If I say “integrated bracelet”, “two-tone”, and “protected pushers”, is the first watch you think of an Omega Speedie? No? Why not? After all, isn’t the Speedie one of the most versatile watches ever designed? In all seriousness, you’d be forgiven if you thought of nearly any other timepiece based on those three descriptors as the Speedie – while extremely versatile – is also the most iconic thanks to its dark dial and steel aesthetic, perfectly shaped lugs, and prominent but not overly-done pushers. That makes today’s watch an interesting iconoclast. Read on!
Today’s timepiece is a variation of the Mark V. For Speedie fans, the “Mark” series is somewhat of a side-quest – a way for Omega to demonstrate the ability of the Speedmaster platform to adapt to many different design styles. For it’s part, the Mark V, with its rounded case and integrated lugs is quintessentially 80’s. Developed originally for the West German market and then spread beyond, the two-tone version here uses the Caliber 861 movement. A gold dial and gray subdials is an uncommon color pairing, especially for Speedies! That doesn’t make it any less beautiful as it matches perfectly with the micro-adjustable two tone bracelet, sized for wrists up to 8”.