For the last week I’ve been wearing a Vintage Omega Seamaster. It has traveled to the top of the Empire State Building and toured Washington, DC (in the rain!), and never once stopped for a break. In fact, it would have stayed on my wrist longer if I didn’t give it back to it’s original owner.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to like such a large watch on my wrist. Before you say anything, I realize that at 34mm, this watch is small compared to most modern watches. However, when you compare it to the 19mm Omega I wear almost daily, this watch was daunting and I worried it would look bizarre on my small wrist. While I’m not sure I would like anything larger on my wrist, I might have found a new obsession wearing 34mm white dial Omega Seamaster copy watches.
Wearing the Seamaster
The strap was changed to a blue alligator strap, which is perfect for me as it is able to be worn with everything, from black to brown and any other color I could dream of wearing. The silvered dial, which has slightly changed in color over the years, catches the light beautifully and I caught myself looking at it constantly. I also find myself staring into the crystal and looking at the original Omega symbol in the middle of the crystal. While this one is slightly crooked, it is still a fantastic feature found in vintage watches, setting themselves apart from their modern counterparts.
Since the watch is from the 1950s, another interesting factor is the slightly curved seconds hand. The curve is common in older watches, and is done on purpose. Because the seconds hand sits at the top of the stack and there is less clearance at the edge of the dial under the crystal, watchmakers curved the end to accommodate the long seconds hand and make it easy to read.
This watch was also worn through some hot, rainy, conditions and survived with out damage! This most likely due to the fact that the watch was serviced in the last year and the crystal was checked. I also made sure to keep it under my rain jacket and avoided getting it wet. Vintage pieces in particular should be double checked for water resistance to avoid damage.
The watch, aside from being at a great entry point for the vintage watch world, is a perfect dress watch. The slim case and modest size made it easy to wear from daytime to nighttime. The size also makes this watch perfectly unisex. I also personally love that it is a true dress watch and has no date aperture.
The only issue I found with wearing the watch was that it rotated on my wrist. The strap is on the newer side, and I wore it almost at the end due to the length combined with my smaller wrist. Because of the stiffness of the leather, it would lean slightly back on my wrist rather than flat. This is such a minor detail, and with more wear the leather strap would form to my wrist more.
Older, or rather vintage watches, channel a different feeling when you wear them. I was afraid of damaging the watch and was probably more cautious than I needed to be while wearing it due to its age. At the same time, there is something magical about knowing a watch from 50 years ago is still running and is in great condition. the blue alligator straps Omega copy watches are really the fucntional watches for people to wear on.
A great vintage watch should be a part of anyone’s collection, whether just starting out or just looking to add more. There is a history behind these vintage pieces that, unless you know the original owner, will leave you wondering where it has been and what it has seen. the classic fake watches will the the best choice.
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“The Speedmaster conveys the same emotions as [it did in] 1969,” says Omega President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann, who talks to WatchTime’s Rüdiger Bucher in this exclusive interview about the 60th anniversary of the black dial Omega Speedmaster copy watches and how he responds to today’s buyers with a model that is so steeped in history.
RB: In 2017, Omega is celebrating 60 years of the Speedmaster. This year began with the presentation of the limited edition dedicated to #speedytuesday [above], which was sold out within just four hours. RA: That was a fantastic experience. Many watch buyers and collectors have a huge passion for the Speedmaster. In the process, we saw how big the Speedmaster community has become. Most of them have bought this watch because they found that it is the right product: a watch by watch fans for watch fans.
RB: You developed the watch together with Robert-Jan Broer, founder of the blog fratellowatches.com, who created the term and the hashtag “Speedy Tuesday.” RA: The exciting thing is that the idea for the watch, for the “reverse-panda” watch dial, came from the community. There is a connection with the past as well as a link to the future here.
RB: Watch fans are one thing, but Omega has to appeal to a broader public. How does the concept of “Speedy Tuesday” translate to the masses? RA: The theme of Speedy Tuesday has appealed to a lot of our younger buyers, who have been focused on our James Bond theme so far — both in the way the watch has been sold, on Instagram, as well as its story, which we have told. People from Generation Y are looking for credibility in a brand. It has made an impact on them.
