Omega Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide Part 2

A Speedmaster Professional 145.022-71 Non-NASA (and Original)

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In fact, the promotional video produced by Meta sums it all up nicely. Meta CEO Bill Geiser hired the design studio of former Vertu luxury phone designer Frank Nuovo to help re-imagine the brand and product. This makes sense as it was part of Nuovo's job to produce luxury lifestyle mobile phones - which anyone in the luxury watch industry should be more than familiar with. Can Nuovo bring a bit of high-end lifestyle magic to something which is second only to Google Glass in terms of nerd credibility? The video communicates exactly who Meta is seeking to attract. It further communicates almost nothing about the watch itself aside from its ability to be worn more comfortably and on a leather strap. Cheekily-dressed, good-looking kids in vintage cars and motorcycles are about as far as you can get from the traditional smartwatch wearer - which indicates Meta very much wants to separate itself from the industry's current perceived demographic.

The dial is beautifully executed with a slight dome and the same jewel-like applied markers we loved on the three-hander. Aside from a red-tipped chrono seconds hand, the Bathyscaphe Flyback is a monochromatic affair, with the steel version sporting a lovely sunburst finish on its grey dial.

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If that was where the story ended with this piece, we'd still have a pretty compelling addition to the Nautilus lineup.  That said, Patek didn't rest there.  They added a chronograph complication, with the 60-minute register taking up residence at the 6 o'clock position on the dial, which balances the date display up at 12.

As I mentioned a bit previously, those hands (including the independently-set GMT one) mark out time via two registers on the dial itself (12 and 24 hour), allowing for two different times zones. If you recall, I said you could pick up a third time zone if desired, and that's enabled by the uni-directional bezel (and it's 24-hour markings) that surrounds the flat sapphire crystal. Now, if you're reading any other reviews on the Arctic Explorer, you'll know that this bezel is often called out as a point of contention.

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