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Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.

And then suddely, the brother of the Speedy featured below dropped by at SpeedyWatches HQ: the vibrant Mark II Racing reference 327.!

Just a different dial?

It’s remarkable how much a different dial can change the looks of a watch. While the ‘soldier shots’ above make it seem like just another dial, the Racing version of the MKII really has a character of its own.

The 327. is dark  – all business with just enough of that retro vibe. The slightly coloured luminova adds a dash of colour to an otherwise monochrome design. The 327. on the other hand, with its fluorescent orange details, has really got that seventies show going on. It’s funky without being obnoxious.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.

Did we mention the sandwich tachymeter ring already? No? Well, it’s killer. The numerals are cut-out with lumi below. The numerals are thus lighting up at night when properly charged, enabling you to measure your speed even in low light conditions. This sounds rather foolish – we agree. But it is still pretty cool 🙂 .

Key observations

Since we now had the chance to fiddle with both versions of the Speedmaster Mark II, a few key observations seem in place:

  • Black dial looks better in pics and is easier to love, but the Mark II Racing ‘pops’ on the wrist.  It has great presence.
  • The date window is much more noticeable on the Racing. It blends in on the black dial. Pro or con? You decide.
  • The eye is drawn to the dial on the Mark II Racing. It is simply beautiful. On the other hand, the wonderful cash finish is more obvious on the black version, as the dial attracts less attention.
  • The separation of timing hands (orange) and timekeeping hands (white) on the Racing is one of the details that we really like. One might note that the vintage MKII Racing in our post below doesn’t have the proper distinction – a sign of exchanged hands.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.

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Press Release – BASELWORLD 2014 – Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Co-Axial 327.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Co-Axial 327.

1969 was a memorable year for humankind. For the first time, we broke our terrestrial bonds and set foot on another world – and the astronauts who took those first steps on the lunar surface were equipped with OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronographs.

March 27th 2014 – read more below the gallery

The same year, OMEGA introduced the new-look Speedmaster Mark II, a timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound calibre 1861 found inside the Moonwatch”.

In 2014 OMEGA has reintroduced this classic Speedmaster Mark II and updated it to include an automatic movement and tachymetric scale that is visible in the most limited light – a first in the iconic Speedmaster family.

The polished and brushed stainless steel case is barrel-shaped and has a polished crown and pushers. A date corrector is located at 10 o’clock on the case. The dial is complete with the three recognisable sub-dials: a 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock, 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock and small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. A flat scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the matt black or grey dial.

The transparent tachymetric scale on the sapphire crystal is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova. The varnished white and black hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova as is the central chronograph hand.
For OMEGA fans and Speedmaster fanatics who are looking for an iconic design with a bit of colour, the Speedmaster Mark II with the grey dial features a fluorescent orange central chronograph seconds hand and a matching minute track.

The case is fitted with a brushed stainless steel bracelet, complete with OMEGA’s patented extendable foldover rack-and-pusher clasp. The watch is presented with a tool that makes adjusting the date quick and easy.

Distinguishing the new Speedmaster Mark II from the 1969 watch that inspired it is the Co-Axial calibre 3330, a self-winding movement equipped with an Si14 silicon balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism.

The new OMEGA Speedmaster Mark II is water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet) and is delivered with a full four-year warranty.