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Antiques Roadshow crowd shocked by valuation of Omega Speedmaster

Antiques Roadshow Omega Speedmaster

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we spotted a rare Rolex Submariner on Antiques Roadshow, the valuation of which left its owner with tears in his eyes. The team at Antiques Roadshow have now served up another horological treat, with a gentleman bringing in his Omega Speedmaster for the experts to study and evaluate. With so many different expressions of the Speedmaster, you had to wonder which reference was worthy of the TV spotlight. But as it turned out this Antiques Roadshow Omega Speedmaster was in fact a ref. 145.012 Ultraman. Rare and highly collectible, the reference enjoyed a cult following sufficient for Omega to relaunch the watch back in 2018. As Richard Price, the Antiques Roadshow expert explained, “Let me tell you right from the word go: this red seconds hand is an exceptionally rare thing to find on a Speedmaster and it is the model we refer to as the Ultraman.” How did the man come to own the watch? He had served in the merchant navy in the late 1960s and purchased the timepiece in Hong Kong for £45 as a 21st birthday gift to himself. He had been earning about £10 per week… Read More

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Joe Rogan talks aliens with Neil deGrasse Tyson, but what’s on his guest’s wrist?

Neil deGrasse Tyson watches

Joe Rogan, the man behind the most successful podcast on the planet, The Joe Rogan Experience, recently interviewed American astrophysicist and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the show. Naturally, because Joe Rogan likes to delve into  conspiracy theories whenever the chance arises, the conversation inevitably turned to UFOs. What does Neil deGrasse Tyson think about the prospect of extraterrestial life? Not much, as it turns out, but during the discussion it was impossible not to notice the gold watch on Tyson’s wrist. What was he wearing? A pretty special watch with an important connection to his work. Tyson was wearing his Omega Speedmaster Professional Starmus watch, a very special edition that was only made for the Starmus Festival in 2017. The Starmus Festival celebrates excellence in the scientific, artistic, and film communities, and has been supported by Omega since 2017. Winners of the festival’s Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication are given a gold Omega Speedmaster to commemorate their achievement. As a result, these watches remain very exclusive as they’re never publicly available for sale. The Omega Speedmaster Professional Starmus watch features a caseback that shows an image of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, as well as the Red Special guitar owned… Read More

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EDITOR’S PICK: 5 alternatives to the blue dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41

Editor’s note: Unless you’ve got some really juicy dirt to blackmail your authorised dealer with, buying a new stainless-steel Rolex can often feel like mission impossible. That’s why you need to think outside the box and consider the alternatives. Luckily, Thor has done the cognitive donkey-work for you with this handful of blue-dial beauties. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 is a definite contender for “The Only Watch You’ll Ever Need” category. With its classic dark blue sunray dial, the intrinsic quality that resonates within any Rolex case is blatantly obvious in the Oyster Perpetual, even at this relatively accessible price point. Although whether the actual watch is accessible at your local AD may prove a different story … But if you can’t get your hands on one or fancy something a little bit different, what are your alternatives that deliver the same qualities – namely that special combo of formality with everyday wearability not to mention a beguiling blue dial? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered … Grand Seiko SBGR321 With the shapely legacy of the distinctive Grand Seiko case, the SBGR321 offers serious competition to the OP’s charms. A chunky 40mm case with the classic broad shoulders of the… Read More

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Antiques Roadshow crowd shocked by valuation of Omega Speedmaster

Antiques Roadshow Omega Speedmaster

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we spotted a rare Rolex Submariner on Antiques Roadshow, the valuation of which left its owner with tears in his eyes. The team at Antiques Roadshow have now served up another horological treat, with a gentleman bringing in his Omega Speedmaster for the experts to study and evaluate. With so many different expressions of the Speedmaster, you had to wonder which reference was worthy of the TV spotlight. But as it turned out this Antiques Roadshow Omega Speedmaster was in fact a ref. 145.012 Ultraman. Rare and highly collectible, the reference enjoyed a cult following sufficient for Omega to relaunch the watch back in 2018. As Richard Price, the Antiques Roadshow expert explained, “Let me tell you right from the word go: this red seconds hand is an exceptionally rare thing to find on a Speedmaster and it is the model we refer to as the Ultraman.” How did the man come to own the watch? He had served in the merchant navy in the late 1960s and purchased the timepiece in Hong Kong for £45 as a 21st birthday gift to himself. He had been earning about £10 per week… Read More

