This week seems to be an appropriate one to ask what, as far as a product-focused watch news and review site goes, is a profoundly philosophical question: what is the Omega Speedmaster? Simple, non? Well, sort of. At the base level, the Speedmaster is Omega's long-running family of professionally oriented chronographs. But it's so much more than that. It is, in the truest sense of the word, an icon of both modern design and history. It's the Moonwatch, immortalised in the Smithsonian Museum, in film and pop culture.*Viewed through this lens, the Speedmaster quickly becomes more than a professionally oriented chronograph. The history of watchmaking is littered with such watches, but really, less than a handful stand out as historical objects and names with this sort of weight. And none, I would say, sit higher than the Speedy. And really, that comes down to the moon. As far as declarative caseback stories go, it's hard to top, "Flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions" and*"The first watch worn on the Moon".* But the Speedmaster is more than a nice story. It is also, to quote long-serving Omega President Mr Stephen Urquhart, "the hook that kept Omega going through the…

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