Omega Speedmaster ’57 Review

When one mentions the Omega Speedmaster, the image that comes to mind is the MoonWatch – the timepiece worn by NASA astronauts on lunar missions. The stainless steel, asymmetrical case and black dial with three chronograph registers is ingrained in our vision as the Speedmaster.

It must not be forgotten though, that before it reached the moon, the Speedy was a watch for men who reckoned time in seconds. Built for race car drivers, the very first Speedmaster, the CK2915, introduced many elements that we see in racing watches today.

In 2013, Omega reached into their archives and released a tribute to this all-time classic. Let’s take a closer look at the Omega Speedmaster ’57 collection.

 

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Omega Speedmaster CK2915, Omega Speedmaster 57 of 2013 and 2015

 

The original Omega Speedmaster from 1957

The first ever Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957 with the reference CK2915. One of the most distinct sport watches to ever be created, it was the first to feature the tachymeter on the bezel, a clever solution that was eventually copied by the rest of the industry, including the Rolex Daytona that was launched in 1963.

The CK2915 already had the unmistakable features of the classic Omega chronograph as we know it today: the tachymeter scale printed on the bezel, the recessed sub dials in the 3-6-9 position, the signature below 12 o’clock and the screw-down caseback. It also notably featured “broad arrow” hands and short, straight lugs — features that we see sporadically in the history of the Speedmaster.

 

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Original Omega Speedmaster CK2915 (photo: Bukowski’s Auction House)

 

It was also one of the first Omega watches to use the famed Caliber 321 movement, Omega’s execution of the Lemania 2310, a workhorse manual wind column-wheel chronograph used by the most revered watch companies in the 20th century.

 


 

The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Collection

For Baselworld 2013, Omega presented a modern take on the historic 50+ year old design. The Omega Speedmaster ‘57 collection is an aesthetic emulation of the original CK2915 – an unabashedly retro watch in a modern package.

Among the subtle nods to the CK2915 were the straight lugs leading from the watch case to the bracelet, the crown-guard-less polished case, a brushed stainless steel tachymeter bezel and alpha hands in the sub dials.

 

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Omega Speedmaster ’57 in Steel with Broad Arrow hands

 

Some changes are also apparent. The case measures 41mm, larger than the original 38.5 mm. Instead of three subdials, the Speedmaster ’57 has two, made possible by the placement of both the 12-hour and 60-minute counters in the 3 o’clock register. The second sub dial at 9 o’clock keeps track of the running seconds.

Timekeeping and chronograph duties are delivered by the caliber 9300/9301 automatic movement, the first of Omega’s Co-Axial calibers to incorporate a chronograph function. This revolutionary movement is visible through the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback.

 

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Omega Speedmaster ’57 in Steel with Broad Arrow hands

 

Some say that the Speedmaster ’57 was perfect in every way, except that it didn’t have the most distinguishing feature of the original Speedy – the broad arrow hands used in the CK2915.

Two years after, Omega changed that by introducing a re-edition of the steel Speedmaster ’57 with the famous broad arrow hands. Also noticeable was the addition of the faux patina on the hands and markers.

 


 

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Omega Speedmaster ’57 in Steel and Steel and Rose Gold

 

A dynamic range of options

Aside from the Speedmaster ’57 revival with the broad arrow hands, the collection now comes with a choice of metals including 18k yellow or rose gold, lightweight titanium, and a versatile blend of yellow or rose gold with stainless steel.

The stainless steel variations also come with different dial combinations, such as black with steel markers, silver with rose gold markers, or blue with red accents.

Each model is presented with a matching steel bracelet or a stylish Barenia leather strap in light or dark brown. As Speedmaster watches are not typically offered with leather straps, these offer a handsome alternative.

 


 

The distinct vintage elements of the Omega Speedmaster ’57 give it a solid place in any watch collection. Explore our collection of Omega Speedmaster ’57 watches at SwissWatchExpo.com

 

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