As we charge straight into the Year of the Ox, in the watch world, it’s really starting to look like the Year of the Chronograph, with blockbuster releases dominating the conversation thus far. Leading that charge has been the long-awaited update to the venerable Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional. And while demand for the venerable “Speedy Pro” has never formally waned in the collecting community, Omega’s hesitancy to modernize its most important property had maybe started to get a little long in the tooth, leaving the Moonwatch feeling a little dated in face of increasingly stiff competition from Breitling, TAG Heuer, and most recently, Zenith. All that changes with the new Master Chronometer-certified Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch which fully modernizes Omega’s most beloved chronograph and subtly improves its visual identity while deftly appeasing the notoriously picky Speedmaster collecting community. More importantly though, it finally gives “Speedy-curious” collectors ..
After what’s felt like years of speculation, followed by numerous false leads, and then an untimely delay on the heels of a global pandemic, the legendary Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch has finally gotten the update we’ve all been waiting for: an updated Master Chronometer-certified engine, a new(ish) bracelet, and plenty of fan service in the dial, crystal and bezel for good measure – all without forsaking the single most important detail about the perennially handsome Speedmaster: it is once again flight-qualified by NASA “…for all human space missions.” Speedy collectors may now breathe a collective sigh of relief, this is the worthy successor you wanted.
Of course, good looks alone never made watchmaking legends – and with the classic Speedy having rightfully earned its reputation from over 50 decades of space flight and exploration, filling those shoes would prove to be a great challenge indeed. But perhaps the delayed Speedy update in 2021 is right on time, with NASA h..
A watch should make you smile. It should put a little spring in your step. And for the lucky few, it might just do both as you find yourself glancing down at it throughout the day. But it’s a rare instance, indeed, when a watch mixes a sober horological legacy with state-of-the-art mechanical innovation — all with the expressed purpose of manufacturing joy. The Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary Silver Snoopy edition is the third in a whimsical trio of limited-edition Speedmasters that have each paid homage to a quirky NASA award (which was given to the Speedmaster after the watch was credited with helping save the astronauts of the doomed Apollo 13 mission back in 1970), each time yielding highly collectible, but markedly different, outcome.
Unlike the first two editions, which paid tribute to the Snoopy award in the ways and means many special or limited-edition Swiss watches tend to pay tribute to something, this iteration eschews the traditional staid embellishments and goes in th..
HomeSpeedy Tuesday5 Speedmaster Watches That Can Be Found Under $3000 Speedy Tuesday5 Speedmaster Watches That Can Be Found Under $3000 Interesting non-Moonwatch Speedmasters for collectors by Robert-Jan Broer June 30, 2020 MIN READ5 Speedmaster Watches That Can Be Found Under $3000The days of finding a pre-owned Omega Speedmaster Professional under $3000 are behind us. Perhaps, when luck is on your side, you might run into one for that kind of money. But, in general, I will say that those days are behind us.
In this article, I want to share 5 Omega Speedmaster watches that can be had for under $3000USD. These are the Speedmaster models I would (and in some cases I did) purchase with a budget of $3K. Perhaps not the best, wildest, coolest, or most popular references, but I happen to find them interesting Speedmaster watches.
5 Speedmaster Watches Under $3000I went with $3000USD, as this used to be the budget for a nice pre-owned Moonwatch. I’ve have picked up Speedmaster watches for mu..
HomeSpeedy Tuesday#SpeedyTuesday — Top-5 Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster Watches Speedy Tuesday#SpeedyTuesday — Top-5 Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster Watches Gerard's Top-5 Limited Editions Speedies by Gerard Nijenbrinks June 23, 2020 MIN READ#SpeedyTuesday — Top-5 Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster WatchesLimited editions are not to everyone’s taste. Sometimes, the sheer volume of limiteds can be overwhelming. With the #SpeedyTuesday editions we’ve contributed to that as well. While limited editions may be more common these days, that’s nothing new. Let’s have a closer look at my Top-5 of earlier NASA/Apollo dedicated Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster models.
In 1969, Omega introduced a numbered series of 18k yellow gold Speedmaster Professional watches. We did a review of that model here. These were more or less Limited Editions avant la lettre. They weren’t limited, but they were sequentially numbered — we learned that only 1,014 pieces were made, of which #1 was offered to ..
