Of all the gadgetry that have outfitted a certain secret agent over the years, it’s telling that of all the kit and caboodle, it’s James Bond’s watches that are cemented in the public consciousness. Whether outfitted by Q to container a detonator (that would be Roger Moore in A Spy Who Loved Me) or buzz saw (Live and Let Die), his watch is as integral to Bond’s identity as the tuxedo and martini. Which is why Omega have chosen a red letter year for the British institution to unveil a new limited edition model.
To mark a host of Bond milestones this year – 2017 sees the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice, the 40th of The Spy Who Loved Me and the 20th of Tomorrow Never Dies – Omega have created a timepiece in his honour, one particular focused on the militaristic aspect of Bond’s adventures (in each film he dons military attire). The replica Omega Seamaster Diver Commander’s Watch – unveiled at a high octane boating event on the River Thames, befittingly passing MI6 – employs the colours of the British Royal Navy to summery effect; the tones of red and blue bezel with a dazzling white ceramic dial look suitably fresh and appropriate for this time of year, while the 007 gun logo acts as counterweight on the second hand. The NATO strap also comes with stripes that border on a Regatta-style design. Numbers are limited; 7,007 will be produced, with the 18k gold version limited to just seven.
Bond’s roster of wrist candy began with Rolex in Dr. No, before he embraced the digital, more democratic age, with Seiko. He first slipped on an fake Omega Seamaster in 1995’s GoldenEye, thanks to costume designer Lindy Hemming, who recalled the sporty functionality of her RAF father’s model while she was growing up. “I was convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear this watch”. The official title of the watch is indicative not just of Bond’s rank, but of cheap Omega’s rich history in the the military field – during WWII, it outfitted 110,000 pilots, naval officers and soldiers on the orders of Britain’s Ministry of Defense. Proving that alongside the cinematic substance, there’s a heavy dose of substance to swiss Omega’s dynamic timepieces.
The Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster have been rolled out looking exactly as they did when launched 60 years ago, but with modern updates
There’s no better excuse for a celebration than an anniversary – and at Omega, it has three.
This year, the brand celebrates the 60th anniversary of its launch in 1957 of three sports watches that would go on to become classics: the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster.
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Omega replica rolled out three special anniversary edition timepieces that can be bought either as individual pieces, or as a collector’s limited edition Trilogy set. Each individual fake watch is limited to 3,557 pieces, while the Trilogy is limited to 557 sets.
The historic timepieces were revived using – for the first time by cheap Omega – a unique digital scanning technology to accurately reproduce the original designs and dimensions while allowing a little breathing room for modern updates.
The new Seamaster 300 is based on the CK2913 and features a black aluminium bezel and the original Naïad sign on the crown, a logo that denoted remarkable water resistance in 1957. Inside the 39mm case ticks the replica Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.
The double-case antimagnetic 38mm Railmaster retains its practical, no-nonsense aesthetic reminiscent of its 1957 design. However, the vintage indexes have been deepened just a tiny bit to allow a stronger Super-LumiNova light to shine through. It is also powered by the replica Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8806.
Part of the appeal of the Speedmaster heritage – apart from its having been the first watch on the moon, worn by Buzz Aldrin – is that it was the first to feature the tachymeter scale on the bezel instead of on the dial. Racing drivers found this feature useful – and the replica watch soon acquired a cult following. This year, Omega reproduced the original font to match the scale of the original tachymeter. It is driven by the calibre 1861.
Another highlight from swiss Omega was the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”, which combines the perks of a GMT and diver’s watch. The “Big Blue” marks the first time the brand has fashioned a case directly from a single block of ceramic. Ceramic is six times harder than steel and is resistant to scratches and discolouration.
The “Big Blue”, pairing electric blue with shocking bright orange, is likely to appeal to the young, sporty gentleman. It is powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8906, which can be viewed through the transparent screw-in caseback. Water resistance is to 600 metres.
