In 2014 Omega released a Speedmaster that caught my attention. The watch seen above is referred to as the Speedmaster Mark II (reference# 322.214.171.124.06.001) and was released as a re-edition from 1969. The obvious advantage to the modern reinterpretation of the classic is the Co-axial technology being used in the modern lineup of Omega timepieces.
The case measures 42.4 x 46.2 mm in diameter and has a satin brushed stainless steel case as well as bracelet. The case is tonneau and tapers to an oval shape to the sides of the hooded lugs and does a great job of pulling off the vintage case design that was popular in the late 60’s and early 70’s seen in a plethora of sporty racing inspired chronographs.
An interesting design feature of this watch is the tachymeter scale which goes right to the edge of the case and is placed under the sapphire crystal. The scale has a cool feature it glows a nice deep green in the dark due to it being treated with lume and gives it a unique look in low lighting conditions.
The overall look and feel of this watch is awesome. The charcoal black dial and red applied markers and chronograph seconds hand make for a strong contrast and gives this piece a great sporty feel to it.
The movement being used is the Omega caliber 3330 and it’s a self-winding chronograph with column-wheel mechanism and co-axial escapement for greater precision, stability and overall durability of the movement. The balance spring is made from Si14 or silicon thus allowing the watch to be less affected by temperature changes as well as magnetism.
The movement is chronometer rated ensuring that it will keep great time over the course of many years to come. The technology being used in this watch is a great direction for Omega as it offers a lot of watch for your money. This watch comes with a full four year warranty (on the movement) which few other brands in the industry can offer, given that the standard tends to be two years international for the vast majority of brands these days.
The asking price for the Speedmaster Mark II is $6,250.00 and with the current state of the higher valuation of the Swiss Franc recently, expect the USD as well as CAD prices to increase in the months to come.
The watch comes in two variations one with white applied markers and the model seen above with the red. I am pleased with the direction that Omega has been taking when it comes to re-editions. This is an Omega Speedmaster in a modern format with just the right splash of vintage feel to it.