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VIDEO: Holding JFK’s Omega Ultra-Thin watch gave me some strange feels

John F. Kennedy was a watch guy. He was rarely, if ever, sighted without one. A personal favourite of his was this Omega Ultra-Thin ref OT3980 gifted to him by his friend and former member of the Florida State House of Representatives Grant Stockdale. When we visited Omega’s headquarters in Bienne last year, we were fortunate enough to be given a tour of the museum, with a rare invitation to handle any watch that caught our eye. This was absolutely one of them. How to describe the feeling of holding in your hand an object with the human detritus of JFK visible on the strap, around the lugs and so on? He wore this watch frequently. You can tell. It was oddly unsettling. Powerful. I go on after this experience to handle Elvis’ watch, too. It wasn’t the same experience. I can’t advance any theories here, just an observation. An interesting backstory of this watch, aside from my esoteric rambling, is that Stockdale engraved and gifted the watch to JFK the summer before the November election, such was his faith in JFK. In December of 2005, Omega purchased the watch at auction for $350,000 USD. There’s much more to the… Read More

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INTRODUCING: A brand new gold Speedmaster for half the price of vintage – the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Seriously, what better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing than with a traditional gift of gold. And a very special type of 18k gold at that, but a little more on that later. Omega has just dropped its most anticipated release of the year, the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. And I’ve got to say, while I knew something special was coming, my jaw dropped when I saw the news. First, a quick history lesson. On the 20th of July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the surface of the moon. Leaving their defining footprints in not just the lunar dust but also in the history books. As I’m sure most of you are already aware, during this momentous achievement, Buzz Aldrin was wearing the Omega Speedmaster on his wrist – a reference ST105.012 for those of you playing at home. Marking an incredible moment in time, particularly for the Swiss watch brand with the legacy of the Omega Moonwatch taking flight. However, this brand new limited edition sees its inspiration taken from another equally as cool reference. Omega have re-created one of the most widely… Read More

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MY WEEK WITH: The Omega Speedmaster CK 2998

As far as famous watches go, the Speedmaster is way up there. And aside from its famous extraterrestrial exploits, it’s also a real staple of the watch world, which is why a Speedy was a natural choice of wrist wear for my recent Swiss trip. The fact that this trip included spending some quality time with Omega only sealed the deal. The next question was: which Speedmaster? Well, in the end, my decision wasn’t too hard, because even though you’re spoiled for choice, I wanted a more classical iteration, and one with a mix of personality and versatility. So I plumped for the 2018 limited edition, the CK 2998. Once I put it on, it felt … pleasingly petite. It measures 39.7mm across, so it’s not really too small, but thanks to that broad black bezel, it wears smaller than you’d expect. It’s also, thanks to the manual winder inside, thinner than the automatic chronographs I typically road test. It’s a nice-feeling watch; present, but certainly not overpowering. Looks-wise … it’s vintage, but not too vintage if you take my meaning. In case you’re not familiar, the CK 2998 is based on the first Omega in space, a 2998 worn… Read More

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VIDEO: Holding JFK’s Omega Ultra-Thin watch gave me some strange feels

John F. Kennedy was a watch guy. He was rarely, if ever, sighted without one. A personal favourite of his was this Omega Ultra-Thin ref OT3980 gifted to him by his friend and former member of the Florida State House of Representatives Grant Stockdale. When we visited Omega’s headquarters in Bienne last year, we were fortunate enough to be given a tour of the museum, with a rare invitation to handle any watch that caught our eye. This was absolutely one of them. How to describe the feeling of holding in your hand an object with the human detritus of JFK visible on the strap, around the lugs and so on? He wore this watch frequently. You can tell. It was oddly unsettling. Powerful. I go on after this experience to handle Elvis’ watch, too. It wasn’t the same experience. I can’t advance any theories here, just an observation. An interesting backstory of this watch, aside from my esoteric rambling, is that Stockdale engraved and gifted the watch to JFK the summer before the November election, such was his faith in JFK. In December of 2005, Omega purchased the watch at auction for $350,000 USD. There’s much more to the… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M in ceramic and titanium, with no date

One of the most exciting watches of last year was the significantly revamped Omega Seamaster Diver 300M, a modern icon of the brand that managed to sneak into both Andrew’s and my own ‘best of 2018’ lists (so it must be good). Well, the SMP just got a little bit better — Omega has announced a new version, in an oh-so-sexy looking black ceramic case, topped off with a titanium bezel with a matching black ceramic insert. This is a watch case that really works with ceramic: the complex shapes (like those lyre lugs) and mix of brushed and polished surfaces really amp up the ceramic-ness. The crown, escape valve and caseback are all titanium, like the bezel, which adds a little bit of muted contrast to the affair. The strap is rubber, and the buckle ceramic. Even that glossy, wavy dial is ceramic — and — in an exciting move for the purists out there, there’s no date window, ensuring the look is as stealthy as possible. The other interesting news is that this model is a shade larger than last year’s metal offerings; it measures in at 43.5mm. As the name would suggest, it’s rated at 300 metres,… Read More

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INTRODUCING: A vision in red – the brand new Omega De Ville Trésor 125th Anniversary Special Edition

It’s well known that Omega loves an anniversary, but the one that I’m currently celebrating with them in Bienne is quite significant. This year marks 125 years since the Calibre Omega — a 19-ligne movement that was so significant that, a few years after its debut in 1894, the company changed its name to the Omega Watch Company in 1903, and the rest, as they say, is history. But what made the Calibre so significant that it earned the declarative moniker of Omega — the last letter of the Greek alphabet — and the ‘ultimate’ achievement in watchmaking? Well, this calibre matters because it was innovative — it was awarded a patent for setting and winding via the crown, but more than that it mattered because it was the first serially produced movement, a movement that was not only produced using an industrial production line method, but it also meant that parts were produced very precisely, and thus interchangeable or replaceable. We might take it for granted now, but whenever you drop your watch in for a routine service, you owe a small debt to the Omega Calibre. To celebrate this achievement, Omega has released two very special watches. The… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

Before we get into the meat of this, it goes without saying that there’s no love lost between me and the average Omega Speedy. Yes, I absolutely have to (and do) respect their history, what they have done for the mainstream popularity of quality watchmaking, and so forth … but, generally speaking (with the exception of the MkII and a handful of more obscure references), the countless modern references of Speedmaster out there just don’t do anything for me. But then I saw the Apollo 8 and thought, “OK, maybe ONE more version won’t be the end of the world …” The Apollo 8, from the get-go, is my kind of odd duck. Between its unique partially cutaway dial, bright yellow accents, a ceramic case, a specially modified hand-winding calibre, there’s a lot going on here that ensures this piece isn’t your average Speedmaster dial variation. Its design is a tribute to the Apollo 8 mission that orbited the moon, and, as you can see from the imagery, there’s a lot of “moon-ness” to its design. Though it’s still a larger 44.25mm diameter case — a far cry from the more svelte OG Speedies — it is a touch thinner than… Read More

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