The Famous Omega Speedmaster ‘First Omega in Space’ In Sedna Gold

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I purchased one of my own just several days after publishing the story because I couldn’t find it to give it back to the replica Omega. Soon it established itself in my collection as the go-to watch and took home the annual “Most Worn” title in 2016. At almost the halfway point in 2017, it seems that it will retain that title and the more time it spends on my wrist, the more I appreciate it. I enjoy it not just as a pure re-edition of this fake watch, however, as a Speedmaster with all of the line’s best attributes. omega
It’s exactly because of these reasons that I’ve always had a bit of an uncomfortable relationship with another beloved “FOIS” edition – the “First Omega in Space” in Sedna Gold. There is no doubt that it is an amazing watch, a deluxe version of my own, but I’ve also thought of it as a big departure from the Speedmaster and one that I wasn’t sure I really felt comfortable with. Speedy enthusiasts mostly welcomed the watch when it was launched in 2017, and some have tried their hardest to convince me of its appeal, but for many reasons, I could not be unable to hear them.
To begin with, the very best and most defining attribute of the Speedmaster versus almost every other chronograph of the 1960s is its uniform black dial. The panda scheme is attractive, and the opaline dial and brown sub-dials of the Sedna Gold edition works particularly well, but it felt like Omega was encroaching into enemy territory – what I’ve learned since going hands-on with the Sedna Gold edition is that another model set this precedent 20 years ago. Secondly, the most important is, I’ve always found that putting the Speedmaster in precious metal was a bit of a bourgeois move.   omeg-077013_03
It’s a Speedmaster with a panda dial. What could you possibly have against it?
I was struck right away with how gorgeous the Sedna Gold FOIS is in person. It looks nothing like my replica watch, but it looks nice as well. One thing I’ve noticed taking photos of watches for many years is that the better looking the watch, the easier it is to photograph, and here the photos speak for themselves.
What has changed is pretty significant though. Omega has decided to work with gold, and not just any kind, preferring a unique and property combination of gold, copper, and palladium to achieve a warm tone that lies somewhere between red and pink gold. To complement it, Omega has created a brown ceramic bezel, which again offers a little more nuance than going with straight black ceramic.
Due to the color of gold, one of the most unsettling features of the watch, besides its distinct look, is its heft. As expected, the Sedna Gold version feels heavy on the wrist, and this isn’t something most Speedmaster owners will be used to. The great majority of these chronographs (and there are many variations) are made in stainless steel.
It would never be possible to say that one feature I miss in this present version is the distinction between the time-telling functions and the chronograph, which I thought was wisely done by using polished steel for the first, and painted batons for the second. For the Sedna Gold version, all of the hands (and the applied logo) are gold. Surely, the contrast between gold hands and white batons would have been too stark.

BR V2-94 Bell & Ross chronograph

Last but not the least, we’ve got the chronograph. This model is a two-register affair that begins with a 41mm steel case that features the same curved lugs and crown guards as the watch with the addition of screw-down pushers. The black tachymeter bezel (made of anodized aluminum) ups the visual impact of the watch while allowing the dial to remain crisp and clean. The totalizer at left counts up to 30 minutes and there is a running second register on the right. replica Bell & Ross
The Best Replica Bell & Ross Advanced Research Program
The advantages of silicon are famous to us all. Its surface hardness and smoothness mean that it’s likely to manufacture interacting mechanical watch components which don’t need oils, and which can be made with extreme precision too. This was also the year that the replica Bell & Ross its first Advanced Research Project watch: the replica Annual Calendar, in which the Silver escape wheel was first used.
Though silicon is sensitive to temperature changes, it’s possible to produce formulations that don’t have that property; Silver is one such formulation. The word has some deep roots in watchmaking, by the way; it’s related to the name Invar, which is the term for a special nickel-iron alloy with a very low tendency to expand when heated. It was created in 1896 by Charles Guillaume, who would win the Nobel Prize for it in 1920; Invar went on to be widely used in scientific instruments and in watch and clockmaking (high precision pendulum regulators often had Invar pendulums).
Nevertheless, probably the single biggest news in the entire story arc was the introduction of the Spiromax balance spring the next year. Made of Silver, the Spiromax balance spring was formed in such a way as to give the advantages of a conventional Breguet or Phillips overcoil balance spring – basically, better isochronism than that obtainable from a flat spring – but with less height; all other things being equal, a Spiromax balance is one third the height of an overcoil balance spring. Spiromax springs are unaffected by magnetism. and with a mass much lower than Nivarox, less affected by external shocks or gravity. The Spiromax balance spring was first released in a limited edition of 300 pieces in the replica Annual Calendar but it’s now widely used by Patek Philippe, in virtually all its replica watches other than high complications.
The reason I say “biggest news” is because the balance spring has such a huge effect on timekeeping. The introduction of the balance spring to watchmaking, by Christiaan Huygens, in the late 17th century, was really what made precision portable horology possible at all, and watchmakers have been chasing improvements ever since. If you see the Spiromax, you’ll see a slightly thickened region at the outer terminal coil actually at the same time; this “boss” as Patek calls it, is what gives the outer coil a geometry that’s functionally equivalent to an overcoil.
Bell & Ross replica added a silicon lever to its repertoire in the year 2008; the combination of a silicon balance spring, silicon lever, and silicon escape wheel was dubbed the Pulsomax escapement, which was launched in a limited edition of 300 watches: the fake Annual Calendar, with caliber 324 S QA LU.
The last installment from the Advanced Research program, before this year, was the 2011 Perpetual Calendar. This was also a limited edition of 300 watches, and featured, in addition to the Pulsomax escapement and Spiromax balance spring, a silicon balance wheel. The entire assembly of silicon regulating organs – escape wheel, lever, balance spring, and balance – was referred to as the Oscillomax “ensemble” by the fake Patek Philippe.