Welcome to our new Weekend Edition, where we will be highlighting curated themed content for your Saturday and Sunday reading pleasure. Think of it as a weekly deep dive into the most perennially popular topics in the world of watches. Plus, a few surprises along the way.
To kick things off, we’re clicking the top pusher on a particular iconic chronograph. You may have noticed that Omega came into the New Year like a rocket with a brand-new Canopus (that’s white) gold Speedmaster boasting an inflation-friendly price tag of $81,000. Never one to let a Speedy-centric event pass us by, we thought this famous timepiece would be the ideal first theme for our inaugural Weekend Edition.
If you’re ready to dig into the archives, scroll to the bottom. For a little more context, read on.
We talk a lot about the Speedmaster here on the ‘dink. It’s a truly timeless piece, dripping with historical intrigue. You may know it as the Moonwatch, so-named for its trip to with NASA luminaries Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The Speedmaster has undergone several iterations in its space-faring history. While the OG Moonwatch, recently upgraded with Omega’s caliber 3861 movement, is still certified for spaceflight, there is also the X-33 – an analog-digital iteration that has been seen on the wrists of astronauts both in real life and on film.
This is a watch with a deep racing heritage that saw its story transformed by the Space Race in the 1950s and ’60s. It’s one of the few “only watch you’ll ever need”-type pieces and is a no-brainer when it comes to recommending a first big watch purchase. The Speedy is the kind of watch that will get nods of respect from collectors novice and expert, and that’s why we love it so. And the hits just keep on coming. At the end of last year, Omega surprised us all with the vintage-meets-modern Speedmaster Chronoscope. And we can’t not mention the Dark Side of the Moon sub-collection – a particular favorite of mine. Speedmasters are numerous (an understatement if there ever was one) and come in all manner of sizes and materials.
It wasn’t as if we needed a special edition Speedmaster to warrant featuring this icon for your weekend consumption – but it certainly didn’t hurt. So, in the spirit of that shiny new chronograph, we’ve assembled a tight list of our favorite Speedmaster stories from HODINKEE past that you can enjoy with your morning coffee after an evening of stargazing.
The stories below bring together historical information, buyer’s guides, and in-depth articles. Here, you’ll find everything from the original Speedmaster to Snoopy to real-life astronauts (doing serious astronaut things). And if you want even more Speedmaster coverage, just hang around the site a little longer, we’ve got countless stories to fill your weekend. Happy reading.
Have you ever wanted to know literally everything about the history of the Speedmaster? Look no further, as Ben Clymer and “Reference Points” maestro Eric Wind walk through the entire history of the watch.
It’s the dilemma every prospective Moonwatch buyer runs into: Hesalite or Sapphire crystal? Enjoy this definitive primer that makes the decision regarding which crystal to buy with your Speedmaster much easier.
We all know it as the Moonwatch, but here Cole Pennington reminds us of the Speedmaster’s racing heritage by taking it out on the racetrack and putting it through its paces. This high-octane video review is one not to miss.
There are many Speedmaster variants out there, including some that feature Snoopy (yes, the Peanuts character) on the dial. But why? Well, in this piece, Jack Forster answers that very question.
The caliber 321 movement is one of the most famous in all of horology. It’s what separates truly valuable vintage Speedmasters from everything else. It’s a movement that was replaced and figured to be gone forever … until it miraculously returned. Jack explains the entire story in a truly exceptional “A Week on the Wrist.”
We were in communication with Earth all the time. We felt at home because we could talk to each other. But we wore the watches and we kept them set to the time of the shifts of the people back in Mission Control. They were on an eight-hour shift. So, there we were on the Moon … but we knew what time it was in Houston, Texas, all the time.
Buzz Aldrin on the Speedmaster
Lead illustration, Andy Gottschalk