Omega’s Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’ Scales New HeightsWritten by Alvin Wong
Next-gen line-up comes with Master Chronometer certification.
The most iconic and fabled collection in Omega’s canon, the Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’ is now upgraded and certified as a Master Chronometer, catapulting it into the mechanical stratosphere with unparalleled anti-magnetic properties and precision rating.
For those who are unfamiliar with Omega’s Master Chronometers, the range of timepieces that bears this esteemed tag and certification has passed the most stringent of quality control checks performed by both COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) and METAS (Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology). Master Chronometers are among the planet’s most robust and precise watches, with standout performance ratings that include magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss and daily accuracy of 0/+5 seconds.
The new collection of the Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’ is fitted with the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861. Boasting all of the above attributes, the hand-wound chronograph movement with silicon balance spring and 50-hour power reserve.
Aesthetically, the new-gen ‘Moonwatch’ is modelled after the ST 105.012 that was worn by Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969. Speedmaster fans will be familiar with features such as the classic Speedmaster case profile, double bevel caseback, and ‘dot-over-90’ and a dot diagonal to 70 on the aluminium bezel. These signature designs are complemented by subtle upgrades. Beside fabric strap and leather straps, the watches come with the option of new satin-brushed five-link bracelets with polished Omega logo on the clasp to recall those found on vintage Moonwatch. Meantime, the minute track has been redesigned; segmented into three divisions as opposed to five on previous models.
Available in stainless steel with Hesalite or sapphire case, 18K Sedna gold and 18K Canopus gold, the watches come with five-year warranty. Prices start from S$8,700 for the stainless steel model with Hesalite case, and goes up to S$66,350 for the model in 18K Canopus gold.
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