Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chrono Blue - 30 minutes on the wrist
The Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chrono Blue - ref 318.104.22.168.03.001
You haven’t noticed it at Baselworld as we were all focused on the re-issue of the Speedmaster ’57, with its shiny case and straight lugs that recall the first Speedmaster in history, made in 1957. And on the first Omega Speedmaster Co-axial of all times with ceramic case, that Dark Side of the Moon of which we have talked about so much during and after the fair. We have already discussed about the original Speedmaster, in the first article dedicated to the Omega Museum, and that you’ll find here, but what many missed, and that, in a more clever way, Omega could perhaps have made stand up better, is a particular version of its Speedmaster Chrono Co-Axial; the Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chrono Blue ref 322.214.171.124.03.001 in its version with a metal bracelet.
True to their project of developing and moving upmarket the Speedmaster, Omega has achieved the equivalent of the Planet OceanSeamaster Chrono Liquidmetal in the range of Speedmaster, such as a watch in Titanium Grade 5, powered by the manufacture calibre 9300 as per the model in range, with blue dial and ceramic bezel. Not in Liquidmetal, because probably this technology would have altered the aura of immortality of the Speedmaster bezel , but with inserting a ceramic disk with the tachymeter scale embossed on it (Chromium nitride?). Now, if we observe it exclusively from distance and we make it go around in space in various positions, we appreciate the changing effect of the dial when light directly hits it, the pictures speak clearly. It quickly goes from a vivid blue to an almost opac blue to which you can add the distortion effect given by the glass curved on the sides. It is truly attractive.
The case matches the dimensions of the "twin”, 44,25 mm diameter, a height that is comparable to the one of the classic Speedmaster in its steel version and calibre 1861, but with the movement at sight on the back in sapphire convex glass to host the considerable dimensions of the calibre 9300. It has not changed: a chronographic movement with chrono function operated via a column wheel, silicon spring, co-axial escapement, double barrel and bi-directional rotor, decorated at Cotes de Genève. And, obviously, a certified chronometer by COSC. The case is in Titanium grade 5, the alloy that is best used in watch-making, for its characteristic of being polished and brushed, two finishes that cannot be missing, such in the case of steel, with the addition of an advantage in the colour, that is slightly darken and opaque. Another comment on th material and an attempt of convincing all the skeptical ones, there are many: the grade 5 Titanium - we know we will say a banality for the more expert ones, but not all our readers are expert - has two main advantages: it is hypo-allergenic and it is definitely lighter than the steel one, in addition to being used in the aerospace field, and it does add value to your Omega. It does have the disadvantage of being very difficult to work with, an aspect that increases the costs of production and reduces the quantities, thus partially affecting the selling price.
Gaetano C. @Horbiter