pieces at SIHH 2014. We have already looked at the monopusher chronograph here, and now it's time to discuss the other offering from this range: the more restrained, two-hand only Chronograph Destro 3 Days which is essentially identical to the famed Aqua Terra 150m model (reviewed here), but with a lefty crown layout.
This time around we really are looking at a rather simple modification: the Chronograph follows the trend set by the chronograph piece as it also shares a lot in common with yet another 2011 novelty, the replica omega Aqua Terra Chronograph
. Debuted three years ago, the 372 was almost exactly like the watch presented this year, other than the crown's placement on the more usual right side of the case. What we have here is something Omega Seamaster likes to call the "Destro", which stands for "right" in Italian and implies that the watch is primarily designed to be worn on the right wrist as the crown has been moved to the 9 o'clock position. The case is in 316L steel and it is polished all the way around, including the bezel. The crystal is not sapphire but 3mm thick Plexiglas, which is definitely not a first for omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow replica
, but certainly a welcomed treat for those in search of the more authentic Omega Seamaster "mood".
Much like with the chronograph, the Chronograph is also equipped with an in-house movement. Its P.3000 caliber has two barrels and hence provides up to 3 days of power reserve, paired with a more modest rate of only 21,600 vibrations per hour, or 3 Hz. Being a relatively new in-house movement one would perhaps expect more modern results, i.e. 4 Hz or 28,800 vph, but then again, fans of the vintage Omega Seamaster atmosphere would likely argue otherwise. If anything, this watch has a lot to offer to them, with its 3mm thick, domed Plexiglas, its sandwich dial with tan colored indexes and gold hands, all topped off with the large Luminor Omega Seamaster script just below 12 o'clock.
For some, the lack of a running seconds hand and its subdial might be a sorely lacked feature, or even a deal breaker. Yet, picking on this piece for such things would mean missing the point behind its creation. Losing the seconds hand and swapping the proven safety and luxury of a sapphire glass to an arguably inferior Plexiglas material clearly suggests that this model is not about pursuing the (rightful) expectations of modern watch lovers. Instead, it is about offering a new-ish piece that brings the wearer closer to the original creations of Omega Seamaster from some five decades ago; and much like the 372, the 557 also does rather well at that.