2004 Japan Racing Dial Limited-Edition Ref. 3570.40.00
The "Japanese Racing" editions were made in 2004 for the Japanese market in a limited edition of 2004 units. The watch has become increasingly rare over the years and is extremely hard to find on the secondary market, even more so in mint condition. So if you're reading this now, we say get a move on. This uses a dark grey racing dial similar to that found on the Speedmaster Mark II or the rare 150 (estimated) run of 145.022-69 watches for the Swiss market; one distinction is the use of modern Super-LumiNova paint instead of tritium. It is absolutely stunning in the flesh.
Model: Speedmaster Box/Papers: Yes/Yes Functions: Hours, minutes; small seconds; chronograph; tachymeter Material: Stainless steel; plexiglass Dimension: 42 mm Dial: Grey Japan Racing Dial Case: Stainless steel Movement: Manual-winding Lume: Super-LumiNova Calibre: 1861 Power Reserve: 48 hours Water Resistance: 100 m Strap: Stainless steel Lug Width: 20 mm
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It takes after the iconic Mark II's iconic grey dial with a burgundy seconds track. All time telling hands are rendered white while hands related to the chronograph function are rendered orange.
Powered by the caliber 861, it is a modern update of the original caliber 321 that went to the moon. Besides switching out the column wheel for a shuttle cam, several components were made from special alloys to better resist the extreme temperature variation in space.
While its dial bears semblance to the Mark II, it kept its case shape modern with "twisted" lugs features, a coveted detail by some collectors who prefer the stylised edges compared to "straight" lugs.