It’s hard to keep a secret when the Speedmaster faithful are already well known, and 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Omega’s Speedmaster, which was awarded NASA’s Snoopy Award for its pivotal role in helping the Apollo 13 crew avert disaster. 1970. After a year of speculation, the 50th Anniversary Silver Snoopy Speedmaster is born, and not only is this new stainless steel reference not a limited edition, but it’s an absolute stunner with some very whimsical details – including an animated back cover – that make it an extremely popular Peanuts cartoon in conjunction with NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for Speedmaster! A thoughtful connection has been made.
Although there have been two previous “Snoopy” Speedos (released in 2003 and 2015), you can’t mention these highly collectible references to the most iconic chronographs of all time until you provide some background on the awards and how the cartoon dog ended up being one of them. “The Snoopy Silver Award is one of NASA’s SFA (Space Flight Awareness) Awards, which recognizes NASA employees and their contractors for “outstanding achievements related to the safety of human flight or mission success”. The award itself is a hollow sterling silver lapel pin featuring a portrait of Snoopy and a letter of commendation from a NASA astronaut to the recipient. The Snoopy Award was given to Speedmaster after it proved its claim in helping to save the lives of the astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 space shuttle, and the rest is watch history.
Brand: replica OMEGA
Model: Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary (ref. 310.32.42.50.02.001)
Water depth: 50 meters
Case material: stainless steel with ceramic tachymeter bezel, Ag925 silver dial
Movement: OMEGA 3861 Co-Axial Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Movement
Frequency: 21,000 VpH
Power reserve: 50 hours
Strap/bracelet: nylon with contrasting stitch coating
Price and availability: $ 9,600 USD, October 2020
Featuring an AG 925 silver dial (a nod to the solid Snoopy award-winning sterling silver lapel pin) with high-contrast PVD-coated blue elements, this model echoes the similar blue and white story of other past Omega limited editions (such as the Speedmaster CK 2998 LE), with a cheerful blue panda dial, similar to the 2015 release of the Silver The stark black and white “comic book” aesthetic of the Snoopy Award 45th Anniversary Edition is in stark contrast. Unlike that reference, which is limited to 1,970 pieces (which does make it very rare), the new 50th Anniversary Edition is not technically a limited edition,fake watches uk meaning that we may not see the same secondary market pricing eager to supremacy collectors once it becomes more widely available to the secondary market.
Omega has made impressive technical developments since 2015, and this new silver Snoopy Medallion watch takes full advantage of all those elements – from the new chronometer-certified 3861 calibre chronograph movement to the laser-etched 9 o’clock hands. The finish on the Snoopy Medallion is very clear. Then there’s the Naiad locking caseback, which cleverly preserves the orientation of the sapphire crystal, on which Snoopy’s use of micro-structured metallization depicts a scene of Snoopy orbiting the foreground satellite in the command module. But the real parlor trick here is twofold: first, the whisper-thin disc in the background is connected to a running second hand, thus completing a full rotation every minute.