Omega is previewing two new pieces in advance of Baselworld this year. Both timepieces are certified as Master Chronometer’s and are each equipped with new movements. One is a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, with new Omega Caliber 8801. The other, and what we will look at here and now, the new Omega Speedmaster Moonphase with new Omega Caliber 9904. Aside from its new caliber, the watch boasts a beautiful sun-brushed blue dial, ceramic bezel with liquidmetal inlay, and steel case. And, a highly detailed moonphase which Omega notes is so detailed that “a closer look reverals an astronaut’s footprint.”
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Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer
44.25mm x 16.85mm steel case, automatic mechancal Omega Cal 9904 (4hz, METAS “Master Chronometer” certified, 60 hrs power reserve, silicon balance spring, co-axial escapement)
Central hour-minute hands, small-seconds and date hand at 9, Moonphase indication at 6, Central chronograph seconds hand, 60-minute and 12-hour recorder at 3
The new 368-part Caliber 9904 is really top notch in providing the latest technology, and it is nicely finished as well. Practically speaking, it provides chronograph, calendar and moonphase functionality, it is also certified METAS. METAS, if you are wondering, is a certification standard Omega adopted in 2014 whereby Omega takes a COSC-certified chronometer caliber and then passes more tests which replicate real-life wearing conditions and demonstrate resistance to water and magnetic fields. The end result of the METAS cetification process is the “Master Chronometer” designation that Omega is now marketing heavily (read more here).
The moonphase is calibrated to 29.5 days — the lunar month — and requires adjusting once every 10 years.
Official reveal will be in a few months at Baselworld 2016.