How Snoopy Ended Up on an Omega Speedmaster Replica

It is no secret that besides blogging about watches for fratellowatches.com, I also love to collect watches — especially iconic watches like the Rolex GMT-Master, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Rolex Datejust and, of course, the Omega Speedmaster Professional. I own several of the last model. Ever since I bought my first Speedmaster I have been hooked on this watch. Not only do I love the design of this chronograph; I also like its connection to the Apollo space program.

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As you know, Omega has produced quite a few limited editions based on the original Speedmaster Professional. Some like these limited editions, others don’t. However, the fact is that some of these limited editions do appreciate in market value quite well after a few years. One of these models is the Cheap Omega Replica Speedmaster Professional “Snoopy Award.” My professional career started around the time this model was introduced, so it was only a lack of funds that prevented me from buying Speedmaster Snoopy back then. Ever since, I have longed for one, but also noticed that over the years they became increasingly difficult to find, at least for a reasonable price. Recently, I decided to go for it despite the high price. I justified the purchase by telling myself that the longer I’d wait, the more expensive it would get, anyway, right? You can read about the efforts I made to obtain the Speedmaster Snoopy here. After showing my precious new Omega Replica Watches Speedmaster Professional with a Snoopy to some people, a number of them asked why I wanted a cartoon character on the dial of my watch. I was already aware that many people had this perception of the Speedmaster with the Snoopy dial, also given the fact that it was initially sold to a lot of women.

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If you are a Omega Replica Speedmaster aficionado as well, and you know a thing or two about the Apollo missions, you probably are already familiar with the use of Snoopy by NASA. In 1968, NASA chose the famous beagle as an icon to act as a sort of “watchdog” over its missions. In the same year, NASA decided to use a sterling silver Snoopy pin as a sign of appreciation to NASA employees and contractors together with a commendation letter and a signed framed Snoopy certificate. Each of the sterling silver Snoopy label pins has been flown during a NASA mission. Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, who created the “Peanuts” comic strip was a supporter of the NASA Apollo missions and agreed to let them use “Snoopy the astronaut” at no cost and even drew the Replica Watches Snoopy figure for the sterling silver label pin.

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In 2003, Cheap Omega Speedmaster Replica introduced the Professional “Snoopy Award” to commemorate this 1970 milestone. Although the watch was a limited edition, Omega produced a whopping 5,441 pieces of the Speedmaster Snoopy. The number has to do with the 142 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds that the mission lasted. A bit of a stretch, in my opinion, but a nice idea. Omega Replica Watches reason for introducing this watch 33 years after the Apollo 13 mission, and being awarded with the Snoopy, is unknown to me. Based on the brand’s other limited editions, I would have expected such a release on a 30th or perhaps 35th anniversary rather than a 33rd. Despite the relative high number of Snoopy Speedmasters out there, you’ll have to search to find one at a decent price. Also, beware of Omega Replica Snoopy Speedmasters that had the dial and caseback fitted later on.

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So now you know. When there is a Snoopy on an Omega Speedmaster dial, it actually means something. In the end, of course, one need not be versed in all this history to purchase and appreciate this watch; one may just be a fan of Snoopy. A review of the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Snoopy Award’ can be found here. More information about Replica Watches in general can be found on the Speedy Tuesday page on Fratello Watches.

The Omega New Master Chronometer Replica

Cheap Omega Replica undisputed headliner at last year’s Baselworld was the Globemaster, a three-handed watch heavily influenced in its design by the brand’s historical Constellation models and containing its first Master Chronometer movement, Caliber 8900. This year, Omega Replica Watches adds the first complication to the Globemaster line, the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar.

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The case of the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar is larger than that of its predecessor — 41 mm in diameter compared to 39 mm — which makes the “reverse pie-pan” dial design, a stylistic nod to those historic Omega Replica Constellation watches, even more prominent. Made of stainless steel, the case has a polished, fluted bezel made of scratch-proof tungsten carbide.

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With the dial, Omega Replica Watches introduces an all-new, lustrous gray color with a sunburst finish and numerous blue highlights. The polished hour and minute hands are blued, faceted, and also coated with Super-LumiNova for legibility in low light. Blue is also used for the elegant, cursive text of the 12 month indications, positioned between the hour indices. A center-mounted, varnished blue hand points to the current month and jumps instantaneously when the month changes.
The blue elements also include the polished central seconds hand, the applied Cheap Omega Replica logo and Constellation star, and the writing on the dial, in addition to the blue leather strap with its stainless steel foldover clasp.

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An Original Omega Speedmaster Replica Alaska Project

Omega Speedmaster Professional Alaska Project Prototype, Formerly Property Of NASA And The Omega Museum.As I’ve said recently, you kinda have to love the Speedmaster Professional.But if you want to go H.A.M. on the Speedy, there are again several different ways to do so.These six figure pieces are, naturally, the first series reference 2915 pieces. Finding a first first series watch – a 2915-1 – in all original condition is next to impossible, but it happens. The watch Phillips is selling is in fact far rarer than even a 2915-1 in mint condition though, and the cool factor is off the charts.This watch is an actual prototype. Even though NASA had already selected the Cheap Omega Speedmaster  Replica Professional as the official watch of the space program (and indeed it performed admirably) Omega’s engineers were set on building a watch specifically designed for the stars. According to Phillips, Omega began working on a space-specific watch before before the successful landing on the lunar surface in 1969, and developed some truly remarkable watches. I was lucky enough to see the very first “Alaska Project” watch back in 2013, and you can see it here below. The Alaska Project was a code name for the special space program Omega Replica, named as such simply to protect what it was they were working on.

The watch here is in titanium, and it was made back in 1969. Yes, a titanium block with white dial and special sub hands to make it more legible. This watch is what you would call an “Alaska Project I” watch, which is easily the rarest Speedmaster around, though it’s a watch almost entirely unknown to the general public. The original Alaska Project was cancelled in 1971 after two years of research. Alaska Project II would be launched in 1972 with models more in line with the production Cheap Omega Replica Speedmaster, like you see below.The watch you see above is perhaps my favorite of the Alaska Project prototypes – again seen back in 2013 – as it features a case of matte steel, and has a special raised bezel to protect the watch’s crystal.The watches from Alaska Project II did in fact make it to NASA for testing in 1972, and that includes the watch that Phillips will be selling in a few weeks. This specific watch is a more normal 145.022-69 with caliber 861 – no matte steel or titanium case, no raised bezel – but it features the matte zinc-coated white dial, special hands, and of course the amazing red aluminum heat- shield as created by the project for space travel. This very watch was indeed property of NASA for some time, before being sent back to Omega once the project was retired for good. It is also this watch on which Omega Replica Watches built its line of re-edition Alaska Project watches.This special watch is one of just three known complete Alaska II watches, and its provenance is indisputable. From Omega it went to NASA, then directly to the Omega museum for three decades before being sold in Antiquorum’s Omegamania sale in 2007.

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The other simply superb Omega in this sale is quite different from the Alaska Project Speedy. The Speedy is very late mid-century, full of scientific firsts and optimism of the space age. The Replica Watches pushes boundaries, and is a product made possible by the practicality and work ethic of the Greatest Generation and the ambition of their children. The other watch comes from 1939, a vastly different time for Europe. Here we see an Omega reference CK2039, which has a simple Calatrava-style case in steel. But what makes this one special is that it features an original sector dial is an enormous 44mm across.What’s more, this watch features an early and rare gilt finished caliber, not often seen in Cheap Omega Replica of the time. Finally, the watch was originally delivered to Poland in 1939, where it spent years on the wrist of a mining engineer before being sold to a watchmaker, whose grandson is the current consignor.What makes this watch so appealing to me is indeed the size and rarity. A 44mm watch produced in the 1930s is crazy, but what elevates it to something I actually want is the originality and honesty of the entire package. It is clear from looking at the dial that it has not been restored or cleaned, and the same goes for the case. Finally, the fact that this Omega Replica Watches has essentially had three owners in the course of its 75-year life, two of whom are related, and all within Poland, the country of original delivery, paints a very compelling picture. Also, consider what was going on in Poland in 1939, versus what was going on in the United States in 1971 when the Alaska Project was delivered to NASA.

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5 Affordable Omega Replica Watches for New Collectors

Omega has produced numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the world’s most famous chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional

Like most great icons, the design has changed little across the decades, meaning that today, the Moonwatch is recognized the world over. It features a distinctive black dial covered by a hesalite crystal with trademark thin hour and minute hands, a small seconds subdial, 30-minute and 12-hour recorders, and a characteristic central chronograph seconds hand. The black bezel, with its tachymeter scale, is mounted on a 42-mm stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 50 meters.At the heart of this chronograph is Cheap Omega Replica mechanical caliber 1861.The Moonwatch is available on a strap or a bracelet. Each watch is offered with a special presentation box that includes two additional straps – a “NATO” strap and a black Velcro strap.

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Omega’s Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional offers quite a bit for the price.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial

Omega launched the Constellation family in 1952.The dome of the Geneva Observatory served as the family crest, as Omega had just broken its own precision timekeeping record there the prior year. The cupola was surrounded by eight stars representing Omega Replica Watches greatest chronometric achievements at the world’s observatories, including the 1931 “clean sweep” at the Observatory of Geneva in which Omega broke the record for precision in every category.In 1982, Omega launched the Constellation “Manhattan.” This watch introduced the four now-familiar “griffes,” or claws at 3 and 9 o’clock, which originally held the sapphire crystal in place and helped ensure the watch remained waterproof.In 2007, Omega Replica introduced its proprietary Co-Axial calibers with new and unique escapements offering less friction, greater mechanical efficiency, and excellent chronometric performance over time. The performance of the new escapement is such that each Omega Replica Watches timepiece fitted with a Co-Axial caliber is a COSC-certified chronometer delivered with a full four-year warranty, which is one of the best in the business for a mechanical timepiece.

