Omega 2014 Speedmaster Mk II
Rewind 45 years to 1969 and stroll into an upmarket jewellers and you just might come across the original Omega Speedmaster Mk II, which was introduced as an updated version of the Speedmaster (which went to the moon on Apollo 11.), some big shoes to fill. The model started what became true diversification in the Speedmaster range, setting the standard with its new and soon to be iconic case style, with 1969 being the year Speedmaster became a brand line in its very own right.
Fast-Foward to 2014, and Omega have re-released the Speedmaster Mk II, having tweaked the movement to include a co-axial caliber 3330 automatic movement that includes a new silicon balance spring designed to improve the durability of the mechanism.
Looks wise, the new Mk II dial has the same layout as the original Speedmaster Mk II dial, except the date window is positioned at 6 o’clock, and the writing under the logo now reads ‘Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer’ with the term 1969 moniker ‘Professional’ being reserved for new top end models. The model should be available in at least two colour options, one being a monochrome option with white hands on a black face with white and illuminant detailing. The other is an orange and grey option based on the equivalent vintage 1969 colour option, with white minute and hour hands, orange hour marks, and an orange second hand.
The 2014 Speedmaster Mark II is set to debut at Baselworld 2014 in Switzerland at the end of March but a price has not yet been announced, but expect something in the region of £4000.