This year will be a vital year for Omega, as it will be the 60th anniversary of the notable Speedmaster (1957 – 2017) – you know, the Moonwatch, the watch that went on the Moon and that is flight qualified by NASA … As you can envision, the inquiry won’t be if Omega will launch or not some devoted watches, to commemorate this celebration. They will, no discussion! The central issue is: what will they dispatch at Baselworld 2017? What could be the Speedmaster 60th Anniversary? We, at Monochrome, couldn’t let such a chance to make predictions without an answer. Furthermore, here is our vision for the conceivable Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary…
The Original 1957 Omega Speedmaster CK2915
The story behind what is today one of the 5 most notable watches at any point made began in 1957, with the reference CK2915, a definitive vessel for each authority of Speedmasters. This watch was important for an assortment of 3 pieces, the notable 1957 set of three: CK2913 Omega Seamaster 300, CK2914 Omega Railmaster and CK2915 Omega Speedmaster. The name ‘Speed‘ was picked in light of the tachymeter ring that encloses the dial (this was really a world-premiere, as the Speedmaster was the absolute first chronograph to remove the tachymeter from the dial and to have it on a bezel, outside the precious stone). The remainder of the name follows Omega’s show: ‘Expert’ was utilized for expertly situated watches. However, don’t call this watch Moonwatch, as it’s just in 1969 that it acquired this title. Neither one of the its ought to be named Professional, as it came on the dial just in 1963 (with the ST105.012). For a greater amount of such subtleties, if it’s not too much trouble, investigate our top to bottom history of the Speed …
The 1957 Omega Speedmaster CK2915 is portrayed by numerous subtleties, the principle one being the metallic bezel with engraved tachymeter scale (later models will show a bezel with dark aluminum decorate and white printed scale). At that point, you’ll locate the ordinary straight lugs (that can be found on all early models, from 1957 to 1963), with no crown or pushers assurance, with a case estimating 39mm. At that point, the dial is unadulterated, implying that it just shows “Omega” and “Speedmaster” just as the applied ω at 12. The dial is level (not ventured) and shows the typical 3 counters. For the hands, the principal Speedmaster accompanied the famous Broad Arrow hands (just found on this early model), a straight metallic second hand and 3 white Alpha hands for the sub-counters.
To sum up the CK2915:
- steel bezel with engraved tachymeter scale
- straight carries, no crown protection
- smaller diameter
- clean dial with “Omega Speedmaster” only
- metallic Broad Arrow hands and white Alpha hands in sub-counters
That’s precisely what we’d like to find in the upcoming Speedmaster 60th Anniversary (and, in all honesty, that’s what we’ll bring to you…)
Our Vision of What could Be The Speedmaster 60th Anniversary
For Baselworld 2017, we expect (and wish…) Omega to be pretty much as loyal as conceivable to the first 1957 Speedmaster CK2915. Truth be told, it could possibly be the situation, taking a gander at the past watches the brand appeared, all dependent on recorded models. Recollect in 2012, Omega dispatched a vintage-situated release named the First Omega in Space . This watch was really founded on the CK2998 that Walter ‘Wally’ Schirra was wearing on the third of October 1962, during the ‘Sigma 7’ mission of the Mercury Program. This watch, property of the space traveler, was the primary Omega to reach Space.
The 2012 Speedmaster FOIS showed great advancement compared to the old style Moonwatch: a more modest breadth (39.7mm), straight hauls, no crown insurance, explicit Alpha hands, applied Ω logo and a dial with insignificant engravings. This numbered release (non-restricted and still in the catalogue) made the way for upcoming generally based models. Afterward, in 2015, Omega presented a gold panda adaptation lastly, at Baselworld 2016, they accompanied the CK2998 , again a vintage-roused piece with a similar 39.7mm case, in light of old “lollipop” watches, yet with a cutting edge blue dial and bezel (in ceramic).
What about our prediction? For the Speedmaster 60th Anniversary, we anticipate that Omega should utilize this equivalent vintage “straight” case, yet with a more reliable translation. Consequently, we find back the 39.7mm steel case, with straight and sloped hauls, projecting pushers and crown, cleaned level surfaces and brushed casebands. What’s new is the utilization (obviously) of Broad Arrow hands for the hours and minutes, a metallic second hand, white Alpha hands for the 3 sub-counters, the moderate logo and engravings and a matte dial (which obviously won’t be ventured). Only for the event, a “1957-2017” inscription could be added. Presently outwardly, we’d like this possible Speedmaster 60th Anniversary to highlight a similar bezel as the first 1957 Speedmaster CK2915, which means a brushed steel bezel with engraved and dark painted tachymeter scale (with “tachymètre base 1000” as the original).
What could be our main dream about the Speedmaster 60th Anniversary? There’s something that will absolutely never occur, however that could be basically past cool: the re-presentation of the section wheel type 321 (Lemania-based). This will positively stay a fantasy, as the Speedmaster didn’t utilize this development since the finish of the 1960s (when the brand presented the 145.022 with the cam-worked type 861). As all releases dependent on this 39.7mm, our conceivable Speedmaster 60th Anniversary could simply be fitted with the 1861 physically twisted movement… But who knows, we’re all permitted to dream a bit.