starts at $8,000 for the steel model and goes up to $9,000 for titanium and $30,000 for rose or yellow gold.

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