The first run of the Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow seem to have ‘some’ troubles with the movement, a Piguet based Omega caliber 33xx movement. Check out this thread to read more about ‘another’ case of this flaw. Problems of this movement are mainly about the chronograph features, it refuses to reset to zero and/or the chronograph function refuses (to start/stop) at all. Here is a nice overview of the problems. Ofcourse, Omega is willing to repair this flaw (warranty), but it is annoying when you buy a new watch and you find out that it doesn’t work properly after a few hours/days…

However, it seems that the most recent models with the movement don’t have these problems anymore. I hope there is a way to find out (at the dealer) if the watch is indeed brand new or on the shelf for about year……

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  • Chicagoland Chuck Maddox

    Hello RJ, [I’m going to have to investigate Mac OS X bloging software for my use!]

    A couple of observations about the c.3303 and c.3301…

    The early c.33xx models produced by Omega utilized the c.3303 movement. The Broad Arrow (BA Seamaster America’s Cup Chronograph (ACC etc. utilized the c.3303. Last fall, Omega discontinued the ACC and replaced it with what we call the Non-ACC, because it omitted the America’s Cup notation on the dial. The Non-ACC utililizes the c.3301 movement, which supposedly is not quite as highly decorated as the c.3303.

    There had been hopes that the change to the c.3301 might have also signified the inclusion of the revised parts mentioned in Shaun Thorton’s post 9 March 2004. However, since the Non-ACC is a new model (since last fall) it would appear that 1) this is not an “Old Stock” movement and 2) the parts in the Non-ACC movement (c.3301) are either: a) unchanged from the older c.3303 models, b) the parts changed are ineffective in eleviating the issues Shaun covered, or c) the parts have introduced a/more issue(s) into the “mix”.

    In any case, the c.3301 movement, sadly, does not appear to be the “perfected” version of the c.3300 movement series that we had hoped it would be.


    — Chuck