HomeSpeedy Tuesday5 Mistakes I Made While Collecting Speedmaster Watches Speedy Tuesday5 Mistakes I Made While Collecting Speedmaster Watches Let's hope they prevent you from making the same ones by Robert-Jan Broer June 16, 2020 MIN READ5 Mistakes I Made While Collecting Speedmaster WatchesI’ve been collecting Speedmaster watches for over 20 years. The first one I bought was in 1999, a Speedmaster Professional 145.012-67. Things were very different back then. There were far fewer resources available. Doing your homework was hard. It took a lot more legwork than it does today. When I started out, I used the TimeZone Omega forums and was in touch with fellow enthusiasts like Chuck Maddox and Bill Sohne, for example.
I hadn’t set out with the 145.012-67 in mind. Honestly, it could have been any Speedmaster Professional. This was just one of the most affordable models around. It was even cheaper than a young pre-owned model with caliber 1861 or 861. In 1999, nobody ever heard (or car..
HomeWatch TalkTwo For Tuesday: Omega Speedmaster Professional Vs. Seamaster 300M Watch TalkTwo For Tuesday: Omega Speedmaster Professional Vs. Seamaster 300M Who will “Master” this battle? by Michael Stockton June 16, 2020 MIN READTwo For Tuesday: Omega Speedmaster Professional Vs. Seamaster 300M Speedmaster Professional Seamaster 300MIt’s time for Two For Tuesday and this week we take a look at two of Omega’s finest. The Speedmaster Professional will throw-down with the Seamaster 300M.
In our inaugural episode of Two For Tuesday, the Rolex GMT 16710 duked it out with the Submariner 14060M. It was the heavyweight battle we all expected, but in the end it was the GMT that prevailed by less than 50 votes! We thank you for all your participation and for some very lively comments. Let’s see if today’s contest between the Speedmaster Professional and Seamaster 300M inspires the same spirited debate.
We all know people who can easily afford a Rolex, but they simply will not buy one. For the..
HomeSpeedy TuesdayHands-On With The Omega Speedmaster Moon 345.0809 Speedy TuesdayHands-On With The Omega Speedmaster Moon 345.0809 The first Speedmaster with a moonphase complication by Robert-Jan Broer June 09, 2020 MIN READHands-On With The Omega Speedmaster Moon 345.0809The Omega Speedmaster Moon 345.0809 or “Speedy Moon” is one of those grail watches of mine. It’s not the small production of 1,300 that makes it so desirable for me, but rather its complications combined with the classic Speedmaster design.
It is no secret that the Speedmaster is my favorite chronograph. I love the design of the case, the clean and readable dial, and the history of this watch. Now, the Speedmaster Moon 345.0809 combines two of the complications I love the most — the chronograph and a moon phase indicator. It makes the dial a bit more cluttered, but the beautiful moon and stars on a disc make up for that. The “Speedymoon” was produced between November 1985 and January 1989. Let’s have a closer look a..
HomeWrist Game or Crying ShameWrist Game Or Crying Shame: Omega Speedmaster X-33 Wrist Game or Crying ShameWrist Game Or Crying Shame: Omega Speedmaster X-33 Are you ready to blast off for €2,109? by Michael Stockton June 03, 2020 MIN READWrist Game Or Crying Shame: Omega Speedmaster X-33Welcome back to Wrist Game or Crying Shame, the weekly all systems go or all systems NO serial. This time around, we go digital with the Omega Speedmaster X-33. But first…
Last week, I brought the metal with a first generation Panerai Luminor Submersible. And while our comments section showed stark divide, the big clunker took home a more than respectable 55% Wrist Game win. With today’s Omega Speedmaster X-33, we’ll also look at a first generation model. This happens to be a timely one as well as we’ll soon see.
The Astronaut’s choiceThis past Saturday night, my wife and I joined a friend at a restaurant — that’s allowed here in Germany — and we streamed the SpaceX launch. It was absolutely fantastic..
HomeSpeedy TuesdaySpeedy Tuesday — Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker “Gen 3” Speedy TuesdaySpeedy Tuesday — Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker “Gen 3” The Skywalker and earlier generations by Paul Dezentjé June 02, 2020 MIN READSpeedy Tuesday — Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker “Gen 3”Some people are wondering why the SpaceX crew isn’t wearing the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker. It’s a fair question. Not only is the X-33 Skywalker the latest digital Omega Speedmaster, but it was also designed with exactly this kind of mission in mind. So what gives?
It all comes down to the launch site’s location. Had this flight been launched from Russian soil, Roscomos would have provided the crew with an Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker and a Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. The same courtesy is afforded everyone launching from Russia. Astronauts from NASA or ESA and Cosmonauts from Roscosmos itself would all receive the same treatment. But NASA prefers the tried and tested Speedmaster X-33 Gen 2. And that’s a prett..