What do you know about fake Omega’s famous Speedmaster watch? You know it went to the Moon. You know its instrumenty looks with monochromatic dial, tachymeter bezel and conservative bearing. But there’s more to the Speedmaster line than this most famous and significant model — much more.
Of course, the NASA-approved Moonwatch represents the collection, but there are literally enough Speedmaster watches for every Tuesday of the year. Over its lifespan (beginning in 1957), the chronograph collection has been host to everything from subtle riffs on the classic Moonwatch to, well, Speedmasters that don’t look anything like Speedmasters — at least not as most people know them.
You might be surprised just how far out some cousins of the famously no-nonsense family have gotten. Here are some unexpected places the Speedmaster has gone (besides the Moon).
White Leather Strap Copy Omega Speedmaster Alaska Project
At first glance, this would appear to be a most oddball luxury copy Omega Speedmaster, indeed. What undoubtedly caught your eye, however, is the removable “thermal shield” made of red aluminum, and underneath is a more familiar-looking watch. The shield was made to protect the watch from the extreme temperatures it might be exposed to while worn on the outside of a spacewalking astronaut. It was recreated in 2008 based on a prototype from 1969.
Omega LCD Speedmaster Fake With Black Dial
In the mid-to-late Seventies, many watches were going quartz and digital, including the Speedmaster. The chronograph pushers, bezel and steel case replica Omega Speedmaster lugs are all there, but the Casio-style LCD display makes it almost unrecognizable. The pusher on the case’s lefthand side is used to switch between time and chronograph modes. Omega even made a special prototype of this watch for NASA, but it wasn’t adopted for use and the all-digital display didn’t last long in the collection — but this model has since become the subject of cult fascination.