RB: Does the moon landing of 1969 still resonate with millennials? RA: Yes, I think so. The moon landing was an event that changed the course of world history and still has an effect today. However, the fascination with the brown calf-skin straps Omega Speedmaster fake watches does not just come from the moon landing but also from the product itself. The Speedmaster has such a rich history and, 60 years later, it still conveys the same emotions as it did then. There are not many luxury products you can say that about. Not least, the Speedmaster gives customers the opportunity to wear a piece of history.
RB: How does this generation deal with the brand issue? RA: They are born with luxury brands, know the relevant shopping areas the best. To them, the brand image is very important. I am even certain that the following generation will also be interested in watches. Our current products, one of which is the Speedmaster, produce many emotions because they are products with a history. At the same time, they are works of art. The younger generations have the same emotions as we do. But we have to communicate with them differently.
RB: What does that mean? RA: Take the Master Chronometer, for example. It is too complicated to explain the underlying technology and [the testing regimen]. We have to make its uses clear but short and snappy. Perhaps we also have to be even shorter and more precise and [simply] say, “We are the best.”
RB: Your aim is for all mechanical Omega watches to become Master Chronometers in a couple of years. When will this be the case? RA: This is a matter of capacity. For this reason, amongst others, we planned for a new building years ago, which we will have soon. In 2017 we will certify the one-hundred-thousandth Master Chronometer. The aim is somewhere around 400,000, and we are planning to double our capacities in the next two years.
RB: Will the Moonwatch still be the exception, as the only mechanical Omega without a co-axial escapement and without a Master Chronometer certification? RA: As things stand, yes. It is also a matter of respect for history. Is it also not inconceivable to buy a watch today which, aside from a few minor details, is practically unchanged from the one that was on the moon? We still sell them at a very favorable price. This also appeals to the young generation. You do not have to go to a museum to experience this watch; you can buy it. So are you ready to bring the delicate fake watches home?
Tuesdays for Omega fans equals #SpeedyTuesday across social media. Started by Robert-Jan Broer of Fratello Watches in 2012, the hashtag quickly took off celebrating the many different Speedmaster models.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the start of the trending Tuesday posts, Omega has launched a limited edition Speedmaster Professional with reverse Panda dial and luminescent subdials. In honor of this day, and limited edition #SpeedyTuesday Speedmaster, we’re taking a look at some top #SpeedyTuesday models!
Designed to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13, Omega released the black leatehr straps Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award copy watches for a Limited Edition in 2015. The dial features the iconic Snoopy dog from the classic comic, Peanuts, which was then used by NASA as their safety mascot for the Apollo program.
The Silver Snoopy award was given to Omega in 1970 for their role in the Apollo program and their role in assisting the safe return of the Apollo crew. To commemorate the historical day in space, Omega also included the words “Failure is not an option” on the dial, and “What could you do in 14 seconds” on the caseback.
Dark Side of the Moon
One of the hottest watches released in 2013 was the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. This black ceramic timepiece combines the history of the Speedmaster collection with a useful material not likely to be damaged. The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first to see the dark side of the moon and Omega pays homage to their partnership with NASA and Apollo with this unique model.
The model is a special piece in Omega’s lineup as it was the first to be fully made in ceramic, from the pushers and buckle to the case and dial. Similarly to the Snoopy model, Omega engraved “Dark Side Of The Moon” onto the caseback, letting its wearers know the model is special. The mystique in the moon has inspired a collection of new “sides of the moon.”
50th Anniversary Moonwatch
The limited edition steel cases Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 50th Anniversay fake watches piece celebrates the 1957 release of the Speedmaster. The watch is close in shape, size and detail to the original release. The dial features the vintage Omega logo and marquee. The enamel dial completes the face, and you’ll know the watch will retain its luster over time.
On the dial, you’ll see that the watch is not labeled as Professional. The 1957 model was not classified as a professional until 1963. Watch our full hands on review to learn more about this anniversary Moonwatch. Watch our comparison of this model and the Professional model on our YouTube channel!
40th Anniversary Moonwatch
Our SpeedyTuesday list isn’t complete without the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Apollo 11 Speedmaster. This watch was released in 2009, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, which happened in July, 1969. Buzz Aldrin was wearing his Omega Speedmaster during his moonwalk, and the rest is history!
The black dial is remisicent of the Moonwatch worn by Aldrin but you’ll see a small added feature at 9 o’clock. This is a medallion which features an adaptation of the famous mission patch: an eagle descending onto the lunar surface with an olive branch with Earth visible in the distance. Stampped on the back is the mission patch with the words “The First Watch Worn on the Moon.” On the dial, you’ll see this version is a Professional.
