The New
Speedmaster

Words by Cody Grimes

There’s no doubt the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most famous watches of all time. On (Speedy) Tuesday, January 5th, Omega announced a ‘new’ Speedmaster with an upgraded movement, refreshed bracelet, and vintage details that collector’s lust after. To the untrained eye, both the old and incoming Speedmaster are quite similar, but the small details add up to a completely new watch. Here’s a rundown of our favorite things about the new reference 310.30.42.50.01.001:

 

The Movement

 

The new Speedmaster sports an updated manually wound chronograph movement (cal. 3861) that earns Master Chronometer status from METAS. That means the new Moonwatch achieves 0/+5 seconds-per-day accuracy, much improved from the -1/+11 seconds-per-day the outgoing cal. 1861 was capable of. 

 

The Bracelet

 

This may be our favorite feature of the new watch. Omega has taken design cues from the ref. 1479 bracelet with no polished center links (the sapphire model retains this) and a vintage-correct taper to 15mm at the clasp. The stamped clasp nicely rounds out the best features of the new bracelet.

 

The Little Things

 

-The tachymeter bezel, still in black aluminum, sports the vintage dot-over-90 ‘DON’ as well as the dot-diagonal-to-70.

 

-Steel Moonwatches continued to be offered with choice of crystal, hesalite and sapphire. The new cal. 3861 is finished nicely in both choices with the sapphire model providing you a view of the movement through the caseback.

 

-The Omega symbol, printed on previous models, gets an applied upgrade to the sapphire crystal version of the new reference. 

 

How Do I Get One?

 

JB Hudson is honored to be a trusted partner of Omega, being an authorized dealer for several decades. Contact a member of our sales team to get a new Speedmaster on your wrist today!

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