Elegant Omega Constellation 123.53.38.21.02.001 Replica Watches Show You What Is Classic

For classic watches, as far as I am concerned,  that is simple, really, and elegant, and do not pursue the complicated function, for I believed that simple things are more likely durable. In my impression, there is a kind of watch which leave a deep impression for me, that is the Senda gold Omega Constellation 123.53.38.21.02.001 watch.

The first impression

For this fake Omega watch that is very delicate and luxurious, the whole design elements inject many traditional stuffs, with the eye-catching white dial and some other classic elements of the fake Omega Constellation.

Special material

When talking about the material of this black leather strap replica Omega Constellation watch, that is along story. For the Senda gold, with the moist color just like the color of honey, which blending gold, copper and palladium, looking so precious and luxurious.

Comments:

For this white dial replica Omega watch, no matter for the appearance or the performance, all can said as perfect, for it just meets all the dreams of watches, given me so unique visual effect.

The Origin Of Life – These Fancy Replica Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.58.38.20.01.001 Watches

Ocean is the origin of all life on earth, and just the ocean that brings the inspiration for the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watches. Fro several years, sport is still the classic theme of Omega, and the Omega Seamaster series even is the pioneer of professional diver watches. Now, based on the Omega Seamaster series, this fake Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.58.38.20.01.001 watches just inherited all the classical design elements of Omega Seamaster series.

For the charming appearance:

The dazzling case of this diamonds bezel replica Omega 232.58.38.20.01.001 watch is eye-catching, under the setting off 37.5mm 18K rose gold material and black dial, the diamonds on this fake Omega watch as if the most shinny stars in the starry sky.

For the outstanding performance:

As a professional diver watch, only the traditional calendar function on this fake Omega watch that is just the best. First, an original diver watch with about 300m waterproof, while this rose gold crown fake Omega Seamaster watch designed the waterproof function up to 600m. when diving, time is very important for the divers, a little mistake would cause a big problem, so the exist of the rotating case and luminous pointers make this replica Omega watch hat up to the professional level.

These Wonderful Replica Omega Seamaster 231.10.43.22.03.001 Watches Are As Famous As 007

The popularity of Omega Seamaster watches that should not say something more, which accompanied with the British agent 007 in the film, and also with several kinds of high-tech functions leaving people a deep impression. Although in fact, the Omega Seamaster can not cut the steel plate and some other difficult work, it stick with outstanding performance, now, I’d like to show you this replica Omega Seamaster 231.10.43.22.03.001 watch.

First impression:

This 43mm diameter replica Omega watch with delicate dial design gives people a sporty style, especially for the blue dial that decorating with vertical pattern, showing the outstanding visual effect.

Dial:

The dial design can be said as the bright spot of this replica Omega watch, white trapezoid scale showing the fantastic stereoscopic impression upon the blue dial, and the red on the pointer also given this replica Omega watch a good embellishment.

Back:

For the back of this steel case replica Omega Seamaster watch that adopted the transparent design, and comparing with other watch brands, this design with clearer feeling, completely presenting the delicate movement.

These Blue Replica Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Michael Phelps’ Limited Edition Give You Refreshing

Not only does champion swimmer Michael Phelps hold the record for the most decorated Olympian of all time, he also holds the record for most Olympic gold meals, most Olympic gold medals in individual events, and most Olympic medals in individual events. It’s an unprecedented 28 total Olympic medals, 23 of which are gold. Phelps retired last year after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and as a friend of Official Olympic Timekeeper and Swiss watch maker Omega since 2004, the replica Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition watch celebrates his amazing achievements.

The delicate replica Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition watch is based on the replica Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 45.5mm watch that was announced last year (hands-on here). It features a hefty 45.5mm stainless steel case, and the uni-directional bezel is unique in that it is made out of polished blue ceramic but has the first 15 minute markings inlaid with orange rubber. The case also features a helium escape valve and is at home in the water as Phelps with a water-resistance of 600m.