What you may not know about the dial, is that 02:56 GMT is written in red below Professional. This is the exact time Neil Armstrong made his historical “small step” onto the moon. Above all, all these fantastic replica watches are really deserve to try.
mong the most storied watches, the Omega Speedmaster holds a special position as the watch that’s been to the Moon and back – and a bunch of other places, as we shall soon see. While there is plenty of printed and online literature available to study for those who want to know all about the “Moonwatch,” it is exceedingly rare to be given a chance to go hands-on with some of the actual watches that have been through the historical events which have helped to create the remarkable popularity the Speedmaster enjoys today.
A few days ago, at Omega’s London event celebrating the notable 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster, we went hands-on with not one or two, but six incredible Omega Speedmaster watches that have truly been “out there.” Here’s every one of them telling their story.
First Generation Omega Speedmaster CK 2915 (1957)
It all started rather inconspicuously in 1957, the year Omega introduced its “Professional” line of watches that included the first Speedmaster, the Seamaster 300, and the Railmaster. To see the trio together, check out our hands-on with the Omega 60th anniversary series here.
Omega says – and it makes sense – that they originally had not conceived the Speedmaster for extra-terrestrial use. Although it was in the very same year that the Russians successfully launched the first-ever satellite into space on October 4, 1957, it was not until much later, in 1965, that the first spacewalk happened – once again, achieved by the Russians, as Alexei Leonov spent 12 minutes and 9 seconds in the big vast unknown nothingness (cool story on that from Gizmodo here).
In the meantime, the Speedmaster had been set on its own course, as Omega heavily marketed it to car enthusiasts, motorists, and racing drivers. How? Well, did you know that the alligator straps Omega Speedmaster CK2915 fake watches, the first Speedmaster of them all (add Lord of the Rings narrator voice to that bit for added drama), was the first-ever watch to place its tachymeter bezel outside the dial and crystal? An almost laughably negligible “achievement” compared to what the Speedmaster would soon have to gloat about.
Still, the importance of the CK2915 is undeniable, as it was a strong enough beginning – thanks to its almost uncannily well-balanced, sporty, yet elegant looks and a heavy-duty 321 hand-wound chronograph caliber – to merit future updates to it. With its now-famed and highly legible “Broad Arrow” hands, plus excellent overall proportions and wearability, the Speedmaster collection was certainly off to a strong beginning.
The First Omega In Space: 2nd Generation Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 (1959)
1959 saw the introduction of a revised, second generation version, the Omega Speedmaster CK 2998. It retained the symmetrical case and the hand-wound Caliber 321 from Lemania, but introduced a new “Alpha” design handset that replaced the “Broad Arrow” ones seen on the first model. The tachymeter bezel was also standardized in the famous black aluminum version still in use today.
More importantly, the CK 2998 was also the first Omega in space, as Omega explains: “The CK 2998 was the very model purchased by Mercury astronauts Walter “Wally” M. Schirra and Leroy G. “Gordo” Cooper in 1962 as their private watch. It was worn by Schirra during his Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7) mission, becoming the first Omega Speedmaster worn in space in October 1962, a full two years before NASA’s now-famous tests that led to the official selection of the Speedmaster for use in all of NASA’s manned missions.” It is here where we should note – since I presume some of you are asking yourselves the question – that the first watch ever worn in space was the one on the wrist of Yuri Gagarin who ventured into the unknown on April 12, 1961, after taking off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in modern-day Kazakhstan. There is no official information on this, but he had most likely been wearing a Sturmanskie, a Soviet watch “brand” not sold to the public but reserved for soldiers at the time.
Today, the CK 2998 is one of the most collectible Speedmasters out there. Produced between 1959 and 1962, there aren’t many original ones around today in collectible condition with original parts, which sends resale value north of the $20k mark. Just look at the one Omega had on display: it had a lot of wear and tear – which arguably is part of the charm and patina of a vintage watch, if that’s your thing… And if it isn’t, you’ll have to hunt down a discontinued/sold-out steel or gold “FOIS” First Omega In Space produced more recently.
