Speedy Art – Cay Broendum

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If you’re into vintage watches, chances are you’ve com across the name of Cay Broendum – for example in this interview from back in 2013 on Hodinkee. Cay likes watches and being an artist, illustrator and overall creative mind, he’s known in watch collecting circles for the illustrations that are a perfect unity of his professional skills and his passion for watches.

While a big part of Cay Broendum’s art is Rolex-based, he’s also done a great couple of Speedmaster-inspired works. In fact, Cay recently whispered to us that his passion for watches started with the good-old Speedmaster Professional:

‘A thing I can tell you: after my 15 years of  watch-limbo using a phone to tell time, I got a 3570.50.00 Speedmaster. Than came the infection! Since than the world of vintage sports watches has thrilled my mood and inspired me as an artist throughout the day.

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Tomorrow I’ll pick up a brand new ‘Racing’ Speedmaster, a.k.a. the Destination Moon or TinTin. I’m looking forward to it as a kid on Christmas Eve… My first brand new watch ever! The story with this watch just got me. The story behind it to me has the x-factor. This kind of storytelling and myth makes a watch so much more than just a timekeeper. Storytelling is what it’s all about, and that’s what I try to do with my watch paintings or Historic Horological Art.

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In my artworks I try to re-tell the fantastic stories that surround these great watches, and create something that visually inspires. My watch artworks are for those who love watches. Those who keep their watches in a safe and need something on their wall as a daily reminder. Or those who dream and need a focus point, a goal, on their favorite spot on the wall. That’s what they’re meant for: inspiration and reminders that time is the only thing we really have.’

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Thank you Cay for sharing your passion and work with us!

Make sure to check out Cay Broendum’s website, blog and follow him on Instagram.

For the time being, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Racing / Destination Moon / TinTin is still available over at Ace Jewelers.

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Happy 21st of July!

 

Neil Armstrong Omega Speedmaster Moonwalk

Neil Armstrong Omega Speedmaster Moonwalk

 

Happy 21st of July!

It’s been exactly 47 years since men first set foot on the moon. That means it’s also exactly 47 years ago that the Omega Speedmaster skyrocketed itself to wristwatch stardom, reaching heights that very few other watches would ever match. Though originally designed for gentleman racers, the Speedmaster would forever be linked to space exploration – as we’ve demonstrated with quite a few post on our blog.

To celebrate the 47th anniversary of the succesful moon landing, I’ve compiled a small gallery of space related Speedmaster pictures below. Do you spot -or even recognize- them all?

Apollo 11 - Buzz Aldrin on the Moon with Omega Speedmaster

Apollo 11 – Buzz Aldrin on the Moon with Omega Speedmaster

Astronaut Donald K Deke Slayton with gold Omega Speedmaster

Astronaut Donald K Deke Slayton with Omega Speedmaster

How about an X-33 worn while opening a bag of fresh fruit aboard the ISS back in 2015?

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren with Omega Speedmaster X33 Skywalker

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren with Omega Speedmaster

Buzz Aldrin with Omega Speedmaster

Buzz Aldrin with Omega Speedmaster

 

Cosmonaut with Omega Speedmaster

Cosmonaut with Omega Speedmaster

Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams with Omega Speedmaster

Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams with Omega Speedmaster

Walter Schirra with Omega Speedmaster

Walter Schirra with Omega Speedmaster

Alan Bean with Omega Speedmaster

Alan Bean with Omega Speedmaster

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BaselWorld 2016: Omega Speedmaster Moonpahse Chronograph Master Chronometer

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Moonphase Gold

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Moonphase Gold

 

The 2016 Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Moonphase has been widely covered, but have you also seen this gold version with white dial? It’s a monster – far from traditional, but strangely appealing.

The Moonphase is powered by Omega’s 9904, a 9300-derived movement with pointer date at 9:00 and moonphase at 6:00 – numbering might be slightly different for this gold version, but no details are out yet. The moonphase is done with great eye for detail.

Our friends over at WatchBase have all the details on these covered.

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Speedmaster Professional on Leather NATO

Omega Speedmaster Professional on Leather NATO

Omega Speedmaster Professional on Leather NATO

 

The Speedmaster is one of the most versatile watches when it comes to straps – this thing looks good on just about anything. So how about a Speedmaster Professional on leather NATO? Pretty sweet right?

Omega’s NATO straps are available through our friends over at Ace Jewelers.

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Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon: Black Black & Sedna Black

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black 311.63.44.51.06.001

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black 311.63.44.51.06.001

At BaselWorld 2015 Omega introduced a set of four new versions of the popular Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon (five including the diamond-set variation) and last week I had the opportunity to spend some time with two of them: the Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black and the Dark Side of the Moon Black Black. The pictures in these post are the result. As I’m sure that you’re well aware of all the technical aspects, I will try and keep the word count low – save for a short (re-)introduction.

