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Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. 3316.50

Usually we find ultra-rare watches only in the ultra-high segment. But here we have something exceedingly rare in a more accessible niche of the market.

The Speedmaster reduced is no rare bird in general. But an example in two-tone with steel and rose gold certainly is. Here is a watch you will not spot others wearing around the office! Something for the unique individual!

This is also a fully integrated automatic chronograph, rather than the hard-to-service modular examples you might find.

In short: if you love the looks and you are into getting something special, this is your watch!

€ 4.200

Availability: In stock

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Details
Brand Omega Speedmaster
Movement Automatic
Model Speedmaster Reduced
Diameter 39 mm
Reference 3316.50
Bracelet/strap: Steel/gold
Year of production (circa) 1992
Lug Width 18 mm
Material Gold / steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Sapphire
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Black
Backstory

The Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957, as a racing chronograph. Little did Omega know that a different fate altogether awaited their creation.

When John F. Kennedy announced that the USA would put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s, NASA went into overdrive. The Gemini and Apollo missions would all culminate in “One small step for man…” in 1969.

One detail within that endeavor, is the selection of a proper watch for the space missions. NASA started putting a number of chronographs from different brands under extreme stress. Shock, temperature change, vibration, humidity, the watches were spared no horror. The Speedmaster came out on top in 1965 and was selected as the watch of choice. No slick marketing deals here. Chosen on merit alone.

Coincidentally, astronaut Wally Schirra already wore his personal Ref. CK2998 Speedmaster on a Mercury mission in 1962. In 1965, Ed White would go on the first ever spacewalk wearing a NASA-issued Ref. 105.003-65.

From 1965 onwards, all Apollo astronauts wore Speedmasters. Including Buzz Aldrin when he set foot on the moon, wearing his Ref. 105.012. Neil Armstrong had left his Speedy in the lunar module when setting those legendary first steps.

In 1970, Apollo 13 got into serious trouble after a service-module oxygen tank ruptured. With most systems down, the astronauts had to manually time 14-second rocket bursts in order to get back to earth. They used Jack Swigert’s Speedmaster for the job. Omega was awarded the Snoopy award in recognition of the crucial role of the watch in a safe return. A comic character featured on many special editions since.

Aesthetically, the Speedmaster Professional has not changed much since those days. A rough division can be made between pre-moon and post-moon Speedies. The transition point is the inclusion of the “Flight qualified by NASA” inscriptions on the case back, although some people erroneously mark 321 caliber Speedies as pre-moon and 861 caliber variants as post-moon.

For the keen-eyed, there are tons of subtle variations within the Speedmaster line. And that is before we look at the broader Speedy-scope, with all its special editions and interestingly-shaped Mark  models. You can really go deep on Speedy-specifics. Regardless of which precise variant you settle on, you will have an iconic watch with the single best backstory ever.

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Omega Speedmaster

Model

Reference

3316.50

Year of production (circa)

1992

Material

Gold / steel

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Black

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

39 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel/gold

Lug Width

18 mm

Set Content

Watch only