For Baselworld 2017 and in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the world’s most recognised and only NASA approved chronograph, the Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer returns with an iconic racing dial.
Baselworld 2017: Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer
The iconic racing dial of a vintage 1968 Omega Speedmaster finds its way onto the Baselworld 2017 Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer making it one of the more recognisable two register chronographs to have launched at Baselworld, (the other being the recently launched Tudor Black Bay Chronograph which plays up vintage appeal reminiscent of the Speedmaster 1957).
The late 1960s distinctive minute-track design element recalls the Speedmaster’s motor racing rather than space heritage and is now found on the new Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer’s matt-black dial. High contrast orange accents and bevelled 18K white gold arrowhead indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova increase legibility while adding to its vintage appeal as opposed to other Omega two register chronographs like the thoroughly modern Dark Side of the Moon.
Additional design updates like slightly expanded subdials have improved readability and the 44.25mm case is thinner than its predecessors for increased wearability, made possible by improved sapphire caseback. Meanwhile, the robust and sumptuous polished ceramic bezel featuring brushed Liquidmetal tachymeter scale as well as accent orange text serves to act as a complementing design element to the colour of the varnished hands and the seconds hand tip.
The Baselworld 2017 Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer is the latest Speedmaster in the series to achieve Master Chronometer certification, that is to say that the in-house calibre 990 is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) to achieve not just chronometric precision but also robust performance and magnetic resistance of the most stringent standards in the industry to date.
Around the wrist, there is a black leather strap that contains a section of orange rubber through the middle. A milling tool has then been used to create micro perforations through the constructed strap that reveal the orange rubber inside. This perforated design provides the perfect sporty look and also has the benefit of aerating the wearer’s skin.