In the past, people might say that the Speedmaster Automatic is a lesser choice because it features the Omega Cal. 3220, a self-winding movement based on the ETA 2890-A2, while the Speedmaster Professional uses a Lemania manual-winding movement hence seen as the proper Moonwatch. These days, though, the perception has changed and less and less people would think so.
The manual-winding Cal. 321 movement and its successors maintain their advantages, but with the latest technology of watchmaking the new movement has the same reliability and accuracy, if not better. The Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer features the Cal. 9900, a self-winding movement with co-axial escapement. It has been awarded the Master Chronometer certification issued by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), meaning it is even more accurate than a traditional Chronometer.
Inspired by a 1968 Speedmaster watch, the design references motor racing with a black dial and orange hands and markings. The black ceramic bezel features a brushed liquidmetal tachymeter scale and orange wording, while the perforated black leather strap also has matching orange rubber through the middle. By re-launching this style to the market, the brand aims to introduce Speedmaster’s achievements in motor racing prior to its association with the famous moon landings of the Apollo program.