Omega Speedmaster – The First Omega in Space



Does the name Walter Schirra ring a bell? He was just some guy, really. Some bright American entrusted as the Pilot in the MA-8 mission of the Mercury Programme in 1962. Know what was on his wrist? The Omega 2998, the first Omega in Space.

50 years later, we’ve got this. A manually wound Omega Speedmaster with straight lugs and alpha hands – one very much so like the one on Schirra’s wrist.

It’s beautiful. From its applied logo and decorated caseback to its case and sharp pushers, the watch is simple, solid and detailed where it counts.

Okay, so it’s a reissue? Well, not exactly. I mean, it is. But it doesn’t wear like one. It wears like an extremely well designed modern watch. Unlike the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso tribute to 1931, which I also love, it doesn’t have a vintage feel that most would detect. So yes, it takes most of the major design elements right from Schirra’s wrist but still, it’s very much so a modern speedy.

From a development level, I love how it Balances its obvious respect for its predecessor while still making minor alterations. Same black dial, bezel, stainless case, straight lugs and enchanting alpha hands but the movement, lume and crystal have been modernized.

Powering the watch is the manually wound Omega calibre 1861, a movement very much so based on the famous 321 caliber. It’s got higher bph, fewer parts and actually, it’s rhodium plated. So no, Omega didn’t use a movement that they feel is, at this point, outdated. And no matter how much I, and every vintage geek, loves the 321 – this does make sense.

Let’s get into its size. At 39.7mm, its a few millimeters smaller than most of the current production Speedmasters. To me, it’s perfect. Honestly wearing a little larger than a 40mm GMT, it’s got beef. Still, it doesn’t overpower my nearly 7 inch wrist.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a speedster addict. They’re too sporty for my style, big for my wrist and frankly, the references confuse the shit out of me. But owning this, the “First omega in space” has been awesome, truly. It’s a watch with detail and finishing, one you can rely on. Its a watch I can, without question, very much so endorse.

Technical Specs:
Maker: Omega
Model: Speedmaster – The First Omega in Space
Case Diameter: 39.7 millimeters
Lug Width: 18 millimeters
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Condition: Great condition, no serious nicks or scratches
Dial Condition: Mint condition
Bracelet: HODINKEE brown calf strap
Movement: Manual Winding Omega Caliber 1861