By Jovan Krstevski
When the original Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon was released, I was happy to find out that it featured a complete ceramic construction simply for one thing, it combined style and function in such an elegant way. However, the next iteration of the Speedmaster was then released in somewhat weird fashion (I thought the black one had it all just fine and the colorway was already perfect), then came the weirder Speedmaster White Side of the Moon. I have nothing against it; for all I know, this watch could either be loved or hated but it has none of the things I like. Nonetheless, I’ll be presenting the new Speedmaster in an unbiased fashion, as I’ve always had so tag along folks.
Just like the original version, the new Speedmaster uses the same ceramic form, except this time it features a white colorway. If you remember the darker version, it had slick appearance but made reading worst on certain occasions. To counter that flaw, the new Speedmaster is all but white. The 44.25 mm ceramic case is rather neat to say the least and reading is a lot easier but if you look at it long enough, you’ll need snow goggles because the thing beams quite strongly. So if you like attention, by all means wear one and then you’ll understand what I mean. It’s of course consistent with its ceramic trend; from lugs to the crown, you’ll notice the smooth design although I think the steel side of the pushers were supposed to be white too, feels odd though. Overall, with the etched bezel (in matte chromium nitride tachymeter scale), you’ll see a uniform design which is fine.
The dial is looking good, extremely whitish but good with excellent readability. I think Omega is transitioning to ceramics instead of using steel because this one’s just shoving ceramics into your face, literally. Although for a compensation you get incredibly nice looks, vey fashionable to say the least and of course the 18k white gold hands and hour markers coated with Super-LumiNova. The seconds hand has a red tip which is kind of unnecessary for me. I just think that if you wear this long enough, you’ll forget that the steel ones are better. The date is located at the 6 o’clock and the chronometers are on the 9 and 3 o’clock positions. The sub-dials are somewhat in tune with the overall design which is refreshing.
What powers this fashionable Speedmaster is the in-house Omega caliber 9300 automatic chronograph movement. It is quite remarkable since it also tracks 12 hours on the right sub-dial using a dual register. I do fancy the exhibition caseback which is made of sapphire crystal in a bowl-style fashion where you can also see the remarkable movement’s column-wheel design.
Of course, you’ll be using a white alligator strap with some red stitch lines; however, you can always opt for a different color if you wish. For more info, please visit omegawatches.com
Jovan Krstevski – Founder, Proprietor & Executive Editor
Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ His passion for horology jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. P.S. He is also a huge fan of The Man of Steel/Superman. Read his articles here.