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1957 Cal. 9300 Speedmaster In Basel

  1. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    Very nice IMO. I now find myself considering purchasing both this and the Dark side chronograph! As big a miss as I thought the Connie Sedna is, this pair is a homerun!! Kudos to omega!

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  2. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    Oh hell yes! That first one in particular looks awesome!
     
  3. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    This probably also marks the final phase out of the Cal 33x3 series chronographs with these two replacing the existing broadarrow models.
     
  4. LouS

    LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    A lot to be said for the classic two subdial layout, even if not classic for the Speedmaster.
     
  5. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    This one I'll take :thumbsup:
     
  6. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    BASELWORLD 2013 - The Speedmaster ’57
    Since it was launched some 56 years ago, the OMEGA Speedmaster has defined the classic chronograph. It is rugged and reliable and has a timeless design. And while it has been distinguished by its association with numerous missions in space, including all six lunar landings, it was born more than a decade before the first human beings set foot on the Moon.
    This year, OMEGA introduces the Speedmaster ’57 OMEGA Co-Axial Chronograph, an innovative new member that salutes its legendary ancestor but which has been designed to experience new adventures of its very own.

    Among the subtle nods to the very first OMEGA Speedmaster from 1957 are the straight lugs extending from the watch case and the bracelets which recall that iconic chronograph.

    The OMEGA Co-Axial movement at the heart of the Speedmaster ’57
    The Speedmaster ’57 models are powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial calibres 9300/9301 – the first of OMEGA's exclusive in-house Co-Axial calibres to incorporate a chronograph function.

    The column-wheel chronograph has 12-hour and 60-minute counter hands placed on the same sub-dial at 3 o'clock. This familiar arrangement of the hands, which recalls the hour and minute hands on the main dial, enables intuitive reading of the chronograph. It also has a central chronograph seconds hand, a small seconds hand on the sub-dial at 9 o'clock and a date window at the 6 o’clock position.

    The two chronograph control pushers function totally independently – accordingly, there is no risk to the chronograph mechanism as a result of inadvertent manipulation.

    The Co-Axial calibres 9300/9301 are also equipped with a silicon balance spring. Silicon is non-magnetic so it is not influenced by magnetic fields. This quality combined with the excellent resilient coefficient of silicon allows the balance springs, which are etched on a silicon wafer, to deliver improved chronometric performance. Silicon also has a very low fatigue influence and ages slowly. The outstanding reliability delivered by the combination of Co-Axial technology and the silicon balance spring is such that OMEGA delivers its Co-Axial watches equipped with silicon balance springs with a full four-year warranty.

    A dynamic range of options
    The Speedmaster ’57 has been created with a 41.50 mm case available in a choice of metals, including 18K red or yellow gold, lightweight titanium, a fashionable bicolour blend of 18K red gold and stainless steel or in classic stainless steel. Each model is presented with either a matching bracelet or a stylish leather strap.

    The Speedmaster ’57 in glittering 18K gold
    The most elegant members of the Speedmaster ’57 family are offered in a choice of 18K red or yellow gold. The 18K red gold model is presented either on a matching bracelet or a black leather bracelet while the 18K yellow gold version is outfitted with a matching bracelet or a brown leather strap. The dials are either black or silvery and are defined by their pure, understated design. There are two sub-dials instead of the three normally associated with Speedmaster, an eye-catching distinction made possible by the innovative placement of the 12-hour and 60-minute counters in the same sub-dial at 3 o’clock allowing a comfortable and intuitive chronograph reading. The 18K gold applied indexes are coated with Super-LumiNova. There is a black tachymetric scale on the brushed 18K gold bezel.

    The Speedmaster ’57 models in 18K gold are equipped with the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9301 with a special luxury finish and an 18K red gold rotor and balance bridge.

    A Speedmaster in lightweight titanium!
    The Speedmaster ’57 has also been created in grade 5 titanium. This lightweight model has a white dial with distinctive blued hands. It is powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9300 and presented on either a titanium bracelet or a leather strap.

