Good watches tell time, great watches tell a story.
As you know, we love watches. We love sitting with a drink and admiring those tiny and intricate ticking mechanical works of art. Once a month or so, we’ll share a story about a watch we find interesting and tell a snippet about that watch’s personal journey. We’ll be kicking off this series with, you guessed it, my beloved Omega Speedmaster. So grab a drink, sit back and join us for a short a read.
Many of you have seen countless photos of my Speedy all over our social media and website. Let’s face it, I absolutely love that thing. It’s such an iconic watch, after all, it was famously worn on the moon. I remember seeing a photo of a customer’s vintage Speedmaster on one of our new watch straps at the time and was captivated with how exquisite it looked. I’ve obviously seen this watch thousands of times before, but something about it this time was different. I suddenly felt a strong urge to own one and embarked on a quest to find the perfect one.
Like many of you who cherish the thrill of the hunt for the perfect watch, I started saving for it and stalked the Speedmaster online for weeks looking at thousands of photos of various references from different dealers before deciding on the right one. I definitely wanted a vintage model as I’ve always been a fan of watches with a bit of history and a story of their own.
After weeks of searching, I asked a few of our customers for referrals to dealers of vintage Omegas. I was introduced to a gentleman online who is a collector, sells vintage models and loves to match up people with the perfect watch. I described what I wanted and was quickly shown a handful of watches that matched my criteria. When I saw his first offering I knew I found the one. The 3592.50. I took one look at its exquisite display back and was captivated with what I saw; an elegant and intricate, decorated gold-gilt movement. It was love at first sight. Needlesstosay, it was on my wrist within a few short days. That was two and a half years ago. I’m still in very much in love.
Sadly, I don’t know anything about this watch’s life. However, I really enjoy pondering its history and what its life may have been like with its previous owner. Had she/he saved for a long time for it? Was it an impulse buy or perhaps a gift? What parts of the world has it seen? What kinds of emotions might it have felt through the owners wrist? Love? Tenderness? Curiosity? Side splitting laughter? Eureka moments? What made the owner give it up in the first place? Things like that.
In the short time I’ve owned it, I’ve added my own bit of adventure, emotions and history to its life. Last year, I wore it on the day I went to meet my biological father for the first time where I learned that he too has a love of vintage watches. A few months ago it was strapped to my wrist when I signed the papers to purchase my first home. It was on my wrist back in August when I celebrated my 40th birthday in New York City while happily surrounded with family that I hadn’t seen in years.
This watch experienced a severe panic attack with me a few months back while traveling on a flight from San Francisco to Sydney. We were two hours out of San Fran when the pilot announced that there was some kind of computer problem that indicated that both engines had potential for failure. I remember how calm he sounded. Whatever the problem, it scared the hell out of me and I remember staring down at my watch thinking those next two hours back to the airport were going to be the longest and scariest hours of my life.
Mostly the moments and memories I associate with this watch are happy. I truly believe that wonderfully crafted timepieces inspire us, I know this watch inspires me to create and innovate every day.
There is a ton of technical information out there about this watch and I certainly don’t need to go over that here, but I can tell you a few things about this watch model in particular that really stands out and makes it incredibly attractive to me.
-It has developed an attractive light yellow patina on the plots. I’m quite the fan of patina.
-This handsome fella has an exquisite display back. Powered by a visually stunning gold gilt 863 movement, I find that I sometimes stare at it far more than the dial and wish I could wear the watch in reverse so I could see its beautiful movement in action.
-The Speedmaster is incredibly versatile and looks ravishing with a variety of different dress situations. And as we are makers of handcrafted leather watch straps, we LOVE that this watch is such a great model. It looks great in nearly anything.
-This model has a hesalite crystal which I much more prefer with this watch vs the Sapphire crystal. I’m just fanatical about the hesalite on this watch. It has quite a pronounced dome and rounded corners. To me, it gives it quite an authentic feel like the one worn on the moon.
-For a vintage watch, its not tiny. At 42mm, it’s not too big, not too small. Just the right size to make a statement.
So how about you? What’s the story behind your watch? We’d really really love to hear about it. Email us your story with some pics and we may feature it in a future article. 🙂
Cheers to that!
Bas and Lokes and the team