Omega announced a successor to the Speedmaster Racing chronograph today, with an ultra-accurate movement based on a new balance system called Spirate.
Distinguished by its oversized 44.25 mm x 14.9 mm “twisted-lugs” case and black honeycomb with yellow highlights, the Speedmaster Super Racing features diamond-polished and beveled black arrowhead indices and matching hour and minute hands with yellow-emitting lume.
Adding to the black and yellow racing theme is a chronograph seconds hand with a yellow-to-black gradient paint job (similar to the seconds hand of Omega’s Ultra Deep), yellow chronograph hour and minute hands in a single subdial, a black-and-yellow striped small seconds hand, and a black ceramic bezel ring with a tachymeter scale in yellow “grand feu” enamel.
Most notably, the new 4Hz automatic caliber 9920 is a Master Chronometer certified movement with Omega’s first implementation of their new patent-pending Spirate balance spring — which offers ultra-fine rate adjustments of the spring (also referred to as a “hairspring” or “spiral”) using a special proprietary Omega tool and resulting in 0/+2 seconds per day accuracy (guaranteed). The totally new balance spring design allows a watchmaker to adjust the stiffness of the balance spring’s attachment point through an eccentric adjustment mechanism located on the balance bridge. This new approach is based on a high-precision articulated structure with flexible bearings.
In comparison, Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer movements offer -2/+2 seconds per day accuracy, and Omega’s own Master Chronometer movements (prior to this), offer 0/-5 seconds per day accuracy. This is clearly an incredible level of accuracy, though, all three levels of accuracy should result in excellent timekeeping, with very little deviation from one another.
The Omega Speedmaster Super Racing (Ref. 318.104.22.168.01.003) is water-resistant to 50 meters, has a 60-hour power reserve, and comes with a “Nixon” bracelet as well as a black and yellow Nato-style strap and retails for $11,000.
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