Press Release – Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957

Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 321.

Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 321.

OMEGA’s launch of the Speedmaster Broad Arrow will appeal to today’s discerning watch buyer in search of luxury, precision and a legendary family name encapsulated in one timepiece. OMEGA’s latest Speedmaster Broad Arrow pays homage to its distinguished Speedmaster family line with its iconic “Broad Arrow” hands but, with a movement upgrade and luxurious details, it enters a new dimension and category of mechanical superiority and artistry.

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Fitted with OMEGA’s exclusive Calibre 3313, this self-winding movement is equipped with the Co-Axial escapement offering even greater reliability and accuracy. In tune with the sophisticated nature of this timepiece, the case and bracelet have been crafted in a choice of metals including a stunning combination of 18-carat red gold and stainless steel. Embellishing the three gold models of the watch even further is the innovative “screw and pin” bracelet, an ingenious system for the rapid adjustment of the length of the bracelet.

The year 1957 was a groundbreaking one for OMEGA. The original Speedmaster – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – formed a trio of OMEGA débuts along with the Railmaster and the Seamaster 300. All three watches were high-precision timepieces designed for professional assignments and offered similar performance and aesthetic features with black dials, very robust cases and stainless steel bracelets. This year’s model has inherited some characteristic traits of the Speedmaster line with its distinct arrowhead hands, curved and facetted horns and tachymeter scale on the bezel, but it has been reinterpreted in opulent materials and details.

All three versions of the dial, in sleek black, elegant silver and rich, chocolate brown display the timekeeping and chronograph features in high style. The hallmark “Broad Arrow” hands have been facetted, polished and coated with Super-LumiNova for improved aesthetics and legibility. The wide baton hour markers and the OMEGA logo at 12 o’clock have been applied to the dial creating a greater sense of depth and dimension. To embellish and highlight the chronograph functions, the counters have a contrasting outer ring, matching the material of the case and dials. In the case of the silver dial model the hands and the hour markers are made of blued steel; in the black dial version these features have been applied in rhodium and in the brown, black and silver version, the dial is enhanced with golden hands, outer ring and hour markers.

The Speedmaster Broad Arrow boasts the latest advances in watch technology and has been fitted with OMEGA’s exclusive Calibre 3313. At the heart of the self-winding movement is the Co-Axial escapement that considerably reduces friction in the mechanical watch movement, lessens the need for lubrication and in turn offers improved long-term reliability and accuracy. Pioneered by OMEGA in 1999, the Co-Axial escapement represents one of the most important advances in watch making and was first introduced in OMEGA’s De Ville range. The column wheel chronograph mechanism of this timepiece is designed to ensure a smooth start to the sweep of the seconds hand when the chronograph is activated and precision stop and reset functions. The Speedmaster Broad Arrow has a power reserve of 52 hours, a convenient date window at 6 o’clock and has been officially certified as a chronometer by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the COSC.

The 42 mm case of the Broad Arrow is available in a variety of metals: in sumptuous 18-carat red gold, 18-carat yellow gold, a dramatic combination of stainless steel and 18-carat red gold and more traditional stainless steel. The case has been beautifully polished and brushed and the special double gaskets on the crown and chronograph pushers ensure water resistance to 100 metres/330 ft. The resilient sapphire crystal case back protects and reveals the superlative Co-Axial 3313 movement and the dial is afforded maximum resilience with a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment.

A novelty of the red gold, yellow gold and combination stainless steel and red gold models of the Speedmaster Broad Arrow is the OMEGA patented “screw and pin” bracelet. Changing the links of the bracelet to suit your wrist size has never been easier with OMEGA’s ingenious system of discreet screws. Not only does this confer greater flexibility, it actually improves the aesthetics of the bracelet. The bracelet is fully integrated into the case forming a highly fluid, ergonomic and harmonious line that follows the contours of the wrist perfectly. Available in red gold, yellow gold and in combination red gold and stainless steel, it all fits with a matching safety clasp. The links of the bracelet are beautifully wrought and have been brushed and polished for additional texture and contrast giving this watch a unique finish. Inspired by the first solid link bracelet of the 1960’s, the more traditional stainless steel version of the Speedmaster Broad Arrow is fitted with a classic stainless steel bracelet and a foldover clasp.

And for watch lovers who prefer the feel and look of a leather strap, there is a choice of a brown calfskin strap for the stainless steel model and a brown alligator strap for the yellow gold model, both with their corresponding stainless steel or yellow gold foldover clasps. The red gold watch can be customised with a black alligator leather strap with its red gold foldover clasp and the impressive stainless steel and red gold version also comes with a brown alligator strap with a stainless steel foldover clasp and OMEGA’s distinctive logo in red gold.