Blue is a recurring theme for this particular edition of the fake Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph. The dial is made out of a bright white ceramic and has blue applied hour indexes filled with white luminescent material. The hour, minute, and central chronograph seconds hands are all blue too. At 9 o’clock, you have a blue subsidiary seconds dial with a blue running seconds hand. And at 3 o’clock, you have a 12-hour chronograph totalizer, which is also in blue with a blue hour counter hand and an orange minute counter hand. To complete the look, the watch comes with a blue rubber strap with blue-orange rubber lining and orange stitching.

Though there is a lot of use of blue, the overall aesthetic is very fitting as it calls to mind the waters of a swimming pool. In addition, thanks to the striking white ceramic dial, the watch looks highly legible.

This blue strap fake  Omega comes with a sapphire crystal case back, which has a transferred logo of Michael Phelps etched in chromium. It also allows owners to admire the Omega Calibre 9900 within, which has attained Master Chronometer certification.

The Calibre 9900 is a self-winding chronograph movement with a column-wheel mechanism and is resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss in strength. It has two barrels in series offering a power reserve of 60 hours, and features a silicon balance spring. It is handsomely decorated too with rhodium-plated bridges finished with Geneva waves in arabesque.

These Excellent Replica Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf Edition Show You Surprise

To celebrate its expanding presence in the world of golf, Omega has created three versions of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf Edition watch.

Stainless Steel Bracelet Replica Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.01.004

The classic replica Omega Seamaster feature distinctive green elements as accents against a black dial. The case is affixed to either a stainless steel bracelet or comfortable brown leather strap. Each model in this collection highlights the theme of golf to reflect Omega’s commitment to promoting global growth as a company, as well as the celebrated game of golf.

Brown Leather Strap Fake Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.12.42.21.01.003

This timepiece incorporates an anti-magnetic feature which protects the movement during your golf swing. It is powered by a self-winding automatic co-axial chronometer movement, the in-house Omega Caliber 8500.

White Dial Fake Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.02.004

This final white dial replica Omega represents a tribute to Omega’s rich maritime heritage. The easily-recognizable teak dial found on many Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra models is meant to be reminiscent of the wooden decks of luxury sailboats.

Winners Of The Starmus Festival Received Gold Omega Speedmaster Replica Watches

As we announced last week, the three gold Omega Speedmaster Professional  copy watches have been presented to the three winners at the Starmus Festival in Trondheim yesterday evening (local time).

This came in very late yesterday evening (thanks James for forwarding us the press release from the US agency), so it missed our regular Speedy Tuesday ‘day’. We always try to bring you Speedmaster related news on a Tuesday, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. Anyway, without further ado.

Winners of the Starmus Festival are musician Jean-Michel Jarre (no further explanation needed), Neil deGrasse Tyson (might not ring a bell for people outside the USA immediately, but he is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. He also hosted a number of space related TV shows and known for TV Series  Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey) and last but not least, the creators and cast of The Big Bang Theory. Both Jean-Michel Jarre and Neil deGrasse Tyson were able to receive the prize themselves in Trondheim last night.

The producers (Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro) of The Big Bang Theory TV show were able to send a video message though, stating: “We are thrilled to accept this award on behalf of the show. Never in 14 billion years did we think The Big Bang Theory would become what it has and we are eternally grateful to Professor Hawking, the science community, and everyone who has embraced it as their own. For those we have inspired to pursue the sciences, we are deeply honored. To Stepen and everyone at Starmus –Thank you”.

Our colleague James Henderson from watch blog urges Omega to make Neil deGrasse Tyson a brand ambassador for black dial Omega fake watches, as he would be the perfect fit (There James, we said it). We obviously agree, as we rather see ‘real’ ambassadors than moviestars as watch ambassadors. Oh, and he already owns one of the coolest and rarest (gold) Speedmasters out there. Only 3 made.

More information on the gold Speedmaster for this occasion can be read in our previous article here.

For Vintage Watch Fans: 5 Iconic Omega Replica Watches

From the “Fratello Friday” archives, we present this post focusing on five iconic Omega watches. Of course, many models from this brand could be considered iconic, but for the purposes of this list, I narrowed it down to five Omega watches that I consider most important to the brand or to the world of watches in general.