Contrary to some, I was rather enthusiastic about Omega releasing these four variations at once. To me, it showed how much the look of a watch can change when altering only a couple of details. The Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon represented a great canvas for this exercise. Each of the four watches presented has its own distinct character; sure, they’re part of one big family of ceramic Speedmasters, but they’re different enough.

With its Sedna gold bezel, hour markers and hands, the Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black is obviously inspired by the Speedmaster Professional 45th Anniversary. The matte grey dial is cut-out by laser revealing the rest of the indexes, logo and wording. There are a few more pics below that show how much the look changes with the light, from almost black to a light and vivid grey. Whereas the DSotM Black Black features a number of polished bits, the Sedna Black has a fully brushed case. Its probably this detail that has this watch retain its tool watch character, instead of it becoming the odd -flashy- one out..

Omega Dark Side of the Moon Black Black 311.92.44.51.01.005

Omega Dark Side of the Moon Black Black 311.92.44.51.01.005

The DSotM Black Black is, in short, black. The dial is black. The hands and markers are black. The prints are black. The date wheel is black. Even the SuperLuminova and the lacquer on the ceramic tachymeter bezel are black. The result? The Speedmaster Darth Vader would choose for active duty.

More pics below.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black 311.63.44.51.06.001

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black 311.63.44.51.06.001

Omega Dark Side of the Moon Black Black 311.92.44.51.01.005

Omega Dark Side of the Moon Black Black 311.92.44.51.01.005

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black 311.63.44.51.06.001

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Sedna Black 311.63.44.51.06.001

 

Watches provided by Authorized Omega Dealer Ace Jewelers, who offer them for sale online at the following links: DSotM Sedna Black & DSotM Black Black.

More into the classic Speedmaster Professional? Check out the overview WatchBase put together!

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Omega Speedmaster Professional: four aficionado’s talk

Omega Speedmaster Professional 3650.50.00 Apollo XI 30th Anniversary

Omega Speedmaster Professional 3650.50.00 Apollo XI 30th Anniversary

This was written for the The Ace List by Ace Jewelers, in which it first appeared

The Omega Speedmaster Professional is a watch we just love to talk about, due to its interesting background. In 1957 Omega introduced this line of chronographs and since then, many different Speedmaster Chronographs have been produced. Rightly so the ‘Moonwatch’ was the first watch worn by an astronaut walking on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. We have asked four of our dear friends to tell something personal about their own Omega Speedmasters.

Tim Koppelman: Ref. 3560.50.00 ‘Apollo XI 30th Anniversary’, limited edition of 9999, 1999 [pictured above]

“When you grow up you notice that fictional heroes are great but actual heroes like the astronauts on the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969, are even greater. Knowing that the Moonwatch was actually worn in space by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was what made me want a Speedmaster Professional. When I found this special, not so limited (9999 were made), edition I just had to buy it. The inscription on the case back says: “Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.” The exact words Armstrong used to announce the 1969 moon landing. The date and exact time of the moon landing are also engraved on the case-back. How cool is that?!”

Omega Speedmaster Professional 3595.52.00 Apollo XIII 25th Anniversaryv

Omega Speedmaster Professional 3595.52.00 Apollo XIII 25th Anniversaryv

Robert-Jan Broer: Ref. 3595.52.00 ‘Apollo XIII 25th Anniversary’, limited edition of 999, 1995

“The Speedmaster (Professional) has a magical appeal; not just because of its real history with links to the NASA Apollo program, but also because it is a timeless design with a perfectly readable dial. Whether you opt for a brand-new Moonwatch or one that is 50 years old, they are all interesting models and often there is a fascinating story behind the watch, explaining what made the owner choose the Speedmaster.”

Fun fact: Robert-Jan is the founder of leading watch blog FratelloWatches.com and every Tuesday they write about Speedmasters. They even named it #SpeedyTuesday.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 3578.51.00 Snoopy Award

Omega Speedmaster Professional 3578.51.00 Snoopy Award

Systke Hermans: Ref. 3578.51.00 ‘Snoopy Award’, limited edition of 5441, 2003

“Watches have only been a serious obsession with me for the past two years or so. When my husband bought his first Omega Speedmaster I was sold as well! My first ‘Speedy’ was the 57 Co-Axial with blue dial and red hands. But I already had my eye on the Moonwatch Snoopy Award, too. As a girl I was a fan of Snoopy, so I just had to have it. After a long search I found one, number 2125/5441. In all honesty, I think the case-back on this watch is even more beautiful than the front and I would prefer to wear the ‘Snoopy’ the wrong way round. I was ‘over the moon’ when Omega announced the Silver Snoopy Award at BaselWorld. Of course I ordered it right away, because you can never have enough ‘Snoopys’.”

