With or without the Moon landing association, I believe the perfect fake Omega Speedmaster is one of the best-value Swiss-made chronographs you can buy. Having said that, if it weren’t for its Moon landing association, the Speedmaster most likely wouldn’t have enjoyed the level of recognition and accolades it has for the past 50 years or so.
Ever since 1969, Swiss made replica Omega CA has produced special editions with unique configurations in fairly small production runs, but this 20th Anniversary Apollo XI edition is considered to be the beginning of the official “Anniversary Series” of limited edition 1:1 copy Omega Speedmaster releases. It’s humble compared to the modern-day limited edition super clone watches for sale, but you can see the evolution of a genius marketing force in the making – the rest, as they say, is history.
This Omega replica for sale CA was issued worldwide in an non-numbered series of 4,000 pieces, in addition to a separate run for the U.S. market, with 2,000 numbered examples, and for the German market, with 250 numbered examples. While the strategy behind the segmentation remains unclear, one thing is for sure: There was already enough of an appetite for limited editions fake watches online in 1989. Calling a 1989 Speedmaster “vintage” feels a bit wrong in some way, but the creamy patina on the lume definitely belongs to a nice vintage Speedy. The almost NOS example we have here is the U.S. edition with the special engraving on the side that includes the limited edition number out of 2,000.
I enjoy the extra effort AAA fake Omega made to turn this watch into an anniversary edition. The outer box has a very-1980s stylized text reading “Significant Moments” in deep red, while the wooden presentation box has a classic Hippocampus medallion on top. It also comes with a special embroidered patch showcasing the moon landing along with a simple black velcro strap similar to what the astronauts wore over their spacesuits. The certificate is printed with a brief commentary from Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford, a former NASA astronaut. As he says, “For me as for any astronaut, this best quality replica Omega Speedmaster is more than a precision instrument. It is a reminder of many Significant Moments in space and in my life.” It’s a modest limited edition presentation compared to today, but it feels more heartfelt – that’s what I love about this one.