Here’s another cool Omega Speedmaster that appeared in front of our camera for a photo shoot last week: the Omega Speedmaster Professional 318.104.22.168.01.004 AKA
TinTin / Racing.
Omega has built up a rich family of variations of its #1 icon, the Speedmaster Professional, in recent years. Some of them limited editions, others short-lived and a small number just in small demand. The 322.214.171.124.01.004 is not limited nor numbered as is the FOiS – and our little birdies told is that is soon to be out of production. It’s thus safe to say that this “TinTin” falls in the second category… Aficionados take note!
Now, what’s up with the nicknames?
It is said in the grapevine that the inspiration for the distinct colour scheme of this watch came from the rocket featured in TinTin’s 1953 Destination Moon and 1954 Explorers on the Moon. A fun and fitting connection one would think.. were it not that it is whispered that Omega and the Hergé Foundation could not come to an agreement.
But TinTin -if at all- was not the only source of inspiration for the Speedmaster Professional 3126.96.36.199.01.004. Ever since its first appearance in 1969, the so-called Racing-dial has been popping up every now and again as a sort-of collectors treat. Most recently we’ve seen it in the ‘Japan’ Speedmaster Professional and the 2014 Speedmaster Mark II Co-Axial. For this one, Omega seems to have upped the ante – full checkered flag.
Is it really necessary to put up the specs? Probably not, but here we go;
- Model name: Omega Speedmaster Professional
- Diameter: 42mm
- Case material: Stainless steel
- Strap / bracelet material: Stainless steel
- Crystal: Plexiglass
- Movement: Caliber 1861
- Dial colour: Black
- Current price: Check at Authorized Dealer – not sure how long this will be applicable!
- Misc.: so-called ‘Racing’ or ‘TinTin’