    A fashionable bicolour Speedmaster
    Bicolour watches have enjoyed a recent revival and the Speedmaster ’57 model in 18K red gold and stainless steel makes a bold fashion statement while retaining its pure Speedmaster DNA. It is presented on a leather strap.

    Recalling an icon: the Speedmaster ’57 in stainless steel
    The Speedmaster ’57 OMEGA Co-Axial Chronograph has a 41.50 mm case in the classic stainless steel that has always been associated with the Speedmaster Professional. This model has a wide range of dial options, including black or blue PVD with rhodium-plated indexes, silver-coloured with 18K red-gold applied indexes. The stainless steel Speedmaster’ 57 models are offered on a brown leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet.

    Carrying on a legacy
    The Speedmaster ’57 OMEGA Co-Axial collection is a welcome addition to the great Speedmaster family. With its choice of case metals, its advanced movement and its legendary family name, it will find an enthusiastic following among Speedmaster fans who wish to honour the impressive legacy of an iconic chronograph by combining it with the best series-produced mechanical watch movement in the world
     
  7. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    You know what REALLY makes this watch for me is the bracelet! Its not a typical Speedmaster bracelet, its a flat link with polished center links, with a very close similarity to the 1039 and earlier Speedmaster bracelets. That is a REALLY nice touch.

    The other cool part, its a 41.5mm case size which is vary reasonable, and basically the same as the moonwatch and a very wearable size at that!
     
  8. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    It's a 41.5mm case! A conscious rebellion against the public urge to supersize everything!
     
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  9. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    Well Dennis is still going to be all 41.5mm! That's a monster! But really 40-42mm is the correct sports chronograph size.

    This very strong showing for new Omega chronographs also co-incides with the 50th anniversary of Rolex's Daytona, which they're probably going to slap a ceramic bezel on and up the price of to commemorate.

    But these new Speedys really are something special, the first one in the traditional '57 design with that polished centerlink bracelet and black dial will do me VERY nicely indeed...
     
  10. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Apr 22, 2013

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    No, I'm okay with that size - not personally, but it's much more reasonable than the 44+ mm models recently released. Show me that first one <39.5 mm and I might snag one.
     
  11. alam

    alam Apr 22, 2013

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    Decisions, decisions. Dunno but those blue hands on white background do score some extra points on my board. The brown leather ads extra zist to its presence. grr just when you tell yourself no more chronos.. :)
     
  12. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    16734-ca219868c280b59da2ed686ba75ec59b.jpg Speedmaster_Vintage FOIS.jpg

    Interesting, wonder how the case specs compare in real life.
     
  13. alam

    alam Apr 22, 2013

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    is the one with three sub dials the cal 9301?
    ::confused2::
     
  14. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    Its the FOIS Cal 1861
     
  15. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    Or, in other words, what's the lug space on the '57? One would think they would go 20mm? The FOIS of course is 19mm.
     
  16. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 22, 2013

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    Just looking at it, the clasp might be a butterfly style like the Aqua Terra
     
  17. Privateday7

    Privateday7 quotes Miss Universe Apr 22, 2013

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    Very sharp watches. I think it is the right move by Omega to retire 33XX and focus on 93XX. The size trend now coming back to sense with 38mm-42mm as main stream. Gone is the Railmaster XXL era. Even 44-45.5 mm looks a bit too much.

    I hope the clasp is NOT Aqua Terra butterfly style. It is one weakness of Aqua Terra line.
     
  18. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Apr 22, 2013

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    I can deal with the butterfly clasp - I want micro-adjustments!
     
  19. Privateday7

    Privateday7 quotes Miss Universe Apr 23, 2013

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    Nobody make one in modern watch anymore? All depend on those strange half link ::rant:
     
  20. Robert-Jan

    Robert-Jan Editor of Fratellowatches.com Apr 23, 2013

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    Oh man, the bracelet on that Speedmaster '57 would be an absolute no-go for me. I understand that it needs to ressemble the 1039 (or 7077) bracelet, but the design is definitely not the same... looks like an Oyster bracelet.