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Omega has always designed really nice watch cases. The new Speedmaster is no exception. Fit and finishing are good of course, and the overall design offers a grand look where the lugs work right into the side of the case. From the side, it looks like a layered sandwich. The crown is large, but not too big and sits into the case to help protect it. Chronograph pushers are simple and traditional in style. At its heart, the Speedmaster has always been the "nice conservative sports watch". It still is, and that is a really good thing in this context.
In addition to having Omega's Co-Axial escapement that helps the watch maintain good time over the long run, the 9300 (9301) calibers are also COSC Chronometer rated. I found it to be reliable and it kept good time. There are a few tricks to the movement. First (like the caliber 8500 movement) you can adjust the hour hand in one hour increments to make it easy to switch to local time while travelling. Though this is also how you change the date (by rapidly advancing or going back in time).
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The famous PO bracelet is a beautiful thing to look at and wears nicely. It does however lack the ability to micro-adjust the size. This means that it could offer the perfect fit, but also possibly be just a bit too large or small as you can only add and remove whole links. There might be a half-link option, but I am not sure. The design of the case and bracelet means that it should be comfortable if it is a bit looser than you might like, but purists like me want a precision fit. replica omega Planet Ocean sees the Planet Ocean as a Rolex Submariner competitor (and they are similar in price for the high-end POs). The Submariner does have a more sophisticated bracelet - so I would be surprised if Omega wasn't working on a new bracelet clasp for use in the future. The deployment clasp is push-button and operated very smoothly.
So wearing the watch is overall really good, but what about reading it? Omega has long since been perfecting the dial of the Planet Ocean, but surprisingly it has remained very true to Omega watch dials from many decades ago. It is a retro dial that you'd never know is retro. The double broad arrow hands are well defined and properly sized. Arabic numerals mixed with large applied hour markers made for a handsome and very easy to read look. Those Arabic numerals come in orange on some other versions of the same watch. The dial has pretty much everything you need, and very little you to not. It is a very good balance of information markers and empty space - a virtue Omega has held for a long time.
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Everyone knows the Omega http://www.speedroc.com/replica-omega-speedmaster-broad-arrow.html, but all do not know every generation of the Speedmaster. Sure, there is modern-day automatic, the classic professional, the rarer caliber 321 "moon watch", the pre-professional, and the broad arrow, but what about that lost generation of Speedmasters made in that lost decade we call the 70s?
There were some pretty whack'd watches made back then, and some even borrowed historic names, just like the watch we're talking about today. For a short period in the mid to late 70s, replica omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow GMT produced a digital version of the Speedmaster. We're not talking an X-33, but rather a legit, Casio-looking, mo fo. Now Omega made their fair share of digital timepieces during the 70s, but they usually had appropriately campy names like The Time Computer, and it's shocking to see them jeopardize the best thing they have going for them (the Speedmaster) like this. Then again, this is a part of the conundrum that is Omega. For years and years, Omega was the pinnacle sport watch company, above even the mighty Rolex. Then what happened? Well, watches like this, that's what happened, and the brand reputation took a nosedive.
As for the watch itself, it really held the same functionality you'd later find in a $10 Casio. And while they are most certainly authentic replica omega Seamaster 300m, and even Speedmasters at that, don't expect to pay too much for them, if you can find one. Perhaps our favorite part of this digital Speedmaster is how it reads "No jewels, unadjusted" inside the caseback.
There is definitely something about this watch that we like, and it is one of the few digitals we'd wear, but again, this watch is a shining example of why Omega brand prestige isn't what it once was, and never will be again.
Well today we have a brand new Omega Speedmaster for you, one made in a limited edition run of only 50 pieces, one that had a retail price of $49,000 when new, and one that we have never, ever seen before. This Omega Speedmaster is circa 1994, and comes with a platinum skeletonized face. Did we mentioned it's been skeletonized and decorated by Mr. Armin Strom himself?
Why does that name sound familiar? Because Armin Strom is now the patriarch of an eponymously named brand that we called the boutique brand of the future. This watch was created upon special contract with Omega 15 years ago and as the description says, you are unlikely to see one of these for sale ever again. Granted we are younger than some Omega Speedmaster nuts, but we've never even heard someone mention this watch, let alone find one available for purchase.
