The new Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph replica exhibits both aesthetic and technological similarities and differences from its precursor the original Speedmaster reference 2915-X and lovers of vintage styled watches are sure to appreciate it.
There have over the past few years been a few Omega Speedmasters recalling the 1957 version. There is the currently still in production “Broad Arrow 1957″ which has a silver dial and uses the 3313 caliber co-axial movement, and then back in 2007 they released two Speedmaster 1957 50th Anniversary models featuring different movements.
Omega has released three really striking watches this year, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, The Bullhead and this one the mens fake Omega Speedmaster ’57 watch. They are all excellent releases that I would have trouble deciding would be my favourite.
Of the models using the 9300 movement this case is the smallest and previous iterations using this movement have been at the much more substantial size of 44mm. This automatic version actually comes in smaller than the Speedmaster Professional with hand wound movement. Its available in yellow and red gold, platinum, bi-color, or steel which matching bracelets which have a new more secure clasp locking mechanism.
So with this model, as you’ve probably guessed, they have drawn inspiration from their original and first Speedmaster design from 1957. When most people think of the Speedmaster they think “moonwatch” but the Speedmaster was in production for over 10 years before it made a name for itself in space, and its this period and design codes that this vintage styled watch draws from.
Its also features a large sapphire caseback and the housing is water-resistant to 100 meters.
This means the sub-dials can be slightly larger and be more intuitively read in this side by side configuration and give the dial appearance a more symetrical balanced feel as well as having the bottom part of the dial left alone for just the date display at 6 o’clock, with a color-matched wheel.
The case features some vintage touches such as straight lugs and no crown guards like the original and the familiar tachymetre bezel with a brushed finish that adds to the vintage look. The Speedmaster ’57 is 41.5mm in diameter which is new size for the Speedmaster line, and while this is quite a bit larger than the original with a size of 38.5mm its a nice size that these days isnt considered too big or too small and should suit the majority of people. A notable exception are the hands which Omega decided would not be the same distinctive “broad arrow” hands used on the Speedmasters from 1957-1959.
Instead for the handset there are more slender but nevertheless quite readable ones that fit with the overall design of the dial nicely. Both the main hands and somewhat unusually the chronograph hands are lumed.
Incidentally the right side sub-dial features a hand with a fairly “broad arrow” on it which could be seen as a subtle reference the hands of the best replica Omega watch.