Since today’s article is about the 2014 Omega Speedmaster Mark II Co-Axial Cronograph, I remember that one of the first Omega I’ve ever saw, many years ago, was a Speedmaster Mark II from 1970’s. I loved it because it was such a tool watch, truly an instrument, with no fashionable details. Just a high quality utilitarian watch.
The watch I want to present today is the 2014 Omega Speedmaster Mark II which is the re-issued Mark II from 1970’s. This one respects its legacy, being very similar in many aspects like size, shape of case, dial and hands. Of course, there are some updates like sapphire crystal, automatic movement and luminous tachymeter scale under its crystal.
The stainless steel case has a size of 42.4 X 46.2 mm and it has 100 meters water resistance. The crystal is flat and has an antireflective coating on both sides. When looking at it from some angles it looks like it’s not there. The matte black dial has white painted indices which, combined with the white hands forms an absolutely legible and sharp watch dial. The sub-dials recess from the main dial creating a nice 3D look.
The lume applied on the dial, hands and tachymeter scale under the crystal is green in colour and it is present for more than 12 hours. I really like when I wake up in the night and see that the watch still readable.
The movement is the real update – Omega calibre 3330. Based on Valjoux 7753, it is considered in-house since Omega is part of ETA. In order to be Omega 3330, the 7753 was heavily modified, with column wheel, silicon Si14 balance spring and co-axial escapement. Of course it is Chronometer certified. The date is present at 6 o’clock and its quick setting consist in a hidden button at 11 o’clock like in its base movement counterpart.
This watch is very comfortable to wear due to its case. There are some rumors on the internet that NASA’s pilots requested this case shape. They needed a Speedmaster that doesn’t stuck to their costumes. In my opinion, it was just the design lines from 1970’s.
In conclusion, Omega made an outstanding re-issue of a tool watch. Respecting all the good features of the original one, they successfully transitioned this design in modern times.
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