Two watches, which are just perfect for your horological duo – Rolex Submariner Date 16610 & Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch.
Lately, I was going through, what each watch collector needs to go through during his horological journey – a crisis of priorities. It usually happen, after the purchase of your first or second watch. You then start to fancy looking around the watches, which look more interesting than your standard Omega or Rolex watch, have more un-usual design or shape.
During this whole crisis of priorities, I came into the point that well-known, mainstream watch models just won’t cut it. I desired something that looks original and is definitely not similar to Rolex Submariner, Omega Seamaster or Omega Speedmaster. However, the more I was looking for something unique and extraordinary, the more I was left out with lack of idea of what I want my next purchase to be. I then, came across a re-designed, all-time classic – Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, the one with sapphire crystal (front and back). I realised, all I really need in my collection are bullet-proof classics.
Having two iconic watches back to back, I could finally set my watch priorities right.
It is really tempting to buy a watch of more unique design that you don’t see that often in social media or in public. However, as my experience has shown, buying such watch is not a good idea, when you it’s your only watch. The reason being is that after a while of wearing it you might get fed up with it and you will fancy something classic and field-tested, just like Omega Speedmaster or Rolex Submariner. That was exactly my case. Couple months ago, I purchased a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor 2 – the watch, which I have never seen in flesh before. I was enjoying the watch for about 3 months, wearing it very often and then… I was getting bored of it, even though I was still amazed by its spectacular design.
For me, these two watches, the topic of today’s discussion are some kind of horological retreat to the very core of watch collecting.
I do understand that people with classic watches might have the very opposite problem to mine. Though, whenever I look at this classic duo, I’m getting some sort of inner tranquility, as it’s perfect.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch – true to its roots, amazing chronograph dial with a grainy finish, extremely easy to read. This particular model has been updated with a sapphire crystal on a front and a case back, so you can admire the beautiful movement with manual winding. Comes with stupidly big box (a chest), two additional straps, magnifying loupe and spring bar tool. If you are a strap freak, you will find Speedy an ideal watch to customise it with plethora of different straps (NATO, ballistic, leather etc…). It is advised that you don’t dip the watch in the water, as it’s not water resistant.
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 – this one is your bullet-proof and one of the best daily wearers out there. It has a reliable movement, which is easy and relatively cheap to maintain. It is water resistant to 300 meters and has a date function. Same as Speedy, this watch just begs to be worn on vintage looking straps.
These are classic watches, worn by many. If you ever feel bored with them, remember you’ve got plenty ways to make it look a little bit more fresh, give it this personal touch with your favourite choice of straps. These two watches are in fact all you really need in your collection.