Originally designed for motorsports and often cited as the Porsche 911 of watches, the Speedmaster became The Moonwatch when Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in 1969 wearing his trusted reference ST105.012. Today, Speedmasters come in many styles and sizes, from historically accurate recreations to solid gold diamond-encrusted shiners, to ultra-light carbon technical wonders. Here are four Speedmasters worth knowing about.
Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional
An essential model, the Moonwatch is a modern take on the original Speedmaster that adorned Buzz Aldrin’s wrist 50 years ago when he set foot on the moon. Featuring a hand-wound Omega caliber, updated and improved in 2021, it doesn’t get much more iconic or handsome than this. Loved on Earth and beyond, the Speedmaster Moonwatch remains a true icon in the world of watchmaking. For its most recent update, the legendary chronograph has been inspired by its own historical design, while the Master Chronometer certification provides even more reliability and excellence.
Speedmaster ’57 Heritage Models
The Speedmaster Heritage range is full of modern watches based on the variations the collection has seen over its decades of life, many of which now are often manifested as special/limited/anniversary editions. They’re typically packed with history and can take multiple forms, including everything from classic models like the Speedmaster ’57. Having been a part of all six lunar missions, the timepiece is an impressive representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit.
Taking the spirit of exploration a step further, this new Moonphase features two infinitely small yet photo-realistic moons. It features a blue sun-brushed dial, with rhodium-plated indexes. At 6 o’clock is the accurate Moonphase indication, which features a metallic crystal disc microstructured to obtain a high-resolution image of the moon.
Dark Side of the Moon
The modern looks, larger size, ceramic case and high-performance co-axial movement make the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon collection unabashedly of-the-moment. Emblematic of Omega’s bold style, forward-thinking innovation and adventurous spirit, this ceramic Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon represents a sleek and sporty new addition to the iconic collection. This unique timepiece features a black zirconium oxide ceramic dial with striking 18K white gold “Moonwatch”- style hands and two ceramic subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock.