Thinking about six decades of sports watch and pioneering precision is said to be easy, but to reach the level of industry icon, not just the OMEGA world, it takes a long history of events that will add value to this collection.
A timeline that is not invented, as it happens in some other brands created to the steam of the times of bonanza in the horology and the industry of the luxury, OMEGA Speedmaster arises from the vision of the company to count important moments that challenged to the mechanics To improve in precision and robustness, is born “Speedy”, a classic that knows how to reinvent itself.
From the tracks to the sky, and from the sky to outer space…
Introduced in 1957 as a chronograph focused on motor sport, it is the first timepiece of professional timing created to wore on the wrist, and with the introduction of its reliable and sophisticated mechanisms, it was also won to be used as a precision instrument for the Olympic Games. As an additional information, OMEGA has extended its Sponsorship with the Olympic Comitee until 2032.
Initially, the famous 321 caliber would give life to the first references of the brand, as it is the case of the original model of 1957. This motor was product of the invention of Albert Piguet of the extinct, or transformed Lémania, acquired in the decade Of the 40 by the SSIH, owner of OMEGA and that gave life to the portfolio of brands that today we know as Grupo Swatch in the middle of the eighties.
Speedmaster, the name, responds to previous models of the brand as the Railmaster and Seamaster, but in the case of an automotive precision chronograph should have a graduated tachymetric scale on the bezel, scoop for the watches of its time.
Different changes came with Speedmaster as the technology advanced, and we recognize the use of new materials for your case, pushers, hands; Aesthetics that have crossed even the barrier of the skeleton gauges and Speedys animated by electricity and regulated by quartz that is, this piece has mutated due to the requirements of those who carry it.
Initially, all Speedmaster models of the late 50s and early 60s used the 321 mentioned, which gave way to the 861 presented in 1968/1969. However, in 1964 a challenge was proposed by NASA, which consisted of sending fully reliable clocks to withstand different tests that could have similar Lunar adverse conditions, with the reason for the cold war-torn aerospace career. Only four brands responded to the call and finally the selected watch was a Speedmaster, who traveled with the Apollo 11 astronauts and landed along with Buzz Aldrin, second man to step on the Lunar surface, and who at the moment carried a Speedmaster of the year 1965.
It should withstand temperatures of (71 ° C) for 48 hours and switch to (93 ° C) for 30 minutes, then withstand (-18 ° C), maximum and minimum humidity, shocks up to 40 g in different directions, acceleration Linear from 1 to 7.25 g with space of 333 seconds of difference and pressures of 1.6 atmospheres during one hour, among others. The caliber should be a manual chronograph, because even though there were automatic chronographs in 1969, the alteration in gravity could alter the remonturization of the piece. To date, the Moonwatch have a 1861 caliber manual charge, and meet the specifications of the only Lunar watch.
Prior to this, an OMEGA circled the atmosphere thanks to the use of air force pilots assigned to space missions.
From the Moon to the Earth: Apollo 13
We know the film starring Tom Hanks, and whose plot highlights the moment in which astronauts must calculate the exact angle of return to the planet, after an explosion that changes the mission first for a second survival. This story is real, so much so that it was a Speedmaster used to count seconds, 14, critics and return safely. For this reason OMEGA was recognized with the high mark of the Silver Snoopy Award.
It is obvious that having a watch that supports space conditions can be used for other types of missions, and so it has accompanied different characters during trips to the Earth’s Poles.
With new technologies and changes in watchmaking as well as in the requirements of collectors, the legend was added Professional to fulfill different characteristics in the service of professional precision. The first redesign came in 1969 with Mark II, Mark III appeared in 1971 and the first electronic clock in the Speedmaster series was born in 1973, his name was Speedsonic. We highlight the Automatic Speedmaster of 1987, a skeleton clock of 1992, evidently the anniversary editions every year ends in 7 and the X-33 of 1998, focused on professional drivers. Finally the X-33 Si2 used in the project Solar Impulse and the Speedy Tuesday designed to be sold online and exhausted within 4 hours of its presentation, make it clear that a Speedmaster will never go out of style.
2017 – the trilogy and special models
Inspired by motor sport, and particularly in a historical sports timer dating back to 1968, the piece sports a 44.25 mm diameter box, it is made of stainless steel with polishing that refer us to the aerodynamic lines of a high- Speed, while the ceramic bezel boasts applications in Liquidmetal®, material that will guarantee the durability and beauty of the graduated tachymeter scale at this site. In addition, it is hugged to the pulse by a leather strap with orange rubber lining and micro-perforations, which will help increase the resistance and also to ventilate the skin of those who use it.
Inside it is a caliber automatic Chronograph Master Chronograph 9900, a caliber that has stood out by the standards of resistance and precision, but also is amagnetic and has Master Chronometer certification by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology.
Speedmaster 38 mm
For her, it is a new reference with a measured size that offers sportsmanship and elegance in the same watch. It has a “capuccino” touch that invites you to be worthy of your collection. The case is made of 18-carat SednaTM steel and gold, the brand’s patented alloy and contrasts with a brown leather strap. He wears a bezel with diamond pavé setting that has a tachymeter scale in a matching aluminum inner ring.
The duality of the piece is ideal to use on a casual weekend, with friends, or also to behave during a celebration. The counters are oval and the needles have luminescent treatment that will stand out in any light condition. Powered by the OMEGA 3330 caliber with Co-Axial technology and silicon exhaust, it has an excellent warranty for up to 4 years from the moment of purchase.
Omega 1957 Trilogy
Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster were launched in 1957, three masterpieces of the House and that seek to recover those aesthetic glories of the past but, through new materials and capabilities.
These instruments hold true to the spirit of the original 1957, the three watches have cases of polished and brushed noble steel and wear black covers. The noble steel bracelets have become more solid and have an OMEGA logo retro style.