Qualified By Nasa: 3rd Generation Omega Speedmaster ST 105.003 (1963-1964)
The next development within the Speedmaster family, in Omega’s words, “was a decisive one.” Introduced in 1963 and still powered by the manual-wound Caliber 321, the 3rd generation Omega Speedmaster ST 105.003 is the exact model delivered to and tested by NASA. Responding to a request for “wrist chronographs” in October 1964, Omega’s North American agent supplied NASA with the required number of ST 105.003 Speedmasters, without knowing exactly what they would be used for – and, better still, without even informing Omega headquarters in Biel, Switzerland.
These watches, as well as models from other competing brands (Omega doesn’t specify, but they were from Rolex, Longines, and later from Bulova, even), were evaluated almost to destruction in a series of tests that can justly be described as the toughest trials a watch had ever endured.
To give you an idea, it included: high and low temperature tests (two full days at 70 °C (158 °F), 30 minutes at 93 °C (199 °F), then 4 hours at -18 °C (-0.4 °F); ten 24-hour cycles at >95% humidity with temperatures ranging from 25 to 70 °C; corrosion tests; six 40 G shock tests in six directions, low and high pressure tests, vibration tests and even a sound test where the watches were “shouted at” at a deafening 130 decibels at frequencies from as low as 40 up to 10,000 Hertz for 30 minutes. Key signs of deterioration included the lume falling apart on the hands, as well as, you guessed it, the rate being affected… and yet, the watches had at last been officially certified by NASA.
Edward White and the Omega Speedmaster ST 105.003 on America’s first EVA on June 3rd 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission
As the Omega Speedmaster became “officially certified” equipment for NASA’s manned space program, NASA procured further examples of the ST 105.003 and officially equipped its astronauts with it. This model reached further fame when it was worn for the first time outside the space capsule: on the wrist of astronaut Edward White, this model became part of America’s first EVA (extra-vehicular activity, or, more plainly, “spacewalk”) on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission.
First Moonwatch: 4th Generation Omega Speedmaster ST 105.012 & ST 145.012 (1964-1965)
While Omega had no knowledge of what was going on over in Houston since NASA’s selection process was carried out without involving the respective companies’ headquarters, black dial Omega fake watches was nevertheless evolving the Speedmaster. In order to offer additional protection to the chronograph’s pushers and its crown, the Speedmaster case was slightly modified: its right side was slightly enlarged, thus offering more protection and, as an unavoidable side-effect, a newfound, asymmetrical look.
It was introduced to some select markets in 1964 with the model ST 105.012 that now also featured “Professional” on the dial, as it was at this point a prominent part of Omega’s professional copy watches line of watches that, as we mentioned above, they launched in 1957. Still powered by the same trusty movement, the Caliber 321, the model further evolved in 1967 into the reference ST 145.012, with the addition of a slightly improved method of attaching the pushers to the case. This model proved to be the last one to use the Caliber 321, the very movement that guaranteed perfect timing during all six lunar landings up to and including the last mission to land on the moon: Apollo 17.
out of the blue, Omega today debuted the Omega fake watches with steel or rose golden cases, a stylish, retro-inspired take on the Seamaster, offered in a highly elegant 39.5mm case, crafted from either Omega’s proprietary 18k Sedna gold or… yes, stainless steel.
On a personal note, the 40mm-wide De Ville Trésor has been probably my favorite modern Omega: it’s classical, restrained, and under-the-radar, but, with its curvy case and dial, it’s plenty interesting for a dress watch. Plus, its Master Co-Axial Chronometer movement delivers all the goodies Omega can engineer into a movement today… So what exactly is the matter with the Trésor? It’s not available in steel but exclusively in – very pricey – gold of different types…
…Which leads us to the Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia replica watches with self-winding movements, a new Seamaster that offers comparably beautiful and restrained styling in a classical 39.5mm case, a METAS-certified Master Co-Axial Chronometer movement (now an automatic over the Trésor’s hand-wound), and refreshingly, it does come in Sedna gold and steel. And, if you hadn’t guessed already, there is, of course, a story to go with it as well.
Omega says the idea for the Seamaster’s sea horse logo came when one of Omega’s designers visited Venice and saw the gondolas adorned with this fascinating animal – he liked the possible connection with it and the Seamaster and, since 1957, the Seahorse emblem has been associated with this collection.
