Thoughts On The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon
16 October, 2014 at 7:09 am in Business
I hate black watches, except when I don't. I should clarify what I mean by that. You see, I love the http://www.buyijoy.com/replica-omega-speedmaster.html. An automatic Speedmaster was my very first "nice" watch, given to me by my grandfather. It is the watch that started this whole thing, so to say the Speedy holds a special place in my heart would be an understatement. I also happen to believe that the 1960s Speedmasters (those with column-wheel caliber 321) represent the absolute best value for money in all of watchmaking, and I genuinely believe every watch guy should own one at one point in his life, no matter how big or little of a collector you are. I also think today's Co-Axial chronometer Speedmaster is one of the better self-winding chronographs under $10,000 available (you can read the full Week on the Wrist review here). I love the Replica Omega De Ville Speedmaster, and when I heard that we'd be seeing this absolute icon in BLACK this year, my reaction was "Ugh, gross." Until I saw it. The idea of a ceramic Speedmaster kind of goes against everything I stand for, and yet here I am, about to tell you how much I love this thing. Here are the pragmatic reasons why I liked the Speedmaster "Dark Side Of The Moon" so much: the whole thing is ceramic, and I mean THE WHOLE THING. I'm talking the case, the bezel, the crown, the pushers, even the buckle. Oh, and the dial is ceramic too! I can't think of another watch that employs so much true ceramic - most ceramic watches feature crowns, pushers, buckle, etc. in either steel or titanium. Or, sometimes, they're PVD or DLC coated to give you the same black look. But to a trained eye, they never have the same texture. This watch is made entirely of ceramic, and that itself is incredibly impressive. What's more is that Replica Omega Planet Ocean is mounted directly into the mono-block ceramic case, meaning that essentially there isn't a caseback at all, simply a slightly domed sapphire crystal that shows off the impressive movement. I should remind you that the Caliber 9300 is a beautiful self-winding chronometer column-wheel chronograph movement with the George Daniels conceived co-axial escapement, complete with a silicon balance spring on a free sprung balance, and with two barrels mounted in series. It holds a power reserve of 60 hours, and is completely rhodium plated with Geneva stripes, giving it a nice radiant appearance. The shimmering movement against the satin ceramic case is really lovely. The ceramic dial is off-set by 18k white gold hour markers and hands, both filled with Super-Luminova. As with the other Cal 9300-based chronographs, you'll see two registers - the one at 3 o'clock displaying elapsed hours and minutes, while the dial at 9 o'clock shows running seconds. You're getting the display capability of a three register chrono with only two registers, which is nice way of doing things. This allows for a date aperture at 6 o'clock, certainly a useful addition if the Speedmaster is to be a modern daily wear watch. But, something that has always bugged my about this caliber (and the watches in which it lives) is its lack of a quick-set date. I just don't understand why Omega would go through the trouble of making what is, by all accounts, a truly superb and modern mechanical chronograph movement (with silicon balance spring!) and not give it a quick-set date. What is this? 1972? I am used to spending my entire walk to work spinning the hour hands to get the date set properly, but that's usually on watches made during the Nixon era.