Omega Speedmaster Celebrate 60 Years Old Birthday In German

The Omega Speedmaster: A legend turned 60 years old

At the end of the fifties, in the horological world was missing a wristwatch that can fulfil several requirements. NASA was looking for Omega replica watches UK to go to space, and eventually land on the moon. The watch should be a robust and water-proof chronograph with good legibility and great precision. Omega’s answer was the Speedmaster. The wristwatch was part of the Seamaster Collection. The reference 2915, the “Broad Arrow”, was the first to have a tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial. The Speedmaster was the first watch with the now standard layout of the three counters.

But the most known achievement of the Omega with the Speedmaster was to come later. After a series of tests that ruled out other watches, the Speedmaster became the choice of NASA for use in space missions. The apogee was attained in 1969 – the first watch to be worn on the moon on the wrist of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Although Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong was first to set foot on the Moon, he left his 105.012 Speedmaster inside the Lunar Module as a backup, because the LM’s electronic timer had malfunctioned. Buzz Aldrin decided to wear his and so his Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the Moon. Later, he wrote of his decision: “It was optional to wear while we were walking on the surface of the Moon … few things are less necessary when walking around on the Moon than knowing what time it is in Houston, Texas. Nonetheless, being a watch guy, I decided to strap the Speedmaster onto my right wrist around the outside of my bulky spacesuit.”

Nylon strap Omega replica watches UK.

The Singapore leg of this exhibition was held at the end of June, and we covered the event here.

The 2017 Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition, announced at Baselworld, is part of Omega “Masters” Trilogy celebrating the anniversaries of the other two legendary “Masters” launched in 1957 – the Seamaster and the Railmaster.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Brown Leather Strap Replica Watches UK

World time watches

At this year’s Baselworld, Omega introduced the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Limited Edition fake watches, a totally new Aqua Terra with a 43mm platinum case, in-house METAS-certified Master Chronometer 8939 movement, and a hand-crafted enamel world map on its dial. It serves as a halo piece for the rest of this year’s new Aqua Terra collection, which we broadly covered here. Somewhat surprisingly, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer is the first worldtimer watch that Omega has produced and one of only a few watches which Omega has elected to case in platinum.

Over the years, the Seamaster Aqua Terra range has been reimagined several times. Omega’s new-for-2017 Seamaster Aqua Terra collection has been updated with more symmetrical cases, a redesigned conical crown, horizontal as opposed to vertical grain on the dial (which Omega calls their “teak concept”), a new six o’clock location for the date, and most notably, the inclusion of the METAS-certified Omega Master Chronometer 8800 or 8900 co-axial calibers. While there are visual cues that help easily identify it as an Aqua Terra family member, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer is a largely different animal from the rest of the Aqua Terra line.

Omega replica watches UK.

Platinum dial

Starting with the dial, Omega has combined high-end materials like platinum, 18k gold, and of course the elegant hand-enameled world map to produce something striking. The dial’s outermost portion is produced from “sand-blasted platinum-gold” and is printed with 24 world cities. Color choice for the world destinations is coded, with red representing GMT, black to mean these locations are plus one hour in the summer, and blue to demonstrate locales which do not observe daylight savings.

Inside the outer ring of world destinations, there are 18k yellow gold applied hour markers filled with Super-LumiNova. The inner dial is sapphire crystal with an enameled map of the Northern Hemisphere as seen from the North Pole. Surrounding the world map is a 24-hour register which is also color-coded black and white for day and night. Note that the time zone often represented on worldtimer watches by Paris or Geneva is here represented as Bienne, Switzerland, where Omega is based.

Worldtimer dials Omega replica watches UK can be a cluttered mess, and while the Aqua Terra Master Chronometer has a lot going on, the wealth of information is carefully organized and spread out over enough dial real estate to make the functions actually useful and easy to read. The contrast provided by the gold hands and indices also makes the main time very legible. Upsizing the case to 43mm from the 41mm width of most men’s Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra helped create dial space for all that information but also called for more of that sweet, sweet platinum.

Super diving Omega watches

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer’s case is stylistically much the same as its other Aqua Terra relatives with turned lugs, a symmetrical design, and a conical crown, but the larger size and use of platinum elevates the piece overall in both presence and, of course, cost. This being still an Aqua Terra, which is at its core a water-capable sport watch, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer also has a very respectable 150m of water resistance. While not a professional dive watch number, this should be more than enough for the occasional spilled gin and tonic which can occur whilst pushing millions of dollars worth of chips across the table at your favorite Macau casino, as one might do wearing this watch. At the rear of the platinum case is an obligatory exhibition caseback, allowing visual access to the caliber 8939 within.