Does it get sexier than Omega’s latest take on its most iconic watch?
If you know anything about the Omega Speedmaster, it’s probably the NASA-approved watch that accompanied Buzz Aldrin and Neal Armstrong’s maiden voyage to the moon. Omega gets a lot of mileage from this feat, usually pumping out alternate versions of the watch all in gold, with adorable little Snoopy cartoons, or with an actual meteorite embedded in the piece. However, the brand may have outdone itself with its latest batch of new Speedmasters, which it announced this week.
The Speedmaster is best known as a hard-wearing stainless steel watch, the kind of piece that can withstand the turbulence, changes in gravity, and high temperatures that can endanger astronauts. Thankfully, most Omega customers who aren’t named Jeff Bezos won’t be traveling to space anytime soon. This frees the brand to release two new Speedmasters in what it calls Moonshine Gold. KFC may have its secret blend of herbs and spices, but Omega has its proprietary metal, a blend of gold, silver, copper and palladium designed to maintain the shine of the metal longer than 18 karat gold would.
The two new Moonshine Gold watches immediately rank among the most beautiful Speedmasters in existence. The first features a rich forest green dial and matching bezel. But the real stunner of this new duo, in my opinion, is the second, which sports a gold dial to match its gold case, black bezel and black sub-dials. The black accents give the watch that appealing ‘Panda’ effect, and some collectors have approvingly invoked the phrase ‘John Player Special’, the gold and black color scheme inspired by the paint job on Lotus Formula 1 cars. from the 70s sponsored by the cigarette manufacturer of the same name. It’s a big deal whenever Omega decides to release new Speedmasters, but it’s even better when the watches look this good.
Omega seems to be steering the Moonwatch in a new, more sophisticated direction. The brand kicked off 2022 with a bang, releasing a gold Canopus Speedmaster (Omega’s name for its white gold) with an $81,000 price tag attached. It follows that with two more luxury versions of what is basically a sports watch. After years of rugged sports watches dominating both the auction world and the majority of new releases, collectors may be ready to embrace something a little more valuable.
However, the new Speedmasters aren’t the only new watches Omega has for 2022.
[David Byrne voice] There is an impressive watch at the bottom of the ocean
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