Movement : Manually Wound Omega Cal. 3861
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : April 2021
Case Size : 42mm
Case Thickness : 14mm
Lug to Lug : 47mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : Manufacturer Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Omega box and Omega paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Omega bracelet with its signed clasp, all links are included with the watch. The watch is from April 2021 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very good condition as you can see. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer's Warranty.
The Speedmaster was originally introduced in 1957 to compete with the chronographs in the crowd-pulling motor racing field, which was becoming ever more competitive as the drivers achieved higher speeds, therefore a need for accurate timepieces became all the more essential. Omega was the first to have the tachymeter on the bezel rather than on the dial; this was later adopted in 1963 by the Rolex Daytona. The Omega Speedmaster Professional was made famous for its 6 lunar missions. NASA in 1964 sent out letters to 10 watch brands, asking them to send in a Chronograph, only four brands responded to NASA’s request: Rolex, Longines-Wittnauer, Hamilton, and Omega, comically Hamilton sent in a pocket watch. Omega continued to be tested with many manned flights with all the specific requirements to achieve precise measurements, Omega continues to be tested with many manned flights since 1965. Here we have a 2021 Omega Speedmaster Professional Hesalite Cal. 3861, the 42mm stainless steel case has polished and brushed surfaces that lead to twisted tapering lugs. The crisp lines transition effortlessly around the case, and a lug-to-lug length of 47mm and a case thickness of 14mm ensure a comfortable fit on the wrist. Omega has used modern tomography technology to achieve the exact dimensions of the 4th generation Speedmaster case as worn by the Apollo 11 Astronauts. Down the right side, we have the pushers and signed crown protected by crown guards that continue the flow of the asymmetrical case. A fixed tachymeter sits on its black bezel with an iconic “dot” over the ninety, the stepped dial adds depth and interest and is protected by a Hesalite crystal. An outer minute track with slim baton indexes marking the hours, 3 recessed Sub-dials consist of 60-seconds, 30-minutes, and 12 hours. Luminance filled Sword's hands and an elegant long central teardrop tipped chronograph seconds hand accurately hits the minute track, the dial has perfect symmetry, form and function. The screw-down case back is engraved with “Flight - Qualified By NASA in 1965 for all Manned Space Missions” and “The First watch worn on the Moon” a fitting testament to man's achievements in space. Around its outer edge, we have the “Professional Moonwatch Co-Axial Master Chronometer.” The embossed Hippocampus in the centre represents Neptune the God of the sea, it was conceived by Pierre Borie after seeing a picture of Neptune riding a chariot pulled by seahorses, it is the reason why the seahorses are wearing a bridle. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 featuring a CO-Axial and column-wheel, COSC certified 26 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. METAS (Federal Institute of Metrology) also certified this special movement with additional measurements of precision, performance, and anti-magnetic resistance. The continued commitment by Omega to push the envelope of a watch and its movement means it is still the only flight-qualified watch that meets the requirements for EVA (Extravehicular activity) – outperforming quartz watches, with LCD displays, which are vulnerable to temperature changes, and literally, get destroyed when on spacewalks. The watch comes fitted on its Omega 20mm brushed stainless steel 5-link bracelet which tapers to 15mm with a signed push button release newly designed milled clasp and also comes with its Omega presentation box and paperwork.
There is no denying how amazing the new Speedmaster is, with its upgraded movement, superior bracelet and small design upgrades, they have perfected the Speedy! I would love to see Omega incorporate a flat link bracelet for the standard Speedmaster, that would be incredible, for now, Forstner has a great affordable option. Retail being £6,000 on this, you are getting yourself an incredible saving picking this one up, so don't hesitate.
Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. in 1848 founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds. When he died in 1879, his sons carried on his dream. In 1880 they moved to 96 Rue Jakob-Stampfli where they remain today. The brothers produced their first mass-produced calibre, the Labrador In 1885. Just a few years later in 1892, they produced the first minute-repeater. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. During WW1 Omega watches were used as official timekeepers for the Royal Flying Corps and the US Army. In 1930, Omega and Tissot merged together to form Société Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogère (SSIH) In 1931, another group was formed - Allgemeine Schweizerische Uhrenindustrie AG (ASUAG). Where SSIH was primarily French-speaking, ASUAG was founded by the more German-speaking members of the Swiss watch industry. In 1948 they introduced the first edition of one of its most symbolic watches: the Seamaster. Omega first introduced the Constellation in 1952. At the time it was Omega's flagship timepiece. The first models had a Cal. 354 bumper movement in them. Later in 1955 Omega introduced the Automatic Cal. 50x, followed in 1959 by the Cal.55x (no date) and 56x (date) versions. Many of the Constellations came with pie-pan dials, diamond indexes, and fancy lug configurations. All the gold Constellations of that time have the Observatory of Geneva hand engraved on the back. The stainless steel and stainless steel/gold versions had a gold medallion on the back with the Observatory of Geneva. The eight stars above the Observatory stand for the many exploits of Omega in the world Chronometer competition. Celebrating the fact that all Constellations are Chronometer Certified. In 1962, when astronaut Wally Schirra wore a Speedmaster on his Mercury Sigma 7 Mission, making it the first Omega watch to enter space. After rigorous tests, NASA used Omega for all their Apollo missions including the 1969 Moon landing of Apollo 11. Today Omega is still an astronaut's first choice. In 1969, President Nixon famously said it was “too valuable” and turned down the first-ever all-gold Speedmaster Professional Deluxe. As a response to the ever-growing threat of electronic watches to the manufacturers of mechanical watches, Omega and many Swiss brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe formed Centre Electronique Horologer (CEH). Prototypes began to appear in 1967 with their production starting in 1968. Then In 1972, Omega introduced the reference, 198.030, which included the Omega calibre 1250, a ‘tuning-fork electronic movement which was made under licence from Bulova. Later we saw a merger of SSIH and ASUAG into SMH, or Société de Microélectronique et d’Horlogerie. This merger took place in 1983. In 1992, the company acquired Blancpain, and in 1998 they officially rebranded themselves from SMH to the Swatch Group. Then, in 1999, they purchased and integrated Breguet into the Swatch Group.