The use of orange is echoed in the 44.25mm Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, which debuted this year in two different models: a stainless steel and black version with orange accents, and an 18ct Sedna gold and blue version. Both feature ceramic bezels with a tachymeter scale and an alternating minute-track on the dials. The distinctive minute-track, first used in 1968, is inherently linked to the brand’s unique relationship to motor racing. Driving the timepieces is the co-axial Master Chronometer calibre 9900/9901.
Another addition to the Speedmaster family is the new Speedmaster 38mm, available in 14 models for men and women. The three sub-dials (located at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock) are made of horizontal ovals, and a vertical oval date window can be found at 6 o’clock, a design feature inspired by the De Ville timepieces. Some models feature a dual bezel design, where the tachymeter scale on the bezel is complemented by an outer ring of diamonds. Each caseback boasts the Speedmaster’s signature Seahorse medallion, while inside ticks the calibre 3330. For ladies, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies’ collection has been expanded to feature 30 new models. Three sizes are available: 38mm, 34mm and 28mm. It features a few updates, including reproportioned and domed links for the bracelets, and a conical crown with waved edges.
The dials feature mother-of-pearl in 14 colours, and diamond hour-markers. The 34mm and 38mm replica watches are powered by the Master Chronometer calibre 8800, while the quartz calibre 4061 drives the 28mm version.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometers collection also has new models features subtle upgrades. Its dial now has a horizontal teak pattern inspired by a luxury yacht’s deck, and the date window is at 6 o’clock. At Baselworld, three models – each in 41mm and 38mm sizes – were presented. The timepieces are powered by either the Master Chronometer calibre 8800 or 8900.
One of Omega’s many sponsorships and partnerships is as Official Timekeeper of the Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) sailing team. For the 35th America’s Cup yacht race taking place this month, June 2017, the Swiss replica watch maker has announced a couple of limited edition watches including this replica Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ that the team members wear while actually racing. Compared to other collections from swiss Omega, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about this interesting but rare family of digital, quartz-powered Omega replica watches.
The replica Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 was released in the ’90s, helping show that Omega wasn’t stuck in 1969 with the manually wound mechanical Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” as their cutting-edge astronaut gear. But much like Breitling’s Professional line of replica watches, also with hybrid analog-digital displays, the fake Omega Speedmaster X-33 was also convincingly meant for professional aviation purposes. It remains a peripheral branch of the Speedmaster collection that particularly dedicated watch enthusiasts and brand enthusiasts can also enjoy.
There’s no reason, however, that it needs to be exclusively for aviation and aerospace, as the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition watch shows. I felt it was worth mentioning that the sailing team members wear the cheap Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ while on board as it does add some credibility to the watches’ intended practical use and durability. If you don’t follow regatta racing and aren’t clear on some of the physical rigors involved for people or replica watches on board one of these vessels in a race, see Ariel’s report after being strapped to a catamaran and splashed a lot with Bremont Watches and Oracle Team UK.
On a nylon fabric strap, the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition is 45mm wide in Grade 2 titanium and water-resistant to 30m. This might cause some watchnerds to blink, as that is basically the minimum water-resistance rating for any modern watch, and this one is designed to be involved with watersports. Boats ideally stay on top of the water, yes, but 30m of water resistance refers to the water pressure below 30m of perfectly still water. We generally recommend that you don’t do anything wetter than washing your hands with a 30m-water-resistant watch – mostly dress watches. Granted, there are a bunch of buttons and spots where water ingress becomes a concern on the fake Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ, and it seems like they are intended to actually be used – but even most G-Shocks come with 200m water-resistance.
The quartz 5620 movement inside powers the analog three-hand time telling with the addition of a countdown timer for regatta racing, along with a host of digital displays. If you didn’t know, the reason countdown timers are important to yacht racing and so often found on such replica watches is that boats get a running start before crossing the starting line that they need to time very carefully. The digital functions can show three time zones, chronograph, timer, calendar information, and two alarms. I will continue to say that negative LCD displays are just inferior to positive ones and can only be seen as a sacrifice of legibility for aesthetics. The regatta countdown timer is activated by the red button at 9 o’clock and triggers a series of alarms with recognizable ringing sequences.
