The Speedmaster Professional - from any era - is always the right choice.
Perhaps long overdue, Speedmasters from the early days, beginning in 1957 with the introduction of the Reference 2915, are beginning to command serious figures at auction and in private sales. And while contemporary Speedmasters won't ever age and show patina the way vintage models do, there are a few lesser-known gems from the neo-vintage age that will age beautfully, and can still be snapped up for relative bargains.
This particular Speedy, a Reference 3592.50, might date from the 1990s, but in spirit and aesthetics it has all the elements of a classic Apollo-era watch, both inside and out.
The movement that powers this watch is a variant of the same calibre that powered the watches worn by Jim Lovell and his crew during the harrowing Apollo 13 spaceflight. The case is the same asymmetrical one that marked the Speedy since the late 1960s, and the dial still has Tritium luminescent material, giving it a patina thats as mouth-watering as any Speedy from the 1960s or 1970s.
This Reference also features a Hesalite crystal on the front side, and was the first version to offer a sapphire crystal on the display back, itself a milestone worthy of note.
Moreover, the Speedy isstillbeing worn by astronauts today, which makes it just as relevant to the history of space exploration as ever.
Attractive, wearable, and attainable, with a bonafide —all in all, it’s a value proposition that’s hard to argue with.
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.
Demand for “pre-Moon” variants like those worn by Ed White and Buzz Aldrin have reached almost super-terrestrial heights. However, for the collector who wants a vintage looking Speedy with all the romance, but not the price tag, models such as the 3592.50 from the early 1990s feature Tritium luminescent material, meaning they will age in much the same way as their predecessors, unlike subsequent versions fitted with Super Luminova material.
The 3592.50 also features a Hesalite acrylic crystal on the front side, while also introducing a sapphire display back on the rear, offering the user the opportunity to peer inside. Powered by a Calibre .863 manual winding chronograph movement, a rhodium-plated variant of the Calibre .861 in use since 1968, the 3592.50 also has the same mechanical chops of those golden-era Speedmasters.