This review is on one of the most popular Omegas in the market. The Omega Speedmaster Professional. The first thing that I would like to point out is that usually you are use to me doing videos on more exotic, expensive, higher end brands; however. that does not mean that I am not a fan of Omega. I am a watch guy at heart and I do not understand people that do not care for watches. The Omega Speedmaster is the one Omega that has always caught my attention since I was kid. For God sake, it was the first watch on the moon how much more iconic can you get. The good thing about this watch is that it’s one of the best when it comes to bang for your buck.
Most of the Omega Speedmaster's come with the 1861 movement which is known for being extremely accurate. The clear case back, version like the one that I have here, comes with the 1863 movement which for some reason tends to not be as accurate as the other. One thing I want to point out is that I am not much of an accuracy nut. Don’t get me wrong I want my watch to be able to keep the time, but there are some people that will notice that their watch is delayed 2 seconds in 24 hrs. I am not that type of guy. I just want it to work right. I do respect that some watches are so accurate that they do not have those problems. The Omega Speedmaster has a very strong cult following that is pretty remarkable. It day-viewed in 1957 and there has been several variations of it. My favorite version is the standard one like this one. I personally prefer the the clear case back. Being able to see the movement makes it that much more interesting. For example, on a Rolex Daytona I really do not feel the need for a clear case back. It’s automatic and maybe it's the fact that the rotor is in the way and that makes it less intriguing for me; however, the manual movement of the Speedmaster is just very interesting to look at.
This particular version that I have in may hand I borrowed from a friend and has me thinking that I want to get one for myself. The case is 42mm and is stainless steel with an aluminum bezel insert. The crystal is made of Hesalite plastic. Hesalite is very impact resistant, but the trade off is that it scratches easily. That's the one thing about these watches that would mess with me. Let me say that for being 42mm this watch wears very well, considering that it’s 2mm more than my Daytona. You would think that the 2mm would make a massive difference, but it doesn't.
A couple of things about this watch that could be a problem for some. One is it's a manual wound movement and for some that could be a problem because they simply do not enjoy the task of having to wind it each time. Some of the most expensive and complicated watches in the world including Tourbillions and Grand Complications are manually wound. This actually does not bother me as I enjoy that process. That being said another problem that follows is that the crown on the Omega Speedmaster is a bit short and makes it hard to reach to be able to wind it. Another 1mm or less would have been great and I can see where some people with big fingers may have trouble winding it. The last thing that I will point out is that this watch is not very water resistant, but what Chrono is really meant for the water? Not many. Once you put more buttons on the side of the case the more vulnerable it becomes to water intrusion. This model is just meant for different activities that do not include water.
So my video producer asked me what makes this watch comparable to the Rolex Daytona you have on and I answered that they are both just Chronos because I do not see much of a comparison. They are totally different designs, total different cases, bracelets and heritage. The fact that it's a Chrono is the only comparable thing and let's face it almost all Chronos have a similar dial lay out.
So my conclusion about this watch is that I just do not see how you can get a better watch for this price range. You have tradition, it has a strong following, they are easy to sell, and they hold value over time. It's a good watch overall and its a win-win for me. I want to buy a vintage one for myself, but I have to do a little research because that price could range from $4,000-$5,000 for one like this and then jump to all the way up to $15,000 for a nice vintage piece.
Feel free to comment below what are your thoughts about the Omega Speedmaster. Thank you for watching. Hosted By: Eric Rivera