The Speedmaster, otherwise known as the first Swiss Omega in space, has a longstanding and dramatic history with NASA. Launched in 1957, the watch has accompanied NASA astronauts on numerous missions—including the ill-fated Apollo 13 voyage to the Moon, during which astronaut Jack Swigert used his Speedmaster to accurately time the now-famous course correction of their crippled craft, bringing the crew safely home.
A couple of months ago, Robert-Jan had the opportunity to give an overview of the new collection. The watches are an interesting move from Omega Mens Watch as they were introduced outside of Basel and the debut actually occurred in New York. There’s no doubt that it has made waves. We received a lot of traffic on the article and while most found the watches attractive, most wanted to see them in the metal – umm, ceramic as it were – before rendering judgment.
Although World Cup is over now there is no respite in sight for host Brazil, who are now busily preparing for the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio. Despite an incredible amount of international pressure and mounting concerns that the country was not capable of hosting an event of such magnitude, the Brazilians were able to restore some confidence in their abilities with their successful performance at the World Cup (well, off the field at least!)
When Swiss Omega introduced the Ploprof 1200M back in 2009, I was actually happily surprised to see that they did such an amazing job. The resemblance with the original Omega Ploprof 600M 166.077 was amazing. On first sight, the new Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M looked identical to the PloProf 600M version of almost 40 years earlier. On Fratellowatches we wrote about the PloProf watches several times, but never took the time to put the two models together and have a closer look.