While self-proclaimed Omega historians will certainly know of a few vintage Seamasters from the mid-1900s, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that most Omega fans and buyers today think not of a vintage dress watch when they hear the word Seamaster. Yet, this new-for-2017 piece shares numerous design elements with Seamasters of old, reminding everyone that the Seamaster copy watches with black or brown crocodile straps have not always been about chunky, sporty, and colorful. It goes to show that, if you think about it, not only is Omega itself a very versatile and complex brand, but even its collections can be a bit all over the place sometimes.
While you could consider this another 60th-anniversary tribute, I think the new Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia fake watches should really just be left alone to be what it actually is: a heavily vintage-inspired, retro-looking dress watch, something that’s been missing from Omega’s stable for some time now. The Globemaster is available in steel but is more modern in its design, even if it is not without its own vintage-tribute details.
The exquiste Omega Seamaster fake watch has a domed, silvery, off-white dial with applied indices, Omega logo and text, and a pair of thin, polished leaf-style hands – all of this is in 18k Sedna gold on both model variants. Legibility, because the dials appear to be more satin than shiny, should be alright – it would have been sad to see this piece ruined by the horribly illegible combination of a shiny dial and shiny, skinny hands. Love it or hate it, there is also a subtle date aperture at six, maintaining the symmetry of the dial.
Over the dial is a domed sapphire crystal that should add more depth to the skinny-looking watch – no official figures on thickness but considering the basic functionality of the movement and the small diameter of the case, we’d be surprised if this was a burger. Water resistance is an ample 60 meters or 200 feet, not bad for a gold dress watch and just enough that you never have to worry about it.
Exposed via the laser-engraved sapphire case-back is the Omega Caliber 8801, an automatic Co-Axial movement boasting METAS-approved quality control and a resistance to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. The gold version will come with an 18k Sedna gold balance bridge and oscillating weight. Power reserve is 55 hours which isn’t bad considering the relatively small size of the case and, therefore, movement.
Pricing for the Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia copy watches with white dials is a marketable €5,900 in steel (reference 522.214.171.124.02.001) and €13,200 in 18k Sedna gold (reference 5126.96.36.199.02.001). As you might have guessed by now, both pieces will only be available for purchase in Venice, Italy. omegawatches.com
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of its iconic Speedmaster timepiece, Swiss horologer Omega traversed the galaxy. In late April, at London’s Tate Modern, the brand threw a “Lost in Space” event that provided guests with a sensory, futuristic experience that cued to the watch’s legacy in space exploration. Anchored to a centerpiece of 60 historic top Speedmaster replica watches, the occasion featured prominent guests in the likes of George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to land on the moon.
“The Speedmaster is one of the most, if not the most, iconic chronographs in the world,” said Omega President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. “Not only for OMEGA, but for the many men and women who have worn and trusted it. Even after 60 years, its power and charisma has not diminished. We’re so proud to have an event of this scale and to share it with the Speedmaster’s biggest fans.”
The first copy watches with self-winding movements to boast a tachymeter scale on its bezel. Omega Speedmaster has throughout its varied history graced the wrists of a throng of prominent figures – from astronauts to Air Force pilots to athletes to actors. Perhaps, the most noted moment in the lifetime of the timepiece is its trek to the moon with Aldrin on Apollo 11 in 1969. Almost half a century later, Aldrin claimed Omega’s stage in a spacesuit, spurring raucous applause.
Standing alongside Aldrin, Clooney reminisced about his childhood and the role the Speedmaster and the US space missions played in it. “Speedmasters were a big part of my growing up,” he said. “My uncle and my father, we all had them because it was such a big part of the moon landing. And it was huge in our lives. My father gave me, as my graduation present, Omega Speedmaster replica watches with black dials. There’s every reason to love them because they’re elegant watches. But I also love them because of the history.”
The Speedmaster’s astounding lead in manned space missions came after rigorous scrutiny by NASA. The engineer who was once responsible for the qualifying process, James Ragan, was also in attendance at the Tate Modern.
“Of all the watches we tested in 1965, the Omega fake watches with steel cases were the only one that passed all the tests,” he said. “The others got eliminated in the very first test. So it has a very good reputation with NASA and even today is still used in space. That says a lot about the watch.”
Out of all the celebrated timepieces created by Swiss watchmaker Omega, its Speedmaster models carry an extra bit of prestige. With its status as the first watch certified by NASA and worn on the moon, the Speedmaster cemented its legacy as one of the most important chronographs ever made. Every piece in the legendary line built on the success of its predecessors, leaving lasting impressions on the industry still felt to this day.