Some differences from the Skywalker X-33 in the swiss Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition watch include design cues for ETNZ, the specific functions meant for boat racing mentioned above, and of course, the omission of Skywalker from the name. The colors are of the New Zealand flag, and the blue ring at 9 o’clock that seems to reference an analog subdial is new and cool-looking. I happen to think that a more colorful approach to the X-33, as we also saw here with the Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse watch, makes it look a lot more modern and fun.
We don’t have caseback images for the moment, but fake Omega tells us that it is “stamped with an EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND logo and engraved with ‘CHALLENGER FOR THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP,’ ‘X-33 REGATTA,’ and the limited edition number.” The bi-directional rotating bezel, made of a ceramic-titanium mix, includes litle stars at the “compass points” in place of the aviation (stylized spaceship? K rail?) symbols of the Skywalker. Omega says the stars represent the Southern Cross on New Zealand’s flag. We can assume that there will be lume on the hands and indices, as well as the 12 o’clock star on the bezel, in addition to a back light for the digital displays.
There are certainly a lot of potential luxury watch replica customers involved with the yachting world, so every year we see a range of sponsorships and limited editions from different fake watch brands. This is one of the cooler ones, in my opinion, and that’s because of the watch itself. Limited to 2,017 pieces, the replica Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition watch will have a price of $159.
Out of the blue, Omega today debuted the replica Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia, 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 cheap Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia, 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 swiss 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 replica 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 has 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 replica Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia 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 Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia 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 replica 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 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.
The Omega Speedmaster is one of those replica watches that doesn’t need an introduction. Forever known as the “Moonwatch” it has carved out quite a niche for itself in the market. Rightfully, this comes with quite a few limited editions, of which the new Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th Anniversary is one of the latest.
Limited editions are tricky. Almost always selling at a premium over the regular, non-limited version of the watch, they can make a brand a tidy amount of money. This temptation leads in many cases to limited edition replica watches that only vary in color from the regular model. It is, therefore, all the more pleasing to see that Omega didn’t step into this pitfall.
This Speedmaster is dedicated to the Apollo XVII mission, the last time humans landed on the moon. This particular limited edition is also a tribute to astronaut Gene Cernan, who was the last man to set foot on the lunar surface, and who passed away earlier this year. While there is also a stainless steel model (limited to 1972 pieces, the year of the mission), I prefer the contrast between the gold and blue, which makes this watch very striking.
Both the dial and the bezel are made from ceramic. Usually blue ceramic has a very harsh tone to it, almost too bright, but Omega replica succeeded in making it a very deep blue. This actually makes the fake watch. Also, the gold mission medallion of Apollo XVII at the nine o’clock subdial is crafted with such care and detail that makes this limited edition worthwhile.
The same can be said for the case back. Here a silver mission medallion mentions the name of the mission and the tribute to Gene Cernan, with the moon and Apollo in contrasting gold. The engravings are quite deep, with lots of detail, giving true depth to the back of the replica watch.
In essence, this limited edition is your regular 42mm Speedmaster. That also means that the movement inside is caliber 1861 by Lemania, a rugged and solid performer, although some movement connoisseurs might crave for something more. I doubt however if this will be a deal-breaker given the great care and attention that cheap Omega put into this limited edition, also because of the expected retail price of around $200,- seems to be just right.
Omega’s new president, Raynald Aeschlimann, asked me to join him and a surprise dinner guest “who plays an amazing James Bond.” I torpedoed back my R.S.V.P. Ian Fleming’s secret agent, known for his exquisite taste, has been associated with fine replica watches ever since his Rolex wristwatch was described in the 1954 novel Live and Let Die. He has worn Rolexes, a Breitling, and even quartz Seiko watches when quartz was all the rage.
However, as a Royal Navy reserve commander and since Fleming himself spent time in the British Naval Intelligence Division it makes sense that Bond would wear a diving watch. In 1995’s GoldenEye film, Bond for the first time sported an cheap Omega Seamaster 300 diving watch, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that a massive turnaround at Omega started at about the same time.