Wrist-Alarms are all the rage right now here on Hodinkee. After all, we're giving one away and over 120 people have entered to win it! Unfortunately, only person will be chosen to win the Luminox below, so we thought we'd offer up some consolation. We have found a great vintage wrist-alarm from replica omega Seamaster 300mcalled the Memomatic, and it's actually affordable.
The Memomatic is a funky alternative to the JLC Memovoxes that are most often associated with automatic wrist alarms. The one we have found today is from the early 1970s, features a large case (40mm X 43mm), and original, signed everything. This includes the case, crown, face, and movement. Speaking of the movement, it is an original replica omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow GMT 19 jewel auto-alarm movement, one you don't find every day.
The orange and grey face of this Memomatic adds a lot to the character of this watch, and for a vintage automatic Omega with a complication like this, you could do a lot worse. In fact, the price of this Omega http://www.speedroc.com/replica-omega-speedmaster-broad-arrow.html is pretty reasonable, $1,199 to be exact.
We think this is a great sport watch, one you certainly won't find any of your friends wearing...also an Omega with a wrist-alarm for this price? Not too bad at all.
Omega is a favorite of just about everyone we know. In fact, it was an old Omega Speedmaster Automatic that first inspired our love for watches way back when. Their history of mechanical achievements and pop-culture relevance is matched perhaps only by Rolex, and the Omega brand continues to grow stronger every year.
Demand for Omegas has remained incredibly strong, especially for classic models like the Speedmaster, so it was a pleasant surprise when Portero informed us they would be holding a private sale of just Omegas. We had to give you guys the inside scoop on what will be offered, so here it is. Below are just some examples of the models available at heavily discounted prices in next week's Omega sale on Portero Private:
The Omega sale begins this coming Tuesday (June 2) at 12 Noon EST on Portero Private. If you are not yet a member of Portero Private but would like to gain access to this sale and all future sales.Again, the watches mentioned above are just a small cross-sampling of what will be available next week. We can't wait to see what else they'll have. Be sure to let us know if you buy anything! (And yes, we'll be competing to get that Broad Arrow Speedmaster so anybody else out there interested, watch out!)
To commemorate the first lunar landing, and the wristwatch worn by the astronauts responsible for it, Omega http://www.speedroc.com/replica-omega-speedmaster-broad-arrow-gmt.html is releasing the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Edition. The special timepiece features 18K Omege Sedna gold details, a brown coated nylon fabric strap inspired by military NATO straps and the calibre 1861 manual-winding chronograph movement. The edition is limited to 1,969 pieces, in honour of year man first set foot on the moon.
Originally introduced in 1957, the replica omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow is making a major comeback in 2014. The timepiece is fully updated for the new era with two design options: a stainless steel case and matching bracelet or with a bi-colour blend of stainless steel and 18K Omega Sedna gold (an exclusive material made with gold, palladium and copper). The polished black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel features a Liquidmetal? or replica omega Seamaster 300m? diving scale. The power behind it all is the new OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400, a self-winding movement that resists magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss.
A very nice surprise (from Omega) for 2013 is the revival of the famous Seamaster Bullhead. In a remake of a 1969 classic watch, the OMEGA Seamaster Bullhead 1969 features a 43 mm steel case, which houses the Omega-caliber 3113 that bases on Fr��d��ric Piguet chronograph caliber. We��re on the hunt for more information as it comes through from OMEGA.
Hot off the Baselworld press is the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon edition. This watch celebrates the lack of light with a sleek and demur all-black design.It features a black ceramic 44.25mm case and chronograph pushers, a black zirconium oxide ceramic dial, a sapphire display back, indexes in white gold, and a rhodium-plated, red-tipped chronograph hand. With the in-house made Co-Axial caliber 9300 automatic chronograph movement and black Cordura strap with a black ceramic buckle, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is one hell of a weekend watch to own.
