Since its debut in 1957, the Omega Speedmaster has evolved and taken many new forms, from the oversized Alaska Prototype to last year’s X-33 Marstimer. The recently-announced Speedmaster Super Racing, however, marks a major milestone for the brand. While the watch itself, in a bold black and yellow livery with a matching black and yellow nylon NATO strap and honeycomb dial, makes a sporty addition to the Speedmaster family, what’s inside this chronograph is even more remarkable.
The new Speedmaster Super Racing is powered by the brand’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer 9920 movement, which features a new and innovative set of components called the “Spirate System.” In addition to being certified by METAS for accuracy and anti-magnetism, the new movement allows the watch to achieve certified precision of only 0/+2 seconds a day. The heart of the Spirate System is a revolutionary new patent-pending spiral, the Si14 balance spring, made from a silicon wafer that’s manufactured using a proprietary new process called DRIE (Deep Reactive Ion Etching). The system enables a watchmaker to fine-tune the watch within plus or minus 0.1 seconds per day — a truly impressive degree of precision.
While the Speedmaster Super Racing features all of the hallmarks of the Speedmaster line, it pays homage to Omega’s groundbreaking 2013 Seamaster Aqua Terra >15’000 GAUSS — the world’s first truly anti-magnetic watch — in its bold yellow accents. These include a racing-style minute-track and a black ceramic tachymeter scale bezel ring featuring yellow “grand feu” enamel, a shade that’s also used on the gradient chronograph hand and striped small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. The watch’s 60-minute/12-hour recorder at 3 o’clock, meanwhile, does double duty as a second time zone indicator. Finally, the dial’s unique honeycomb pattern references a concept watch on display at OMEGA Museum which withstood an astonishing 160,000 GAUSS magnetic field — a nod to the Super Racing’s anti-magnetic chops.
The new movement is just the latest in a long line of achievements from Omega, a brand which has been moving the needle of innovation for decades. In the last 25 years alone Omega has introduced the co-axial escapement and the silicon balance spring, both of which have increased watches’ accuracy, shock resistance, and anti-magnetism. After the introduction of the world’s first truly anti-magnetic movement in 2013, Omega set a new standard for accuracy in 2015 with its Master Chronometer certification by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The 283-step process involves eight tests over 10 days and is designed to push a timepiece to its absolute limits while exceeding previous industry benchmarks. The new Speedmaster Super Racing and its micro-adjustable Spirate System raise the bar yet again.