Omega has announced details of a brand new Speedmaster, made in recognition of the social media phenomenon, Speedy Tuesday
by Chris Hall
The release of this watch recognises the community of Omega fans (and Speedmaster fans in particular) which has sprung up over the last five years, instigated by Rovert-Jan Broer of Fratello Watches. The watch itself is aimed squarely at the most dedicated Speedmaster fans, paying tribute to a little-known Alaska Project reference from 1978.
Many will recognise the “Alaska Project” designation, but most associate it with the rare all-white Speedies (sometimes with red protective outer case) and unusual chronograph hands. The truth, as Fratello Watches explains here, is that several NASA watches were known as Alaska Projects, not just the white dialled versions. This watch honours the Alaska Project III, created for NASA in 1978 and defined by its radial Arabic numerals on the chronograph subdials.
It also marks an interesting departure from the norm for Omega in that it is the brand’s first dalliance with the idea of selling watches online – a topic you may have noticed we have been somewhat keen on of late. The watch is being promoted through the Omega instagram channel, with a link that allows customers to reserve a watch and specify the limited edition number they would prefer. You can click here to reserve yours – for £4,100 – and it will be available come the summer. You will have to collect in store, but it’s a step towards full online retail, for sure.
Inside the 42mm Speedmaster case is the manual-winding calibre 1861, the updated version of the same calibre used in the Speedmaster Moonwatches. The reverse Panda dials feature luminova on all three chronograph subdials; the tachymeter bezel insert is black aluminium and the crystal is still heselite – all suitably authentic. Plus, we get a rare glimpse of a vintage Omega logo on the dial.
The watch will be produced in a limited run of 2,012 pieces, and the caseback is engraved SPEEDY TUESDAY ANNIVERSARY – A TRIBUTE TO ALASKA PROJECT III and RADIAL on the outer edge. It is provided with a spare NATO strap – something Omega began doing with the release of the SPECTRE Bond Watch in 2015 – and a strap-changing tool.