Top 5 Omega replica watches on Instagram

As Omega releases the First Omega Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition, we scoured Instagram to find out which were the brand’s most popular replica watches online.

Currently in the news for its First Omega Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition, a run of 18 timepieces outfitted with an original refurbished 1913 calibre, Omega is known for its sports and dive watches. Which are the most popular online? We searched Instagram to find out.

To keep things simple, we won’t be differentiating between new/older models of the same timepieces. For example, a Speedmaster Professional will be classed as that, irrespective of dial colour, material or type of strap, whereas a Speedmaster Day Date or Speedmaster Racing are classed as different watches.

As the hashtag has been used more than 2.6 million times and each image must be reviewed individually, we calculated percentages from a sample size of 2,500 images to determine which replica watch is the most popular across the hashtag. So here they are, the top 5 #Omega on Instagram.

01. Speedmaster Professional or “Moonwatch”

First introduced in 1957, the Omega Speedmaster or Moonwatch is the brand’s most popular model, both online and offline. Its nickname comes from the fact that it was the first watch on the Moon. Chosen by NASA for the U.S. space program in 1965, it was issued to astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission, and remains one of the few replica watches today to be qualified for spaceflight. Surprisingly, given its pedigree, the Moonwatch was not originally designed for space exploration, but for car racing.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional is the second longest-produced Omega replica watch. Since its release, the Speedmaster Professional has remained essentially the same, with just a few minor changes to the calibre, but identical case proportions and dial design. It’s a watch known for its precision, readability and robustness, a watch that has made history and a watch that will last for years, making it one of the most popular chronographs in the world… and the most popular on Instagram today.

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02. Seamaster Professional 300m or the “Bond watch”

The original Seamaster 300 was also introduced in 1957 as a tribute to Omega’s maritime legacy. It has a 30 bar depth rating, a helium valve at 10 o’clock and is powered by Omega’s exclusive co-axial movement, an escapement mechanism invented in the 1970s by British watchmaker George Daniels that offers greater timekeeping accuracy and longer service intervals.

The Seamaster is the longest-produced Omega fake watch. While popular among personalities such as Prince William and Joe Biden, its biggest claim to fame is as James Bond’s watch. Pierce Brosnan was first to wear it in 1995, in GoldenEye, and Daniel Craig has been wearing it ever since. This isn’t the first time a fake watch has been made popular thanks to a film, although fans may be disappointed to learn that Bond’s watch features cool gadgets such as a laser and a remote detonator that the real watch doesn’t have!

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03. Speedmaster Day Date MK40 Triple Calendar

Introduced in 1993, the Day Date (also known as the MK40, TDate or Triple Date) is another edition of the Speedmaster collection. While most of the replica watches from the Speedmaster collection take inspiration from the iconic Moonwatch, the Speedmaster Day Date strays further from it, with a completely different dial that features day, date, month and 24-hour indicators.

With its 39mm diameter, the Day Date is smaller than the Moonwatch with its 42mm, making it a better alternative for smaller wrists. More elegant than Omega’s other professional Speedmasters, it retains the functionalities of a tool watch. Though long discontinued, the Day Date stands its ground on Instagram thanks to its functional elegance, perfect for the modern man.

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04. Seamaster Planet Ocean

The Seamaster Planet Ocean was released in 2005 as a testament to the brand’s commitment to saving the planet. Since then, it has become a classic in Omega’s dive watch collection. Like its Seamaster Professional 300m counterpart, it recently received a brand new co-axial movement and has a helium release valve.

Much like the Seamaster Professional 300m, the Seamaster Planet Ocean’s popularity has been boosted by celebrity endorsements from George Clooney to Michael Phelps, and its cameo in Casino Royale. But famous fans aside, this dive watch, with its 600m water-resistance, is one of the best on the market.

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05. Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m

While many of the Seamaster fake watches, such as the Professional 300m or the Planet Ocean in this top 5, have built themselves a reputation as professional dive watches, the Aqua Terra, launched in 2003, is one of Omega’s dressier models, with a less sporty, more urban style.

While not specifically designed with the US market in mind, this dressier watch has become very popular in the United States, where elegance and style are key for many consumers. Clean and simple, this is yet another Seamaster that has made it onto James Bond’s wrist, in Skyfall. In fact this was the first time Bond was seen with a dressier watch rather than a professional tool watch – and an entry-level model to boot!

