Omega Speedmaster Review

Omega Speedmaster Professional (3570.50.00)

Omega Speedmaster Professional, a legendary chronograph wristwatch, was introduced in 1957. In July, 1969, Speedmaster Professional was worn on moon by Apollo astronaut. This is why Omega Speedmaster Professional also known as “Moonwatch”. Over 50 years, besides some minor refinements, the design and appearance of Speedmaster Professional remain nearly unchanged.
Water-resistant case, steel case with black dial, rhodium plated for corrosion resistance, tachometer scale incorporate a long lasting and strong character of this legendary watch.

Omega Moonwatch

Buzz Aldrin was wearing Omega Speedmaster Pro when he stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969

Comparison

There are some different Omega Speedmaster versions available in the market, mainly Omega Speedmaster Professional, Omega Speedmaster Co-axial. All versions offer chronograph function up to 12-hours, tachymeter, water resistant. There are some minor differences as below.

Speedmaster Professional (3570.50.00)

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Speedmaster Professional (3573.50.00)

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Speedmaster Coaxial Chronograph

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Speedmaster Coaxial Chronograph

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Model# 3570.50.00 3573.50.00 311.30.44.51.01.002 311.30.44.50.01.002
Crystal Hesalite Crystal Sapphire Crystal Sapphire Crystal Sapphire Crystal
Case Steel Steel Steel Steel
Dial Black Black Black Black
Water resistance 50m / 167 feet 50m / 167 feet 100m / 330 feet 100m / 330 feet
Case diameter 42mm 42mm 44mm 44mm
Band material Steel Steel Steel Steel
Movement Omega 1861 Omega 1863 Omega 9300 Omega 3313
Movement type Manual winding Manual winding Automatic Automatic
Power reserve 48 hours 48 hours 60 hours 52 hours
Date display No No Yes Yes
Transparent case back No Yes Yes Yes
Tachymeter Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sub-dials 3 3 2 3
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Omega Caliber 9300 Movement

New Omega Caliber 9300 Co-axial Movement

Hesalite Crytal vs Sapphire Crytal

Hesalite crytal is an advanced plastic crystal that usually be used in older Omega watches. It is lighter and it is less shiny than sapphire crystal. However,  Hesalite crystal can be scratched while sapphire crystal is scratching resistance.

Manual Winding vs Automatic

Manual winding or automatic can be personal favor. As far as convenience is concerned, go for automatic movement. You don’t need to take care of winding if you are wearing every day.

Recommendations

Do want to get a watch for lifetime? Omega Speedmaster is definitely one of your choice. In case if money is not mater, pick the co-axial version. Co-axial version provides a greater stability of the movement over time. If you want a classic moonwatch, Omega Speedmaster Professional (3570.50.00 or 3573.50.00) is your choice.