Pre-Basel: Omega teases Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer, and it has a racing dial. Hooray!

Fact: Speedmaster enthusiasts are in for a treat this year. Why? Well, the iconic Speedmaster celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and you can bet that Omega is going to give the Speedy the fanfare it so richly deserves. We’re already off to a good start as just a few weeks ago Omega announced the Speedmaster SpeedyTuesday limited edition (our story here), and now there’s this new Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer with a racing dial.

Speedmaster enthusiasts are going to be spoiled for choice this year.

Omega has produced several watches with racing dials in the past, most recently with 2014’s Speedmaster Mark II re-issue. Racing dials have a distinctive minute track on the circumference of the dial, and this new timepiece is no different. With this watch in particular, the minute track appears to be white in color.

The matte black dial and ceramic bezel have also been given tasteful orange accents. The running seconds hand (in the nine o’clock sub-dial), as well as the hour and minute hands are orange, as is the ‘Speedmaster’ text and squares that sit next to the applied, luminescent hour indexes. The ‘Tachymetre’ text on the ceramic bezel is orange too. Going purely on the supplied press pictures, we’re happy to say that Omega has captured the essence of its earlier racing dial watches.

We’ve yet to see the watch in the flesh but we like what we see so far.

Omega’s calibre 9900 – a self-winding METAS certified Master Chronometer movement – sits within this Speedy’s 44.25mm case. The movement is quite new, it offers 60-hours of power reserve, and first came to light in 2016’s Planet Ocean Chronograph, while the satin and high-polished case hit the market a few years ago, in 2012.

That said, this isn’t exactly the same case as the 2012 original – Omega says it has made changes to the sapphire crystal in order to reduce the overall thickness of the watch, however actual measurements have yet to be communicated. The brand says it also increased the size of both sub-dials slightly, in an effort to aid legibility, and based on these pictures, it looks almost perfectly proportioned with the rest of the dial.

We think this watch will also look the bomb paired with a black calfskin strap with orange stitching.

The watch is presented on a black leather racing strap, which has perforations that show orange accents that appear to match the orange found on the dial and bezel. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced but based on what we’ve seen in previous years, we reckon the Middle East will receive these timepieces in the second half of the year.

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