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Apollo 11 at Monochrome-Watches.com

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the moonlanding, our friends over at Monochrome-Watches.com did a nice write-up on the Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary.
Jul 20, 2014 / 1 note

Apollo 11 at Monochrome-Watches.com

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the moonlanding, our friends over at Monochrome-Watches.com did a nice write-up on the Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary.

Jul 18, 2014

Video - OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition

Source: Omega The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch commemorates the first lunar landing and celebrates its link to the iconic chronograph that was part of the adventure.

Jul 18, 2014

Video: OMEGA Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon”: the backstory

Source: Omega Combining an incredible legacy, Co-Axial performance and breathtaking design, OMEGA’s Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” has been one of the most talked about chronographs released in recent years.

Jul 18, 2014
Gregory Swift, Colonel Buzz Aldrin, Teo Halm, Sergio Harford, & Jean-Claude Monachon

Gregory Swift, Colonel Buzz Aldrin, Teo Halm, Sergio Harford, & Jean-Claude Monachon

OMEGA and VANITY FAIR marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with astronaut Buzz Aldrin at a cocktail event on July 16, 2014. The evening benefitted the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and took place at the renowned Sheats-Goldstein House in Los Angeles, California.

July 17th 2014 – read more below the gallery

OMEGA also celebrated the launch of the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch. Only 1,969 models of this timepiece will be produced; the number of the limited edition timepieces reflects the significant year that the first humans walked on the moon.

A highlight of the celestial-themed evening was the display of an actual moon rock, on special loan from NASA. Telescopes were positioned throughout the property for stargazing and provided a panoramic view of the Los Angeles skyline.

The overall event echoed a theme of modern innovation and classic design and included a 20’ LED video screen showcasing a video montage of archival VANITY FAIR images and historic images from OMEGA and NASA, including pictures of the moon landing. The interactive visual presentation also highlighted six historical OMEGA Speedmaster timepieces from each of those four decades.

Representing the current decade in the interactive display was the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch. Recalling the colors of the Moon and the Apollo 11 lunar and command modules, the Limited Edition timepiece features a 42 mm completely brushed grey grade 2 titanium case with a touch of gold. The black PVD dial, with its 30-minute and 12-hour recorders and small seconds sub-dial, has been produced using a special laser, which creates the design elements on the watch’s face by removing the material surrounding the name, sub-dial numerals and hour markers.

Furthering the evening’s tribute to innovative design, the event benefitted the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, which is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary center for art and architecture headquartered in architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s House and Studio in West Hollywood, California. The cocktail event took place at the famed Sheats-Goldstein House designed by American architect John Lautner in the 1960s. The expansive and open space house blurs the lines between the interior and exterior and has been featured in numerous films.

Press release - OMEGA and VANITY FAIR celebrate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing with Buzz Aldrin OMEGA and VANITY FAIR marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with astronaut Buzz Aldrin at a cocktail event on July 16, 2014.
Jul 16, 2014

Breaking News: Speedmaster Professional new reference number, price increase and new packaging

Breaking News: Speedmaster Professional new reference number, price increase and new packaging

Omega Speedmaster Professional 311.33.42.30.01.001 New Box

Omega Speedmaster Professional 311.33.42.30.01.001 New Box

Breaking news: the Speedmaster Professional gets a new reference number, a new box (with a few goodies) and a price increase.

The lucky few who got to visit the Omega booth at BaselWorld 2014 may already have seen the new box, which includes two NATO straps, a loupe, a strap changing tool and a Speedmaster pin.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00

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Jul 15, 2014

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary pics

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary pics

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary 311.62.42.30.06.001

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary 311.62.42.30.06.001

Our friends over at Ace Jewelers recently took delivery of their first Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary reference 311.62.42.30.06.001, which gave us the opportunity to take a few up-close pictures of this BaselWorld 2014 release.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary 311.62.42.30.06.001

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Jun 21, 2014

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case

A Omega Speedmaster with caliber 321 is wonderful any day. But have you heard of the CB cases? We have featured a number of rare and unusual Speedmasters. Limited Edition models. Wicked dials. But the CB case is something special.. And it takes a trained eye to appreciate.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case facet

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case facet

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Jun 5, 2014 / 1 note

Globetrotter Episode III - Vintage Speedmaster

Globetrotter Episode III – Vintage Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Radial' 145.022 ca. 1978

Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Radial’ 145.022 ca. 1978

We’ve been posting quite a few modern Speedmasters in the last few days, so we thought it was about time for a proper vintage Speedmaster post. We have made a selection of Speedmasters available at a few of our favourite vintage watch dealers. Enjoy the show but remember – the final judgement is up to you! Caveat emptor.

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Jun 3, 2014

Dark Side of the Moon Close-Ups

Dark Side of the Moon Close-Ups

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Courtesy of our friends over at Ace Jewelers and their Ace Photo Studio: a few Dark Side of the Moon close-ups. Enjoy the first row seats to this awesome spectacle of details..

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

The ceramic bezel.. one part of course – there is no separate inlay.

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

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May 7, 2014
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.10.43.50.06.001

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.10.43.50.06.001

And then suddely, the brother of the Speedy featured below dropped by at SpeedyWatches HQ: the vibrant Mark II Racing reference 327.10.43.50.06.001!

Just a different dial?

It’s remarkable how much a different dial can change the looks of a watch. While the ‘soldier shots’ above make it seem like just another dial, the Racing version of the MKII really has a character of its own.

The 327.10.43.50.01.001 is dark  - all business with just enough of that retro vibe. The slightly coloured luminova adds a dash of colour to an otherwise monochrome design. The 327.10.43.50.06.001 on the other hand, with its fluorescent orange details, has really got that seventies show going on. It’s funky without being obnoxious.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.10.43.50.06.001

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.10.43.50.06.001

Did we mention the sandwich tachymeter ring already? No? Well, it’s killer. The numerals are cut-out with lumi below. The numerals are thus lighting up at night when properly charged, enabling you to measure your speed even in low light conditions. This sounds rather foolish – we agree. But it is still pretty cool :) .

Key observations

Since we now had the chance to fiddle with both versions of the Speedmaster Mark II, a few key observations seem in place:

  • Black dial looks better in pics and is easier to love, but the Mark II Racing ‘pops’ on the wrist.  It has great presence.
  • The date window is much more noticeable on the Racing. It blends in on the black dial. Pro or con? You decide.
  • The eye is drawn to the dial on the Mark II Racing. It is simply beautiful. On the other hand, the wonderful cash finish is more obvious on the black version, as the dial attracts less attention.
  • The separation of timing hands (orange) and timekeeping hands (white) on the Racing is one of the details that we really like. One might note that the vintage MKII Racing in our post below doesn’t have the proper distinction – a sign of exchanged hands.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.10.43.50.06.001

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 327.10.43.50.06.001

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Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing And then suddely, the brother of the Speedy featured below dropped by at SpeedyWatches HQ: the vibrant Mark II Racing reference 327.10.43.50.06.001!