How many sides does a sphere have? Luckily for OMEGA’s marketing department, the answer is: an infinite number. After visits to the Dark, the Grey, and the White Side of the moon, the Swiss giant invites us to discover one we didn’t even know existed: the Meteorite side.
Modeled after other Speedmaster Co-Axial chronographs Omega replica watches, the new GSOTM is the latest two-register, with small seconds at 9 o’clock, a 60-minute and 12-hour recorder at 3 o’clock, and a date window at 6 o’clock. Again, it is presented in a brushed and polished case measuring 44.25 mm across and 16.14 mm tall. But the watch looks a whole lot different from its predecessor.
A follow up to the cheap fake Omega Grey Side Of The Moon watches, the “Meteorite” borrows only the original’s grey ceramic case, ditching the sand-blasted platinum dial meant to romantically mirror the Moon’s surface, for one that actually orbited our planet before crash landing into it.
Meteorite dials seem to divide opinion. They are the marmite of the watch industry. Love them or hate them, they have a way of transforming the look of a watch. Many have experimented with such dials in recent memory – including OMEGA, who released the Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz a few years ago. Since then Jaeger-LeCoultre, Zenith, and Jaquet Droz have all released watches with meteorite dials, triggering a quick response from OMEGA, who may feel their self-proclaimed monopoly on space was being infringed (the Apollo-Soyuz Speedmaster, which had a meteorite dial, is no longer in production).
OMEGA’s meteorite is quite dark, which makes the information on the dial easy to absorb. To ensure optimal legibility, they’ve turned to their proprietary Sedna™ gold Omega cheap fake watches UK alloy to highlight the indexes, hour and minute hands, chronograph hand (which all contain Super-LumiNova), as well as the bezel, while the tachymeter scale is made with OMEGA Ceragold™. They’ve also inverted the colors of the date window. However, the Speedmaster logo remains red, in line with other next-gen Moonwatches.
Omega launched a torrent of new models and colors at Baselworld this past March, and among the new replica Omega Planet Ocean watches and Moonphase Speedmasters we found the handsome and entirely charming Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “CK2998” Limited Edition. Sharing the same basic form as the Moonwatch “First Omega in Space,” this svelte but sporty chronograph is a nod to the reference CK 2998 Speedmaster that Walter Schirra wore in 1962 during his orbital flight on the MA-8 mission of the Mercury Program. Nestled precariously within his ship, the Sigma 7, Schirra orbited the Earth 6 times and, to the benefit of modern day Omega, did so while wearing an early Speedmaster which he had bought for personal use.
Though it would be more than two years before NASA would select the Omega Speedmaster series replica watches UK as their go-to timepiece, the CK 2998 was indeed the first Omega watch in space and has held an important place in both Omega’s history and in the hearts of many a Speedy collector. The new 2016 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “CK2998” (Omega’s quotations, not mine) boasts a beautiful blue coloring anchored by a silvery white dial and a 39.7mm steel case. The panda-style dial gives the “CK2998” a distinct look that sits somewhere between the black-dialed original “FOiS” and the Sedna gold model launched last year.
In a departure from the original and the Sedna variants, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “CK2998” fake watches has been fitted with a lollipop seconds hand and a lumed tachymeter scale on the bezel. The case back is solid and bears Omega’s original Speedmaster Seahorse medallion and the “CK2998” is water resistant to 50 meters. Powered by Speedy-famous calibre 1861, Omega has wisely decided to continue their use of this legacy movement in the vintage inspired “First Omega in Space” models. The 1861 is a manually wound and cam-actuated 12-hour chronograph with a 48-hour power reserve. Given its lineage and connection to early space exploration, the 1861 is a big deal for Omega, and its continued use is not only a nod to their specific past but also to the old-school reality of watch enthusiasm – especially when juxtaposed by the highly technical reality of Omega’s modern movements (think: co-axial, anti-magnetic, and METAS certification).