The top Swiss Omega Speedy Tuesday replica watch does live up to expectations. It is a well executed watch on many levels, design, concept and feel, while being relatively reasonably priced. While the Speedy Tuesday is already sold out, Omega says boutiques do have waiting lists in case any orders are cancelled. The Swiss Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday is priced at US$6500, €5300 or S$8400. That being said, odds are this is one cow Omega will continue to milk, given how well the Speedy Tuesday sold.
It won’t be exactly the same but it will be similar, with a high chance of being another online-only offering. So anyone disappointed this time can just wait for the next one to come around. Underneath the back is the cal. 861, which is the hand-wound Lemania 1873. It’s nothing to shout about but still a solid, reliable movement that’s been used in the Speedmaster since 1968.
Being a mid-tier movement it has a cam-operated chronograph mechanism, but is still more than adequate for a watch in this price segment. In addition, the case finish feels slightly neater and sharper than that on an ordinary Omega Speedmaster replica Moonwatch, though that might just be a psychological misperception. The case is another point of distinction. While the case form is bog standard Speedmaster with its characteristic lyre lugs, the finish is entirely brushed.
Modelled on a similar finish for the Alaska Project II prototype, the matte finish is extremely atypical for a commercially available Speedmaster, but it is an attractive one that is both discreet and no-nonsense. But the highlight is the sub-dials that take inspiration from the experimental Alaska Project III Speedmaster of 1978. This means they have radially position numerals in an unusual serif font, along with a misaligned 20 on the minute register at three o’clock that was also on the original prototype.
But like the hands the chronograph registers reveal imperfections up close, with fuzzy printing and uneven finishing on the edges where the black dial meets the recessed silver sub-dial. Up close the Speedy Tuesday has a couple of things going for it, all of which blend well together to make it a strong proposition on the wrist. While the Speedy Tuesday retains all the key characteristics of the modern Moonwatch, minor tweaks and tucks make it distinct.
In fact, the replica Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesdays is easily distinguished from other Moonwatch editions, even from a distance. That’s a good thing since there are so many of them, with Omega having produced more Moonwatch limited editions than NASA sent missions to the Moon. The Speedy Tuesday is a handsome watch on the wrist, and like the standard Speedmaster, easy to wear. It’s not too big and not too small, neither too heavy nor too light. But the Speedy Tuesday is sold only with either a leather strap or a striped, prison garb-like NATO strap, which is a shame as it will look good on a steel bracelet since the silver sub-dials would complement the colour.