There is no greater icon of men��s style than 007 himself, Mr. James Bond. For the upcoming Bond flick, Skyfall, Daniel Craig will be donning this limited edition Omega http://www.speedroc.com/replica-omega-speedmaster-broad-arrow-gmt.html. The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M forms the base of the watch, which features a 42mm stainless steel case, a matte black ceramic rotating bezel and matching dial, and chromium nitride diving scale. Special additions include custom packaging and 007 branding throughout.The new replica omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow is one for the cabinet. It features a 44.25 mm stainless steel case, the choice of black or silver faces, and if you��re the traveling type it lets you set two time zones. New York and Sydney perhaps.
This watch has ��replica omega Seamaster 300m�� in the name, so it pretty much has to be awesome, right? Right. It��s been 55 years since OMEGA launched a chronograph created specifically for the purpose of calculating the speed of racing cars. Now they��ve introduced the OMEGA Speedmaster Racing Chronograph, a tribute to that long-standing relationship between the chronograph and high-performance automobiles.
Want the watch Daniel Craig / James Bond wear in the new Skyfall film? Well two appear in Skyfall. A black-dialled OMEGA Planet Ocean 600M and an OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra, with its striking blue dial �C the first time this coloured face has ever graced that particular model.
The former is a rugged working watch suitable for a professional diver that manages to be remarkably handsome; the Aqua Terra, with its softer textures and colours, is ideal for doubling a night on the town with something more adrenaline-fuelled. Both feature the latest OMEGA calibre 8500 movement, self-winding chronometer with a 60-hour power reserve.
Like every James Bond accessory, the watches have to be robust enough to survive the lifestyle �C running, jumping, fighting, shooting, occasionally making sexy time. Park and Bond are really onto something with their selection of vintage watches. This Omega Speedmaster with brown leather strap is the perfect mix of vintage without looking like you��re trying too hard. The Omega Stainless Steel Speedmaster Professional is circa 1960s, with manual wind movement. For around $4,000, it��s a sound addition to any collection.
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The 18-karat pink gold watch house sthe Lange manufacture caliber L086.4 self-winding movement with 209 parts and 31 jewels. Made of untreated German silver, the movement is lavishly and meticulously hand engraved — and visible via the sapphire case back. This proved to be a slight problem for watch-loving me, who kept wanting to take the watch off and look at the movement. It offers 72 hours of power reserve when fully wound and that was just fine- as this was a watch I didn’t want to take off my wrist.
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The replica omega Seamaster 300m was an 18k gold watch with a black leather strap. Not exactly an icon by itself, but having been worn by Kennedy throughout his term as President, and after First Lady Jackie Kennedy wrote a letter to Grant Stockdale thanking him for the "thinnest most elegant wristwatch", we at Hodinkee are prepared to say that this is a piece of Americana with a back-story that rivals almost any other.
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In December of 2005, Guernsey's in New York auctioned off the Stockdale watch, with the winning bid coming from Omega themselves, at $350,000. They purchased the iconic timepiece for the Omega http://www.speedroc.com/replica-omega-speedmaster-broad-arrow-gmt.html Museum in Biel, Switzerland, where it now resides, right next to the first Speedmaster Professional to make it to the moon.
Maybe it's because he was a Kennedy. Maybe it's because he was the youngest person ever elected POTUS (that's "President of the United States"). Maybe it's because he was an officer in the Navy, or that he had a penchant for sailing, booze, and the finer things in life. Maybe it's because he was the consummate man, the politician and the playboy all in one. No matter how you cut it, JFK is a icon of American history on so many levels. And icons have a tendency (whether deliberate or not) to create icons out of people and objects around them.
Today we draw your attention to the "Stockdale watch." In 1960, a friend of John Kennedy's named Grant Stockdale presented him with an Omega Ultra-Thin watch as a gift. On the back, it was engraved "President of the United States John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant".
"What is so strange about that?" you might ask. Well, did you notice what year Stockdale bequeathed the watch to the young Irishman? That's right, 1960. And when was Kennedy sworn in as President? Yes, 1961.
This was somewhat presumptuous of Mr. Stockdale, as Kennedy had yet to be elected president. But history worked itself out and on January 20, 1961, Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. When you know, you know. And what was the watch on his wrist as he was sworn in? That's right; it was the Stockdale watch, captured brilliantly in a photograph published in LIFE magazine at the inauguration ceremony.