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The First Watch On The Moon, The Omega Speedmaster Professional. From the first time I laid my eyes on it just under 3 years ago, I’ve loved the Speedmaster.
At the time, I didn’t even really understand its VERY MAJOR role in the moon landing (one of humankind’s most important moments) but it sucked me in -It hit me on a gut level, like no watch before it.
So here’s why. It was its case. 42mm of thick, twisted steel. It’s so much more substantial than the watches of its time. Don’t get me wrong, I love a vintage Daytona – it might be the perfect watch – but if you’ve held one, you just might find, as I have, that they lack some presence.
It was its dial – the matte black canvas for the crisp white instrumentation.
And finally, the character. The fact that every Omega I had seen before it was some sort of fine classic dress watch, 35mm or smaller and often cased In yellow gold. I found it so hard to believe that this watch, this badass jumbo chronograph came from the same manufacturer.
Okay, let’s dive into this example.
It’s a reference 145.022 from 1985, it’s powered by the venerable, freshly serviced and absolutely beautiful 861 manually wound caliber and, especially on its uber comfortable original steel Speedmaster bracelet, it’s breathtaking. It’s complicated without confusing, big without being obtrusive and unique without being isolating.
It’s taken a while to get Christian to come around to it, but the Speedmaster is supreme, both in form and function. It’s a legend, and it’s here to stay.