The guest at the Omega-sponsored dinner was, of course, British actor Daniel Craig, who has been playing Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale. In lower Manhattan’s Beekman Hotel, the room sparkling with vintage Omega replica watches under glass, I sat down at a candlelit table, just opposite Craig. He seemed genuinely excited to be among other watch geeks, and as we sipped Billecart-Salmon Champagne, he explained how he bought his first fine watch, a Breitling, when he started earning money. But his passion for replica watches began in earnest with the James Bond role, when he bought his first Omega replica, a vintage Seamaster 300. His most emotionally significant timepiece is an Omega Seamaster engraved for him and given by the producers of Casino Royale. When ordering custom-made shirts for his Bond wardrobe, Craig has the “left cuff made slightly larger so I can wear the watch, and the sleeve sits over the watch.”
Now, that’s a sign of a serious watch guy.
BUT THE REAL STAR of the evening was arguably the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue,” just released at watch fair Baselworld 2017. Originally introduced in 1957, the Seamaster traces its roots to the Omega Marine from 1932, the world’s first production wristwatch made specifically for diving. Exactly 60 years later, at the dinner, we got to handle the new Seamaster Big Blue—the first fake Omega watch with a case made entirely of blue ceramic. Its name comes from a Seamaster from 1972 that Omega devotees call Big Blue. Oversize, with a blue dial, it was the world’s first diver’s chronograph in which the stopwatch functions could be fully operated underwater.
The new watch is, in fact, an evolution of 2013’s black ceramic Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. The full case, dial, bezel, and even the strap’s folding buckle are made of ceramic and scratch- and fade-resistant. Creating the blue ceramic color was no easy feat. It’s fabricated in-house using high pressures, hours-long plasma treatments, and sintering at 2,550 degrees.
Made for world travelers, an orange hour hand indicates time in a second time zone on the blue ceramic dial’s orange 24-hour ring. Water resistant to 2,000 feet, the helium escape valve is designed for saturation dives and prevents the watch from exploding upon resurfacing. There is no denying that Big Blue is a serious divers’ watch.
SOME MIGHT FIND the colors garish, but the dial’s and bezel’s blue and orange colors are highly functional. Infused into the blue ceramic bezel, orange rubber highlights the critical, zero-to-15 minute region that is used to alert divers to their last 15 minutes of oxygen supply. Colors change the deeper you plunge into the sea. Orange quickly converts to a light olive tone, while blue is the last color to remain visible, until a depth of 275 meters. Combined with the luminescent “broad arrow” hands and hour markers, the orange and blue colors result in the best possible contrast for divers’ visibility and safety.
Inside the massive, 45.5-millimeter case ticks Omega’s caliber 8906, a state-of-the-art self-winding movement providing 60 hours of timekeeping. Antimagnetic up to 15,000 Gauss, you could wear the watch without damage while getting, say, an MRI, and it’s based on the first movement ever to receive the Swiss government’s new Master Chronometer certification. It remains highly accurate and water resistant during eight rigorous tests conducted in magnetic environments. The fake watch isn’t cheap at $11,700, but that’s because ceramic production is costly.
Bookies are taking bets on who will be the next James Bond, and the second-longest-serving Bond was asked if he would continue to play the famous spy. Craig declined to comment. Whoever steps into the role, my bet is he’ll be wearing a Big Blue.
Today, Omega launched what is a very comprehensive, neatly detailed, and of course, free online catalog of 60 iconic Omega Replica Speedmaster Moonwatches. The Speedmaster marks its notable 60th anniversary in 2017 making this a big year for swiss Omega and for one of the most popular and recognizable chronographs out there.
It happens very rarely that we can get excited about a feature on a replica watch brand’s website – so much so that, come to think of it, this may just be the first time so we’ll explain briefly what you can find in this catalog before you dig into it. Just be sure you have an extended lunch break or are all done with whatever you are supposed to be working on because it’s very easy to get positively lost in it.
