A surprise that Omega cheap fake watches UK sprung on the world in early January, the Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday” was offered only online, instantly becoming a hit that sold out in four hours and even meriting a mention in the Swatch Group annual report. They have just started to reach boutiques, and I received one recently.
The Speedy Tuesday is a handsome watch on the wrist, and like the standard Speedmaster, easy to wear. It’s not too big and not too small, neither too heavy nor too light. But the Speedy Tuesday is sold only with either a leather strap or a striped, prison garb-like NATO strap, which is a shame as it will look good on a steel bracelet since the silver sub-dials would complement the colour. (Some participants on Omega Forums have already gone the bracelet route.)
The straps are of good quality, but feel a bit too fashion-forward. Both are styled to suit current tastes, though neither really suits the “Moon” factor in the Moonwatch. The packaging is conveniently compact, but like the straps it feels overly curated: a brown leather roll with pouches for the spare strap, microfibre cloth and NATO.
Up close the Speedy Tuesday has a couple of things going for it, all of which blend well together to make it a strong proposition on the wrist. While the Speedy Tuesday retains all the key characteristics of the modern Moonwatch, minor tweaks and tucks make it distinct. In fact, the Speedy Tuesdays is easily distinguished from other Moonwatch editions, even from a distance. That’s a good thing since there are so many of them, with Omega having produced more Moonwatch limited editions than NASA sent missions to the Moon.
Few Speedmaster Moonwatch variants have a “Panda”, or in this case a “Reverse Panda”, colour scheme. The silver-on-black dial is striking and enhanced by a handful of well chosen details. One is the applied vintage-style Omega logo that gives the dial depth while evoking pleasant nostalgia.
Another is the linear brushed finish on the hands that gives the dial a clean, functional appearance. Although it should be pointed out that the brushed finish traps dust and oil, which appears to be the case on this particular watch that is fresh off the production line.
But the highlight is the sub-dials Omega speedmaster replica watches that take inspiration from the experimental Alaska Project III Speedmaster of 1978. This means they have radially position numerals in an unusual serif font, along with a misaligned “20” on the minute register at three o’clock that was also on the original prototype. But like the hands the chronograph registers reveal imperfections up close, with fuzzy printing and uneven finishing on the edges where the black dial meets the recessed silver sub-dial.