Omega Speedmaster Professional Speedy Tuesday

The Omega Speedy Tuesday Hashtag #SpeedyTuesday was created by Fratello Watches founder Robert-Jan Broer in 2012, and has since been used by watch enthusiasts to commemorate the myriad editions of its flagship model on the second day of each week.

The History


Omega released the Speedy Tuesday in 2012, To celebrate the Speedmaster Pro. What sets this limited edition apart from the other watches is it’s reverse Panda Dial. As far as I know, if you want a manually wound speedy, with a reverse Panda dial, procuring a Speedy Tuesday is the only way to get one. Which is not a bad proposition because Omega really did it right with this one.


The Design


The design of the Speedy Tuesday is inspired by Omega’s Speedmaster "Alaska Project III," a model created for NASA in 1978. The Alaska Project III didn’t have a reverse Panda dial, but it did have special “radial” subdials, which were requested by NASA engineer James Ragan, as he felt a radial layout was more legible.





The case was also altered for the project, utilizing bead-blasting to give the watch an all matte finish. This was done in order to prevent light from reflecting on the metallic case.
Seems like overkill, but if you’re an astronaut without the benefit of earth’s atmosphere shielding the sun’s days, reflections could be a serious issue (or at least annoying).

What You're Getting


Other than those tweaks, you get the same 42mm Professional case, powered by the familiar hand-wound calibre 1861. And then there’s the goodies. Each timepiece will come with a special leather watch roll containing a black and white NATO strap with #SpeedyTuesday stamped on the strap's loop. The leather roll is very supple and soft to the touch. I find myself petting in times of duress.


On The Wrist

On the wrist, this watch gives you the tried-and-true ergonomics of the Speedmaster. I always found the dial of the speedy to be missing something. The Panda dial of the Speedy Tuesday gives it that special pop. My only gripe with this watch is legibility. Yes, the radial subdials are more legible, however the white of the hands gets lost among the white of the sub-dials making this one harder to read. There’s nothing like the stark contrast of white hands on an all-black dial for legibility.


Pre-Owned Prices


Omega offered 2012 of these on it’s website for $6,500 USD, and they all flew off the virtual shelf within the same day. Pre-owned prices are now hovering around double the retail price ($12,000-$13,000). If you’re okay with the legibility, I’d grab one of these and watch the prices continue to rise.

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