Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition
The true, proper Speedy has always been made (still is) out of stainless steel, but special occasions call for special treatment. When moon-landing dust settled and NASA became the most recognizable brand for all mankind, Omega replica played along. Yellow gold reference BA145.022 was has been awarded to Apollo 11 astronauts, NASA’s most important stuff members and even then ruling USA president Richard Nixon and his vice-president Spiro Agnew. There were total of 1014 pieces made, today highly sought after and priced collector’s items.
A year ago, for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission, Omega reissued the gold Speedmaster. While I’m not a big fan of gold watches in general, burgundy bezel fake Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is to me one of the best looking gold watches… ever made. Much of that price goes to “Moonshine gold”, fresh-new yellow gold alloy, which gives the watch warmer, less shiny appearance. Same as the original, the watch comes with a burgundy bezel (made of ceramic) and solid-gold dial with black onyx indices. Omega equipped the case with a solid gold bracelet and powered it by hand-wound caliber 3861, seen through the glass back. Every time I have an opportunity to put one on, I fall in love all over again.
Speedmaster Professional “Japan Racing”
Light grey dial with orange hands and orange-red racing chequer make the steel bracelet replica Omega Speedmaster ref. 3570.40.00 “Japan Racing” dial stand out. Omega made the watch, exclusive for Japanese market, for a short period of time in 2004, so the overall number of pieces is quite limited and equally expensive.
When more than half a century ago Omega designed first Speedmaster, probably no one in the manufacture could have guessed, that one day it will fly into space. The concept was, as one can easily guess by the name, to make a hard-core racing chronograph for drivers. “Master of speed” was therefore equipped with sportiest of complications – chronograph – and a tachymeter scale on the bezel, to measure speed over the course of 1 km. While nowadays nobody associates best quality copy Omega Speedmaster with racing or motor-sort of any kind, the “Japan Raing” was a great reminder of what the true story of the watch was. Btw: in my humble opinion it is (next to Apollo 11 50th Anniversary LE) the most beautiful Speedmaster dial ever.