A watch should make you grin. It should set a little spring into your step. And for the lucky few, it might only do both as you end up glancing down at it during the day. Nonetheless, it’s a rare instance, indeed, as soon as a watch mixes a sober horological legacy with state-of-the-art mechanical innovation — all with the expressed intention of manufacturing joy. The First Omega In Space 50th Anniversary Silver Snoopy edition is the third in a whimsical trio of limited-edition Speedmasters which have every paid homage to some unique NASA award (that was supplied to the Speedmaster following the opinion had been credited with helping save the astronauts of this doomed Apollo 13 mission back in 1970), each time yielding highly collectible, but markedly different, outcome.
Unlike the first two editions, which paid tribute to the Snoopy award in the ways and means many special or limited-edition Korean watches have a tendency to pay tribute to something, this iteration eschews the conventional staid vases goes in the completely opposite direction, so much so it feels like Omega Replica finly gave itself permission to inject as much charm and whimsy into a single watch as possible. And I’m here to state that this sort of watch could not have come along at a better time, in a year that we could most likely stand to have a little more reason to grin.
When I read the media stuff back in October, I had to perform a double-take from the operational description, since it appeared to be indicating the caseback of the new watch was somehow animated, together with Snoopy himself riding the lunar module within an arc throughout the moon? Well, all of that turned out to be 100% authentic, and it makes for one hell of a viewing experience when the watch is off the wrist.