Omega Speedmaster: High-class and Cost-effective

There are numerous brands and styles of watches, but very few are what we would call “impressive”. After years of trial and error, only very few watches have stood the test of time as among the very best. Among all the fakes, blasphemers, and “also rans”, there is one famous watch worth mentioning -The Omega Speedmaster!

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

Why is Omega Speedmaster such a high-class watch? Well, for one reason, because this is the watch worn by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin when humans first landed on the moon. This watch is therefore treasured for its historical significance alone. In 1957, Omega launched the professional sports chronograph known as “Super Speedmaster”. This watch has a speed measuring outer ring, which is calibrated to obtain the average speed of an object when it has traveled 1km. Some 60 plus years in the making, the super fighter chronograph we referring to here has the pattern of the second hand being arrow shaped, with bar-shaped needles, and a black speed outer ring (but without the red and white circles on the dial as seen here).

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

Of course, many of our friends are unfamiliar with this watch, so now I will introduce the watch in a bit more detail. As this was the first watch to have landed on the moon, an English sentence is carved on the back of the dial to commemorate this historic moment.

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

Omega’s logo is located in the center of the acrylic plastic table mirror, is slightly raised, and is integated into the table mirror during its production. This is also an important basis for judging whether the acrylic material of the Omega table mirror is original. The two chronograph buttons use a classic four-piece design with a waterproof ring, but no lock, so it is only waterproof to 30 meters.

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

After removing the back cover, there is a magnetically shielded inner cover, not the movement, that appears before our eyes. In the early stages of research and design, it was discovered that the metal parts were susceptible to the effects of magnetic fields, which caused timing errors. Therefore a cover was added to the outside of the movement to shield the watch from magnetic forces. This improved the accuracy and timing of the movement. But nowadays, this design is very rare.

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

An intregal part of any watch is its movement. The original Omega Speedmaster used the Cal.321 movement based on the 1962 calibre of Lemania Cal.27. In 1968, Omega abandoned the original column wheel, and introduced the Cal.861 movement. The column wheel is a part of the movement that is somewhat more complex, and had become a standard part of the chronograph movement for a long time after its invention. But in 1937, Dubois Depraz invented a switching part that could replace the column wheel, what we call a“cam”. The cam is a kind of metal sheet, and it has the advantage over the column wheel of being able to be stamped directly with the metal plate, which is convenient for mass production. However, there are still many watch brands that use the column wheel as their selling point, especially for high-end brands. In fact, high end watch movements almost always uses the column wheel as the switching component. After 60 years of development, the Omega Speedmaster has evolved a lot of styles. Here are the three most recommended modern models: The first, the classic 3570.50.00, is the simplest manual, acrylic watch strip. The price is very suitable, even the new retail price is only about $3700.  This price is being considered to be very cheap among word famous watches.

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

The second watch we will consider is the unique limited Edition: 1970 Snoopy. 311.32.42.30.04.003. This watch was limited in its production, and is considered a collectable, making it more expensive.

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

If you like unique and interesting styling, consider the Speedmaster model 311.30.42.30.01.004 with red and white racing style dial, which reflects a very personal style.

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

Conclusion of Omega Speedmaster

The watch is a distinctive symbol of style and status. You may not have a Ferrari, or a mansion, but you can still telegraph to the world your temperament and taste by wearing this watch. It would seem that what diamond rings are to women, high-class watches are to men. This is not just an ornament, but also represents a person’s cultivation and taste. Of course, a person who loves life and has broad interests can wear various watches, to suit the occasion. Choosing a different watch to match different outfits and fashions can definitely help one stand out from the crowd.

Another high-end watch line, almost synonymous with luxury, of course, is the Rolex. However, because this high-end watch line is financially out of range for many, the replica watch industry has boomed. In fact, nowadays, the techniques of imitation are becoming quite refined. Not long ago, I saw an imitation Rolex Omega Speedmaster watch on a website (https://kronoswatch.sc), which had reached such a high quality that it was impossible to tell it from the real thing. Everything, from the case metal polishing to the flatness of the dial, was such high quality as to be indistinguishable from a genuine Rolex. In terms of cost vs. performance, a replica watch can be a very good choice. The fashion trends in watches, just like in clothing and jewelry, are changing all the time. Even expensive timepieces can quickly become obsolete, and be destined to being just an aesthetically pleasing relic in the cupboard.. However, if you choose replica, you can change it at any time, with much less cost. Almost the same value, with a much more favorable price tag!

Omega Speedmaster
Omega Speedmaster

 

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