While the Omega Speedmaster was created as a racing watch, with its chronograph function and tachymeter scale, today this has long been forgotten and instead has become more famous for its exploits in space. Known as the ‘Moonwatch’, the Omega Speedmaster Professional made history by being flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space flights and becoming the first watch worn on the moon when it was on the wrists of astronauts during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
As a result, the Speedmaster has become a cult icon, and it's hard not to see why. Collectors can buy into such a great story and with a generation that grew up idolising space travel and astronauts, this watch would certainly have to be one of the most important wristwatches ever made. The Speedmaster is not only an icon, but one of the most important watches ever created and 2017 marked 60 years since the first Speedmaster was introduced to the world. With that in mind, Omega wanted to create something special to commemorate this milestone, and the Speedmaster you see here is the result of that.
The first reference of Speedmaster ever released in 1957 was the CK2915-1 and it is by far the rarest and most desirable Speedmaster for collectors. The 60th anniversary Speedmaster is a faithful recreation of that model and with Omega so in touch with its vintage collectors of late, they really struck this one out of the park with the attention to details.
Beginning with a 38mm cases that is near identical to the original, it is perfect bevelled, polished and brushed and comes with its stainless steel tachymeter bezel, engraved in the same way. The dial is domed and the luminous material has been tastefully patina’d to match the distinctive broad arrow hands. Omega even used the original dial font from back in the 50’s to keep in line! The watch is perfectly topped off with a flat link bracelet, similar to the ones you would find on early references and from afar, most will think that you are sporting a vintage CK2915-1.
All in all, this was a huge success in my opinion and highly collectable. Made in a limited edition of 3,557 pieces, this is one of the best Speedmasters Omega have put out in a long, long time.