2021 has been a busy year for fake Omega. With significant updates to their flagship Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional and Seamaster 300 lines, the brand has demonstrated they are not afraid to update and adjust some of their most classic designs for the contemporary age.
This week, the Swiss watchmaker is approaching its third major update of the year to its catalog, now renewing the popular best 1:1 copy Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra line with a fresh 6 o’clock small seconds sub-dial. The update includes nineteen total models, with ten new 38mm editions and nine new 41mm options. The array includes an assortment of dial colors and case materials, joining the already large range of offerings within the extensive Aqua Terra collection.
At first view, the silhouette of the Small Seconds is essentially the same to the non-small seconds editions of the Aqua Terra fans of the brand are likely already familiar with. The case design— available in 41mm or 38mm and in either steel, Sedna gold, or two tone— takes its inspiration from the modern Seamaster style, with slightly twisted lugs, a fine combination of polished and satin finishing, and an almost-conical, deeply toothed, screw-down crown. As is signature for the Swiss movement copy Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra line, each of the new Small Seconds also opt for a simple polished bezel for their 150m water resistant cases, the unidirectional bezel reserved exclusively for the brand’s dedicated dive watches.
Underneath the domed sapphire crystal, the choice of a few different dial textures and colors awaits, the most prominent styles including a lined “teak” pattern and a simpler sub-brushed style, with the colors including a blue-grey, silvery-beige, dark or light green, and a champagne “crystal linen” among others. As is the primary attraction for the new models, they each feature a 6 o’clock sub-dial for their namesake small seconds, the feature overlayed with a small date window at its bottom. The little feature looks to fit in seamlessly within the Aqua Terra look, providing it both with a bit of positive contrast in its aesthetic, as well as a touch of more formal wear.
Powering the new Omega copy watches is one of four movements, with the Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibers 8802 and 8803 powering the 38mm editions, and the Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8916 and 8917 supplying the 41mm options. The automatic calibers 8802 and 8803 each feature a reserve of 55-hours, while the 8916 or 8917 feature a somewhat longer reserve at 60-hours. Each of the mechanisms are visible via exhibition case backs, and feature many of Omega’s signature traits for their calibers, including magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss, a master chronometer rating, co-axial escapement, and a free sprung-balance with silicon balance spring.
The new cheap clone Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Small Seconds editions will be available via authorized boutiques beginning in August 2021. Pricing begins at $5,590 and ranges up to $41,100 depending on size, dial option, and case material.
Along with unveiling the new generation fake Omega Speedmaster, there was a bit of housekeeping on Omega’s website. Previously many Speedmasters that did not bear any resemblance to the watches worn on the Moon were labeled as “Moonwatch.” This misaligned categorization was always confusing as the Speedmaster did not start as a space-faring timepiece. Five years into its life, a Speedmaster got a taste of being beyond the stratosphere with the CK2998 in 1962. But from 1957, the Speedy was still a driver’s chronograph.
Let’s begin with a bit of housekeeping
Omega made the right choice in splitting out the Speedmaster into categories such as Heritage, Dark Side of the Moon, and so on. Separating the styles leaves the top quality copy Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch to stand prominently as a distinct collection. I mention this as my First Omega in Space that pays homage to the CK2998 also found itself in the Moonwatch category. While the CK2998 paved the way for the Professional series to receive NASA flight qualification, it never once brushed against moon dust particles.
Even so, the FOiS was a watch I was proud to own for six years. It paid a special fifty-year tribute to Walter Schirra’s Mercury-Atlas 8 mission and distinguished itself as a thinking-fan’s Speedmaster. It was a successful model with an eight-year run and around 16,000 individually numbered pieces. But it was around December; rumors began swirling that the Speedmaster First Omega in Space was to discontinue. Ceasing the production of the FOiS had me questioning what we had in store on the first Tuesday of January.
The next generation Speedmaster Moonwatch
I appreciated many features about the FOiS such as the applied logo, deep sub-dials, and pared-back dial. But it let me down on a few occasions. I found myself walking home late one night after an office party. It was late enough that disturbing my wife’s slumber was a life or death situation. So it was imperative that I knew the exact time and how much trouble I would be in with the wife. My phone battery was dead, so my watch was my only time-telling device. Under a street lamp and articulating my wrist, I could not read the time on the FOiS. The polished alpha hands against the black backdrop under dim lighting did not offer the legibility for my slightly inebriated vision.
When the announcement came that the steel bracelet copy Omega Speedmaster was getting a makeover, I was all ears. As with the Calibre 321 revival in 2019, and the Ed White in 2020, the Moonwatch news broke on the first Tuesday of 2021. RJ brilliantly covered all the updates to the new Moonwatch. But I already knew it was the sapphire model that I was setting my sights on.
What made the new Moonwatch so compelling?
The new generation Speedy seemingly oozed attention to detail only seen in special and limited edition models. It was based on the fourth-generation Speedmaster case, namely the reference 145.012 “Michael Collins” with bolder pushers, stepped dial, DON bezel, and applied logo. The stepped dial allows for more recessed sub-dials, a bit like moon craters, that reminded me of the First Omega in Space.
The sapphire model also had the applied logo in the modern typeface similar to the 2012 First Omega in Space. Combining my favorite features of the FOiS with the far more legible white baton hands and upgraded Calibre 3861 movement led me to a difficult decision. Should I sell my First Omega in Space, the first luxury copy Omega Speedmaster I ever owned, to fund this new watch? With the discontinuation rumor mill spinning, the FOiS prices were already creeping up, making it even more tempting. Keeping both was not an option as I had other expensive transactions on the go in my personal life.