Omega Speedmaster Mark II Review an updated iconic 1969 Speedmaster Mark II. Omega won the race to the moon when Buzz Aldrin too his first step to the Moon, together with his Speedmaster. Since then, Omega ‘Moonwatch’ name was cased in concrete to The Omega Speedmaster Professional. The Story of The Moonwatch remains the most adventurous and amusing story in the world of wristwatch.
The Omega Speedmaster Mark II was introduced in Baselworld 2014. 45 years apart since it was first introduced, but most of the style case has remained faithful to the original design. Instead, you will find that most of the changes are on the inside (including an in-house co-axial movement).
Just as the original Omega Speedmaster Professional, Mark II series have a few variations available as well. The Mark II Co-Axial 2014 models has the Black dial version, The racing dial version, and finally the Omega Speedmaster Mark II Olympic Game Rio 2016 edition.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Review
As you can see, there are not too much adjustments to the design on the Speedmaster Mark II. The dial maintains monochromatic, with subdued white hour marker and hands with a dark grey backdrop. If you are looking for a “racing dial”, Omega Mark II has a steel gray and orange center chronograph seconds hand version of it. If you take another look at it, you will notice that the racing track slightly differ from the original. It had a red outer track and an orange color Omega logo at 12 o’clock position. Another difference you can see from the dial is the wording used. However, the biggest difference is the Omega Speedmaster Mark II has a date window.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Review – On the Movement
The new Omega Speedmaster Mark II is using a different movement from the original Mark II. The original 1969 Speedmaster Mark II used Omega’s Calibre 861, while the 2014 Omega Mark II uses a co-axial caliber 3330. This is an automatic movement which uses a column-wheel mechanism, Si14 silicon balance spring and a power reserve of up to 52 hours. Plus it is a COSC-certified chronometer. In case you are wondering, the silicon balance spring is able to increase the movement’s durability.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Review – On the Bracelet
The bracelet is fitted with an Omega’s patented extendable fold-over rack-and-pusher clasp. This patented clasp allows Omega Speed Master Mark II to extend the length of the bracelet up to 9.6mm without removing and links. I think this is the answer to Rolex GlideLock clasp. But in my opinion, aesthetically speaking the Omega’s clasp losses.
In all, the Omega Speedmaster Mark II is a combination of vintage-inspired reissue, and a modern chronograph. For anyone looking to make a statement, this watch is definitely suitable for a person who likes the legacy of Moonwatch design with a little touch of vintage Omega appeal.
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