1. Speedmaster CK 2915 (1957)
It all started rather inconspicuously in 1957, when the brand released its first line of “professional” watches — the Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster. The inaugural Speedmaster copy watches with self-winding movements, titled CK 2915, was originally marketed to car enthusiasts to help measure land speed. The timepiece was one of the first watches to place its tachymeter outside the dial, now a standard aesthetic for chronographs, and became one of Omega’s best-selling watches overnight.
2. Speedmaster CK 2998 (1959)
The brand revised the design in 1959 with the CK 2998, retaining the same case and manual-wound calibre 321, but introducing new “Alpha” design hands. It was eventually purchased by astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra and Leroy “Gordo” Cooper in 1962, becoming the first timepiece ever worn in outer space — long before NASA officially selected it for space missions.
3. Speedmaster ST 105.003 (1965)
The next years in the Speedmaster’s history were arguably its greatest ever. In 1964, without informing Omega headquarters in Switzerland, the brand’s American distributor responded to a request for chronographs by NASA. It sent over a handful of Omega Speedmaster replica watches with black dials , which were rigorously tested by NASA and eventually became the first timepieces ever certified by the American space agency for its manned space programs. The ST 105.003 went on to be the first watch ever worn outside of a space capsule during the Gemini 4 mission in 1965. All of this without Omega HQ’s knowledge.
4. Speedmaster ST 145.012 (1967)
Further iterations of the watch, the ST 105.012 and ST 145.012, improved its design, precision and consistency. These were the last models to use the brand’s patented calibre 321 — cementing its legacy as the movement that guaranteed perfect timing on all six lunar landings.
A year later, the brand made significant changes to the Speedmaster’s case, ushering in the second generation of the iconic line — the Speedmaster Mark II. Powered by the new calibre 861, the watch’s barrel-shaped case, also referred to as the “Pilots’ Line” case, was the product of a secret project by Omega to strengthen the Speedmaster for prolonged use on the moon’s surface.
7. Speedmaster 125 (1973)
But arguably the most noticeable redesign of the watch came in 1973 with the launch of the Speedmaster 125, a 2000-piece-only release to celebrate the brand’s 125th anniversary. Powered by the new calibre 1041, it was the world’s first automatic chronograph officially certified as a chronometer, and is still a collectors’ favourite to this day.
8. Speedmaster X-33 (1998)
The watch’s time in outer space wasn’t over, however. In 1998, the X-33 was released, a hybrid chronograph with an array of digital functions to be used by astronauts in the International Space Station and Russian Space Station. The timepiece’s release was broadcast over international television with astronauts in the Russian Space Station handling it as they communicated with Mission Control below.
Fifteen years after that moment, in 2013, two more hot-selling Speedmaster fake watches added new pages to the line’s legendary history. First, the Speedmaster 57 Omega Co-Axial Chronograph, designed to mimic the very first Speedmaster from 1957, became the first watch to feature the brand’s exclusive in-house co-axial calibres, making it one of the most reliable movements in Speedmaster history.
10. Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” (2013)
That same year, the brand released its Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon”, a black ceramic version of the watch originally outfitted with its co-axial calibre 9300/9301 — a tribute to the Apollo missions that took humans beyond the moon and back to earth.
With each new Speedmaster comes a new chapter in watchmaking history — not just for Omega fake watches with steel cases, but the industry as a whole. The line’s connection to the most important space missions ever has pushed Omega’s watchmakers to develop timepieces that can maintain unprecedented reliability and accuracy in the deadliest conditions known to man — a legacy that will surely inspire further innovations for decades to come.
While Omega’s biggest news at this year’s Baselworld was the 60th anniversary of its Speedmaster collection, the brand also introduced several interesting pieces in its other watch families. One of the most notable is this week’s Watch to Watch: the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Deep Blue,” a GMT-equipped divers’ copy watches with blue ceramic cases milled from a single block of blue ceramic.
