Swiss luxury watchmaker started the year with a bang as it released the Canopus gold alloy Omega Speedmaster based on the original CK2915 reference. The watch marked the revival of the Lemania-based calibre 321 as well. Looks like the watch brand is following up on this release with a set of brand-new Omega Speedmaster ’57 timepieces with a manually-wound movement.
The Brand New Omega Speedmaster ’57 With a Manual Movement
Omega has announced a complete revamp of the two-register Speedmaster ’57 series, a sub-series under the Speedmaster family first launched in 2013. The new watches are based on ref. CK 2915-X, and although they incorporate new upgrades, the aesthetic package remains more or less the same.
The most eye-catching highlight here is the presence of a new manually-wound chronograph movement, the Omega caliber 9906. It is certified as a Master Chronometer by METAS, features twin mainspring barrels mounted in series resulting in a whopping 60-hour power reserve, and comes with a column wheel.
The Thinnest Case Among All Manually Wound Omega Movements
What’s really interesting here is the size. A 14 ligne movement, approximately 31.5 mm in diameter, the caliber 9906 has a thickness of merely 6.4 mm, which makes it thinner than the Omega caliber 3861 which is 6.7 mm in height, the Sellita SW 510 M, which is 7 mm in height, and the Breitling B09, which is 6.73 mm in height.
The Omega Speedmaster ’57 case has also been re-touched to closely resemble the profile of the original Ref. CK 2915. That means straight lugs with zero facets, absent crown guards, and a symmetrical case band, all elements that are just like the original CK 2915.
A Speedmaster Watch with Upgrades
The dial features yet another original, the classic “Broad Arrow” handset, as well as sunken hour markers (on the black dial.) The watches have the same shade of vintage-hued Super-LumiNova that is seen in previous Speedmaster ’57 references. The green, burgundy, and blue dial variants, however, all feature white Super-LumiNova and applied hour markers.
You’re now able to pick between four options, including archetypal black and blue, or you can go a bit wild and opt for a rich shade of burgundy or dark green.
The Omega Ref. CK 2915 is a cult classic. There is no way around the fact that the watch is a huge hit in auction houses and it will continue to be so. So, the fact that Omega is willing to launch a watch that is not only a replica of the original reference but also has a new-age manually wound movement thinner than all the previous versions, says a lot about the brand and its vision regarding the timepiece’s legacy.
When the Omega Speedmaster ’57 was released in 2013, it lacked a lot of things such as the ‘Broad Arrow’ handset, among others. This release, however, not only includes the handset but also other features that give a holistic vintage vibe, making it a serious option for vintage watch enthusiasts.
The new Master Chronometer manual-winding calibre 9906 looks simply fantastic as well. The moderate 40 mm × 12.99 mm dimensions make the new Speedmaster ’57 even smaller than the mainstream Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 3861.