This article was first published on December 11th, 2014
Courtesy of our friends at Ace Jewelers and their Ace Photo Studio, today we managed to get the rare (2004 pieces) Speedmaster Racing Japan and Speedmaster Racing TinTin together. We recon this is a rather rare occasion, although there are probably a few of you out there who own the both of them..
Seeing the two of them together makes for an interesting opportunity for some astute observations – if we may be so bold. Both are obviously inspired by the racing theme. The 2004 Racing Japan fully takes on the 1969 Mark II look – including the different placement of the (shorter) lumi marks. The Racing TinTin on the other hand closely resembles the classic Speedy Pro, but with an outer rim inspired by the TinTin comics – although the collaboration was not meant to be. Similar in spirit, there are a few differences – both notable as well as less notable.
The Japan Racing features a base color that differs from your regular Speedy Pro and uses color-coded hands: white for keeping time, orange for measuring time. As such, it is quite a departure from the classic Moonwatch. The overall atmosphere is very funky and seventies. Originally released as a limited edition for the Japanese market in 2004 in 2004 pieces, this model has been steadily rising in demand in the last few years.
The TinTin is a model we’d recommend keeping a close eye on in the future. As indicated above, the collaboration with the TinTin heirs failed, but this apparently did not stop Omega in releasing this model. It is however not a limited edition nor is it numbered like the First Omega in Space. With Omega’s practice of releasing a limited edition Speedy whenever they see fit, we somehow feel this feeds to the appeal. An analogy with the brown-dialed Speedy Pro is easily made.
Did you notice the difference in ‘Omega Speedmaster Professional’ script on the two? The screw-pin bracelet versus the push-pin variation? There’s a world of details to be discovered when diving into the wonderful world of Speedmasters!
- The Omega Speedmaster Racing Japan is private collection
The Omega Speedmaster Racing TinTin is available at Ace Jewelers
And while we’re at it – how about this TinTin on SuiGeneric polka dot NATO?