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The Constellation offers Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial movement.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial

The Seamaster Aqua Terra is a robust timepiece with clean, distinctive lines.The 18k gold seconds hand is complimented by deep blue, faceted hour and minute hands.The stainless steel 41.5-mm case holds the best feature: an Omega Master Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement which is specially manufactured to resistant magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. Unlike most antimagnetic watches, the Aqua Terra’s movement can be viewed through a transparent caseback.Several brands offer mechanical watches with movements protected by antimagnetic inner cases. Cheap Omega Replica improves on that design by fashioning key movement components from non-ferrous materials, making the movement itself impervious to magnetic fields. This feature is especially important today, as we encounter magnets more than ever, from smartphone and tablet cases to briefcase closures and refrigerator doors.

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Magnetic fields do not affect this Seamaster Aqua Terra.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial 42 mm

Omega is at least as well known for performance under the seas as it is for performance in space, and indeed, the brand was a pioneer in both realms. In 1932, Omega launched the Marine, recognized by many as the first watch designed from the ground up to be used on deep dives. Since those early days, Omega Replica Watches timepieces have accompanied many explorers on their journeys into the deep. Marine biologist and explorer William Beebe wore an Omega Marine during his record-breaking bathysphere dives, as did Commander Yves Le Prieur, the inventor of Scuba. Jacques Cousteau famously wore an Omega Seamaster PloProf, and Jacques Mayol – the renowned freediver known as The Dolphin Man – also sported an Omega Seamaster on his record-setting dives.In 2005, Omega Replica expanded its maritime legacy with the launch of the Planet Ocean line. The stylish Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M pays homage to Omega’s dive watch heritage.

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean offers excellent form and function.

Omega De Ville Prestige

Even hardened adventurers must occasionally don a dress watch, and here again, Replica Watches offers a time-honored selection. The De Ville Prestige collection is characterized by pure, classic styling and a luxurious appearance that is never out of fashion. The model shown below features a 39.5-mm stainless steel case with a striking two-zone, sun-brushed blue dial protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

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The Omega De Ville is available in a variety of metals and dial colors.

5 Milestone Omega Replica Watches, from 1892 to Today

In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our “Omega Milestones” E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega has ever made.

First Minute-Repeater Wristwatch

The world’s first minute-repeater wristwatch was unveiled in September 1892 by the Bienne, Switzerland firm of Louis Brandt & Frère, precursor to today’s Cheap Omega Replica company. Brandt had chosen Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus to modify a 13-ligne Lépine ébauche that Audemars had purchased from the ébauche maker LeCoultre & Cie. The striking mechanism was triggered by a slide at 3 o’clock. The complex wristwatch case strongly resembles that of a pocketwatch. Engraved on the dust cover is a phrase in French that translates as “Excluded from the competition: juror, Paris 1889.”

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First Omega Wristwatch

The first wristwatches bearing the Omega Replica Watches name were produced in 1900 and used by British officers in South Africa’s Boer War. Omega was one of the first firms to begin serial production of wristwatches. The watches withstood the rough treatment they got. An Omega advertisement in a watchmakers’ magazine in Leipzig in 1904 publicized the testimony of a British artillery officer whose Omega Replica wristwatch performed admirably in bitter cold, searing heat, torrential rain and merciless sandstorms. The lieutenant colonel concluded that “The wristwatch is an essential campaign element.”

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Omega Seamaster

René Bannwart is considered the father of the Replica Watches Seamaster line. The man who would later found Corum had begun building Omega’s design department in 1940. This was new. At that time, sketches for new models were usually drawn by draftsmen in watch-case factories. Bannwart’s decision set Omega on a new path that other brands would soon follow. To celebrate Omega’s 100th anniversary, Omega sales director Adolphe Vallat asked Bannwart to develop a sporty, robust and waterproof wristwatch.

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Omega Constellation

Omega began using the name “Constellation” in 1952 to denote its officially certified wrist chronometers.It also featured an indirectly propelled central seconds hand. The 28.1-mm-diameter, 5.4-mm-thick movement passed the official chronometer tests with flying colors. Its sturdiness, reliability and precision prompted Omega to produce the Constellation in large numbers. This model was also Cheap Omega Replica first serially manufactured wristwatch chronometer.

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Omega Speedmaster

The Omega Speedmaster, destined to become the most famous chronograph in the world because of its use by NASA for the Apollo program, was introduced in 1957. Born into a long-established family of watchmakers, Reymond had joined Omega’s subsidiary Lemania in 1942. The “CHRO” in the caliber designation stood for “chronograph,” the “27” referred to the movement’s diameter in millimeters, and “C12” denoted the additional counter for 12 elapsed hours. Further developed by Albert Piguet in 1946 and christened by Omega Replica Watches with the shorter name “321,” this movement was the smallest of its type at the time.

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