Omega says that the new watch is inspired by the success of last year’s Planet Ocean “Deep Black” editions, which were the first ceramic-cased divers’ watches built to be water-resistant to 600 meters. The “Deep Blue” model is the first self-winding movements Omega fake watches with a case, and a dial, made entirely of blue ceramic. As orange and blue are considered by Omega to be the signature colors of the Planet Ocean series, orange highlights abound: a 24-hour GMT scale surrounds the dial; the first 15-minute-sector of the 60-minute diving scale on the rotating divers’ bezel is made from a blend of orange rubber and ceramic; and orange rubber injections have been used to create the Omega logo on the crown and the “He” symbol on the helium-release valve at 10 o’clock. The central GMT hand and the applied numerals at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock are also in blue’s complementary color. The hour hand, minute hand, and applied hour indices are in 18k white gold. The numerals on the bezel’s diving scale are made of LiquidMetal, a material used frequently in Planet Ocean watches.
The 45.5-mm ceramic case of the best Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” replica watches is pressed into shape from a special zirconium-based powder, with the blue pigmentation added at this early stage. Afterward it is heated to temperatures reaching 1,400º Celsius in a sintering process, making it extra hard and scratch-resistant. Diamond-equipped tools are then used to define the edges and grooves, after which the case is lubricated and cooled by high-pressure oil solutions. Finally, a three-hour plasma treatment in a 20,000º C furnace prepares the case for its precision laser engraving. The resulting case is six times harder than steel and never scratches, discolors, or fades.
The screw-down caseback, with its familiar Seamaster alveol pattern, is equipped with Omega’s patented Naiad Lock, which ensures that the engraved text around the big sapphire window remains in readable position. On display through that caseback window is Omega Master Chronometer Caliber 8906, an automatic movement with a co-axial escapement and a 60-hour power reserve that powers the timekeeping, GMT function, and date indication at the 3 o’clock position. Like all Master Chronometer movements, it has passed eight rigorous tests set by METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (for more on that battery of tests, click here), ensuring a high level of endurance, precision, and resistance to magnetic fields.
The movement is Omega’s co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8906.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” copy watches with blue dials come on a blue rubber strap with orange contrast stitching and orange edges; the foldover clasp, like the case, is made of blue ceramic. As with many of its recent releases, Omega is offering a four-year warranty on the watch. Priced at $11,700, the watch will be available at retail in December. Scroll down for live shots of the “Big Blue” that we snapped during Baselworld.
Omega is looking to capitalise on the 60th milestone of three of its famous lines with the launch of three new anniversary pieces.
A modern take on three classics replica watches with steel cases, the Seamaster 300, Railmaster and Speedmaster, hopes to make the most of the attention surrounding the pieces this year, backed in no small measure by a major marketing campaign.
All three pieces are encased in brushed and polished stainless steel and feature a black ‘tropical’ dial, with vintage indexes filled with Super-LumiNova. Each timepiece is limited to 3,557 pieces and is presented in a special presentation box.
X-ray scanning technology called tomography was used by the brand to create accurate representations of the original watches. The use of the software allowed Omega copy watches with self-widning movements to create a template of the originals and keep the designs close to the 1957 versions.
The Seamaster 300 Limited Edition Master Chronometer 39mm 2017 model is based on the CK2913, features a black aluminium bezel and retains the original’s Naïad sign on the crown, which back in 1957 was a mark of the watch’s exceptional water resistance.
In this final chapter in our series of features articles on the 60th anniversary of the iconic Omega Speedmaster, going decade by decade, we present the thirteen most noteworthy Speedmasters from 2010 to today, including the recently launched special edition for #SpeedyTuesday, the Speedmaster 38mm, and the Speedmaster Racing.
2011: Apollo XV 40th Anniversary
This watch celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo XV moon landing and is included in a numbered series of 1,971 pieces. The red, white, and blue colors on the dial were inspired by the colors on the mission patch and the caseback features an engraving of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, which was used on the moon for the first time during the mission.
2012: Apollo XVII 40th Anniversary
This limited-edition Speedmaster commemorates the 40th anniversary of the final lunar landing in December 1972. It features an unusual dial, made of 925 silver, which is embossed with the iconic images from the Apollo XVII patch representing mankind and the future, along with the images of the Greek god Apollo and the United States flag. This watch (you can read more about it here) was limited to just 1,972 pieces.
2013: Dark Side of the Moon: the First Speedmaster in Ceramic
This groundbreaking Speedmaster, famously nicknamed “Dark Side of the Moon,” brought the so-called Omega Moonwatch to a new generation. Crafted from a single block of black ceramic, the watch also features a black ceramic dial, with 18K white gold hands, and a nylon fabric strap. Omega copy watches with black ceramic bezels used a host of innovative production techniques to create this watch; click here for details on the process.
