The New Addition To The Speedmaster Family – The Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph

Besides a new Limited Edition Speedmaster Professional to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Apollo 15 mission (restricted to 1971 pieces), Omega unveiled their latest addition to the Speedmaster family. The Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph. You’ve read it correctly, it says Speedmaster OMEGA Co-axial Chronograph. The emphasis is clearly on their new chronograph in-house caliber 9300 and caliber 9301 movements with co-axial escapement, or as they say in Switzerland ‘L’échappement Co-Axial’.

The difference between the caliber 9300 and 9301 are in the finish of the movement, where the 9301 should be seen as the movement with a luxury finish like a 18ct red gold rotor and balance bridge and blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel.

The Co-Axial escapement has been introduced in 1999 during the BaselWorld exhibition and is probably nothing new for you. However, it seems to have been the first step in a long way to become a manufature watch company. This caliber 9300 and 9301 co-axial (column wheel) chronograph movement also bear a silicon balance spring which is resistant to magnetism and doesn’t wear out any time soon. This, in combination with the co-axial escapement, will probably make sure that it will be a low-maintenance chronograph timepiece. Omega is giving a 4-years warranty on the Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph timepieces.The New Addition To The Speedmaster Family   The Speedmaster Omega Co Axial Chronograph

On with the Speedmaster Omega Co-Axial Chronograph watch! This watch clearly has the Moonwatch DNA, but is different in many ways as well. For instance, the chronograph function is displayed in two registers on the dial instead of the classic tri-compax lay-out at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The sub dial on 3 o’clock displays the hour and minute totalizators and the sub dial on the left shows the ‘normal’ seconds of the time. The large chronograph second hand is operated by the pushers on the right side of the case.

The New Addition To The Speedmaster Family   The Speedmaster Omega Co Axial Chronograph

Also different from the Moonwatch is the use of a date window. This date window is located at 6 o’clock and – thrilled to see this – using a black date disc with white numerals. As you can see, the markers for hours and minutes are similar to those of the Moonwatch dial. This also includes the design of the hands.

The New Addition To The Speedmaster Family   The Speedmaster Omega Co Axial Chronograph

With a case diameter of 44.25mm it is certainly not an extremely big watch for these days, but when compared to the Speedmaster Professional, it differs a bit more than 2mm. The height of the case depends on the case material. This watch is available in stainless steel, 18ct orange(!) gold and platinum. Height is 15.60mm for the stainless steel model and 15.80 for the orange gold and platinum model. The bracelet is a bit larger – or wider – than we are used to. The space between the lugs of the watch is 21mm and it tapers down to 18mm at the clasp. Keep that in mind if you want to put on a custom made strap.

The New Addition To The Speedmaster Family   The Speedmaster Omega Co Axial Chronograph

The platinum version has a black enamel dial and the orange gold version has a black ceramic dial, the stainless steel version has the black bevelled dial similar to the Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’.

Personally, I think Omega succeeded in their mission for a Speedmaster with an in-house co-axial column-wheel chronograph movement. It is not a Speedmaster Professional and certainly no replacement for their icon timepiece. In that aspect, it is a piece of craftsmanship that clearly demonstrates where and what Omega is about these days. I could definitely own a stainless steel Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph besides my vintage Speedmaster Professional, for daily use and wear. The date window comes in handy and the size would suit me perfectly. The only thing I would have to get used to, is the fact that the hour and minute totalizators are combined in one sub dial.

Prices start at 7.300,- CHF for the stainless steel model.

More information can be found at:

www.omegawatches.com

www.facebook.com/#!/omega

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • Rich

    simply beautiful

  • Tfinesz

    that is a masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Serge

    way too big

  • steppxxxxz

    It may just be me, but Im of the opinion that anything over 42 is too big. The balance and proportion is wrong. Its not just a question of is your wrist large enough, its the proportion of the watch to crown and strap (or bracelet). It looks cartoonish. Rolex’ old datejust were 36mm, and still look fine to me. Ulysse Nardin has 40mm watches, their first generation maxi marine, and they seem almost too big. The current 45 mm are absurd. I think this is a nice watch, if it were 40mm/

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  • Watchman1

    Size is relative, of course. I thought Panerai were obscene, still dislike their movement finishing, but it is getting hard to read my Omegas!! I have always loved the brand and thought it undervalued ( or at least under appreciated) but as I get older and have to squint to read them I tend to look at other brands more. Large watches are ostentatious when you can see them well, but lots of us older guys have the ability  to financially  steer the market a bit, and this is probably what this aberration is about. We can’t see the standard 40mm. watches anymore. I wish that I could, I agree that the proportions are better, both movement/case size and dial size.