The fake Omega website listed the current watches in the range, but not necessarily historical models or Speedys with limited availability. To add to this, the catalog images were very static with fully lit studio lighting. For good reason, of course, to show each facet of the watch in explicit detail. But I had no sense of what they looked like outside in the real world. My Group is a testament to the spirit of the #SpeedyTuesday movement — unconventional versions of the Speedmaster that pay back the community with the same level of enthusiasm.
On the 5th September 2018, Hodinkee announced a special edition Swiss movement replica Omega Speedmaster to mark its tenth anniversary. Within eighteen minutes, all 500 pieces had sold out. To backtrack, this Speedmaster took things to a personal level. The H10 took inspiration from the first Swiss watch that Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer received from his grandfather when he was sixteen. The “Mark 40”, or reference 3820.53, Speedmaster from 1996 had the Valjoux 7750 automatic calendar. This Speedy was technically impressive, but not particularly sought after. Yet, it sparked an interest in Clymer that led to the creation of Hodinkee in 2008.
Ten years later, Hodinkee would become a powerhouse of luxury goods and media. While watches were the kindling, Hodinkee represents an aspirational lifestyle in multimedia, with a vast array of limited edition and vintage products in its e-commerce shop.
When Hodinkee approached Omega to collaborate, there was only one watch design in mind — the Speedmaster “Mark 40”. Essentially, the base of the re-edition cheap copy Omega Speedmaster H10 is the “First Omega in Space”. The H10 shares the same 39.7mm steel case, caliber 1861 manual wind movement, and black aluminum bezel. However, the dial is where the H10 pays homage to Clymer’s watch. A half-moon blue/black running seconds sub-dial and minute track mimics the peripheral date function from the 1996 “Mark 40”. And rare, for a Speedmaster, are the Arabic numerals at each marker.
The layout of the hands and colors of steel case Omega Speedmaster H10 CK2998 replica watch was interesting. Red represents the stopwatch functions, including the hours and minutes. The central chronograph seconds hand combines the red of the central seconds hand of the “Mark 40” and the yellow arrow tip from the date hand. Quite a cool combo to include this despite the lack of date feature on the H10. The H10 dial also has more of a blue to grey hue rather than the typical matte black.
It may not be a direct vintage re-edition, but the H10 does retain the printed Omega logo rather than an applied logo — just like the original. At retail, this high quality Omega replica watch was $6,500, which was $1,200 more than a “First Omega in Space”. However, the price included international shipping, an extended warranty, and two additional straps — a gray NATO and a twin-stitch leather that both fit the 19mm lugs.