Moon-loving Omega Speedmaster replica changed the watch landscape and is today one of the unquestionable icons of watchmaking. Among its many different versions – always quite faithful to the original – I’ve selected my favorite ones.
When I was a young boy – and it was so long ago I hardly remember – contrary to George Clooney my dream was not to become an astronaut. For a lad from Poland space was a bit like a distant land from a fairytale, and Moon itself just a big, glowing bulb on the night sky. My future was to be a football player (soccer for those of you over the pond) but all it is left of that dream are my quirky legs. Passion for watchmaking came much later. Today, when I gaze at the Moon, first thing that jumps to mind is… watches. When more than half a century ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the lunar module to make a first small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind, not only did they write our history but at the same time not least important chapter in history of watches. The best quality replica Omega Speedmaster ref. 105.012 with a manual caliber 321 inside the case was first ever watch on the surface of our natural satellite, however what’s even more important is what it meant for Omega. Without the Speedmaster and the Moon-story the Biel-based brand would be in all other place today. On the other hand Speedmaster is such a good watch design, that even without a tete-a-tete with NASA it would still be one of the best chronographs out there.
Since 1957 up until this very day cheap fake Omega crated a variety of different interpretations of the iconic Speedmaster. Along faithful re-interpretations of the past and numerous jubilee editions came modern iterations of the Moonwatch, crafted from high-tech materials and equipped with contemporary, manufactured automatic movements. Vast society of Speedmaster collectors gather under the #SpeedyTueasday hashtag and collecting vintage grows by day, especially with auction market selling top vintage lots for premium money.
While writing this story I have my very own Omega Speedmaster replica with steel bracelet strapped to the wrist. That one did not make it into the list, but still holds a very special, sentimental value despite me still not dreaming about flying into space and being locked in a tin-can of a space station.