Just announced: 2014 will mark the reintroduction of the original 1969 Omega Speedmaster Mark II, a timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound caliber 861 found inside the famous Moonwatch. The 2014 version of this classic timepiece has been updated to include an automatic mechanical movement and luminous tachy scale – a first in the iconic Speedmaster family (see image below). The watch will be issue in two version: a traditional Speedy black dial, and the grey dial with fluorescent orange accents.
The stainless steel case has a predominantly brushed finish, with polished crown and pushers; there is also a date corrector on the case side at 10 o’clock (comes with setting tool, too). The dial has the familiar 3/6/9 layout: 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock.
You can see here that the transparent tachymetric scale on the sapphire crystal is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova. And the white and black hour and minute hands are coated with Super-Lumi- Nova as is the central chronograph hand.
For Omega Speedmaster fans who prefer the iconic design with a bit of color, the Speedmaster Mark II with the grey dial features 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 Lumiclasp.
Distinguishing the new Speedmaster Mark II from the 1969 watch that inspired it is the Co-Axial calibre 3330, a self-winding movement equipped with an Si14 silicon balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
This watch will officially be unveiled at Baselworld 2014 which starts on March 27. Retail price for the Omega Speedmaster Mark II watches will be $6,250. Looks like a winner!