There is a saying that goes, “The way we spend our time defines who we are” but investing time in something you love makes it more important. To be a master of your time, you will be needing a good companion. If you are looking for something historical, beautiful, and genius, then an iconic timepiece could be just the right thing for you.
The Omega Speedmaster, popularly known as the Moon Watch, is a watch that can tell not only time but a great story. Having a design so versatile, this timepiece has proven itself to stand the test of time. This watch can do all the talking for you as choosing it declares a bold statement about who you are.
It’s All in the Details
Omega SA creates one of the best value watches in production. This company started introducing a line of chronograph wristwatches in 1957. The Omega Speedmaster Chronograph, the only approved watch by NASA for space missions, was worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their space mission on the moon in 1969. Wristwatches that they have manufactured ever since that year are regarded as one of the most iconic watches ever made.
The case of this watch is well-proportioned with clean brushed and polished finishes throughout. It has an aluminum bezel marked with a tachymeter scale, primarily used to measure speed. The dial has a base with a matte black finish and a white finish for the main hands. Both of these features a fine grain texture that gives it a stunning and sleek look.
The overall color and details of the marks give a great contrast that improves the legibility of the watch. With its casing having a diameter of 42 mm it could be pretty large on the wrist for some. Its glass comes with a choice between hesalite or sapphire crystals. At first glance, the two may seem the same but they are not.
The hesalite crystal version of the watch is more akin to the one worn in space. Its hesalite plexiglass material is soft that it reflects and reacts to light more differently than the sapphire crystal. It is one of the reasons why many prefer it over the sapphire crystal. If you are not careful, this material can be easily scratched but it can be polished to look like new using a polishing paste.
The sapphire crystal version features a see-through back where you can see the decorated caliber 1863. Having this version will require you to take extra care because a small crack or scratch on it could break the whole glass. If you ever find yourself choosing between the two, both versions of the watch are appealing.
The Moon watch is an excellent choice for both men and women who want a classic and contemporary-looking chronograph. Choosing which model or version to buy depends on how you are planning to use your watch.
Be Mooned by the Moonwatch
On the 20th of July 1969, an event transpired which won’t be repeated in our life that made children aspire to be an astronaut, the very first moon landing. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the great historical lunar exploration, Speedmaster presents – The new Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. A modern timepiece in stainless steel with new interesting touches.
The 50th-anniversary watch could easily become your favorite for it is simply stunning. The watch is mostly covered in moonshine gold, a dull yellow gold. The alloy allows the color to retain its polish better over time due to the inclusion of the alloy.
Instead of aluminum, like what they used in 1969, the bezel is made out of black ceramic. On the 9 o’clock dial, Buzz Aldrin is seen going down the lunar module. He is the only one who wore his Speedmaster when they came out of the module, making it the first-ever watch to be worn on the moon.
The watch has a new bracelet with polished edges and a brushed center design which is a nice touch. Another beautiful feature is the case back showing the footprint of the first step on the moon with the line “That’s One Small Step for a Man, One Huge Leap for Mankind” printed on it.
The model comes with a velcro strap of blackened cork with gold highlights. The material used is similar to what kept the crew safe during the Apollo 11 launch. A strap that perfectly complements the look of the case. This model of the watch is limited to 6,969 across the globe.
A mesmerizing watch that marks a unique time in human history. Needless to say, this model is a beauty of engineering. Omega offers a variety of selections for Speedmasters but this model stands out from the rest.
Timelessness You Can Call Yours
Speedmasters do not have what most luxury watches at this price point have. It is not automatic so you have to manually wind the watch regularly. It could be a bother for some but the true enthusiast, it is a way to engage more with this little mechanical invention, allowing you to stay more attached to it as time passes.
Another saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Omega Speedmaster design hasn’t changed much ever since its production in 1957; however, it remained relevant and successful for over 50 years of its existence. It is a wholesome watch that carries a piece of history. Out of the many iconic watches out there, it is a classic watch that you should include in your collection as it is one of mankind’s great accomplishments.