OEM Omega NATO Straps – the 2018 Update Part 2: the Olympic Edition

Tonight Omega expanded its -by now- vast collection of NATO straps with 24 new variations in celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics. While most of them are very country-specific, I already spotted a few that I think will also look good beyond the Olympics. In this third installment of our Omega NATO update (part 1, part 2), I’ll fill you in on all the details.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional 311. Apollo 17 45th Anniversary

The Omega Speedmaster Professional 311. Apollo 17 45th Anniversary was introduced at BaselWorld 2017 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission. In this post I’ll go over the various elements make this 1972-piece limited edition stand out.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 15 40th Anniversary 311.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 15 40th Anniversary is a limited edition of 1971 pieces. It was introduced in 2011 in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Apollo 15, which was the fourth of NASA’s six missions to land on the Moon – and the first in which the Lunar Rover was used.

The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 15 sports a couple of cool features that hint to the 1971 mission. The dial is inspired by the official insignia and sports a minute track in blue-white-red. In addition there’s  a blue ring around the small seconds subdial at 9:00, and white and red rings around the 12-hour and 30-minute counters respectively. It’s quite subtle, yet it does stand out just enough.

The case back could very well be the main attraction of this Speedy. It’s embossed with an image of the Lunar Rover and the words “APOLLO 15” and “40th ANNIVERSARY”. The outer edge is engraved with “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON”, “JULY 30, 1971” and the limited edition number. Look at it – isn’t it spectacular?

The watch in these pictures is owned by Alon Ben Joseph, CEO of Ace Jewelers‘I’ve been using a picture of the Apollo 15 as my desktop background ever since we first got to shoot it in the Ace Photo Studio. At the time of release it didn’t feel right to buy one of these limited editions for myself, as it would mean that one of our clients would not be able to have it. When one was recently offered as part of a trade at one of our boutiques it felt like a second chance, and I was finally able to scratch my itch for this beauty’ said Alon after I took it from his wrist for this shoot. ‘With it’s red, white and blue colors it’s a must-have for every Dutch Speedmaster collector’ he added with a smile 🙂 .

The watch in these pictures is NOT for sale.


Omega Speedmaster Professional 3593.20.00 Italian Albino

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3593.20.00 is a 1997 limited edition of 500 pieces created for the Italian market in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Speedmaster. WatchWorks Haarlem sent me a few pics of a NOS example they had in their collection not too long ago, which provided the perfect opportunity for a post on this beautiful Speedmaster specimen.

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In our Studio: Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary 311.

Omega Speedmaster ’57 Chronograph

The Omega Speedmaster ’57 Chronograph 60th Anniversary was introduced at BaselWorld 2017 as part of the ‘Trilogy’ series, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster, Railmaster and Seamaster 300. Though all three are near perfect facsimiles of their original counterparts in terms of design, the way they go about it rather different. Both the Railmaster and Seamaster 300 make use of Omega’s latest technological advancements, as witnessed by their high-tech Master Chronometer caliber 8806 movements and domed sapphire crystals. Not the Speedmaster though; in the spirit of the 1957 original the 311. is fitted with a plexi crystal and a hand-wound chronograph movement. Then again, most Speedmaster aficionado’s wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s lacking in imagination is made up in execution. By now a vintage-inspired watch is hardly novel, but with the Speedmaster 60th Anniversary it’s done to such a degree of perfection that it’s hard not to like. The slight brown hue of the dial is gorgeous. The faux-patina of the indexes too. The case, the crown, the pushers, even down to the packaging: it’s all beautiful. If I were to make one remark it’d be about the bracelet which is almost overpowering, being too solid & hefty for the watch – most notably the clasp.

  • Case: Stainless steel, 38.6mm, closed case back, 60mm water resistance.
  • Movement: caliber 1861.
  • Glass: Hesalite
  • Lug width: 19mm
  • Limited edition: yes, 3557 pieces