1. Omega Speedmaster Professional

I can’t think of an Omega watch that better fits the definition of an icon than the so-called “Moonwatch.” There are so many variations of it that we cover it weekly on Fratellowatches.com with our “Speedy Tuesday” posts. In the end, it doesn’t really matter which black dial Speedmaster Professional fake watch you own, have on your wish list or are about to purchase: they are all great, classical timepieces, starting with the very first one in 1957 to the modern models; a piece of history on the wrist, so to speak. If you want to learn more about this model and its variations, I urge you to pay Fratellowatches.com a visit.

2. Omega Constellation Grand Luxe

Once the flagship of the Omega brand, the rose gold Omega Constellation copy watch is a much-praised and beloved watch among collectors of vintage Omega watches. Even though the Constellation was already considered to be a luxury timepiece, the Grand Luxe editions were considered to be the most high-end model in the collection. The brick-like designed bracelet of the Constellation Grand Luxe inspired the bracelets later used on the De Ville Co-Axial models. These models were available in gold and platinum. In the 1970s, the Constellation models started to “drift” a bit in the area of design, and the collection was re-designed and reintroduced in 1982 as the Constellation “Manhattan,” with the famous “claws” that pressed on the sapphire crystal. Aesthetically, these models have little in common with those very first 1950s and 1960s Constellation watches.

(Photo by Antiquorum)

3. Omega Seamaster Ploprof

The Seamaster Plongeur Professional, better known by the abbreviation “PloProf,” was developed by Omega in the late 1960s in close cooperation with the COMEX company and the famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Designed and developed solely for professional use, this watch was introduced on the market in 1971. Water-resistant to 600 meters and with a monobloc case construction, this watch was (and still is) huge. It featured a large, red button that was used as a safety lock for the bezel. The crown system was also an interesting part of the watch, using a crown-locking nut. In 2009, Omega introduced a re-edition of this famous model with a water resistance of 1,200 meters and featuring its in-house-developed Caliber 8500 movement (I wrote a review on it here). Like the very first Seamaster PloProf in 1971, this isn’t a watch that sells as well as other Omega watches do, but this has mainly to do with its unconventional dimensions.

(Photo by Antiquorum)

4. Omega Marine

This is the first Omega watch designed for divers, debuting in 1932. A clever, rectangular case construction made it possible to use this watch under water during diving and swimming activities. The crown was located at 12 o’clock and was hidden in the case, as you can see in the picture. A little flip lock made sure the case pieces were tightly pressed towards each other. There have been some variations on the Marine model. In the 1970s, Omega used the “Marine” name for a marine chronometer timepiece with a so-called MegaQuartz (2.4 MegaHertz) movement. Besides the rectangular case and “Marine” name, these two models have little in common, however.

(Photo by Antiquorum)

5. Omega Seamaster Professional 300M

The most modern watch on this list, this one was introduced in 1993. How is this watch an icon? As I see it, this is the watch that put Omega on the horological map again for a younger audience after Omega made it the choice of James Bond, starting in the 1995 film, Goldeneye. (The watch was replaced, however, by the Seamaster Planet Ocean in last year’s Skyfall). This 1993 Seamaster Professional 300M was the watch that inspired men to walk into Omega boutiques and ask for “the James Bond watch.” Also, except for the now slightly outdated bracelet design, it is a watch that probably will become an Omega classic. With its helium-release valve at 10 o’clock, screw-down crown, blue wave-patterned dial and blue bezel, it is a very recognizable Omega for many. This model still comes in various sizes (lady, mid-size and large size), variations (stainless steel, titanium, gold) and with various complications (GMT, chronograph). Recently, Omega started releasing limited editions of this model to coincide with the corresponding James Bond movies it was used in. Pictured here is the actual Seamaster Professional 300M worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

(Photo by Antiquorum)

Other Omega watches that are very interesting but didn’t quite make the cut for this list, just barely, include the vintage Seamaster 300M, the first De Ville Co-Axial from 1999, the Omega Centenary (predecessor of the Constellation) and the aforementioned Omega Constellation “Manhattan.”

