Limited to 7007 units, I’ll be surprised if they don’t move each and every one …
Well, the famous Swiss brand has finally offered a refreshed version of its classic replica Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph (ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.001) automatic watch that now features an innovative variety of the good old bi-compax layout, all courtesy of their new Caliber 9300 self-winding mechanism that basically blends to sub-dials into one, which is not only more readable, but is actually quite cool. Well, now it seems that all these years the Swiss watchmaker was in fact busy preparing a new version of the living classic.
Equipped with their new Caliber 9300 in-house automatic movement with their reworked co-axial escapement, the watch finally ditches the tri-compax dial in favor of a simpler (and more elegant) bi-compax design while preserving its functionality.
The last couple of years I have heard numerous complaints from different watch enthusiasts that accused Omega in exploiting the legendary Speedmaster series like a milk cow, constantly churning out “limited edition” and “special edition” versions of the Omega Speedmaster chronograph copy watch, but not releasing something really new.
We have already seen this design around five months ago when the watchmaker first introduced its gorgeous Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.50 mm Chronograph automatic watch that featured an impressive WR of 600 meters.
The ref. 3188.8.131.52.01.001 still features a black bevelled dial with white transferred inscriptions, luminous hour markers and varnished white hands that have also received their fair share of Superluminova. The signature tachymeter scale on the black bezel is also on its rightful place.
While normal chronographs with two sub-dials can only display a small seconds hand and a 30-minute (okay, sometimes 45- or 60-minute) totalizer, this one preserves all the usual chronograph functionality. This is achieved thanks to a combined totalizer at 3 o’clock that sports a couple of hands and is capable to count both hours and minutes in an easy, intuitive way as the brand puts it in its press release.
At 44.25 millimeters it is not just big. For a classic timekeeper that only 50 years ago measured only 35 millimeters in diameter, it is definitely HUGE! Not sure if I really want to see such a monster hugging my wrist. As for the price, it is set at rather high $8600 USD, but you can also fine one at about two thirds of the figure.
The only thing that somewhat cools off my enthusiasm regarding this mens replica Omega watch is the gargantuan size of its stainless steel body.