Omega to introduce a new moonphase Speedmaster at BaselWorld 2016

Ahead of BaselWorld 2016, Omega has announced a new Speedmaster. The Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer will become a part of the Speedmaster 9300 collection, and packs a new movement offering time, chronograph, and calendar/moonphase complications.

Omega is whetting our appetite with this stunning moonphase Speedmaster.

Omega is whetting our appetite with this stunning moonphase Speedmaster.

The iconic Speedmaster has been around for almost 60 years, however Omega only produced moonphase references of the Speedmaster in recent times. The first Speedmaster moonphase (ref. ST 345.0809) was introduced back in 1985, and Omega only produced 1,300 of these watches in stainless steel.

In 1986 the brand followed up with a titanium 400 piece Speedmaster moonphase production run (ref. TI 345.0810), and a second limited production run of 300 pieces, this time with a titanium and gold case and a white dial (ref. TA 345.0810). All three of these Speedmasters were powered by the calibre 866, and are highly coveted by Speedmaster collectors.

This is the first Speedmaster Moonphase that Omega released (ref. ST 345.0809). It is incredibly difficult to find today.

This is the first Speedmaster Moonphase that Omega released (ref. ST 345.0809). It is incredibly difficult to find today.

Those watches weren’t the only moonphase Speedmasters Omega produced however, in fact one of the more recent models (ref. 3576.50.00) looks nearly identical to the 1985 original. The easiest way to tell the two apart is to look at the three sub-dials – the newer reference has metal rings around each sub-dial. Most recently the 44.25mm Speedmaster Professional Moonphase Aventurine was powered by a calibre 1866 movement, and sported a stunning Aventurine dial.

For the forthcoming watch, Omega has a new movement known as the calibre 9904. It comprises 368 components and provides time, chronograph and calendar/moonphase complications, and is also certified as a Master Chronometer by METAS. METAS is an independent organisation that tests watches and certifies that they are performing as specified.

A new automatic calibre powers this moonphase Speedmaster. Omega hasn't mentioned if this is a full in-house movement in its material.

A new automatic calibre powers this moonphase Speedmaster. Omega hasn’t mentioned if this is a full in-house movement in its material.

We’ve loved the look of most of Omega’s moonphase Speedmasters, and going purely on pictures, we love the look of this reference as well. It features a 44.25mm stainless steel case, a LiquidMetal blue bezel and a magnificent blue sun-burst dial. Like the other members of the Speedmaster 9300 family, this watch features two sub-dials, with the moonphase indication disc residing near the six o’clock position.

With the moonphase disc, Omega says it has used a high resolution image, and claims that if you take a closer look, you can actually see a footprint left behind by an astronaut. We can’t verify Omega’s claims on the images they sent us of the watch but we can confirm that the moonphase disc is beautiful to look at.

Speedmasters are handsome watches and there aren't that many blue references. We reckon this will take the number two spot on our top three list, just behind the superb 2005 Gemini IV limited edition.

Speedmasters are handsome watches and there aren’t that many blue references. We reckon this will take the number two spot on our top three list, just behind the superb 2005 Gemini IV limited edition.

Another interesting detail is that the final demarcation (on the right corner of the moonphase window) is marked 29.5 (shown as 29 1/2). This is because the actual lunar month is not 30 days but rather 29.5 days. Working this into the movement is no easy feat but Omega says it has built this into the calibre 9904, and says that that movement is so accurate that it will only need adjusting once every 10 years.

The Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer is expected to carry a price tag of approximately US $9500. It will be presented on a blue leather strap with a steel folding clasp.

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