An odd pairing recently occurred that got many watch aficionados in a frenzy. For the first time ever Omega and Swatch joined forces to create an innovative take on the iconic “Speedmaster Moonwatch”. The fusion of these two brands led to a new collection of eleven bioceramic watches named after the planets in our Solar System.These watches all come in a 42mm case that very closely mimics the original Omega Speedmaster, but instead of steel or any precious alloy, these timepieces are made of bioceramic. This bioceramic material is a unique mix of two-thirds ceramic and one-third material derived from castor oil. Their overall combination provides a durable, lightweight material that is better for the environment, compared to traditional plastics. Each case also has its own unique color and theme, which sync up with their dials (as described further below).Despite these uncommon colors, most of the iconic design elements associated with the Moonwatch are still present here. Mounted to the case is a tachymeter scale with the same font and dot over ninety, as you’d expect to see on a Speedmaster.On the flip-side each caseback has a battery cap decorated with an image of their planet theme, while inscribed below is each one's mission text “MISSION TO THE _____ ”, fill in the blank for that model.Circling around the periphery of the caseback all models include the same text that reads “DREAM BIG - FLY HIGHER - EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE - REACH FOR THE PLANETS - ENJOY THE MISSION”. It comes equipped with two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions, and a screw-in crown. But, despite the near identical outer appearance this bioceramic case can only assure a water-resistance of 30 meters (98 feet).The colors corresponds to each models celestial inspiration, such as: yellow for the Sun, light gray for the Moon, dark gray for Mercury, pink for Venus, green for Earth, red for Mars, khaki for Jupiter, taupe for Saturn, light blue for Uranus, blue for Neptune, and light gray with a burgundy panda dial for Pluto.Meanwhile time is told as usual for a Speedmaster by using hour index markers, followed by a ring of smaller printed seconds and slightly longer minute markings. There are three recessed sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. Each has its own unique details, such as oval sub-dials (Mission to Venus), different sub-dial hands based on the “Alaska Project” (Mission to Mars), only one of them has a planet placed directly on the dial (Mission to Saturn).Some of them include a sort of “panda-dial” color scheme, like "Mission to Earth", or this "Mission to Pluto". While the version that seems closest to the real Omega Moonwatch is the “Mission to the Moon” model with its steel-gray colored case and black dial.As for references to Swatch, we can see them on the upper-half, printed directly under Omega or on this collection's specific logo that includes Omega’s horseshoe symbol, followed by an “X” and the “S” for Swatch.
Omega x Swatch Speedmaster MoonSwatch
The “Omega x Swatch Speedmaster MoonSwatch” (References in link) is powered by a battery-powered quartz chronograph movement. Mounted to these watches is a velcro strap with a bioceramic loop, plus the Omega and Swatch logo inscription. These watches haven’t been declared limited editions, but are only available at select stores worldwide. For more up to date information about store availability or each model's specific characteristics, visit the official Swatch website here.
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