Warning, this is a biased owner’s ‘review’ of two Speedmasters: one steel with a load of the finest heritage you could ask for, and one BioCeramic done in collaboration with the same folks that made clear plastic watches a thing in the ‘80s. They are very, very different. But, they both say ‘Speedmaster’ on the dial, and by golly that’s good enough for me to compare the two. If you’re looking for a serious review of the MoonSwatch, go check out Zach Weiss’ wonderful production published earlier this year.
When I heard rumors of an Omega X Swatch Speedmaster collaborating I was equal parts intrigued, curious, and skeptical. I imagine many of you felt the same way. When it was released, I was torn. On one hand, I love the concept of bringing a watch like the Speedmaster to a much broader audience via Swatch and their bio ceramic material. I appreciate the fact that Omega allowed the vaunted Speedmaster name to be used in this way, turning an exclusive luxury item into something very much inclusive while capturing the same spirit we know and love. On the other hand, and I feel a bit daft for even saying this, but, I wasn’t particularly fond of the sub-dial placement. I love the balance achieved in the dial of the Speedy Pro, and it wasn’t able to be preserved in the move to a quartz movement (a move I otherwise take no issue with).