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The year 2013 was big for the Speedmaster. It introduced more new models than what was anticipated, and they all impressed in their own ways. The Omega Speedmaster ‘57 had its fair share of attention even when side by side with the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon and the White Side of the Moon. It struck the sweet spot when it comes to the vintage watch—it has just enough to interest hardcore watch enthusiasts while still appealing to younger or more casual fans.
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Release Year: 2013
Retail Price: US$9,000.00
The Omega Speedmaster ’57 takes inspiration from the Moonwatch but spun in a way that would still appeal to modern tastes. It shares some traits with other Speedmasters too, in that it has straight lugs and no plexi crystal as well as crown guard. There are different dial colors to choose from, obviously to accommodate more tastes. The number only grew more in the succeeding years.
- Movement: Swiss automatic
- Caliber: Omega Calibre 9300
- Power reserve: 60 hours
- Case material: stainless steel
- Case dimension (diameter x thickness): 41.5mm x 16mm
- Water resistance: 100m/330ft
- Functions: date, hour, minute, second, chronograph, chronometer
The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Chronograph is a vintage-looking watch, but it is not designed to appeal to purists and fans of Omega’s long history alone; the retro elements are balanced in such a way that it would not alienate casual consumers looking for a handsome watch. The first release in 2013 already saw different options in colors, and some more were added in the following years. Yet, it looks dashing in all forms, and the finishing is nothing less of what one would expect from the world renowned watchmaking company. Legibility is not a problem, and the lume is at par with that on other Omega watches. Its movement, the Omega Caliber 9300, is notable despite being widely mass-produced. It has the co-axial escapement, a column and silicon balance wheel, and a COSC certification, which also gives us two subdials and a date display. Omega also made the welcome shift of size in this Speedmaster as the older versions’ 44mm diameter is often subject to contention.
The Caliber 9300 is one of Omega’s most impressive movements, but it is not updated in the same way that others have in that it is yet to feature anti-magnetic properties. The watch does not have the quick-set date either, but these are not we would consider as serious deal breakers. The stainless steel bracelet is thicker than on previous releases, and that may weigh down the wrist. If it is not made to your liking, the watch can be purchased with a leather strap.
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