Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial

This could not have come at a better time. Why? Well I am looking for a tri-compax design watch for some time and this watch does just that. A bit off topic, but strangely my watch shop calls this design the Mickey Mouse design. I guess I can see why... but back to the watch. 

Omega has updated the Speedmaster with the introduction of the Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial, bring the watch into the next century. The new watch comes with either a silver or black dial and will feature the 'Geneva Waves' pattern more commonly seen decorating watch movements. The sub-dial (chronograph counters) will now have an applied ring encompassing a 'beehive' design. Very modern looking watch. The sub-dials are black on the silver dial and vice-versa on the black dial. Even the hands will follow the same concept.

The Speedmaster will be powered by Omega Co-Axial calibre 3313. This movement is a COSC-certified movement. The movement also offers a column-wheel chronograph mechanism, something you don't see in many modern chronographs. I like. This movement is a robust movement and as such Omega is confident to offer a three year guarantee on the watch. Even the time between service has been increased. The unique aspect of the movement is that it allows the changing of the hour hand independently of the minute and second hands. Great if you travel. Wonder of the date changes forward and backwards with the hour hand. 

Basic specifications:

Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date (4:30 o'clock), chronograph
Case: stainless steel, 44.25 mm diameter
Movement: Omega Co-Axial calibre 3313
Crystal: sapphire
Water resistant: 10 ATM

The watch is expected to retail for USD 6,000 for the alligator strap and USD 100 more for the metal bracelet.

The watch.

The very beautiful dial. The tip of the chronograph second hand is rendered in red as are the tips of the hands on the sub-dial. 

Photographs: Omega

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Now here lies the problem. On a recent holiday I got myself in a position to get a watch that I was no expecting to get. But since it was there in the shop and the price was good, I 'had' to get it. The watch? Here it is....

Yes, the Tudor Heritage Chronograph. This is the version with the black base dial. So looks like the search for the 'Mickey Mouse' watch has to end. No regrets as I do love this watch.

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