For sure, Omega knows what they have in their heritage. Along with creating new models, the last few years have seen Omega releases in the form of updates to venerable models of the past. These include several models from the Seamaster line, Broad Arrow models, the PloProf, and the Bullhead. The Speedmaster line includes the First Omega In Space homage to Wally Schirra’s Mercury Sigma7 mission swiss replica watch and the new MK II. And most of these reinterpretations carry the new co-axial escapement which the late George Daniels kindly provided the horological world.
The aforementioned Moonwatch “First Omega in Space” is a limited edition piece inspired by the copy watch UK Wally Schirra wore during his 1962 Mercury Sigma 7 mission to orbit the Earth. This piece is slightly smaller than the current Professional. It lacks the Professional’s crown guard and twisted lugs, and features sword hands. Turns out the astronauts knew what Omega replica had in the Speedmaster before NASA did.
To make room for these new models, others which have had long production runs have reached the end of the line. For instance, the ref. 3510.50, a reduced size model very similar in appearance to the current ref. 3570.50 moon watch (and easily mistaken for it at casual glance). The 3510.50 carried an ETA 2890.02 with an added chronograph module (Omega cal. 3220) and entered production in 1996. There was a ladies version of the watch (ref. 3802.71) and they combined and morphed into a new line with an automatic chronometer Omega 3304 movement, aimed squarely at the female segment. We can tell it’s aimed at the ladies because the line includes three variations with diamonds while remaining at 38mm.
We also mentioned the new Mark II Co-Axial Chronograph. While this best swiss fake watch is a significant update to the original MK II which debuted in 1969, you need to look closely to see it’s not 45 years old. The old familiar tonneau shape is back. The black & white dial version has only subtle differences from the original. A date at 6 o’clock and the label “Co-Axial Chronometer” are all that give the cheap copy watch away until one has a chance to really study the piece.