Omega Speedmaster: Out of This World
Widely celebrated for its association with space exploration, the Omega Speedmaster, also dubbed the Moonwatch, is the only timepiece to ever be worn on the moon. The history behind the Speedmaster family of chronographs is often popularized by Buzz Aldrin who wore one when he landed on the moon in 1969. However, the Speedmaster was launched into space long beforehand as Walter “Wally” Schirra dawned his own Speedmaster CK 2998 during the Sigma 7 mission of the Mercury program in 1962. At the time, NASA had not yet made wristwatches a part of the official astronaut uniform, but as time passed and technology evolved, they began demanding mechanical backup timing devices. You can learn more about the differences between Omega’s FOIS (First Omega In Space) and the CK 2998 when you read this article about the brand’s “fraternal twins.”
Today, the Speedmaster is the only piece of equipment used in all of NASA’s piloted space missions, giving definition to its precise, reliable, and rugged character. If you’re one who seeks variety and limited edition models, the Moonwatch will take your breath away. Explore our Omega Speedmaster collection for a breadth of models including hand-wound stainless steel pieces and automatics with ceramic cases. Interested in learning about the history of chronographs as a whole? Read this article to discover why the complication is so beloved. Or, get an in-depth look at a particularly notable Speedy model.
Buying an Omega Speedmaster
As the world’s leading platform for buying, selling, and trading pre-owned luxury watches, we take pride in our unrivaled selection of Omega Speedmaster watches. Each piece is inspected by our team of experts to guarantee authenticity and bring it to manufacturer operating standards. Our ever-changing collection of Speedmaster watches heightens interest among collectors who are always looking for a new, rare piece. Whether your interest in this renowned watch was sparked by a love for precision in racing and sports pieces, or you simply find its association with the Moon a fascinating part of history, our selection has timepieces for all—from a vibrant Omega Speedmaster with a red dial to a sharp Dark Side of the Moon Speedmaster.
Explore Speedmaster Models
Like many iconic watch collections, the Speedmaster suite is vast and full of variety which is why prices vary so drastically. Our current inventory ranges in price from $3,850 to $77,950 depending on several factors like material and demand—however, mid-range models typically cost between $5,000 to $10,000. Learn more about some top models to take a closer look at the collection.
Introduced in 1957, this reference is the first official Speedmaster. The original model was a part of an Omega trio which included the Seamaster 300 CK2913 and Railmaster CK2914. Featuring curved lugs, a black dial, and broad arrow hands, it was intended to be a sports chronograph and was even advertised alongside racing cars.
Calibre 321 “Ed White” Chronograph
Based on the ref. 105.003 worn by astronaut Ed White, and using the renowned calibre 321, this handsome piece comes fitted with a crisp black dial and handsome stainless steel hardware. If this ode to history interests you, check out the near-mint condition Speedmaster Calibre 321 “Ed White” Chronograph—it’s a striking 39.7mm stainless steel watch equipped with hours, minutes, small seconds, and tachymeter functions.
Inspired by Omega’s retro Speedmasters, the Broad Arrow ref. 3594.50.00 is an astonishing rerelease that was introduced in the late 1990s. Powered by the caliber 1861, it features broad arrow hands, a manual wind, 42mm stainless steel case and bracelet, a black dial, and a broad range of functions.
Speedmaster Professional 105.012 & 145.012
Used by Apollo 11 astronauts, these references have an asymmetrical case due to its crown guards that were added after NASA critiqued on the original design. The lug-to-lug distance on these beauties? A whopping 48mm—it’s no wonder why they are qualified by NASA.
If you’re a Speedy fan but can’t handle such a large piece, consider exploring the Speedmaster Reduced ref. 3510.50.00.It clocks in at 39mm which is 3mm smaller than the Moonwatch, making it perfect for smaller wrists. Unlike its larger counterparts with manual calibers, however, this model boasts the automatic Omega caliber 3220. See how it stacks up against the Rolex Daytona when you watch this expert review.
More Standout Speedmaster Watches
Perhaps one of the most interesting elements of the Speedmaster story is that Omega has continuously created new limited edition pieces to capture the attention of collectors. In an attempt to diversify the Omega Speedmaster collection, various renditions and generations have hit the market to create intrigue and exclusivity, much like the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Silver Snoopy—an Apollo 13 45th anniversary commemorative piece. Additionally, Omega’s four official Speedmaster Mark Series boast a plethora of other unique models like the Speedmaster 1045 TV Dial. And, it would be a miss not to mention the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday Limited Edition introduced in 2017 to celebrate five years of the now iconic #speedytuesday. Discover more about the seemingly endless world of Omega Speedmasters and uncover three lesser known models or take a closer look at this pre-owned Speedmaster Tokyo 2020 Olympics Collection Limited Edition.
Maintaining an Omega Speedmaster
Undoubtedly, investing in a Speedmaster is a collector’s dream—and learning how to properly maintain the watch is half the fun. Check out a few frequently asked questions related to this collection for some expert insight.
How often do you need to wind a Speedmaster?
How do you use the tachymeter on a Speedmaster?
In order to measure speed, designate your measurement in either miles or kilometers. Then, make sure you have a fair representation of distance—for example, the distance between two markers on a road. Next, start the chronograph when you pass the first marker, then stop it when you pass the second. Take note of the elapsed time on the dial and then look at the bezel reading to see what it lines up with.
On the other hand, to measure distance, you will need to know how fast you’re going and then calculate distance in a similar manner—it only works if you’re travelling at speeds over 60 because of the scale. If you know you’re travelling at a slower speed, you’ll need to multiply it by 2. Once you reach that speed on the tachymeter scale, you simply divide the distance by the original multiplying factor.