As a preview of Baselworld 2017 novelties, Omega introduced the new Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, a classic variation of the Speedmaster with a distinctive minute-track style which first appeared on a 1968 Speedmaster model.
The new model is characterised by a matt-black dial with orange markings and bevelled white gold arrowhead indexes that are filled with white Super-LumiNova.
The subdials have also been slightly expanded for improved readability and the 44.25 mm stainless steel case is thinner than previous versions thanks to the work done on the sapphire crystal in particular.
The polished ceramic bezel features a brushed Liquidmetal tachymeter scale as well as distinctive orange wording that matches the colour of the varnished hands and tip of the seconds hand.
The robust black leather strap 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.
The Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer is powered by the Calibre 9900, a self-winding chronograph movement with column wheel mechanism and Co-Axial escapement. The 2 barrels mounted in series guarantees 60 hours of power reserve.
The Master Chronometer certification guarantees that the watch and its movement have been tested at the industry’s highest level, passing all 8 tests set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS):
1. Average daily precision of the watch over 4 days and in real life wearing conditions.
2. Function of cosc-approved movement during exposure to 15,000 gauss magnetic field.
3. Function of the entire watch during exposure to 15,000 gauss magnetic field.
4. Deviation of daily precision after exposure to 15,000 gauss magnetic field.
5. Water resistance.
6. Power reserve.
7. Deviation of rate between 100% and 33% of power reserve.
8. Deviation of rate in six positions.