We're all familiar with the replica Speedmaster's prolific space traveling past, and Omega has never been shy about reminding us. However, when the Omega Speedmaster Racing replica watch first hit the scene in 1957, it was the racing and rally crowds that took notice thanks to the watch's chronograph functionality. In fact, the very first print ad of the Speedmaster depicted a couple of cars racing against their "high-precision wrist computer." Hyperbole aside it's easy to see how the watch would be embraced for such purposes.
For 2012, Omega replica watch has called up a bit of that history for a new Speedy, the omega Speedmaster Racing replica watch . Before Omega’s legendary Speedmaster replica watch was worn by astronauts on the moon — and thus forever linked to space exploration and assigned the nickname “Moonwatch” — it was much more closely associated with the decidedly earthbound activity of automobile racing. You may have noticed the watch in the teaser they released last week. I was able to go hands on with the new watch in Basel this week to bring you some images of the many dial configurations available. Some may remind you of a Tissot PRS watch, others may remind you of a certain other titan of chronographs, the early Daytona from Rolex.
The first thing you'll notice about the Omega Speedmaster Racing Replica (other than some of the dial colors), is the size. It's a very appropriate 40mm nod to the past, and looks even a tad smaller due to the bezel sitting outside of the crystal. Second, the sub-dials are textured with a triangular "Clous de Paris" pattern. While they create a nice contrast from the rest of the dial, I'm not sure how necessary they are to the design. None the less, a touch many will appreciate.
In fact, when Omega introduced the first Omega Speedmaster replica watch in 1957, it designed the watch’s dial to resemble the dashboard of that era’s Italian sports cars. The Omega Speedmaster Racing replica watch, on the market since 2012, is a return to the brand’s automotive roots. Its got a 40-mm steel case with a matte black tachymeter ring, made of aluminum, on the bezel.
The chronograph subdials on the Omega Speedmaster Racing replica watches, also available in several color schemes, sport a triangular Clous de Paris pattern. The 30-minute counter is at 3 o’clock; the 12-hour counter is at 6 o’clock; and the small seconds display is at 9 o’clock. There is also a date window at the 6 o’clock position; Omega includes a date corrector tool with each watch.
The Omega Speedmaster Racing replica watch comes on a steel bracelet or a black rubber strap with a distinctive embossed pattern that bring to mind the treads of a race car’s tires — just another way the Swiss brand is putting the “speed” back in its Speedmaster.