If OMEGA Speedmaster is called the greatest chronograph on the planet, I don’t think there is any doubt. Because from the perspective of landing on the moon, no chronograph can compare with Speedmaster.
Speedmaster went to the moon, and the other tables did not. For this reason, the Omega Speedmaster is the world’s most popular and best-selling chronograph.
The important reason is that Omega Speedmaster is famous, and it is always in mass production, and the price is not so high, so the circulation is very large, and there are many people to buy.
Replica Omega Speedmaster is actually divided into two types: one is the manual Speedmaster and the other is the automatic Speedmaster.
The Omega Speedmaster refers to the manual Speedmaster with different manual winding chronograph movements of the 321/861/1861 (different movements used in different ages).
An unusual practice of OMEGA is that from the manual Speedmaster in 1957, to today’s 2017, OMEGA is always producing a manual moon speedmaster.
In contrast, after the emergence of the self-winding Daytona, Rolex stopped the manual winding of Daytona, resulting in only one Daytona in the Rolex catalog, while OMEGA has both manual and automatic Speedmaster.
Because of the continuous production and maintenance of the technical characteristics of the original watch, the manual landing speedmaster we now buy on the market is completely a direct descendant of the lunar watch, pure blood.
At the same time, because of continuous mass production, this allows Omega to manually maintain a reasonable price for the Speedmaster. If you like, you can buy a pure Omega moonwatch at any time and at no cost.
At the heart of the Omega Speedmaster story is Armstrong brought to the moon (watches are left in the capsule). Everyone knows this story, I will not repeat it.
What I am going to do today is to share with you the methods of distinguishing various versions of the Moonmaster Speedmaster. Because Omega has introduced various versions of the Moon Speedmaster, different versions of the Moon Speedmaster have different characteristics, which symbolize the Moonmaster Speedmaster in different periods.
Feature 1: Broad Sword
Features: First Generation Omega Speedmaster
In 1957, Omega’s first generation Speedmaster chronograph was born. The biggest feature of the first generation Speedmaster chronograph is the “wide sword pointer (hour hand)”.
We can clearly see that the hour hand of the first generation Omega Speedmaster chronograph is a huge “arrow”. This “arrow”-like hour hand is called the “wide sword pointer”.
In the current market, some replica watches manufacturers sell OMEGA watches, in order to promote the description, sometimes the old Omega Seamaster 300 meters diving watch pointer is called the broad sword pointer, because it is indeed like a sword, but This is wrong.
Here, please pay attention to new players. The first big OMEGA manual Speedmaster’s “big arrow” is the real “wide sword”. Once in any Speedmaster chronograph, the hour hand of the watch is a huge “arrow”. “Broad Sword”, then this Speedmaster chronograph draws on the design of the first generation Speedmaster in 1957.
Feature 2: Alpha Pointer
Features: Second-generation OMEGASpeedmaster (the first Speedmaster to enter space)
The second generation Speedmaster was introduced in 1959. The second-generation Speedmaster is OMEGA’s first watch to enter space. Please note that it is into space and has not yet landed on the moon.
Because an astronaut was wearing an OMEGA II Speedmaster when he entered space, this watch was his personal belonging. The biggest feature of the second generation Speedmaster is the change of the pointer. The “wide sword” pointer is replaced by the “alpha” pointer, which is the diamond-shaped slender pointer.
What we need to pay attention to is that we can see that not only the hour and minute, the second generation OMEGA Speedmaster’s timing, scoring, small seconds, all the pointers are alpha pointers (except the central timing large seconds).
This is the biggest feature of the second generation Speedmaster. Currently, multiple OMEGA manual Speedmaster chronographs are available using the features of the second generation Speedmaster. As long as we see the alpha pointer, we can know that this watch is a second generation Speedmaster.
Feature 3: Rod pointer
Features: Third-generation OMEGASpeedmaster (boarding the Moon’s Moon Speedmaster)
The third generation Omega Speedmaster is the moon landing speedmaster on the moon.
The story must be familiar to everyone. NASA hopes to prepare a watch for astronauts as a backup timing tool. Therefore, several chronographs have been selected from the United States for testing.
Omega’s local US agent provides the third-generation Speedmaster. Also tested with the third-generation Speedmaster are Rolex, Longines, and Bulova. NASA tested these watches at 70 degrees, 93 degrees, minus 18 degrees, and humidity greater than 95%, and tested 40G acceleration and vibration. Finally, only Omega’s third-generation Speedmaster is still running. The other watches were gone, so I chose Speedmaster and the astronauts to board the moon.
The biggest feature of the third-generation Speedmaster is that the pointer is replaced with a stick-shaped pointer. Note that in addition to the central large chronograph second hand, the hour and minute hands and the sub-dial small hands are replaced with stick-shaped hands. Most of the moon speedmasters currently on the market are such pointers.
Feature 4: Crown Shoulder
Features: The fourth-generation Speedmaster (the first Speedmaster on the dial with the word “professional”)
Most of the Omega manual moon-launched Speedmasters currently on the market are based on the fourth-generation Speedmaster.
The fourth-generation Omega Speedmaster is very similar to the previous third-generation Moon Speedmaster. The biggest difference is two. One is the watch crown and the chronograph button shoulder; the other is the professional on the watch. Typeface. The shoulder pads are the biggest feature of the fourth-generation Speedmaster and the modern Speedmaster.
In fact, starting with the fourth-generation Speedmaster, the Speedmaster’s case is asymmetrical, because the right side of the case is thickened, forming a crown and chronograph button shoulder. So once we see the Moonmaster Speedmaster with shoulder pads, we can know that this is a modern Speedmaster, and the Speedmaster without shoulder pads must be copied and imitated by the early Speedmaster.
Let me give you an example. You can compare it. Omega is now selling the Speedmaster Moonlight and Speedmaster57.
We can see that the Speedmaster57 has no shoulder pads and uses the “wide sword pointer”. Obviously this chronograph mimics the first generation Speedmaster; the dark side of the moon uses a stick pointer and has a shoulder guard, which is obviously a modern one ( The fourth generation) features Speedmaster.
Feature 5: Rocket Needle
Features Source: Alaska Plan Speedmaster
Omega has an Alaska plan after the fourth generation of the Moon Speedmaster.
Omega uses the name “Alaska” to confuse commercial opponents in case others see through them. Omega is actually trying to develop a perfect space chronograph. Can withstand the low temperature environment in outer space.
So the prototype table was created through the Alaska plan. The Alaska Plan Prototype is characterized by the addition of a red aluminum case to the outside of the watch, while the 30-minute chronograph hands and the 12-hour chronograph hands on the watch’s small chronograph dial use a special “rocket hand”.
The Rocket Pointer is the biggest feature of the Omega Alaska Speedmaster program. Later, NASA cancelled the Apollo 18 to Apollo 22 moon landing plan.
So Omega’s Alaska Speedmaster was never used. Until then, Omega introduced a replica table. So just seeing the Speedmaster of the Rocket Pointer is a feature of the Alaska plan.