The Omega Speedmaster is arguably one of the most popular watches to exist so it is understandable that Omega would keep releasing newer or revamped version of this particular watch line. While I do like the Speedmaster there are a few issues in this one that I simply just cannot look past mainly if you simply reversed the numbers “18K” you get the price for the watch.
As mentioned, no one is really surprised at the popularity of the Omega Speedmaster when all you can hear about it is that it was the first watch on the moon. But, you can still get that same watch at a much more affordable price in comparison to this one. While some do like the fact that Canopus gold is hardly distinguishable just from looking at it to the Stainless-Steel variant and that it makes it sort of a hidden luxury item that no one will know. A lot of people will not be impressed at the price tag of $81,000 when you can purchase a “regular” Stainless-Steel Hesalite Speedmaster for $6,300. Other than the 18K Canopus Gold it features the Calibre 321 manual movement which is what most people would be interested in as this is the movement reserved for more high-end Speedmasters and also the movement that was used on the moon.
Canopus Gold is an 18K white gold alloy and is named after the bright star Canopus and this material is used for the case as well as the bracelet. The hands and indexes all made out of 18K white gold with Canopus Gold PVD treatment on it, which actually contrasts quite well with the black onyx dial. It comes in a case diameter of 38.6mm and features sapphire crystal for both the dial and the case back. Which is where the biggest issue for me lies with this watch, as instead of getting an unobstructed view of the Calibre 321 movement you get a Seahorse engraved inside the sapphire crystal. While it might sound a bit picky, for $81,000 I think I can be as picky as I want especially with the huge range of watches available at this price range.
I do love the Omega Speedmaster but when it comes to this one, I cannot ever justify spending $81,000 on this when I would be just as happy with the normal Speedmaster and it looks just as good if not better. However, if you are a fan of this watch and you do have the money for it by all means go for it because in the end watches are a luxury and it should be what you enjoy not what others think about it. This watch is currently available for purchase through Omega boutiques and it is not a limited-edition watch.