International watch brand OMEGA is making headlines with the introduction of a remake of its original “First Omega in Space” Speedmaster model. This watch was worn by none other than Walter ‘Wally’ Schirra on October 3rd 1962 during the flight of Sigma 7. This was a few years before the OMEGA Speedmaster range became the official choice by NASA on their missions. The new remake of this Speedmaster ‘1962’ was introduced at BaselWorld and lives up to the understated elegance and robust design of its predecessors in every sense.
The dial no longer sports the ‘Professional’ wording and instead has the OMEGA logo reintroduced. The dial hands are the same as the original 1962 Speedmaster with the exception of the use of the chronograph second hand. Fortunately, a large deal of the purist experience has been kept with the sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel that accentuate the traditional-looking design. The two-tone black dial complements the 18k gold used on the bezel and case. Everything about this model is wonderfully symmetrical and enhances the watch’s historic, sporty flair. The striking combination of cutting-edge technology, high-quality materials and classic charm proves to be effective and successful with the new model retailing for $18,000.
Its diameter is 39.7mm, making it smaller than the original Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’, which makes it easy to wear and comfortable. The straight lugs of this Speedmaster correspond to the original of the CK2998 model. It presents a wonderful addition to the Omega Speedmaster family and is guaranteed to become a collector’s favourite in due time. It doesn’t have the original manually wound chronograph movement of the 1861 calibre, but it has retained the traditional arrow-style hands that complete the modern feel of the vintage look. The newly-released model is expected to be soon available in a steel version as well.