I was late to the fake Omega Speedmaster party compared to the rest of the “OG” Fratello crew. For one reason or another, I knew I’d buy one, but it took me some real time. I thought I’d kick things off with a normal Moonwatch, but I was lured in by a much different watch. The best quality replica Omega Speedmaster TinTin was my first and it was also my entrée into the Fratello fold. It’s hard to believe that I got my start six and a half years ago with this very article on the red and white classic. But here we are and I’ve added some additional Speedies to my arsenal. Still, though, there’s nothing like your first, so you know where my vote is headed. Don’t let me sway you, though, let’s hear it from the watches themselves on why they deserve your vote.
The Omega Speedmaster TinTin
Oh hi there, I’m the so-called Omega Speedmaster replica with black leather strap. Do you remember when I came out in 2013? No? That’s because many of you put me down, said I was kind of ugly, and even garish! You left me all by my lonesome in displays cases, you sent me to Japan to live in discount camera shops, and then I finally bid you adieu. And here’s the funny thing, when I really finally told you I was leaving, you woke up and wanted me! I’m one of the few times that Omega has offered a regular production manual wind Speedmaster alongside the famed Moonwatch and I think you realized that I’m pretty special. Oh, and while I can’t reveal all my secrets, I am far more limited than you think!
Thankfully, those doofuses in charge of a goofy Belgian cartoon character decided to make cheap plastic watches instead of festooning me with a silly rocket hand or something (let’s leave the cartoons to dogs on dials). As a result, I have an amazing red and white ring around my dial and some subtle red case back writing. That’s all and because of it, I actually follow in the footsteps of some amazing 1960’s racing dial Speedmaster models. I’m fun and sporty, but I’m not over the top. I don’t do retro and I make do without silly fancy boxes or extra straps. Some might say that Swiss movement copy Omega was the result of a failed project, but I think I turned out quite well. I’m a grassroots Speedmaster and if you vote for me, know that I had to work my case back off to get to where I am today.
In 1970, Omega received the Silver Snoopy Award from NASA, and the high quality fake Omega Speedmaster was made an essential tool for astronauts on the Apollo programme. To understand how the award started, we have to go back to 1960 when American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz created a comic strip about a beagle named Snoopy who dreamt of going to the moon. It sparked a conversation in the US about all the possible adventures in space.
When NASA was looking for a mascot for their safety programme, Snoopy was the obvious watchdog. The Silver Snoopy Award was birthed in 1968 to recognise people and organisations who have contributed to the success of space flight missions. Omega was honoured for Speedmaster’s important role in ensuring the safety of the Apollo 13 crew.
Now meet the new black ceramic bezel replica Omega Speedmaster Snoopy watch that pays tribute to the Apollo 13 mission, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the beloved comic strip beagle, Snoopy. Let’s examine this beautiful novelty a little closer.
The Silver Dial
Let’s blast off with the Omega Speedmaster Snoopy’s silver dial. The laser-engraved AG925 silver surface is embellished with blue PVD hour markers and hands as well as a blue sub-dial at 9 o’clock with Snoopy in its spacesuit, the exact same style as the Silver Snoopy Award pin.
TATLER TALE: The three astronauts of Apollo 13 moved to the Lunar Module (nicknamed Aquarius) after the oxygen tank exploded on the Apollo 13 shuttle. Aquarius wasn’t built to support more than two for an extended amount of time, and they had to shut down most of the power to conserve energy which rendered digital timers obsolete. An exact 14-second burn of the engine was required to manually readjust the course of the craft. Commander Jim Lovell and his team relied on the silver dial replica Omega Speedmaster chronographs to time the burn, which contributed to the safe return of Apollo 13 on Earth.
The Celestial Caseback
The watch boasts one of the most delightful casebacks ever—an intricate engraving of Snoopy piloting a spacecraft that moves in tandem with the chronograph seconds hand on the dial side! Snoopy will disappear behind the sapphire crystal Moon, only to reappear on the other side after 30 seconds. The blue Earth moves too, but in the same beat as the small seconds hand. The Naiad lock keeps these mesmerising features on the caseback in the correct upright position.
The Trajectory Strap
The blue fabric nylon strap of the Omega Speedmaster copy is embossed with the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission, including the famous slingshot around the far side of the Moon.
TATLER TALE: Aquarius was used as a lifeboat in space. The crew planned to travel around the far side of the Moon and use its orbit as a “slingshot” to return to Earth. Aquarius was the one and only spacecraft on an Apollo mission to successfully go around the moon in a free-return trajectory.