Anything that Omega can launch within the Speedmaster collection will be immediately compared to the one and only Moonwatch. It’s just the way it is… The original, classic Speedmaster Professional has such a formidable cult status that it has become a benchmark model for everything else Omega creates. And the comparison is hardly objective. But we have to keep in mind that the Speedmaster is more than just one watch; it’s an entire collection of chronographs. And although some might not have the same aura as the Moonwatch, there are nevertheless some true gems in the collection. Case in point; the recently revamped Speedmaster 57. And today, in our latest video, we make that difficult comparison with the Moonwatch. And, yes, it can be a great alternative to the all-time classic Professional model.
Say you’re in the market for a luxury hand-wound watch (yes, because the Speedmaster 57 is no longer an automatic watch, and this is the main evolution compared to the previous generation launched in 2013), with incredibly good specifications and technical solutions, a timeless look and a name that carries more history than anything else on the market? Well, Speedmaster it is. But what kind of Speedmaster? It’s not like the brand offers just one version of its famous chronograph. From the oversized Racing models to the unattainable re-editions with vintage reissued movements or the contemporary versions in ceramic, there’s a lot to choose from. And, of course, there’s the emblematic Moonwatch…
But no, what you want is a watch with slightly more compact dimensions, a vintage-inspired look, faithful references to the past and yet the practicality of a modern watch, with everything you’d expect from an Omega. In this case, the Moonwatch is definitely an option, specifically since the latest facelift includes a Master Chronometer movement. But despite being a classic, the Moonwatch isn’t really vintage-inspired; it’s more of a timeless object that hasn’t changed since the late 1960s. It has a rather cold and technical look. But still, you want something more retro, more charming and also better suited to daily use. Here’s your answer: the recently revamped Omega Speedmaster 57.
We’ve covered the watch on multiple occasions already on MONOCHROME, first when the watch was introduced and later in this more opinionated piece. And this fully reworked version has a lot to offer. It’s a gem of a watch, with so many improvements over the previous generation. Smaller, less bulky, more refined and more balanced than before and equipped with a stunning movement. There’s no room for comparison. So, is this Speedmaster 57 capable of changing your mind when compared to the classic Moonwatch? Is it good enough to at least make you hesitate? I’ll be checking this out in the video (spoiler alert; to me, it does) by looking at this watch in detail and comparing it to a Moonwatch.
For more details, please consult our previous review of the Omega Speedmaster 57 here and check www.omegawatches.com for more details.
Technical specifications – Omega Speedmaster 57 Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Hand-Wound 40.5mm
Case: 40.5mm diameter x 12.99mm height – Lug-to-lug 49.6 mm – stainless steel symmetrical case, brushed and polished – brushed steel bezel, laser-engraved and laser-coloured tachymeter scale – box-shaped sapphire crystal – screwed sapphire caseback – push-pull crown – 50m water-resistant
Dial: Black sand-blasted dial, sandwich construction with luminous plate underneath, coated with beige-coloured Super-LumiNova – broad-arrow hands filled with beige-coloured Super-LumiNova (also available in green, blue or burgundy, with sunray-brushed dial, applied markers and white SLN)
Movement: Omega calibre 9906, in-house – Master Chronometer certified – hand-wound chronograph with column wheel and vertical clutch – 44 jewels – 28,800 vibrations/hour – 60h power reserve – co-axial escapement – 15,000-gauss magnetic resistance – hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with single counter for hours and minutes, date at 6 o’clock
Bracelet: Leather strap with steel pin buckle (20mm at the lugs, 16mm at the buckle) or Flat-Link (20mm at the lugs, 15mm at the clasp) steel bracelet with folding clasp and comfort release (2.3mm extension)
Reference: 3188.8.131.52.01.001 on leather strap
3184.108.40.206.01.001 on steel bracelet
Price: EUR 9,800 on leather strap
EUR 10,200 on steel bracelet