Take a poll amongst wristwatch collectors, and we'd bet the consensus would be that there might be nothing more important or iconic in a watch collection than an Omega Speedmaster.
This particular Speedy, a Reference 3570.50, dates from the early 1990's but in spirit and aesthetics has all the elements of a classic Apollo-era watch. Take the dial - it uses Tritium luminescent material, abandoned only a few years later, and has developed a patina that's as mouth-watering as any model from 30 years earlier.
This piece hails from the last era of 'Neo-Vintage' models and offers a fantastic value proposition to the budding Speedmaster enthusiast.
With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing looming like the Death Star on the horizon, focus is now on space-related ephemera. Major auction houses will no doubt hold sales of anything that an astronaut might have evenbreathedon. Now, with demand for those items soaring high, it might put a damper on anyone’s aspirations to own a piece of history.
But there is a piece of space history that anyone can own: The Omega Speedmaster.
Since 1965, this little machine has been issued to the crew of every manned space mission. Ed White, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell—these are just a few heroes who strapped the Speedy to their wrists as they headed to the final frontier. As one of Omega’s longest-running models, the Speedmaster has seen variants as numerous as stars in the sky, from special editions honoring spaceflights to the simpler black-dialed “Moon watch” that everyone knows and loves.