The way it works is really quite simple: you just select whichever year tickles your fancy from the scale on the bottom of the screen, the respective watch for that year loads, and you just need to start scrolling (for whatever reason, upwards). A range of basic tech specs follow including case diameter, caliber number, reference number, front crystal material and more. To illustrate and give you a better idea about the different pages I picked the original Speedmaster from 1957.
Scrolling your way up towards the sky is when it starts to get really fun – or so it does at least for egghead watch nerds like everyone on our team – as you get to discover hitherto unseen or very difficult to find materials like detailed manuals, advertisements, movement specs and even some “Speedmaster Facts.” To be fair, it all really is in tune with the ethos of the Speedmaster, and you’ll either find these smaller and larger droplets of information very cool or you’ll just roll your eyes as you learn how, for example, some of the ’57 Speedmasters were delivered to the Peruvian Air Force to use in-flight.
Additional curated images both from the Omega replica archives and from social media users can be found as you keep scrolling, giving you a better look at your choice of a fake watch. And while all this may not sound like that big of a deal, the consistency and depth of the information provided for not one but all sixty selected replica watches is – and it’s as close as you can get to discovering such a wild selection of “Speedies” in one place without purchasing the (yet much more in-depth) 494-page Moonwatch Book.
In essence, then, if you are a Speedmaster collector, wearer, or enthusiast, chances are that you’ll enjoy clicking and scrolling through this truly fascinating catalog of 60 iconic Omega Replica Speedmaster Moonwatches.
Omega’s De Ville line hit retailers’ shelves 50 years ago, in 1967 – the same year in which the world’s first heart transplant took place, the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and Thurgood Marshall was confirmed to the Supreme Court as the first African-American Supreme Court justice. In fashion, men wore ankle-high boots and women wore jaunty boots and often a jauntily slanted beret or pillbox hat along with them. And either sex may have sported a popular Omega wristwatch to keep the time.
Omega now celebrates this golden anniversary of mechanics and fashion by presenting three new deluxe models in elegant gold cases not an everyday occurrence for the Biel-based brand, even today in housings reminiscent of the original stylish cases of that golden year.
And recalling the heyday of yellow gold as the most luxurious metal of the time, the brand introduces these 39.5 mm cases not only in modern white gold and red gold, but also yellow gold – which docks right into a trend-in-the-making of yellow gold’s comeback in replica watches.
Nostalgically designed, the case backs of this new model are not transparent as they would be today but rather solid, brushed, and embossed with a likeness of Chronos, the god of time, alongside the words “De Ville” and “50th Anniversary.”
The front of these De Ville models is dominated by an enamel dial proudly emblazoned with nostalgically classic black numerals –except for the “12,” which is red to denote enamel as the dial material – and a classic railroad track for the minutes. The color of the 18-karat gold hands match that of the 18-karat gold case material.
This fake watch, which sports a three-year guarantee, is powered by automatic Omega co-axial Caliber 2500. This movement was chosen not only because all mechanical Omega replica watches are now powered by co-axial movements; this is also a nod to the fact that it was the De Ville that first housed a co-axial movement back in 1999.
The red gold version will already be available in Omega replica boutiques around the world next month, with the white gold and yellow gold variations following later. Omega’s De Ville line of 1967 was a direct successor to the Seamaster De Ville, which first appeared in 1962.
Omega, official timekeeper of the Olympics for the 28th time since 1932, began its one-year countdown to the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 8, with the installation of a special countdown clock at City Hall Plaza in Seoul. As per tradition, the brand also launched its first limited-edition timepiece devoted to the 2018 games: the Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018.”
The 43,5mm watch, which is limited to 2,018 pieces (again as per tradition), features the bold blue and red colors of the South Korean flag. The stainless steel case has a unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel that boasts a watch-world first: a polished blue ceramic ring with a diving scale that combines rubber and Liquidmetal, a proprietary alloy used on various uk replica watches made by the Swatch Group, Omega’s parent company. Red rubber is used for the first 15-minute segment of the scale, while Liquidmetal is used for the bezel’s minute numerals and indices, as well as for the luminous dot at 12 o’clock.
