It is instantly recognisable and universally admired. Watch buyers are drawn to it. Collectors are driven and inspired by it. But what has made the OMEGA Speedmaster perhaps the most famous and desirable chronograph in the world? Even if you ignore its historical importance, the watch is still anchored by a timeless design that has endured for 60 years. Evolution may have produced different variations, but these are just some of the “classic” Speedmaster features that have helped create an icon.
Since 1964, the “twisted lugs” of the Speedmaster have given the watch a truly distinctive look. Their addition enabled the creation of an asymmetric case that provides extra strength and protects the crown and pushers.
The Speedmaster was the first watch in the world to take the tachymeter scale off the dial and place it on the bezel. The change was initiated with racing car drivers in mind and this is where the “Speedmaster” name originates.
Loved by watch fans for its understated simplicity, the classic triple-register Speedmaster design delivers superb readability thanks to its black dial with luminous markers and contrasting hands.
The glass that protects the dial is cleverly domed to give the impression of an overall thinner watch. Over the years, both hesalite and sapphire-crystal glass has been used.
Aside from the Broad Arrow and Alpha hands associated with early models, it is the Baton style hands that have been most used. Slim and elegantly flat, they further add to the uncomplicated design.