What are your favorite Omega models of all time? Please share them with us in the comments below.

And if you want more Omega, check out my previous Fratello Friday posts covering vintage Omega watches you can find for under $1,000 as well as my choice for the most exciting Omega watch ever. Why not have a try with all these shining replica watches?

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ‘Commander’s Replica Watches’ Limited Edition Inspired By James Bond 007 Hands-On

News of the latest James Bond tribute watch was kept top secret ahead of its official announcement. But our own David Bredan infiltrated Omega’s boat-party launch event (drysuit over tuxedo, of course) to bring us these hands-on pictures of the new limited-edition white dial Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Replica Watches” and save the world. James Bond jokes aside, David did join Omega for the unveiling event on the River Thames in London, and here is the colorful new watch dedicated to the fictitious secret agent. In the colors of the UK’s Royal Navy, the “Commander’s Watch” is not for a single specific movie, but rather celebrates the cult of Bond and commemorates several film anniversaries at once.


All images by David Bredan


Surely, from Omega’s point of view, there are not enough opportunities to capitalize on the star power of 007 and their Official Timekeeper (or something of the sort) relationship with the film franchise. As noted, the textile straps Omega fake watch is not for a film, like the Seamaster Aqua Terra for Spectre or the solid gold Goldfinger watch, for example – not that we require such a reason for making a new watch.

 

Rather, someone noticed that 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice (1967), the 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and the 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Missed opportunity for a “trilogy” with a watch for each movie? With a current list of 26 James Bond films since the first in 1962, though, we could potentially expect something similar every couple of years. In fact, there will be no fewer than four Bond film anniversaries to celebrate in 2019… so save a spot in your watch box for that limited edition.













By 1997, Omega was the Bond watch for the second time in Tomorrow Never Dies after the relationship began with GoldenEye in 1995. It was a Seiko in The Spy Who Loved Me and the Bond watch in You Only Live Twice has not been positively identified, according to my internet research. Beginning with GoldenEye and for a number of movies, the spy often wore a blue Omega Seamaster Diver 300M. So, while 007 tribute and prop watches have come from other lines, such as the (confusingly named, but different from the 300M) Seamaster 300 (Spectre edition hands-on here), Aqua Terra, and Planet Ocean (as here for Skyfall), the Seamaster Diver 300M is relevant and fitting for the Omega and 007 relationship.







But the triple anniversary doesn’t fully explain the watch or its red-white-and-blue color theme. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” is referencing and channeling the Royal Naval Reserve Commander facet of the James Bond character. If you’re like me and not totally caught up on every movie and the complex 007 universe, it might be getting a bit arcane for you too. For the launch event, Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann explained that Omega was “fascinated” by Bond’s “connection to the Royal Navy, which is an organization that Omega also has history with, and we wanted to pay tribute to his rank as Commander.” In each of the three films that the Commander’s Watch pays tribute to, Bond is apparently seen wearing his official military uniform at some point. Good enough for me.







Red, white, and blue are the colors of the Royal Navy’s insignia, and for the the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch,” as you can see, they are expressed as a white ceramic dial, blue markers and skeletonized hands, and a varnished red seconds hand. The seconds hand’s counterweight is the familiar logo comprised of a gun and “007,” and the blue ceramic bezel insert’s first 15 minutes are filled in with red rubber. The numbers of the date wheel are all blue except for the number 7 in red.
With a 41mm steel case (water-resistant to 300m, of course), these are mostly cosmetic changes to the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M that is actually Omega’s entry-level mechanical men’s watch. As Bond helped make the NATO strap cool, this version appropriately comes on a five-stripe blue, red, and gray polyamide NATO strap, but it also comes with the five-link steel bracelet that is very much part of the Seamaster 300M’s character. The clasp has the Omega branding along with the 007 logo and even the “TM Danjaq” trademark.