The dial is made of polished blue ceramic (Zr02), and features applied rhodium-plated indices. The indices, hour hand, and seconds hand are coated with a white Super-LumiNova that glows a bright blue in the dark; the luminous material on the minute hand and the 12 o’clock dot glows green instead of blue. Covering the dial is a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-glare treatment. The screw-down crown, to the right of the date window at 3 o’clock, has a relief Omega replica logo, and the helium-release valve at 10 o’clock is embossed with “He,” the chemical symbol for helium.
Inside the watch is Omega’s co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900, with automatic winding and a 60-hour power reserve in two series-connected spring barrels. This movement — which famously debuted in the original Omega Globemaster in 2015 — is the first to receive Omega’s Master Chronometer certification, passing eight separate, rigorous tests over 10 days to meet standards for precision, endurance, and resistance to magnetic fields, as set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (METAS). The new, alveol-patterned screw-in caseback, engraved with the words “PLANET OCEAN” and “LIMITED EDITION,” along with the limited edition number, has a sapphire window for viewing the movement, with the transferred words “PyeongChang 2018” and the Olympic Winter Games logo.
The Swiss Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” limited edition comes with a blue structured rubber strap with a blue and red rubber lining. It is packaged in a special presentation box, which also includes an extra stainless steel bracelet and a strap-changing tool so the wearer can quickly and easily switch from strap to bracelet and vice versa. The retail price of this ensemble is 6,400 Swiss francs.
The story could well be titled “Swiss watch brand in social-media savvy shocker”. Because Omega has gone and launched a watch based on an Instagram hashtag.
Since 2012, thanks to Fratello Watches founder Robert-Jan Broer, fans of replica Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph (NASA’s preferred wristwatch, no less) have been sharing pictures of their beloved watches under the #SpeedyTuesday banner.
At noon on Tuesday January 10 2017, Omega decided to give its followers something really worth clicking the “heart” button for – a limited-edition “Moonwatch” Speedmaster Professional with reverse panda dial and luminescent radial subdials with “#SpeedyTuesday” on its black-and-white military-style fabric strap as a nod to the fans.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the 2,012 numbered watches, which also count as the first Omega replica to ever be retailed on the brand’s own website, are now sold out. However, there is still an option to put your name down if a number comes up again.
It’s an amazing move on Omega’s part because it shows that finally the Swiss replica watch industry is wising up to the power of social media, not just in terms of pushing sales but in terms of building a community – lest we forget, bloggers extraordinaire Hodinkee and ABlogToWatch owe everything to this online buzz. However, it has only been recently that brands have started to build their own online personalities.
So, if you’re interested in expanding your tech-horo horizons, then some other watch brands well worth a follow (and a chat with) are Audemars Piguet, Zenith and those kings of gnomic German whimsy, Nomos Glashütte.
Anyone for #MinimatikMonday?
The Tudor Pelagos waterbaby with a smart new “LHD” numbered series
Back in the early Seventies, the story goes that the French Navy’s elite frogmen made a special request to their watch supplier, Tudor: they wanted “left-handed” versions of their Submariner diving replica watches, which could be worn on the right wrist with the crown on the left for easy adjustment. Before, left-handed divers had had to make do by wearing their replica watches upside down.
Bringing this little-known quirk of its history to light, Tudor took everyone by surprise just before Christmas with a new edition of its modern-day Pelagos diving range, named LHD for Left Hand Drive. Crown duly on the left (enabled by simply turning the in-house automatic movement by 180º, turning the hands 180º the other way), it also comes with a tastefully retro “patina” colouration to the numerals in a nod to the historical inspiration.
The watches are all numbered too, which makes the identical pricing to the existing Pelagos (£3,020) mightily tempting. That you get a titanium beauty good to 500 metres down sweetens the deal further.