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3 Most Remarkable Omega Speedmaster Watches

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3 Most Remarkable Omega Speedmaster Watches

Omega SA is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturing company based in Biel/Bienne.  Louis Brandt founded the company in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1903 and officially renamed Omega SA in 1982, and is now a subsidiary of the Swiss Swatch Group. 

In 1917, the Royal Flying Corps of the United Kingdom chose Omega watches as its authorized timekeepers for its combat units, as did the United States Army in 1918. Omega watches were chosen by NASA and were the first watches to be worn on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Since 1932, it has also served as the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games.

The Speedmaster collection is a true icon in the world of watchmaking, beloved on Earth and beyond. The legendary chronograph has been inspired by its historical design for its most recent update, while the Master Chronometer certification gives even more credibility and outstanding quality.

One of the remarkable Omega Speedmaster Watches is the Apollo XVII 40th Anniversary Edition Watch. Omega developed a remarkable Speedmaster Moonwatch “Apollo XVII” 40th Anniversary watch to commemorate the 40th anniversary of this significant accomplishment. This distinct and unique model with advanced technology and commemorative design, limited to a symbolic number of pieces (1,972), glorifies human ingenuity that led to fantastic breakthroughs in space.

The 925 silver, hand-patina dial embossed with a replica of the Apollo XVII patch is the absolute highlight of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Apollo XVII.” The image depicts the man’s profile, a reminiscence of Apollo, planets, and the American flag. These images are superbly executed, and they blend in perfectly with the rest of the film. However, the readability of chronograph counters is significantly reduced with this interface, but that is less important than the artistic impression at this time.

The diameter of a 42 mm stainless steel case is nicely refined. Like the original Speedmaster, the bezel integrates a black disc with a tachymeter scale. The legendary Omega 1861 Caliber is housed within the case. This hand-wound chronograph mechanism deserved to be the brand’s emblem inside Buzz Aldrin’s Moonwatch. It is highly corrosion-resistant, oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and has a power reserve of 48 hours. These are all the exact words inscribed on the screw-in caseback, alongside “DECEMBER 14, 1972,” “APOLLO XVII,” “40TH ANNIVERSARY,” and “limited edition number.”

  • Omega Speedmaster Day-Date

The Omega Speedmaster Day-Date Chronograph is a remarkable watch from the brand’s most recognizable collection. It is a typical Swiss watchmaker’s product, representing the class in all aspects—design, mechanism, features, and materials. Omega’s artists did not need to create a larger watch to emphasize its masculinity. This gorgeous mid-size chronograph demonstrates that it was created for the dynamic modern man who seeks functional elegance.

It appears that Swiss watchmakers intended to cater to a wide range of customer preferences by producing Speedmaster Day-Date watch models with great variation. Watch enthusiasts can also choose between luxury items (Speedmaster Day-Date in red or yellow gold) and a more casual, but still elegant, stainless steel variant. Because the material of the 40 mm case does not always match that of the bezel, a chronograph with a steel case and a gold bezel is also available. The eye-catching Omega Speedmaster Day-Date watch with a yellow gold case and bezel perfectly complements with a stylish brown leather strap. This lovely Omega watch has a white dial with luminous gold-tone hands and hour markings.

It is powered by a self-winding Caliber 3606 movement and displays the day, date, and month, with a power reserve of 44 hours. The assertively designed watch face has three sub-dials: a 24-hour dial for tracking time in the second zone at 9 o’clock, a 12 hour counter at 6, and a 30-minute chronograph at 12 o’clock. The day/month window is within this subdial, and the fourth central hand tracks the exact date on the scale along the outer rim.

The Omega Speedmaster Day-Date watch also has a tachymeter scale on the watch bezel. This intriguing function calculates speed based on a distance of 1000 meters. This incredible timepiece from Omega’s Speedmaster collection is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and can resist water pressure of 100 meters.

  • Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow GMT Co-Axial Chronograph

Speedmaster Broad Arrow GMT Co-Axial watch is ideal for you if you are a world traveler with a variety of dress styles ranging from an elegant, dressy look to a sporty casualness. It ensures a pretty cool appearance, a bit classic, yet modern in general, and, most importantly, it can be very advantageous on a trip. This watch has a 24-hour hand that displays the time in a second-time zone.

The Broad Arrow and regular Speedmaster Professional watches are distinguished by a broad minute hand and an arrow hour hand. These elements provide a unique style for this watch family, which has long been a part of Omega’s iconic Speedmaster Collection.

The dial on this model is available in two variations. Black dial watches have oversized and highly luminous applied indicators for even hours, as well as smaller, but still easily legible, Arabic numerals for odd hours. The fourth, GMT hand has an orange arrow, while the subdials are lighter in color and have white frames. Cream dials are featured on the Speedmaster Broad Arrow GMT’s second variant. The hour markings and watch hands are grey on this dial, while a slightly lighter shade makes the hour track and sub-dials distinct and easy to read. The Swiss watchmaker has also highlighted some Arabic numerals with orange. 

The Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow GMT Chronograph has a 44.25mm case made of brushed and stylish stainless steel. It goes well with either a stainless steel bracelet or a brown leather strap with white stitches. The Caliber 3603 is an automatic chronograph with a column-wheel mechanism, free-sprung balance, and Co-Axial Escapement for enhanced performance, accuracy, and sturdiness. This fully approved chronometer has a rhodium-plated finish and gold-plated engravings, and it has a power reserve of 55 hours.

Takeaway

The Omega Speedmaster is pricey when you consider the sum of its parts. If you’re willing to spend thousands of dollars on a remarkable watch, a Speedmaster is a great option. Its historiography and sophisticated value put it in a class of its own.

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