Through a sapphire crystal case back, the rotor caries the Royal Navy’s Commander rank insignia (loop above two stripes) and winds the Omega Co-Axial 2507 COSC chronometer-certified movement. This is different from the standard production Seamaster Diver 300M’s caliber 2500 movement and solid case back. The caliber 2507 has been used in other James Bond 007 limited edition watches, and I believe the main difference from the 2500 is found in its decoration – specifically, the “bullet” design in the center. You can learn more about the 2500 family of movements and how they compare to other Omega movements in our article here. The caliber 2500 movements are based on the ETA 2892, upgraded with Omega’s Co-Axial technology, and beat at an unusual 3.5Hz with a power reserve of 48 hours.




As a more colorful Bond watch with some overt branding, this seems more on the 007 memorabilia side than the stylish spy’s apparent taste for somber tool watches. In addition to the steel model and an even more limited yellow gold one, there will also be a one-off white gold model that will be sold via an online auction later in the year along with reference numbers #007 of each of the other models. Doing the auction online is a first for Omega and pretty much any major luxury watch company but follows an (slowly) increasing move toward online sales, such as the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday watch that quickly sold out online earlier in 2017.

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” is limited to 7,007 pieces in steel for a price of 4,650 CHF (without VAT), and there will be an additional seven pieces made in 18K yellow gold, the finest replica watches worthy to try.

UK Omega Speedmaster Replica Watches In The Hands Of Nicholas Saputra

A TRAVELER’S TALE. Nicholas Saputra chats with DAMAN about his collaboration with Omega, his passion for art and, naturally, filmmaking

 

Omega Speedmaster 38mm Chronometer Copy Watches in stainless steel and Sedna gold case with leather strap

The past couple of months have been busy for actor, patron of the arts and conservationist Nicholas Saputra. Same goes for the months ahead. We caught up with the actor on a balmy Tuesday afternoon, only days after he returned from Morocco and right as he was about to leave Jakarta again. And before that, as you can see here, he was in London, showing us how best to wear an Omega timepiece in style.

Besides for the photo shoot, however, Saputra was also in London to attend the 60th anniversary of Omega’s Speedmaster line. “Everything was thematic, but not in a forced way and it was all amazing,” he recalls of the space-themed bash, where he met the likes of Buzz Aldrin and George Clooney, and even had a brief encounter with Liv Tyler. “And the location was one of my favorite places in London: the Tate Modern,” he points out while flicking through photos of the event on his phone. Then he adds: “I’m enjoying the show too much.”
It would seem that Saputra, who is listed as an official Speedmaster fan on Omega’s website, enjoys the storied timepiece too. “I think it’s aligned with my interests,” he says of the Speedmaster watches he has seen and worn. “I like anything with good quality but very subtle and simple.”

From London, as we noted before, Saputra’s journey brought him to Morocco. It was, apparently, his second time. “The first time I was there I was more into hiking in the Sahara,” he recalls. This time around, however, he spent more time in Marrakesh. “The vibe of the city—there’s nothing like that in the world,” he says. “You could find yourself in a slummy alley in a market, but then you open a door and you see a beautiful hotel with swimming pools and all that.”

Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial Master Chronometer Fake Watches in 44.25mm Sedna gold case with leather strap

Even as he’s fighting off the jetlag from his last journey, Saputra is already on the move again, albeit to somewhere closer to home this time. Specifically, he’s collaborating with prominent artist Angki Purbandono to create an exhibit for this year’s ArtJog festival. “This is actually a pilot project based on an idea about artist residency,” the actor-slash-conservationist elaborates. “I wanted to create a more specific residency program, connecting artists with conservation issues. For this one, it’s about elephants.”

Saputra has indeed become a strong advocate for the protection of the endangered Sumatran elephants, and is now spearheading an awareness program to support research on the Elephantid herpesvirus—a leading cause of death among elephants that isn’t fully understood yet. Fortunately, his push has been successful, with the European Union now issuing policies to support research into the disease.

