Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial

Omega Speedmaster Racing Dial Watches

It was the famous moon landing that propelled the Speedmaster to mainstream consciousness – but it was, first and foremost, a racing watch. In 1957, it debuted to serve the needs of motorsport enthusiasts as they pushed their race cars to the limit.

While the MoonWatch is still front and center in the Speedmaster collection today, Omega has never forgotten the origins of the Speedy, and “racing dials” have always been present in the lineup. Here’s a look at modern versions of the Omega Speedmaster Racing dials:


Omega Speedmaster Racing First Generation Ref. 145.012-69 Watches
Omega Speedmaster Racing First Generation 145.012-69 Watches


Omega Speedmaster Racing Dials Through the Years

Its history is a bit murky but the first Speedmaster with a “racing” dial is thought to have debuted in 1968. Omega created a few Speedmasters with unique hands, dials, and bezels that deviated from the standard Speedmaster formula (white hands, and black dial and bezel).


Omega Speedmaster “Orange Racing” Ref. 145.022 and  Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing dial Ref. 145.014
Omega Speedmaster “Orange Racing” 145.022 and
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing Dial 145.014 


These Racing dials have vivid, contrasting colors on the outer track, which is intended to make the chronograph simpler to read at a glance. Similarly, the hands are in a bright red-orange hue, and most examples seem to feature a running seconds hand of the same color. The running seconds counter and hands also appeared in white.

We’ll see several editions of these dials over the years, most notably the following:

Ref. 145.012-67 Speedmaster ‘Red Racing’ in 1968, which uses the Caliber 321 and features a dot-over-ninety bezel;

Ref. 145.022 ‘Orange Racing’ in 1968, which is characterized by orange paint on the outer track and orange chronograph seconds hand;

Ref. 145.014 Speedmaster Professional Mark II in 1969, also known as the “exotic” dial variant, which was later reissued in 2014;

and the Ref. 3570.40.00 Japan Racing Edition in 2004, which was exclusive to the Japanese market and had the Caliber 1861 at its core.


Omega Speedmaster Japanese Racing Chronograph LE Watch 3570.40.00 and  Omega Speedmaster Professional Tintin Moonwatch 311.
Omega Speedmaster Japanese Racing Chronograph LE Watch 3570.40.00 and
Omega Speedmaster Professional Tintin Moonwatch 311.


All these versions are still sought after in the pre-owned market today and trade significantly more than their retail price.



Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial

When Omega introduced George Daniels’s Co-Axial escapement, a number of racing-inspired Speedmasters followed. These modern editions, released in 2012, do away with the “checkered flag” seconds track on the dial, and add their own twist to the racing dial.


Omega Speedmaster Racing Yellow Hand Steel Mens Watch 326.
Omega Speedmaster Racing Yellow Hand Steel Mens Watch 326.


The first thing you’ll notice about the Speedmaster Racing, other than its striking watch face, is the size. It’s a very appropriate 40mm tribute to the past and appears even smaller because the bezel sits outside of the sapphire crystal. Moreover, its high-contrast dials have a distinct, expansive style characterized by a slimmed outer minute ring and two enlarged sub-dials.

Each of its chronograph registers also features a “clous de Paris” pattern that’s rarely used by OMEGA, further distinguishing the design in the history of both the brand and the Speedmaster family.


Omega Speedmaster Racing Chronograph Mens Watches  326. and 326.
Omega Speedmaster Racing Chronograph Mens Watches
326. and 326.


The modern Speedmaster Racing is available in a wide range of dial colors – including black, red, blue, opaline silver, yellow and white, and yellow and black.



Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer

The current edition of the Speedmaster Racing, introduced in 2017, brought back the checkered watch face and featured an upgraded METAS-certified Master Chronometer movement. Contemporary touches are also apparent on the case, bezel, and dial.


Omega Speedmaster Racing Anti-Magnetic Steel Mens Watch 329.
Omega Speedmaster Racing Anti-Magnetic Steel Mens Watch 329.


The Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer looks and feels much like every other Speedy except for its contemporary dimensions: it clocks in larger at exactly 44.25mm wide, but sits comfortably on the wrist, thanks to a very reasonable sub-15mm height. There’s also a sapphire crystal on both the front and back, allowing wearers to view the movement at work.

Meanwhile, the bezel takes advantage of Omega’s Liquidmetal technology, which allows for the seamless integration of metallic scales and numerals into the ceramic. The word “tachymetre” is in orange, which is considered a subtle nod to the model’s racing heritage.


Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial 44.25 Steel Mens Watches 329. and 329.
Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial 44.25 Steel Mens Watches
329. and 329.



Other Features of the Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer

The Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer also uses a two-register design for the dial with a date window at 6. The brand achieves this by placing the chronograph minutes and seconds on the 3 o’clock sub-dial, thus creating a clean look and improving overall readability. The luminous hands and beveled white gold hour markers offer a crisp contrast, while orange accents add an interesting flair.


Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial 44.25 Sedna Gold 329.
Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial 44.25 Sedna Gold 329.


Under the hood runs Omega’s METAS-certified Master Chronometer movements from the 9000 series. These mechanisms, which include the Caliber 9900, boast a beat rate of up to 4Hz, a 60-hour power reserve, and impressive antimagnetic properties.

An ultra-luxe model was also added to the range in the form of a solid 18k Sedna gold edition. This piece features an 18K Sedna™ gold case on a blue leather strap and a blue ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale in Ceragold™. Inside beats the luxury finished Caliber 9901, which has a gold rotor and bridge.



The Omega Speedmaster Racing is a smart and stylish sports watch that honors the brand’s rich racing legacy. Explore our selection of Omega Speedmaster Racing watches at

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