This weekend marked the completion of Planet Omega – an exhibition held by the brand in New York City that saw a number of museum pieces put on display and an equal number of celebrities and luminaries (i.e. astronauts) come through. There were longtime ambassadors Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, and her daughter Kaia Gerber – and there was the officially minted friend of the brand, actor Andrew Garfield, who took to the stage to introduce himself during an event we co-hosted last Monday.
But it wouldn’t have been a real Omega event without James Bond – and you can rest assured knowing that Daniel Craig made an appearance – a very meaningful appearance. Dressed in a tailored suit and tie complete with tie clip and pocket square, Craig not only wore cheap Omega replica watches, but one we have never seen before… because technically it doesn’t exist yet. Espionage at its finest.
Keen spotters have surely noted that Craig was wearing a mysterious white dial UK perfect Omega Speedmaster fake watches. A lot of you thought it was a Canopus white gold 3861 Speedmaster, but in reality, it was something else entirely: A speedy with punchy red Speedmaster text and black hands with white lume. The white or white-adjacent dial Moonwatch Speedmasters that I am aware of in the past few years have a Snoopy animation on the dial. The next closest thing is the aforementioned Canopus white gold Speedmaster 3861 – but that’s a silver dial.
It’s my understanding in talking to those who know – though Omega is not going to outright say this – that the high quality replica Omega watches worn by Craig last week is one that is set to be released in 2024 and that his wearing it is the first time anyone outside of Biel has seen it. That means it’s speculation time.
Now, looking at this one, the first thing that comes to mind for any Speedmaster lover is the “Alaska Project” watches – famous vintage (and reissued) white dial best Omega Speedmaster copy watches. The Alaska Project was Omega’s secret endeavor to create iterations of the Speedmaster that were purpose-built for space and future lunar missions. It was so secret that the name “Alaska” was chosen as misdirection. As Ben Clymer once pointed out, the watch has nothing to do with our northernmost state. It’s important to remember that the Speedy chosen for the lunar missions was but a standard model originally conceived as a racing watch. In the tail end of the ’60s into the early ’70s, Omega was ready to make true moon watches.
And it did so with the original Alaska Project prototypes and the Alaska Project II Speedmaster, which was also reissued in the mid-2000s as a white dial watch with capsule-shaped hands in the sub-registers and a red central chronograph hand. This design was carried into the Swiss movements replica Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch Mission to Mars watches as well. The red case material of the MoonSwatch is a callback to the red heat-shield cases of the Alaska Project watches.
If you strip the Alaska Project down to its essence, you’re basically looking at AAA replica Omega Speedmaster watches with a white dial and red accents, which is exactly what we have in the mystery watch worn by Craig at Planet Omega, though it doesn’t appear to go beyond those basics in terms of an Alaska Project callback. But it’s still an ex-secret agent sporting an ex-secret space watch homage (we think).
In fact, the Craig Speedy has more visual similarities with the white dial top fake Omega Seamaster Diver 300m watches in the current collection by way of the red script lettering. I would love to see these two side by side, as they would no doubt make a cool pairing. And then there’s the 1997 ref. 3593.20 Speedmaster for the Italian market, sometimes referred to as the “Albino Speedmaster.” The Craig watch looks effectively identical to this one with the addition of the red text and the all-black applied markers (if you look closely you can see some shadows coming off the markers, and the lume pips atop them).
But again, little to nothing is known about this 1:1 Omega replica watches as of yet, other than the fact that it appears to be steel, and that it appears on the wrist of one former James Bond – oh, and that it looks great with a suit. I’ve done my best to crop the (thankfully very high resolution) photo such that you can get a really good look at the dial design – notably the all-black text, the all-black hands with white lume, the white dial, and the red text on the brushed and polished bracelet (an indication that this has a sapphire crystal and an exhibition caseback).
Sometimes, as a brand ambassador, you get to make a truly splashy entrance, and Craig did just that at Planet Omega with this Omega super clone watches wholesale. We will have to wait until 2024 to find out – officially – what it is.