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The best bicompax chronographs (Part II) – The top tier from Hublot to Patek

bicompax chronographs

After my first story on the enduring appeal of bicompax chronographs, this time we step it up a few notches from the sub $5000 category to the top tier. Today’s watches split into two main categories: first there are the chunky tool watches that reflect how the bicompax chronographs of the mid-20th century were, in fact, the forefathers of today’s sports watches. Then, there are the more formal dress pieces that mine the slim elegance of the ’40s- and ’50s references. But whether you lean towards rugged functionality or stylish looks, these twin-register beauties pose an emphatic reminder that, when it comes to chronograph sub-dials, three’s a crowd. Tudor Black Bay Chronograph With just a few tweaks, Tudor thoroughly transformed their Black Bay Chronograph for this year’s Watches and Wonders. While I’m always impressed by the mechanics of a chronograph complication, I prefer clean dials and the contrasts of a sharp panda works a treat. The beefy Black Bay chronograph was always a looker, and I do enjoy the brashness of gold and steel in their John Player Special-esque model that I had a closer look at in our video here. But this year, Tudor sharpened their vintage design pencils… Read More

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Kapow! Zap! Whammo! The cartoon characters brightening up your wristwear from Popeye to Snoopy

Omega Speedmaster ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ 50th Anniversary

Are cartoon-themed watches the same as the joker in the office with the cringe-worthy Marvin the Martian silk tie on a Tuesday? I think not. In fact, some of the best examples of cartoon characters, whether they be Disney or Anime, are so discreet that you barely notice them. And in the context of a watch world that often takes itself way too seriously, who can resist the smile-a-minute cheer of a simple Disney watch with Mickey showing the time with his gloved hands?   Omega Speedmaster ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ 50th Anniversary We’ll start with the more downplayed yet totally unexpected 2020 knock-out by Snoopy, the top dog (sorry) of the horological cartoon world. Fresh and unlimited, this blue and silvery white version of the classic Speedy prompted Nick to proclaim it the feel-good watch of the year. If it wasn’t, then it did a damn good job of trying. The classic 42mm Speedmaster case with its moon watch accoutrements, is a triumph of balanced vintage functionality. In this version, the fresh blue of its indices, slim sword hands and sub-registers shows just how much difference the injection of a colour can make. But while there’s a certain charm to… Read More

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Did you catch the surprising Omega that Justin Hartley wore to the MTV Movie & TV Awards?

Justin Hartley

Nope, it’s not another Speedmaster. At the MTV Movie & TV Awards this weekend, Justin Hartley best known for his work on the hit show This is Us (as well as playing Oliver Queen / The Green Arrow in Clark Kent / Superman origin series Smallville), presented the award for best action hero with co-star Mandy Moore. As they were announcing Anthony Mackie as the winner for the award – a sound choice considering his transition from the Falcon to the new Captain America – Justin can be spotted wearing an Omega Constellation 41mm ref. 131.63.41.21.03.001. Unanimously, the Time+Tide team agrees the watch looks great on him. But what we also love is that regardless of whether or not the watch is part of his personal collection, or the result of him being a friend of the brand, it’s nice to see the wider catalogue of Omega references get a bit of deserved time in the spotlight. The Omega Constellation has enjoyed greater attention of late, with Zayn Malik recently sporting a precious metal Omega Constellation in one of his recent music videos. But it is no secret the Seamaster and Speedmaster are the most common focus of watch collectors… Read More

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