Omega Speedmaster Pro ‘Moonwatch’ 3570.50
Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ 3570.50. 2001
What? an Omega. Yes, my first, and I love it. Maybe it was a subliminal message, as I spent two weeks glued to the 2012 Olympics, obviously sponsored by Omega. I really wanted a modern bulletproof watch for day-to-day wearing that had a vintage look, and the Speedy fitted the bill perfectly. I’m really smitten by it, it’s such a classic design. I know that amongst us watch hounds, the Speedy isn’t exactly new, but maybe familiarity breeds contempt. As someone who focuses pretty much exclusively on vintage Heuers, this is a real eye-opener for me. It’s a beautiful design, the case is just sublime. The size, weight and feel is perfect. If you wanted one watch, that does pretty much everything, you can’t really go wrong. Dump the bracelet, get a nice leather strap, and it has classic vintage looks – what more do you want!
Here are the stats, which I’m sure any self respecting watch nut is fully aware of..
2001 model.. Calibre 1861, rhodiumplated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 18 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring.
Below is a photo of my Speedy with a reflection of Neil Armstrong and Old Glory on the Moon, which I took as a salute to him on the day of his funeral. God Speed Neil.