Six Decades of Omega Speedmaster Replica Watches

In this second installment of our series of features articles on the 60th anniversary of the iconic Cheap Omega Replica, going decade by decade, we explore some of the notable Speedmasters from the 1970s, including such milestone pieces as the first electronic Speedy and the watch worn on the famous Apollo-Soyuz space mission.
Launched in 1971, the Speedmaster Mark III, with its “pilot” case, was Omega’s first self-winding chronograph, containing the new Caliber 1040, a milestone for the brand. In an advertisement for the watch in 1972, Omega famously stated, “After six landings on the moon, there was only one thing we could teach the Speedmaster. To wind itself.” The Speedmaster Mark III’s other interesting features include the cross-shaped 60 minute chronograph hand and its unique 24-hour day/night indicator at 9 o’clock.

Cheap Omega Replica

Cheap Omega Replica

Continuing its secret project to build the perfect space watch for NASA, which started with 1969’s Alaska I, Omega produced another prototype, this time in a Omega Replica style that retained some of the original features of the Alaska I model, including the large red heat shield. The watch’s white dial, engineered to better reflect the heat of the sun, was also retained. Other updates included the rocket-shaped subdial hands, luminous markers and radial numerals on the subdials, and the 0 – 60 numbered bezel.This model is nicknamed the “Lobster” due to the unusual shape of its bracelet, which resembles the tail of a crustacean. With the desire for electronic Omega Replica Watches growing during this period, Omega created the Speedsonic was with an innovative electromechanical movement to meet demands for greater precision and reliability. Interestingly, the crown was deliberately made smaller in size, to emphasize the reduced need the wearer would have to manually change the time or date.

Omega Replica

Omega Replica

This model — the world’s first automatic chronograph to receive an official Chronometer Certification — was released to celebrate the founding of the Cheap Omega Replica brand in 1848. Only 2,000 pieces were produced to mark the occasion. The watch was later worn by Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov on a 1978 mission during which he spent a total of 145 days and 16 hours in space.In 1975, Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts wore Omega Speedmasters during a historic meeting in space that signaled the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Made in a limited edition of 500 pieces to mark this historic American-Soviet space rendezvous, this Omega Replica was the first of the “Patch” Speedmasters. It has the mission patch at 12 o’clock, in place of the Omega logo, as well as longer markers on the dial and wider chronograph pushers.

Omega Replica Watches

Omega Replica Watches

When the Omega Replica Watches briefly went digital, during the heyday of quartz digital watches, this prototype was created for the astronauts at NASA based on the commercial models. It had all the same functions but also included a BETA light system that could illuminate the display without using a typical lightbulb. 12 pieces were sent to NASA astronauts, who tested the watch in training and on the Space Shuttle. Ultimately, they chose not to adopt the watch.

Six Decades of Omega Speedmaster Replica Watches

In the third chapter in our series of features articles on the 60th anniversary of the iconic Omega Speedmaster, going decade by decade, we present the five most noteworthy Speedmasters from the 1980s, including such Reagan-era milestone pieces as the first Cheap Omega Replica with an exhibition caseback and the first Speedy with a moon-phase.
1980: Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11, Omega’s first sapphire crystal caseback

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11

Launched to celebrate the 1969 Apollo 11 mission — in which the Omega Speedmaster became the first watch worn on the moon — this yellow-gold model was the first to be outfitted with the 861L caliber. It was also the first Omega Replica timepiece to put its caliber on display, through a glazed sapphire caseback window. The watch was produced in a very small, numbered series of around 300 pieces; the “L” suffix at the end of the Caliber number “861” indicated that it was the “Luxury” version of that movement, with a higher level of decoration than was normally afforded.
1983: The first bi-color Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster Bicolor

Omega Speedmaster Bicolor

The first Speedmaster model with a two-tone design, this 1983 model combined a steel case with a golden dial, silvered chronograph subdials, and a bracelet made from steel and 14K gold. It is unknown exactly how many of this reference that Omega Replica Watches produced, but very few are known to still exist.
1985: The first Speedmaster moon-phase model

Omega Speedmaster “Speedymoon”

Omega Speedmaster “Speedymoon”

“Twenty years after the Speedmaster began preparing to go to the moon,” Omega states in its press materials on the Speedmaster’s 60-year history, “the moon came to the Speedmaster.” The watch, nicknamed “Speedymoon,” was produced in a series of 1,300 pieces and was the first in the iconic series to include a moon-phase complication, whose disk was adorned with a painted moon and stars. There are even some rare Cheap Omega Replica models that feature a painted face on the moon’s surface.
1987: Speedmaster Automatic

Omega Speedmaster Automatic

Omega Speedmaster Automatic

Considered by many collectors as the “Holy Grail” of vintage Speedmasters, this was the first watch in the collection that combined an automatic movement with a “Moonwatch” case. Omega only produced the watch for two years, making it an extremely rare piece, sought out obsessively by the Speedy’s legions of fans and collectors. Design-wise, this Omega Replica case is slightly thicker than those of other Speedmasters to accommodate the automatic movement, and the chrono pushers and crown are closer fitting than those on the classic Moonwatch.
1987: A Speedmaster made especially for Italy

Omega Speedmaster “Italy”

Omega Speedmaster “Italy”

Limited to only 500 pieces, this timepiece was created for the Italian market. It featured a black dial with golden subdials, a yellow-gold bezel and yellow gold-plated crown and pushers. And it could be considered a tribute to the Speedmaster’s interesting but little-known historical connection with Italy. The Seahorse medallion that appears on the casebacks of many Omega Replica Watches models was, in fact, inspired by the Seahorse emblems found on the sides of gondolas in Venice.