Swiss watch barnd OMEGA re-introduces the legendary Speedmaster Mark II timepiece which was originally launched in 1969; the same year the man set foot on the lunar surface. The astronauts who took those first steps on the lunar surface were equipped with OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronographs and in 1969, to celebrate this achievement OMEGA introduced the Speedmaster Mark II timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound calibre 1861 found inside the Moonwatch.
This year OMEGA has reintroducing a contemporary version of the classic Speedmaster Mark II with a new automatic movement and tachymetric scale that is visible in the most limited light – a first in the iconic Speedmaster family.
The polished and brushed stainless steel case is barrel-shaped and has a polished crown and pushers. A date corrector is located at 10 o’clock on the case. The dial is complete with the three recognisable sub-dials: a 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock, 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock and small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. A flat scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the matt black or grey dial.
The transparent tachymetric scale on the sapphire crystal is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova. The varnished white and black hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova as is the central chronograph hand.
The Speedmaster Mark II is also available in a grey dial version featuring a fluorescent orange central chronograph seconds hand and a matching minute track. The case is fitted with a brushed stainless steel bracelet, complete with OMEGA’s patented extendable foldover rack-and-pusher clasp. The watch is presented with a tool that makes adjusting the date quick and easy.
The new Speedmaster Mark II is powered with the Co-Axial calibre 3330, a self-winding movement equipped with an Si14 silicon balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism. The new OMEGA Speedmaster Mark II is water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet) and is delivered with a full four-year warranty.