All this is centered on Tangkahan, a small village near the border of the Gunung Leuser National Park located in North Sumatra. Why there? “It’s personally close to me,” he answers solemnly. “I first came there in 2005. About three or four years before that, the place was full of illegal loggers. But after ecotourism was introduced, they became guides, because their knowledge of the jungle is superb. Then the EU adopted one of the baby elephants there and everything fell into place.”

Omega De Ville Hour Vision Co-Axial Master Chronometer in 41mm stainless steel case with leather strap

Back to the artist residency program, Saputra basically raised funds to send Purbandono to Tangkahan for a month and then gave him complete artistic freedom to capture the essence of life in the jungles. The resulting works are now on display at ArtJog, and the proceeds of it will then be used in an exchange program. This is where we can really see Saputra’s long-term game plan. “So, if we previously sent an artist from Yogyakarta to the jungle, we will now send two persons from the jungle to Yogyakarta,” he explains. “We already have two programs, one for art and one for permaculture, since the people [in Tangkahan] are still dependent on foodstuffs from the outside. They do have the space, so we want to introduce the permaculture system to them. That’s what we want to do.”

The terms “creating change” and “giving back” tend to be overused quite a bit these days, but this is certainly a case of a celebrity doing it the right way and for all the right reasons.

Of course, Saputra is still very much involved in filmmaking and continues to step up his game. But even here we see again how personal connections play an important part in his artistic choices. For example, last year, he appeared in “Interchange,” a Malaysian-produced thriller (Saputra’s first collaboration with a foreign studio, by the way) where he plays as a bird-like supernatural being. “What got me hooked when Dain [director Dain Said] proposed I act in it was the story of the Dayak people of Kalimantan [or Borneo], because it’s something I’m close with as well,” Saputra reveals. “I basically know about the idea that the film wants to convey, and also about the enggang bird [hornbill].”

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Master Chronometer GMT in 45.5mm ceramic case with rubber strap

“I like anything with good quality but very subtle and simple”

Going forward, Saputra is quite happy with his “one movie a year” pace. “It’s a number that’s perfect for me to execute,” he says with a chuckle. “I don’t think I can do more than that, because I give 100-percent of myself for every project. And that takes up a lot of energy, so, since early on, this kind of pacing is something that’s comfortable for me to do.”

Of course, this led to the inevitable question of what he will be doing this year. “I might be shooting something in August or September, but I can’t talk about the title and all that right now,” he replied. And then he quickly added: “It’s not ‘Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 3,’ if that’s what you want to know.” All the gorgeous replica watches are worthy us to try.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph in 44.25mm stainless steel case with leather strap

How Snoopy Ended Up On An Omega Speedmaster Replica Watches Dial?

It is no secret that besides writing about watches for fratellowatches.com, I also love to collect watches — especially iconic watches like the Rolex GMT-Master, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Rolex Datejust and, of course, the Omega Speedmaster Professional. I own several of the last model. Ever since I bought my first Speedmaster (more than 15 years ago) I have been hooked on this watch. Not only do I love the design of this chronograph (one of the most clean chronograph dials around); I also like its connection to the Apollo space program.

As you know, Omega has produced quite a few limited editions based on the original Speedmaster Professional. Some like these limited editions, others don’t. However, the fact is that some of these limited editions do appreciate in market value quite well after a few years. One of these models is the Omega Speedmaster Professional “Snoopy Award.” My professional career started around the time this model was introduced (2003), so it was only a lack of funds that prevented me from buying Speedmaster Snoopy back then. Ever since, I have longed for one, but also noticed that over the years they became increasingly difficult to find, at least for a reasonable price. Recently, I decided to go for it despite the high price (compared to that of a standard Omega Speedmaster Professional). I justified the purchase by telling myself that the longer I’d wait, the more expensive it would get, anyway, right? You can read about the efforts I made to obtain the Speedmaster Snoopy here. After showing my precious new stainless steel case Speedmaster Professional copy watches with a Snoopy (turned into an astronaut) to some people, a number of them asked why I wanted a cartoon character on the dial of my watch. I was already aware that many people had this perception of the Speedmaster with the Snoopy dial, also given the fact that it was initially sold to a lot of women (women seem to love Snoopy a lot).

