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WATCH REVIEW Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary

Editor's opinion
71 / 100
The new Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary is endowed with a dial made of meteorite, a must-have for the first watch that has travelled to the moon! We have tested it for you.
Straight to the Point

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary

Ref.: 311.30.42.30.99.001
$6,200.00 US retail price September 6th, 2010
Pros
  • the originality/the exclusivity of the meteorite dial
  • its multitask side
  • its price compared to its competitors equipped with meteorite dial
Cons
  • a less good readability than on the classic Speedmaster
  • its price compared to the classic Speedmaster
Brand Omega
Model name
Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary
Reference
311.30.42.30.99.001
Case material
Steel 316L
Case diameter (without crown)
42 mm
Case diameter (crown included)
43 mm
Movement type
Manual winding
Caliber
Omega 1861
Base Caliber
Lemania 1873
Functions
Chronograph
Hour
Minute
Second
Crystal
Dual-face crystal with anti-reflective coating
Power reserve
48h
Transparent back
No
Lug width
20,21 mm
Length from lug to lug
48,09 mm
Case thickness
14,44 mm
Strap material
Steel 316L
Clasp type
Deployment clasp
Clasp material
Steel 316L
Total weight
147 grammes
Retail price USA at September 6th, 2010
$6,200.00
Comfort (/15) 14
Movement (/20) 10
Movement Optimisation / Garnishment (/5) 3
Ease of handling and adjustment (/5) 4
Movement control proceeded by the Manufacture / horlogical awards (/3) 1
Power reserve (/2) 1
Complications (/5) 1
Finishing (/20) 18.5
Dial finishing (/6) 6
Case finishing (/6) 4.5
Quality of garnishment / caseback engraving quality (/2) 2
Crystal quality (/4) 4
Clasp finishing (inner and extern) (/2) 2
Functionality (/20) 13
Diurnal legibility (/5) 4.5
Night legibility (/4) 2
Water resistance (/3) 0.5
Strap : ease of size adjustment + ease of substitution (/4) 2
Clasp : quality and safety (/4) 4
Additional items (/10) 4.5
Limited edition (/3) 1
Watch delivered with several straps (/2) 0
Quality of the watch box (/1) 0.5
Portability with shirtsleeves buttoned (/2) 2
Goodies included (/1) 0
Understandability of the brochure (/1) 1
Value for money (/15) 11
When to wear it ? When you are starri-eyed !
Users opinion
76%
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2010 new release, the Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary is endowed with a dial made of meteorite, a must-have for the first watch that has travelled to the moon! We have tested it for you.

 

An exclusive declination of the classic Speedmaster

No need to present it anymore, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is totally backed and has become an icon.

Comfortable, readable, reliable…
It has not been officially approved by the NASA without any reason.

Moreover, offering an unbeatable quality/price ratio, it is the watch that almost every single amateur has owned, owns, or plans to own someday…

So the “Speed” has only one default: its “omnipresence” that can repel those who want to be original….

To which Omega, that has well understood the problem, answers by multiplying the limited serial commemorating the huge moments of the space conquest.

Just to give back a little exclusivity to its flagship model.

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A dial that makes every piece unique

Let’s be straight: the sole historical interest of the commemorated mission here (the first “spatial” handshake between an American and a Russian crew) will be a difficult argument to justify the purchase…

The engraved back has been realized with a lot of care.
But it still keeps a kitsch side inherent to all the “memories medals”.

No, the principal interest of this Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary really lies in its meteorite dial.

Although bicolor, it is made of one sole block: the chronograph counters are kept in their natural silvery color, while the remains of the dial has undergone a black galvanic treatment for a better readability.

Knowing that the meteorites are undergoing extreme temperatures while entering the atmosphere, the rock has a particular texture, as of crystallized, which makes every dial really unique.

The result is really aesthetically pleasant, with metallic and colorful reflects (from night blue to silver), which has not yet been observed with other materials.

It gives this “Apollo-Soyuz” a true personality.
It is a far cry from the simple declination that contents itself with offering new shadows on the dial!

 

The chronograph's counters are kept in their natural silvery color, while the remains of the dial has undergone a black galvanic treatment for a better readability.

The price of the exclusivity

Nevertheless, negative point of this version, the rhodium-plated hands sometimes mix up with the reflections of the dial.

The readability (in particular, the chronograph) is not as good as on the classical Speedmaster.

With a 6,200-Euro price, it is the cheapest “meteorite” watch on the market.

This type of dial is usually indeed offered on much more exclusive models and with incomparably higher prices (around €15,000 and more…)

Nonetheless, it costs almost the double price of the standard Speedmaster…

What to remember

This Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary is hence a really atypical declination of the flagship model of Omega, to be advised above all to the enthusiasts of the space conquest and to the Speedmaster’s collectors.
But the charm is undeniable and the exclusivity of its dial will not keep anybody safe from a love at first sight…
A watch that has to be tested to get an opinion!

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