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a Hippie Pawnshop
My Omega Speedmaster story is not a very traditional one. See, I was born in the late 1970s and the moon landing was already ancient history for a 10-year-old. After all, it was almost 20 years ago and that is prehistoric, right? I can remember the space shuttle breaking up but, for me, the space race was over and a relic of the cold war.
I can see you twitching to switch this story “off” but bear with me. It gets better. So, I grew up admiring Rolex. My grandad wore one. My dad bought one with me standing beside him in the mid-1980s. Unsurprisingly, then, one of the first watches I had was a Rolex GMT-Master.
Space interested me but not in a practical way. It wasn’t so much that we’d been to the moon, no. I was engaged with the idea of Space. Imagine Patrick Stuart uttering those eternal words, “the final frontier.” That was the extent of my interest. And with this, I was a happy old chap with not a single Speedmaster even close to the outer edge of my consciousness.
So what changed? The first thing that changed was me encountering a NOS 1970s steel case fake Omega Speedmaster Mark 2 (with box and papers, never worn, factory fresh) in a hippie pawnshop in Berlin around 1996. Needless to say that I didn’t buy it for the 300 Deutsch Mark they were asking for it — about $150 because that was just crazy money for an old relic. But for the faintest moment, I was impressed. Here was a watch so obviously superior to what I was wearing — yet it seemed to be forgotten by the world.
I like to research things in a very geeky way and fell down a little rabbit hole after that experience finding that a black dial copy Omega Speedmaster Mark 2 could have really been the starting point of something amazing, not just for me but for mankind. As we all know the Speedmaster Mark 2 was the watch that Omega had designed not for the moon but for the next steps into space — possibly to the space station, a moon base, a journey to Mars, and beyond.
And with this realization, I was hooked. There before me had been a physical manifestation of an unfulfilled promise. A promise of a future which had never been, a future that would have meant me growing up glued to the telly watching us continuing our voyage into space. The next thing that happened was me finding that my watch collecting had weirdly left me more unfulfilled than satisfied. Regardless of the number of Rolex and Tudor watches, I could never decide what to wear.
So finally my Speedmaster story came to its conclusion as I decided to buy an with Omega Speedmaster replica watches with Swiss movement. It combined the styling and spirit of that famous watch that would have taken us into deeper space with modern technology. And, in a repeat of my own history, I found it in a pawnshop, just forgotten and looking for a new owner.
Keeping that dream alive
Since buying it, I have worn it every day (my watch collection is now long gone) and am loving it. It is such a cool watch to live with and every time I glance at it I can see it being worn in a spaceship on its way to Mars. And although I know that is a stretch of my imagination, I am excited about the newly renewed steps that we are taking to continue our journey into the deeper reaches of the cosmos.
My little nephew is four now and one day very soon I shall show him this, my Omega Speedmaster Mark 2 Reissue, and introduce him to this crazy idea called space exploration. But not as a relict of times gone by(as it had been for me). I will frame it as a promise for the future of mankind. And, who knows, he might wear it when I am long gone, keeping that dream alive.