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Omega Debut Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour with New Ambassador Barry Keoghan 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour

Omega love a cheeky celebrity plug for their watches. When they released the Speedmaster with white lacquer dial it transpired that Danial Craig had been seen wearing the watch weeks earlier. For the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour the celebrity connection is a bit more straightforward because they have used this release as an occasion to also announce that Barry Keoghan, of Saltburn, Banshees on Inisherin, Eternals and more, has become an official Omega ambassador.

Barry Keoghan Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour
Barry Keoghan Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour

While Keoghan drips with that non-classical heartthrob energy that Hollywood is obsessed with at the moment, our focus is on the pair of bi-colour Omegas. The first, which he is pictured wearing, is the ref. 310.20.42.50.02.001. It’s the steel and moonshine gold edition with a silver dial, black bezel, steel case and gold accents across the subdials, bezel, pushers, crown and bracelet. Of the two, this is definitely my preferred colourway.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour 310.20.42.50.02.001

The second edition is ref. 310.20.42.50.99.001, which is produced in steel and Sedna (rose by any other name) gold. The portions of the case and bracelet that are gold and steel are the same as the moonshine version but the dial is dramatically different. Here, the main dial is itself gold while the subdials are black, giving it a much darker tone overall. Combined with the redder tones of the gold, it feels retro but not in a good way, like a brown living room that nobody wants any more – at least in comparison to the bright and fresh feel of the moonshine.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour 310.20.42.50.02.001
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour 310.20.42.50.99.001

Really, I think what holds both models back is their unwillingness to deviate from the black tachymeter bezel. If it was a matching gold colour or even silver, the colour palette would feel more cohesive. However, I do understand the logic as both watches are the halfway, bi-colour hybrids of existing models, so are likely to draw interest from collectors.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour 310.20.42.50.02.001 Caseback

Beneath the gold and steel surfaces, the two watches house the same movement, the Omega 3861. It’s a modern staple of the Speedmaster Moonwatch and features manual-winding with a 50-hour power reserve. It has a Co-Axial escapement and METAS master chronometer certification.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour 310.20.42.50.02.001
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour 310.20.42.50.99.001

Completing the list of similarities, both versions of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Bi-Colour are priced at £17,100. Just as bi-colour is halfway between steel and gold, so too is that price roughly halfway between Omega’s full steel and gold offerings. And Barry’s here too. Good for Barry.

Price and Specs:

Model: Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Ref: 310.20.42.50.02.001 (Stainless steel and Moonshine Gold)
310.20.42.50.99.001 (stainless steel and Sedna Gold)
Case: 42mm diameter (47.5mm lug-to-lug) x 13.2mm thickness, stainless steel with 18K Moonshine or Sedna Gold crown, pushers and bezel in Sedna Gold or Moonshine gold, ceramic bezel ring, tachymeter scale in Ceragold
Dial: Sun-brushed silvery step dial with galvanic 18K Moonshine Gold sub-dials, 18K applied indices and hands / Sun-brushed 18K Sedna Gold PVD-treated step dial with blackened sub-dials, 18K applied indices and hands
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Omega calibre 3861, manual winding, in-house, certified Master Chronometer, 26 jewels, antimagnetic to 15,000 gauss, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated finish, co-axial escapement, silicon balance spring
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 50h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph (12-hour and 30 minute counter)
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with Moonshine or Sedna Gold centre links, folding clasp with extension mechanism
Price: £17,100

More details at Omega.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.