If you are a Speedmaster aficionado as well, and you know a thing or two about the Apollo missions, you probably are already familiar with the use of Snoopy by NASA. In 1968, NASA chose the famous beagle as an icon to act as a sort of “watchdog” over its missions. In the same year, NASA decided to use a sterling silver Snoopy pin as a sign of appreciation to NASA employees and contractors together with a commendation letter and a signed framed Snoopy certificate. Each of the sterling silver Snoopy label pins has been flown during a NASA mission. Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, who created the “Peanuts” comic strip (featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown) was a supporter of the NASA Apollo missions and agreed to let them use “Snoopy the astronaut” at no cost and even drew the Snoopy figure for the sterling silver label pin.

In May 1969, the Apollo 10 mission flew to the moon to do the final checks in order for the following mission, Apollo 11, to land on the Moon. The Apollo 10 mission required the LM (lunar module) to check the moon’s surface from nearby and “snoop around” to find a landing site for Apollo 11. Because of this, the Apollo 10 crew (Gene Cernan, John Young and Thomas Stafford) named the LM “Snoopy.” The Apollo CM (command module) was nicknamed “Charlie Brown.” Fast-forward to 1970. In the interim, humans had set foot on the moon and, about one year later, the Apollo 13 mission was meant to bring another team of NASA astronauts to the Moon (Lovell, Swigert and Haise). The mission’s objective was to explorer a certain area on the moon called the Fra Mauro formation. It didn’t get that far, as there was an explosion on board the service module at approximately 200,000 miles distance from Earth.

NASA’s ground control came up with a solution in the end, which required the astronauts to get creative with some materials on board their module. After fixes were made and all systems worked (more or less) again, the crew started their journey to Earth. This is the really quick version of the story of course; the entire adventure is depicted in the 1995 movie, Apollo 13, starringTom Hanks (an avid Speedmaster wearer himself, probably becoming one after his role in this movie). Now comes the part where the Speedmaster played an important role. The Apollo 13 crew needed the Omega Speedmaster watch, first to time ignition of the rockets to shorten the estimated length of the return to Earth, and secondly, to time the ignition of the rockets to decrease speed and raise the flight path angle for re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. This second operation was crucial, since any mistake in the timing could have led to an incorrect entry angle and, as a result, potential disaster for the crew. As explained before, NASA used the Snoopy award for special contributions and outstanding efforts from both NASA personnel and contractors. On October 5th, 1970, NASA gave the Omega Speedmaster a Snoopy award to acknowledge the crucial role the watch played during the Apollo 13 mission.

In 2003, Omega introduced the Speedmaster Professional “Snoopy Award” to commemorate this 1970 milestone. Although the watch was a limited (and numbered) edition, Omega produced a whopping 5,441 pieces of the Speedmaster Snoopy. The number has to do with the 142 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds that the mission lasted. A bit of a stretch, in my opinion, but a nice idea. Omega’s reason for introducing this watch 33 years after the Apollo 13 mission, and being awarded with the Snoopy, is unknown to me. Based on the brand’s other limited editions, I would have expected such a release on a 30th or perhaps 35th anniversary rather than a 33rd. Despite the relative high number of black dial Omega Snoopy Speedmaster fake watches out there, you’ll have to search to find one at a decent price. Also, beware of Snoopy Speedmasters that had the dial and caseback fitted later on (Omega delivered them to service centers as spare parts). Always make sure you buy a Speedmaster Snoopy with the original anthracite (Snoopy) box, certificate of authenticity (with matching number on the caseback). There should also be a copy of the original Snoopy appreciation certificate with the watch.

So now you know. When there is a Snoopy on an Omega Speedmaster dial, it actually means something. In the end, of course, one need not be versed in all this history to purchase and appreciate this watch; one may just be a fan of Snoopy. A review of the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Snoopy Award’ can be found here. More information about Omega Speedmasters in general can be found on the Speedy Tuesday page on Fratello Watches. And I only hope you can enjoy these charming and interesting replica watches a lot.