2014: Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Edition
On a brown “NATO” strap, this watch commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11. It incorporates the colors of the moon, as well as those of the lunar and command modules, and features a brushed, grade 2 titanium case with several gold elements. The dial is in black PVD; the case material was inspired by the titanium ore that covers the moon’s surface. Click here for more details on the watch.
2014: Speedmaster Skywalker X-33
Designed especially for space explorers, the Speedmaster Skywalker is an innovative upgrade of the Speedmaster Professional X-33, released in 1998. The 2014 model, powered by an advanced quartz caliber, was thoroughly tested and approved by the European Space Agency for inclusion in all of its missions. Its titanium case features a ceramic bezel with a chromium nitride scale and an LCD display with an electroluminescent backlight.
2015: Apollo XIII Silver Snoopy Award
A tribute to the 45th anniversary of the Apollo XIII mission, and the Silver Snoopy Award that Omega subsequently received from NASA, this watch features a white dial with special comic-strip inscriptions and a small Snoopy illustration decorating the 9 o’clock subdial. On the caseback, a Snoopy medallion in 925 silver is surrounded by dark blue enamel. More details on the watch can be found here.
2015: A New Approach to the Solar Impulse
The exquisite Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition replica watches celebrate OMEGA’s partnership with Solar Impulse, whose team succeeded in circling the globe in a solar-powered airplane in 2016. The lightweight titanium case is mounted on a NATO strap and contains a quartz movement. Its ceramic bezel features a chromium nitride scale. The ana-digi dial has skeletonized, black-and-white hour and minute hands and a central seconds hand distinguished by green and black coloring.
2015: George Clooney’s Choice: Speedmaster ’57
The Omega Speedmaster ’57 — worn proudly by Hollywood actor George Clooney in the watch’s international ad campaign in 2015 — is a salute to the original 1957 Speedmaster, with a number of details that recall its famous ancestor. These include the black dials Omega copy watches with beige indications, straight lugs, and brushed metallic bezel with tachymeter scale.
2016: Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition
The original Omega Speedmaster Ref. CK2998 fake watches with blue crocodile straps were released in 1959 and has become one of the world’s most sought-after vintage Speedmaster watches. This watch (which we cover in detail here) used that classic model as inspiration, with the dial’s hallmark Alpha and lollipop hands, a symmetrical steel case, and three subdials in blue. This blue color theme continues on the bezel, minutes track, and leather strap.
2016: First Speedmaster Master Chronometer
The first Speedmaster created to meet Omega’s Master Chronometer criteria, this blue-on-blue moon-phase timepiece meets the watch industry’s highest standards of precision and performance as approved by METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology. The dial detail most worthy of note: the image of the moon in the moon-phase display is as detailed as a NASA photograph. Zoom in close and you’ll see an astronaut’s footprint. (To see it up close, check out the photos in our article from Baselworld 2016.)
2017: #SpeedyTuesday Limited Edition
In 2012, thanks to the weekly series of “Speedy Tuesday” posts on our sister blog, FratelloWatches, an online community of Omega Speedmaster fans began to grow around the world, sharing pictures and comments every week. In tribute to these Speedmaster devotees, Omega produced this limited-edition model to celebrate the series’ fifth anniversary. Selling out rapidly, it became the first Omega watch marketed purely through social media and sold exclusively online, and the design was based on several vintage models from the past, including the “Alaska III.”
2017: Speedmaster 38 mm “Cappuccino”
Introduced at Baselworld 2017, the refined, 38-mm ladies’ collection retains the distinctive look and 60-year heritage of the Speedmaster, but also updates it, with a diamond-paved bezel and a tachymeter scale on a brown aluminum ring. The model is nicknamed “Cappuccino” for its taupe-brown subdials, tachymeter ring and leather strap.
2017: Return of the Racing Dial
The distinctive minute-track style on this stainless-steel watch first appeared on a 1968 Speedmaster model. Linked to the Speedmaster’s motor racing heritage, it returns on this 2017 model’s matt-black dial, whose other features include the orange markings and beveled, 18K white-gold arrowhead indexes. The perforated rubber strap is another nod to the world of auto racing.