Do you remember? Back at BaselWorld 2014 Omega introduced their own NATO strap collection, and when they put up a dedicated page with all the info [
quite] a few months later I wrote a detailed post on them. Today this is still one of the best read pages on SpeedyWatches.com!
This article was originally published on July 4th, 2013. We have updated the links below but made no changes otherwise.
The Speedmaster Professional is an icon. A classic like few other watches. These two are undisputed facts. Period. Not up for discussion.
However, I’d like to add a third term to describe the Speedmaster Professional: a Time Capsule. For two reasons: the watch itself and the pricing. I’ll explain..
This article was first published on June 26th, 2013 and is now outdated.
We all love the internet. But there is a special kind of magic to books. Sure, nearly everything can be found on the web, but the old skool charm of a nicely filled shelve is hard to beat. Luckily for us, there are quite a few nice ones out there featuring our favorite watch – the Omega Speedmaster. In time we will update this page with info on how to acquire these books, but for now Google is your friend.
The Number 1 Speedmaster Resource. A superb book that goes into detail on everything Moonwatch.
Available in our shop.
The Moon Watch
There were BaselWorld years in which Omega handed out these for free.. But we’re positive you’ll still be able to find them online. Paperback, but a nice -though not comprehensive- overview of the Speedmaster models and history.
Nearly all-picture, but a nice overview of the various sportswatches Omega made throughout the years. Written by the highly-respected John Goldberger.
In our humble opinion a mediocre attempt at a book about Omega. It might look nice on the shelve, but that’s about it.
Omega Speedmaster Master Book
All-Japanese and we don’t read Japanese… But it sure looks interesting! One of the original Speedmaster reference books.
Another one by John Goldberger, now covering the entire Omega brand. Must have.
Omega – A Journey Through Time
We’d be surprised if there’d be a better book published by Omega EVER. Big money, but worth every penny of it if you’re anywhere near interested in this brand.
Written by the recently-retired curator of the Omega Museum – need we say more?
The Master of Omega
The Mondani’s are renowned around the world for publishing first-class books about watches. This one is no exception. It is written by Alberto Isnardi and dedicated to the Omega Speedmaster and Flightmaster.
Earlier today Omega and the Porsche Club of America introduced the Speedmaster Club of America (a.k.a. Speedy PCA). A limited edition of 99 pieces based on the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon, the Speedy PCA features a number of interesting changes to the original.
I sometimes like to look at limited editions across brands and see which parts are actually different compared to the base models. With the Speedy PCA, the first thing that you’ll notice are the bright yellow accents, which are inspired by the yellow brake calipers found on high performance Porsche cars. But Omega didn’t just add a few dashes of paint and call it a day. In fact, the dial, the hands, the bezel, the case back and the packaging are all different compared to the original Grey Side of the Moon.
The biggest change is found in the dial, which is now crafted from ceramised titanium rather than sand-blasted platinum, as indicated by the Ti engraving just above the center. Yellow accents are abundant but not overwhelming; the color is found on the timekeeping hands, the tip of the chronograph seconds hand, the dial, the bezel, and the case back with the PCA logo. A strap similar to the one found on the 2017 304.32.44.51.01.001, though done in grey & yellow, and a special presentation box complete the package.
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.
‘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.
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.’
Thank you Cay for sharing your passion and work with us!
For the time being, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Racing / Destination Moon / TinTin is still available over at Ace Jewelers.