One Year Later With The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 310.30.42.50.01.001

About a year ago, we celebrated the release of a new generation of the Omega Speedmaster. The watch represented a subtle but meaningful evolution of one of the most celebrated steel sport watches in history. It was a big deal, even if many passers by took a glance, didn’t see much of a change, and moved on. For others, the small changes outside, and big changes inside, were enough to make space in the collection for. A small handful of us here at Worn & Wound fall into that latter group, and the watch has remained a part of our collections since release. Here, we’ll discuss one year of ownership, whether or not the watch still moves us the way it did upon release, and of course, if we see it in our collection for another year and beyond. 

The 3861 Speedmaster saw a fair bit of wrist time over the past year, much of it on the excellent new bracelet design, though none of us could resist the odd fabric or leather strap every now and again. It’s still a Speedmaster, after all. While our motivations varied, this was a watch that, rather unsurprisingly, held up well after a year on and off the wrist.

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Looking back at our initial hands-on with the watch, I pointed out many of the small details that add up to make a big difference. The fewer minute hashes, the dot over ninety, the slightly altered twisted lug, the step in the dial, all mesh to create a Speedmaster more than the sum of its parts. Of course, the slimmer case, new bracelet, and new movement don’t hurt, either. 

The new Speedy made a positive impression from the first unboxing, and that impression has changed up today each time I take it out of the watchbox. It’s a design that’s held up over the past 60+ years, and the latest example has held up just fine over the past year. 

If you picked up a new Speedmaster or decided to hold on to an older one, let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments below.

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent the past decade covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seikos to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for classic cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.
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