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In this episode, Christian reviews an Omega Speedmaster and a Hamilton “Big Eye!”

The Submariner, the Reverso, the Royal Oak and the Speedmaster – four of the most iconic names in the history of watchmaking, each just as important culturally as horologically. They’ve become legends that each one of us idolize and today, right here, we’re talking Speedmaster – a Swiss staple in most American collections. On July 21 of 1969, after rigorous testing alongside top brands like Rolex and Longines, an Omega Speedmaster was strapped to the space suit of Buzz Aldrin and it became the first watch on the moon. Fast forward nearly 50 years and there are hundreds of Speedmaster variations for our galactic enjoyment. But of all of the examples, references and styles, this particular model, the “Reduced” brings the most thunder with each dollar. Its twisted lugs, black dial, crisp white hands and acrylic bezel are classic Speedmaster and yet its price tag is a fraction of the rest and its size, at 39mm, is considerably more approachable than the classic 42mm.

This one has it all : a major brand name, oversized case, complication and incredibly good execution. It’s the kind of watch that should get a lot more attention than it does, so lets give it the spotlight.

Founded in Pennsylvania at the end of the 19th century, Hamilton built themselves to a position of strength as a truly American watch manufacture for over 50 years. Then, in the 1960’s, they moved their operation into Switzerland and scaled to a global operation. While America lost a landmark brand, the world gained Hamilton, and watches like this beautiful jumbo chronograph followed.

Let’s admire the details – a mint matte grey dial, crisp oversized white subdials and piercing red instrumentation, all in a thick brushed steel cushion case. It’s powered by the Valjoux 7733, a manually wound workhorse.

How it survived nearly 50 years with its original bracelet and box, I’ll never know. But it did and I’m geeking out pretty hard.