While the Omega Speedmaster has made most of its reputation in space, it is of course also chronograph, just as capable of measuring lap times at it is to measure an orbit around the earth. This becomes especially clear with the Speedmaster Racing, which Omega relaunched this year at Baselworld.
One of the hallmark features of this type of Speedmaster is the “racing dial” which consists out of an “alternating” minute track, which Omega first introduced on the Speedmaster in 1968, aimed to increase the readability of the watch. It might be a detail, but it does give the watch a subtly different look than the moon watch.
With a diameter of 44.25 mm it remains a bold statement on the wrist, despite the fact that Omega reworked the sapphire crystal to give the watch a lower profile. That actually helps, as it will be able to go under the cuff of your shirt. Omega did take advantage of the size because the dial is beautifully spaced. Legibility is second to none, and there are plenty of different textures on the watch to enjoy: from the racing minute track to the sub dials which are slightly recessed in the dial.
As stunning as the dial side it, so is the back, which gives you a full view of calibre 9900. Even among manufacture calibers, this one stands apart, and not only because of its stunning decorations! Its construction is robust, with a full bridge over the balance wheel and fitted with a vertical clutch and column wheel to ensure exact operating of the chronograph. Additionally, it is certified by METAS, the Swiss Federal institute of Metrology) making it a Master Chronometer certified watch, which means, among others, that this Speedmaster Racing can handle magnetic fields up to 15.000 gauss. That makes this Speedmaster Racing all you need when you have a need for speed!