Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster ’57 with Co-Axial cal. 9300/9301

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Omega takes inspiration from its archives for the latest generation of Speedmaster, equipped with the cal. 9300/9301 with Co-Axial escapement.

One of the highlights of Omega’s Baselworld line-up, the Omega Speedmaster ’57 has details like straight lugs and even an arrowhead hour register hand, two elements obviously inspired by the 1957 Speedmaster. Inside is the Co-Axial cal. 9300/9301 – the 9300 is used for steel models and 9301 with its gold rotor and balance bridge for the gold models – which is now becoming the standard, in-house movement for mid-range Omega chronographs like last year’s De Ville.  Besides the Co-Axial escapement, the movement also has a silicon balance spring, as well as a four year warranty (all Omega watches with silicon movement parts have longer than usual warranties). This movement has both the hour and minute counters on the same sub-dial at three o’clock, giving the dial a cleaner appearance.

Elapsed hour and minute hands co-axial at three o’clock

With a 41.5 mm case size, the Speedmaster ’57 is available in a diverse array of metals: steel, steel and red gold, titanium, as well as yellow or red gold. Each is available with matching bracelet or leather strap. The closest to the original Speedmaster is the all steel model with black dial.

Omega Speedmaster ’57 in steel with black dial

And the titanium version is worth mentioning, since that alloy is not often used for Speedmasters. The titanium model has a lacquered white dial with blued steel hands and indices. – SJX

Omega Speedmaster ’57 in titanium

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