First look: 2014 Omega Speedmaster Mark II

It’s that time of year again when the big fellas at Swatch and Richemont release pre-Basel info about their new models and whilst the Speedmaster Mark II is more of an update rather than a new model, it’s sure to get a lot of attention when it debuts at Baselworld.

The Omega Speedmaster Mark II was released in 1969, the same year man stepped foot on the moon and inside it was the same Calibre 861 movement featured in the famous ‘Moon Watch‘. Distinguishing the 2014 model from the 1969 model is a brushed steel tonneau-style case (the case design itself hasn’t changed), an extensive addition of modern Super-LumiNova and of course a new movement.

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The new Speedmaster will utilise the same automatic, in-house, Cal.3330 featured in the Speedmaster Racing model. The movement features a durable Si14 silicon balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism and Omega’s co-axial escapement. The Cal.3330 in the Speedmaster Racing comes with a chronometer certification by Swiss testing agency COSC and a four-year warranty, it’s highly likely the Mark II also will. The updated model will be available with a choice of two dials, a classic grey with white markers and the same grey with bold orange accents.

Prices are yet to be released and will most likely come with the unveiling at Baselworld, but you can be assured with its heritage, retro iconic design and so-called ‘in-house’ movement it’s going to be about as expensive as Omega gets. Nevertheless we’ll be sure to get some wrist shots of it for your viewing pleasure as soon as we can!

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James is the Co-Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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