You have to admire Omega for taking the plunge in 2022 by revamping and re-imagining, some long-in-the-tooth designs, plus adding some bold – and gold – colour options too.
Take the Speedmaster for example, which some might say needs to move on beyond its trad black & white dial design.
Few people alive now can recall where they were when man first landed on the moon in 1969. That’s a fact, it’s history. So we say, keep the monochrome variant as a Speedmaster Heritage, but let’s see some real innovative takes on this classic chrono design instead.
The new 18K moonshine gold material is a neat piece of marketing, but at heart, this is about taking the Speedmaster to the AP Royal Oak price level. At £22,000 for the green dial and £32,000 for the gold dial model, these are expensive watches for those who have the confidence to wear them openly in today’s crime-ridden UK.
It looks fabulous of course, with a co-axial movement inside and wonderful detailing onthe case too. But one minor quibble; should a watch retailing at £32,700 have the same 50M depth resistance as a £50 Sekonda?
Let’s move on.
TALKING OF ROLEX, CHECK OUT THE AQUA OYSTER
No, it isn’t called an Aqua Oyster, but the 38mm Seamaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer (quite a title there) Aqua Terra does have the same clean, minimalist lines of that famous Rolex.
Also interesting that the 2022 Omega Aqua T Chronometers mostly have kind of pastel, almost faded dial colours too.
But there is a strong, bold red, which Omega describe as terracotta, which is our fave of the sunray dial selection. Inside this watch is the Cal 8800 movement, which is anti-magnetic, with co-axial escapement and a silicon balance spring. Built to last we reckon, and there are 34mm versions for ladies, or just those who want an old school 70s diameter watch.
The 38mm Aqua T Chronometer range retails from £5420.
ULTRA DEEP & OTHER DELIGHTS
We covered the Ultra Deep earlier in the year and again, this watch looks striking different from other conventional dive watches in the Omega range. Had to really, or the case would have fractured at 1000m…
But before we move on let’s have a shout out for the Constellation in its new burgundy colours, which we shall dub the `Root Beer.’ Yeah, not original but it works for us.
This has a real Odeon cinema, 1940s elegance about it, like the plush deep seats you once got in the Circle part of the huge UK picture houses of old. Splash of Sedna gold here n there, 41mm case size, ceramic bezel and a see-thru caseback. Classic we reckon, retails at £7840.
There is a sharp blue/white Constellation which is about two grand less by the way, well worth thinking about if you’re a fan of the sub-brand. For us, a vintage 60s Constellation in 9ct gold, pie-pan dial, remains a true collectors piece that will never date.
Be interesting to see if Omega could remix that pie-pan vibe with a Constellation heritage model, that takes the existing Globemaster model, drops the month script and has a sharp mix of gold and champagne dial retro appeal. Just an idea.
You can register your inetrest in the latest Omega models at their website.