Tuesdays for Omega fans equals #SpeedyTuesday across social media. Started by Robert-Jan Broer of Fratello Watches in 2012, the hashtag quickly took off celebrating the many different Speedmaster models.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the start of the trending Tuesday posts, Omega has launched a limited edition Speedmaster Professional with reverse Panda dial and luminescent subdials. In honor of this day, and limited edition #SpeedyTuesday Speedmaster, we’re taking a look at some top #SpeedyTuesday models!
Designed to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13, Omega released the Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition in 2015. The dial features the iconic Snoopy dog from the classic comic, Peanuts, which was then used by NASA as their safety mascot for the Apollo program.
The Silver Snoopy award was given to Omega in 1970 for their role in the Apollo program and their role in assisting the safe return of the Apollo crew. To commemorate the historical day in space, Omega also included the words “Failure is not an option” on the dial, and “What could you do in 14 seconds” on the caseback.
Dark Side of the Moon
One of the hottest watches released in 2013 was the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. This black ceramic timepiece combines the history of the Speedmaster collection with a useful material not likely to be damaged. The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first to see the dark side of the moon and Omega pays homage to their partnership with NASA and Apollo with this unique model.
The model is a special piece in Omega’s lineup as it was the first to be fully made in ceramic, from the pushers and buckle to the case and dial. Similarly to the Snoopy model, Omega engraved “Dark Side Of The Moon” onto the caseback, letting its wearers know the model is special. The mystique in the moon has inspired a collection of new “sides of the moon.”
50th Anniversary Moonwatch
The limited edition Speedmaster Moonwatch 50th Anniversay piece celebrates the 1957 release of the Speedmaster. The watch is close in shape, size and detail to the original release. The dial features the vintage Omega logo and marquee. The enamel dial completes the face, and you’ll know the watch will retain its luster over time.
On the dial, you’ll see that the watch is not labeled as Professional. The 1957 model was not classified as a professional until 1963. Watch our full hands on review to learn more about this anniversary Moonwatch. Watch our comparison of this model and the Professional model on our YouTube channel!
40th Anniversary Moonwatch
Our SpeedyTuesday list isn’t complete without the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Apollo 11 Speedmaster. This watch was released in 2009, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, which happened in July, 1969. Buzz Aldrin was wearing his Omega Speedmaster during his moonwalk, and the rest is history!
The black dial is remisicent of the Moonwatch worn by Aldrin but you’ll see a small added feature at 9 o’clock. This is a medallion which features an adaptation of the famous mission patch: an eagle descending onto the lunar surface with an olive branch with Earth visible in the distance. Stampped on the back is the mission patch with the words “The First Watch Worn on the Moon.” On the dial, you’ll see this version is a Professional.
What you may not know about the dial, is that 02:56 GMT is written in red below Professional. This is the exact time Neil Armstrong made his historical “small step” onto the moon.
Don’t miss out on #SpeedyTuesday today, or any other Tuesday. You’re bound to see some of your favorite Speedmaster models along side models you haven’t seen before! Join us and post your Speedy on instagram today and tag #SpeedyTuesday and #govbergontime!
Did we miss out on any of your favorite Speedmaster models? Let us know in the comments below!