Best 5 Luxury Omega Watches for Men in 2023
The luxury watch industry is a thriving segment of the fashion industry. As more people want to buy expensive wristwatches, there has been a steady rise in the demand for expensive timepieces. These opulent timepieces are made with high-quality materials and premium features found only on more expensive timepieces. Here are five Omega watch models that will appeal to most men who prefer a luxurious look and feel.
1- OMEGA Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award”
Though this watch commemorates Omega’s 50th anniversary of receiving NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award, the full story of this timepiece and the award dates back even further. In 1968, NASA wanted to make an “In Appreciation” award for mission support staff “for professionalism, dedication, and outstanding support that greatly improved space flight safety and mission success.” The Apollo 10 Lunar Excursion Module was the inspiration for this award, which was to be given by the astronauts. The module was named “Snoopy” after the well-known comic strip character because its main job was to look around for good landing spots for Apollo 11. The name of the award ties the famous beagle even more closely to NASA and space. In fact, Charles Schulz himself drew the logo for the award.
Omega has honored the award with three watches since then. This regular production—though highly sought after and difficult to obtain—50th-anniversary edition was first released in 2003, then again in 2015.
The dimensions and case shape are classic Speedmaster, but some subtle differences set this watch apart. You’ll notice the blue and silver color scheme right away, which is a stunning departure from the standard models’ black and white motif. The hands, indices, subdials, and virtually scratch-proof ceramic bezel are all navy blue in color. The solid silver dial, which is engraved with Ag925 to indicate its authenticity, serves as an excellent backdrop for the abundance of deep blue details. The fact that the dial is made of silver rather than simply being silver-colored is a nice touch for a watch commemorating a silver award. Small details like this, which refer to the original award, can be found throughout this timepiece.
The Snoopy illustration in the running seconds subdial is the most visible of these. This Snoopy drawing is identical to the one used for the award and, as previously stated, was custom drawn for NASA. When you flip the watch over, you’ll see a beautiful lunar landscape with Earth in the background. The Moon is nearly photorealistic, while the stars and Earth are cartoonish. Snoopy, on the other hand, is missing. That’s because he only appears when the chronograph is active. Snoopy is launched into space on a Command Service Module, just like the Apollo 13 astronauts. It also starts the Earth’s rotation. Omega refers to this animation as the “magic hand.”It’s an insanely fun and charming detail to add to a watch. Additionally, at the top of the image is “Eyes On The Stars,” which has been on both previous Silver Snoopy Speedmasters.
While many people criticize special edition Speedmasters, this one is difficult to fault. It’s a watch that appeals to people on multiple levels: emotional, historical, aesthetic, and technical. Simply put, this is a fantastic timepiece.
2- Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 in Canopus Gold
On the first Tuesday of 2022, Omega unveiled a watch that no one had anticipated. It was a tribute to the very first Speedmaster, reference CK2915, also known as the Speedmaster Broad Arrow, which debuted in 1957. Omega introduced the Speedmaster ’57 60th Anniversary five years ago, a remake of the original CK2915 but with the then-current hand-wound caliber 1861. This Canopus (white) Gold Broad Arrow model, like the original CK2915, is outfitted with the well-known caliber 321. The Speedmaster Calibre 321 in Canopus Gold is a stunning timepiece, but I must admit that you will notice this when you hold it in your hands. The white gold color and black onyx dial work beautifully together on this hefty (226.5g) Speedmaster.
Some people were irritated because the laser-engraved and sapphire-eyed Hippocampus obscured the movement. The engraving, however, is barely visible in the flesh, and you can truly appreciate the caliber 321 inside. This limited edition commemorative watch costs $ 81,000 (€ 90,800) at retail.
3- Omega SPEEDMASTER ’57 CO‑AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER CHRONOGRAPH 40.5 MM
Returning to Earth Omega not only released high-end luxury models in precious metal for the Speedmaster collection but also an upgraded Speedmaster ’57 collection. The Speedmaster ’57’s diameter was reduced from 41.5mm to 40.5mm, with a thickness of 12.99mm instead of 16.17mm. This is primarily due to the use of a new movement, caliber 9906, rather than caliber 9300. In 2011, Omega released its first in-house-developed self-winding Co-Axial chronograph movement. This new 9906 is a hand-wound movement that has been Master Chronometer certified.
But there’s more to it than the new movement. The Speedmaster ’57 is available in four colors — red, blue, green, and black. The last has a sandwich dial and might be perfect for those who think the 42mm Moonwatch is too large. The Speedmaster ’57 models with colored dials are interesting for those who want something other than a Moonwatch. These models are available on leather straps matching the dial color but also on a stainless steel bracelet. The price of this blue version (my favorite) on a leather strap (reference 3126.96.36.199.03.001) is €9,200 ($8,300).
4- Omega Speedmaster Professional in Moonshine Gold
It only took Omega two months to introduce another heavyweight during Omega Days, the brand’s replacement for the now-defunct Baselworld exhibition. Omega released two more Speedmaster Professional watches in its exclusive Moonshine Gold finish, which was first introduced in 2019. They are non-limited edition models this time, with either a green sunburst dial or a gold “Panda” dial. The watch comes with a gold “Nixon” bracelet, as well as a rubber strap with a lunar-surface texture on the inside. The 3861 movement powers these two watches.
Caliber 3861 in these Moonshine models differs slightly from the Moonshine Gold-plated movement found in the 2019 Apollo XI 50th-anniversary model. The Speedmaster “Panda” reference 310.62.42.50.99.001 is priced at €31,700 / $28,700.
5- Omega Seamaster 300 SPECTRE Ref. 188.8.131.52.01.001
The final Omega on this list is a limited-edition James Bond watch that I really like. It is widely regarded as the best Omega Bond film to date. Furthermore, it was the first limited-edition Bond release that the spy actually worn in one of the films. The Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre was introduced in 2015 to coincide with the release of Spectre, the fourth Bond film starring Daniel Craig. Even though not all 7,007 pieces of this limited edition watch sold out right away, demand and prices have steadily gone up over the last five years.
The Omega Seamaster Spectre is distinct from earlier Omega Seamaster 300 models. First, Omega changed the dial by getting rid of the “12” and slightly raising the Omega logo. Furthermore, the bezel is not your typical diving bezel; it has a 12-hour scale so you can keep track of a second-time zone. Omega also reintroduced the iconic “lollipop” second watch. Turning the watch around reveals the “SPECTRE” limited-edition text. Despite the high production volume, prices range from $9,000 to $15,000. Now that Daniel Craig is no longer Bond, this remarkable timepiece reminds us of his brilliant portrayal of 007 in the past. As a result, prices may continue to rise in the future.