Although unattachable from its space watch status, the Omega Speedmaster is a legendary watch with a revolutionary design that was originally purpose-built for the racetrack. Since then, it has become the go-to timepiece for stopwatch timings and has built a heritage anchored around space exploration, with its reputation as the official timepiece for astronauts. Now, joining this Omega Speedmaster line-up is a whole new design. With enhanced functionality compared to original NASA-certified Speedmaster watches, the new Speedmaster Chronoscope is the ultimate tool watch for Omega enthusiasts and comes in a 43mm case size crafted from stainless steel or bronze.
Interestingly, the brand’s journey in creating chronograph watches dates back much further than the birth of the Speedmaster itself – a highly sought-after collectable that will always be considered by its followers as the famous Moonwatch. Omega looks far back into its archives to draw inspiration from the 1930s and 1940s in the creation of the new Speedmaster Chronoscope. It blends two key words together; “Chronos” – the Greek word for time and “scope” – meaning to observe something. In the brand’s terms, however, the Chronoscope is a “device used to accurately determine the duration of a phenomenon”. Added functionality is implemented into the design of the new Speedmaster Chronoscope. In the design of the Moonwatch, for example, a tachymeter surrounds two chronograph counters placed at 3 and 9 o’clock. In the design of the new Chronoscope watch, a tachymeter scale is combined with a pulsometer and a telemeter, incorporated into a spiral track pattern at the centre of the dial.
As an introduction to this new Speedmaster design, let’s take a look at some of the key features of the Chronoscope;
Snail timing scales and leaf-shaped hands
These may seem like small details, but once combined with the rest of the features across the surface of the watch’s design, they give the new Speedmaster Chronoscope a clear nod to the brand’s 1940s designs. The spiral pattern that runs underneath the Arabic numeral track adds a dash of understated elegance to the entire dial whilst also adding a sense of depth – something that has not been seen or used before in modern Speedmaster watches.
The three timing scales
The three concentric timing scales seen towards the centre of each design in the new Chronoscope series offer an intuitive way to measure elapsed time. Whilst the tachymeter scale can measure distance based on speed or speed based on time travelled, the pulsometer scale measures heart rate and the telemeter scale offers a way to measure the distance separating an observer from a phenomenon, which is first visible and then audible, like a storm.
A choice in materials
What cannot be argued about in the design of the new Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope is that the bronze addition certainly adds some old-worldly charm to timekeeping. The material has become an increasingly popular option to seek in a tool watch and is known for its ability to create its very own patina over time. The one-of-a-kind material exudes a pinky hue and is often chosen in the dive watch industry for its remarkable corrosion resistance. Combined with its vintage-inspired brown ceramic bezel with vintage enamel and brown leather strap – this is a timepiece that certainly exudes plenty of charm and character.
The Omega Calibre 9908
The Omega Calibre 9908 is a manual-winding engine that is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). It can offer the highest standards in precision as well as impressive resistance to magnetic forces. The engine has been made viewable from the back of each watch via a lens crafted from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. The movement also offers a 60-hour power reserve.
A look at the new Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope watches
There’s a complete Omega Chronoscope collection to browse within the Speedmaster family. Several are executed in stainless steel, each with different dial colours to complete a unique style of their own. From reverse panda dials to vintage-infused bronze cases, there are plenty of designs to choose from.
The Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope ref 318.104.22.168.02.001 exudes an incredibly classic styling with its silver snail dial design and three deep blue timing rings to match the blue ceramic tachymeter bezel. A 60-minute and 12-hour totaliser are combined at 3 o’clock, whilst a small second sub-dial is located at 9 o’clock. The blue leaf-shaped hands match the hands of both sub-counters – a shade that is also echoed in the deep blue alligator leather strap that completes its elegant look.
The Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope watch ref 322.214.171.124.10.001 is the bronze variant, enhanced by rich a chocolate brown-coloured dial and two silver-filled chronograph counters. The hands and Arabic numerals are executed in rose gold in this design – a sumptuous hue that reflects the watch’s luxurious 18ct rose gold case, equipped with 50-meter water resistance. In particular, the brown ceramic bezel with a “vintage” enamel tachymeter scale is the perfect match for the model’s oxidized bronze dial, complete with a special patina and opaline finish. Omega goes into a little detail on the composition of this special material;
The Omega Speedmaster watch ref 32930435103001 is an incredibly handsome-looking variation, with its deep blue dial enhanced by silver-filled sub-counters and rhodium-plated Arabic numerals alongside leaf-shaped hands. It is the stainless steel bracelet of this Chronoscope watch from Omega’s Speedmaster range that adds a sophisticated finish to the wrist, making it a great option for pairing with more elegant and refined attire by night. The links are executed in a mix of polished and brushed finishes, completed with a folding clasp that has been engraved with the iconic Omega logo.
If you would like further details on the new Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope watch collection, you can explore the range in more depth here, or why not call our dedicated sales team and enquire into a particular watch by calling 0113 201 0512.