The words “Holy Grail” make me think of three things: Indiana Jones, Jay-Z, and the black dial fake Omega Speedmaster ref. 376.0822. The former pop-culture heroes may not need an introduction, but the Speedy ref. 376.0822 is a watch that doesn’t come up too often, and one man’s quest for finding one ended up with it being dubbed the “Holy Grail.” Legendary watch collector Chuck Maddox (of ChronoMaddox) was determined to add one of these to his collection in the late 1990s. This example has remained in overall excellent condition and developed a beautiful patina on the lume, giving it a great vintage aesthetic.
The things I love most about watches are all the little details and how two watches that look pretty similar can be very different. From afar, the high-end fake Omega ref. 376.0822, like we have here today, can be mistaken for any other Speedmaster Professional.
However, upon further inspection, you would notice that it’s clearly a different beast, something you don’t see very often. When looking at the watch, I immediately notice the day and date window, and the sub-register configuration is at six, nine, and 12, not three, six, nine, like the typical Speedy Pro. This one has such a good look, and all the additional functions are quite useful, like the automatic movement, 24-hour indicator at 12 o’clock, and the day and date functions.
As you might know by now, the automatic movement copy Omega Speedmaster Professional is one of my favorite watches. So this variant with an automatic movement and its additional functionality really gets me going. I love how Omega stayed true to the original Professional design with the similar bezel and lyre-lug case shape. Omega did beef up the case a little to make it slightly thicker, and it just feels so good on the wrist, especially with the ref. 1450 “Presidential” style bracelet that’s very comfortable. The steel bracelet replica Omega Speedmaster is a watch that can start and even finish off a collection, and the reference we have here is something that’d be a great addition to anyone’s stable of watches.