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Omega replica has relaunched its classic 1957 trilogy as a set

For its 60th anniversary, Omega has released the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster

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In a banner year for Omega replica, 1957 saw the release of not one, but three flagship models that went on to become classic timepieces: the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster.

For its 60th anniversary, Omega replica has relauched all three as a trilogy set, with each watch faithfully reproduced using a laser-scan of the 1957 models to perfectly recapture the original dimensions. Each updated watch also has the same signature feature as its namesake.

The Railmaster, designed for scientists, engineers and technicians, is powered by the 8806 caliber swiss Omega Master Chronometer, which resists magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss. Like the original Speedmaster, which was the first timepiece in the world to do so, the Limited Edition version comes with its Tachymeter scale etched into the bezel – a feature intended for racing drivers. The set is presented in an oak box with extra NATO and leather straps. Finally, the Seamaster retains the Naïad symbol to mark its exceptional water resistance.

Replica Omega 1957 classics released as anniversary editions at Baselworld 2017

The Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster have been rolled out looking exactly as they did when launched 60 years ago, but with modern updates

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Omega Trilogy set: Seamaster 300, Railmaster, Speedmaster

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.

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Omega Railmaster

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.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Big Blue’

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.

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Omega Speedmaster 38mm

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.

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From the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies collection

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.

Replica Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition Watches

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Replica Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th Anniversary

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.

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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.

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A steel version is also available, limited to 1972 pieces

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

New James Bond’s Omega Replica Watch

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” Omega

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.

Omega Launches Online Catalog Of Sixty Iconic Omega Replica Speedmaster Moonwatches

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Replica Omega’s new hashtag-inspired timepiece and a Tudor for lefties

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The hashtag that Omega Built

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?

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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.

(Right-handers may apply, before you ask.)

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UK Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann tells tough truths

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The announcement earlier this year that Stephen Urquhart was to retire as president and chief executive of Omega after 17 years created a vacancy for one of the most important positions in the Swiss replica watch industry.

Mr Urquhart had brought Omega back from the doldrums of the late 1980s to become what many regard as the jewel in the crown of Swatch Group. He cemented the brand’s role as James Bond’s watch supplier, reinstated its sponsorship of the Olympic Games and recruited Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and Nicole Kidman as ambassadors.

Now Omega is the closest rival to Rolex replica in the market of £400-£1000 watches, selling around 600,000 timepieces per year against an estimated 800,000 for the latter. (Rolex does not release production figures.) And almost six months since he took over, 46-year-old Raynald Aeschlimann intends to achieve an elusive goal.

Overtaking Rolex “would give me the greatest pride”, says the Swiss Mr Aeschlimann, who joined replica Omega in 1996 and became vice-president and international sales director in 2001, having run the brand’s operations in Spain and the US. “But while we would very much like to be number one, what we need to do first and foremost is to work towards giving customers more confidence. And those customers are the people of Generation Y, the ones in the 20-40 age group.” Mr Aeschlimann’s opportunity — much like everyone else’s — is millennials.

“They are the ones who are supporting us because the people in the 40-60 age group remember us from the time when Omega was selling crap,” he says, referring to a period during the 1980s when the brand had all but abandoned its mechanical fake watchmaking heritage in favour of an extensive range of quartz-powered models. “At one point back then, someone even suggested killing off the Speedmaster and went as far as reducing the range to a single reference.”

The Speedmaster is now Omega’s “hero model” and the firm has capitalised on its heritage as the “moon watch”, worn by Neil Armstrong when he took his “giant leap for mankind” during the Apollo 11 mission of 1969. It is just such history and proof of technical prowess that Mr Aeschlimann believes will attract those important Generation Y buyers, who like “true stories” and “true values”.

Mr Aeschlimann says Omega has a long history of innovation, ranging from the creation of the Marine diving watch in 1932 to the introduction in 2000 of the first industrially-produced coaxial escapement, which offers enhanced accuracy and reduced servicing. Now, more than 90 per cent of cheap Omega’s mechanical watch movements are of the coaxial design, which was invented by the late English horologist George Daniels.