Omega Speedmaster Professional 311.30.42.30.01.004 Racing / TinTin

Omega Speedmaster Professional 311.30.42.30.01.004 Racing / TinTin

Gerard Nijenbrinks: Ref. 311.30.42.30.01.004 ‘Racing / Tintin’, regular production, 2013-2015

“The design of a watch dial is very important for its attraction to me. It’s the interface with the human wearing and using it. For me the dial of the Omega Speedmaster Professional is simply perfect. There’s a lot of information available, however there’s nothing excessive (luckily not even a date) and the most important function, telling the time, is extremely easy to read in all light conditions. Almost equally important is the presence of the handwound Lemania-based chronograph movement. It’s right up there with the greatest chronograph movements in the world.”

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Press Release: The Omega Speedmaster and the world of space exploration

The source of many a myth and legend, the OMEGA Speedmaster has been the choice of astronauts and space agencies for half a century. This “common” object has become one of the most famous watches in the world and has been associated with some of humankind’s greatest adventures in space, earning it the name “the Moonwatch”.

Upon its release in 1957, the Speedmaster instantly changed the face of the chronograph wristwatch. Originally introduced as part of the Seamaster line, this chronograph was the first to have the timing scale on the bezel, a world premiere that secured the Speedmaster’s position as the most iconic chronograph ever created. The Speedmaster´s association with space exploration began in 1962 when NASA astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra and Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper purchased their first flight-watches: the second generation Speedmaster model with the reference CK2998. These privately-owned chronographs were to be used on the upcoming Mercury program flights. And indeed, the very first Speedmaster to fly on a space mission was Schirra’s own CK2998 during the Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7) mission. Two and a half years later, towards the end of the Mercury program, the astronauts approached Operations Director Deke Slayton and asked to be issued with an official watch for use during training and eventually flight. As every piece of equipment from the Mercury program was being re-evaluated and re-designed for the upcoming Gemini and Apollo programs, the timing could not have been better. In September 1964, Deke Slayton issued an internal memo stating the need for a “highly durable and accurate chronograph to be used by Gemini and Apollo flight crews”. This memo landed on the desk of engineer James Ragan who sent a “Request for Quotations” and a specification sheet for wrist chronographs to different manufacturers. Of the brands contacted, only four responded and James Ragan asked each to supply three watches. OMEGA’s copy of the request was received by its U.S. affiliate in New York who proposed and delivered three Speedmasters with the reference ST105.003. The tests which ensued were designed literally to test the watches to destruction. The watches were subjected to temperatures ranging from 71°C to 93°C over a two-day period, after which they were frozen at -18°C. They were placed in a vacuum chamber heated to 93°C, and then subjected to a test where they were heated to 70°C and then were immediately cooled to -18°C – not once but fifteen times in rapid succession! When this had been completed, the watches were subjected to 40 G in six different directions and to high and low pressures. Their performance and ability to function was tested in an atmosphere of 93% humidity and in a highly corrosive 100% oxygen environment. The watches even had to endure noise levels reaching 130 decibels. Finally, they were vibrated with average accelerations of 8.8 G. In the end only one watch had survived: the Speedmaster. As a result of surviving the testing, the Speedmaster was declared “Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions” in March 1965. Just three weeks later, the Speedmaster went into space officially for the first time on the wrists of Virgil “Gus” Grissom and John Young during their Gemini 3 mission. On June 3rd 1965 Edward H. White wore his Speedmaster on America’s first spacewalk, during the Gemini IV mission. Another four years passed and NASA was preparing for the first lunar landing. The crew had been selected and the decision was made that Neil Armstrong would be the first man to walk on the lunar surface. NASA had, by this point, adopted the most recent versions of the Speedmaster that was available at that time, the ST105.012 and ST145.012, for the Apollo program; however, as NASA still had quite a few ST105.003 in stock from the original supply, this model was also routinely issued to the astronauts. On the 21st of July 1969 at 2:56 GMT, Neil Armstrong stepped off the “Eagle” to become the first human to stand on another world. Buzz Aldrin was fifteen minutes behind him and the Speedmaster Professional became the first watch to be worn on the Moon. More than 45 years and countless missions later, the Speedmaster remains flight-qualified and boasts a huge following. In fact, no other piece of equipment – let alone a watch – can claim to have been used during the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Soyuz, Salyut, Space Shuttle, MIR and International Space Station programs. Without any doubt, the Speedmaster is the ultimate space watch.

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