Introduced in 2002, the Ladies Speedmaster Automatic Reduced collection is dedicated for ladies who have certain expectations in terms of the internal workings and dimensions of a watch, but who nevertheless do not want to surrender feminine aesthetics as a result.
Originally conceived to meet the technical demands of high-speed motor racing drivers, the Speedmaster was a byword for robust, sporty and masculine wrist chronographs. As the only watch to pass all the strict tests for NASA spaceflight qualification for all manned space missions in 1965, the Speedmaster became the first and (as yet) only watch to be worn on the moon when Man took his first steps there on 21 July 1969, turning this humble chronograph into a legend in watchmaking.
With a case diameter of 38.8mm, the Speedmaster was designed primarily to be worn by men. However, its legendary status and universal appeal were such that the first series of the “Speedmaster Reduced”, with slightly reduced dimensions, was equally popular with ladies.
The obvious demand for such a watch led OMEGA to adapt the design of these mid-size (35.5mm case diameter) watches to feminine tastes. The result is the OMEGA Speedmaster Automatic Reduced for ladies, a collection of exclusively feminine models in stainless steel.
The stars in this collection are undoubtedly the two contrasting models with white or black mother of-pearl dials and matching calfskin straps. They have a bezel paved with 49 diamonds, with a further 30 diamonds being used to encrust the hour markers. Other model variations are available in the same colours with a choice of two further calfskin straps in light blue and light grey with the white mother-of-pearl dial.
The OMEGA Ladies Speedmaster Automatic Reduced is also available with diamond-set bezel or polished steel bezel with tachymeter scale, Arabic numerals with or without 12 additional diamond hour markers.
Inside the OMEGA Ladies Speedmaster Automatic Reduced, a heart that beats for those who love mechanical watches: a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, OMEGA calibre 3220, with rhodium-plated finish, Geneva wave decor and a power reserve of 40 hours.
This collection, which mixes the timeless elements of black, white, mother-of-pearl and diamonds with the trendy appeal of pastel colours, naturally comes complete with all the top-quality features of the Speedmaster, including luminous painted hands, a hesalite crystal as used on the original Moon Watch and water resistance to a depth of 30 metres.