If You Only Buy One Omega, The Speedmaster 57 Should Be It

Why? Well first, take a look at the clean, balanced and deep blue dial.

No fancy logoscript messages, just a bold twin sub-dial layout, classic chrono style, with that graduated blue colour adding visual appeal. Big piston type pushers bring the 50s and 60s to mind, the golden era of motorsport chronograph watches of course. Broad arrow hands. Decent sized date window too. So yeah, styling matters and so does functionality, this watch ticks the right boxes on both counts.

You could buy a deep red dial Speedy 57 of course, but that is always going to be an acquired taste on the pre-owned market. Blue dials remain the most popular, end of.

Inside the 40mm steel case you have a co-axial COSC level movement. It will last you a lifetime, and probably last your children’s lifetime too. The George Daniels design lets the watch beat slightly slower, while maintaining accuracy and this means less servicing over the decades.

We aren’t saying don’t service the watch every 5-6 years or so, in fact that is the best investment you can make with any 8 grand wristwatch, they need pro level maintenance like a sports car, or classic Les Paul guitar. But if you are strapped for cash due to Globalist climate taxes, food rationing or your second house being seized for migrants (all of these things will happen), then you can skip the service for another 5 years and that Speedmaster 57 will just keep trucking along.

The only fault we can find is the see-thru caseback, which reveals a fantail plate movement, that lacks the elegant beauty of say an El Primero, a Bremont ENG 300 or the MCT 2 micro-rotor, (above) which is a super slim, minimalist masterpiece in our view. OK, Omega is a volume manufacturer and has to build to a price etc but at eight grand the movement should look stunning; a piece of intricate tech that endlessly fascinates the wearer.

Tell us we are wrong.

You can get a NATO strap for the Speedy but it looks so great on a steel bracelet, why would you? A classic gents wristwatch, 40mm across and no shortage of buyers if you want to sell one day. It sums up the essence of Omega for us and it also makes a change from the ubiquitous Seamasters. For us, the Constellations look a bit chintzy, the Moonwatches slightly dated and the pale tones Speedmaster 38 models not quite bold enough.

This blue model however is a future classic, it just looks right from every angle. That’s why we say, it’s the only Omega worth investing in from the 2022 line-up.

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