Surpassing Swiss standards is part of Mr Aeschlimann’s plan. Omega is working with the Swiss government’s agency for measurements (Metas) to enhance the quality and accuracy of its products through a series of rigorous tests beyond the requirements of Cosc (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, a 40-year-old system). “I don’t think spending £500 or more on a replica watch counts as an everyday purchase to most people, so it gives reassurance to know that what they have bought has achieved Master Chronometry certification and that they can look on our website and check the official test results of their actual watch. We’re aiming to make more than 400,000 Metas-certified fake watches a year.”

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Omega’s store in Rome

Another set of rules governs what can be called “Swiss Made”, but these are not taxing: “Swiss Made” may only mean that 50 per cent of the movement’s value is from Switzerland. (This will change to 60 per cent of the entire product’s value from 2017.) To keep the label credible, Mr Aeschlimann insists a higher percentage of the watch’s value is actually produced in the country. “I just don’t understand why anyone would not fight for that to be protected. I would say 50 per cent of the credibility of a brand comes from it and, apart from the straps and the ruby bearings, everything that goes into an fake Omega watch is made here.”

He knows that the label hides all kinds of behaviour. “I think the possibility that the Swiss Made label should ever be misused represents a big danger that could bring trouble for the whole industry,” he says. He adds that a focus on technical improvement and quality has enabled Omega to treble its average price during the past 15 years while cutting the number of outlets globally from 7,000 to 3,000.

He maintains, however, that it is still vital to spread the history and culture of Omega around the world, something which the brand is doing through ambassador choices and sponsorship. George Clooney is “a bridge across the generations”, while Eddie Redmayne is the millennial star.

“We’re also very conscious of our corporate social responsibility which is why, for example, we are no longer involved in motorsport. Michael Schumacher was an Omega ambassador for a long time, but that was in a different era — Formula One no longer matches our values, it’s too commercial and not sufficiently eco-friendly for us.

“Athletics, swimming, golf and sailing have become our focus, and the fact that Omega is the only watch brand anyone sees during the Olympic Games is incredibly valuable.”

Such events, says Mr Aeschlimann, all help to bring Omega the exposure he believes it needs in order to attract and retain those Generation Y buyers. Things have moved on from the days when Piccadilly Circus was the ultimate place to advertise. Now, Piccadilly Circus is everyone’s mobile, tablet and laptop.

Top Five Best Omega Replica Watches for Men

— With lots of variety, good look and low price Omega replica watches for men.

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Every man desires to wear an elegant and classy watch. This is one of the biggest fascinations of men. In these days watch is not only used to check time but also used to check dates, week, month and so many necessary parameters. Omega has made so many beautiful models keeping all the requirements in mind. Let’s see some omega replica watches for men:

1. Omega Men’s 3570.50.00 speed master professional mechanical chronograph watch:

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This is one of the best models of Omega. Jet black dial, stainless steel bracelet and silver tone case have given it a classy look which is ideal for every occasion. If you use it for professional use it will definitely boost tour confidence in front of your boss. Most attractive feature is its chronograph function and water resistant power. This amazing timepiece is available only at $3.700

2. Omega Men’s 2225.80 seamaster chronograph dial watch:

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This timepiece is designed exclusively for aquatic sports and outdoor activities. Antireflective stones are used to keep the watch scratch free. 42mm diameter, Dark blue face and navy blue bezel have given it a stylish and modern look which is perfect for daily use. You can get this water resistant timepiece at reasonable price.

3. New Omega seamaster 007 James Bond watch:

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This is another great watch by Omega. It is designed with long lasting and durable materials. Its big dial along with chronometer and unique design will definitely catch everyone’s eyes. Update your wardrobe with this stunning watch without thinking twice

4. Omega men’s 2218.50.00 seamaster planet ocean chronograph watch:

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This is one of the bestselling models of Omega. It is designed with amazing features such as black big dial, Swiss automatic movement, stainless steel case, and chronograph function. This stunning watch is water resistant and functions without battery. You can get this beautiful timepiece only at $6,100.

5. Omega Men’s 2910.51.82 seamaster planet ocean chronograph watch:

You will be impressed after knowing stunning features of this timepiece and they are as follows: black dial, scratch and water resistant, Swiss automatic movement, stainless steel case, date function and chronograph function. It is also able to function without battery.

These are the best replica watches powered by Omega. Upgrade your watch collection with any one of the above mentioned eco-friendly and economical watches.