Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch ‘CK2998’ Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch ‘CK2998’ Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'CK2998' Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega launched a torrent of new models and colors at Baselworld this past March, and among the new Planet Oceans and Moonphase Speedmasters we found the handsome and entirely charming Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "CK2998" Limited Edition. Sharing the same basic form as the Moonwatch "First Omega in Space," this svelte but sporty chronograph is a nod to the reference CK 2998 Speedmaster that Walter Schirra wore in 1962 during his orbital flight on the MA-8 mission of the Mercury Program. Nestled precariously within his ship, the Sigma 7, Schirra orbited the Earth 6 times and, to the benefit of modern day Omega, did so while wearing an early Speedmaster which he had bought for personal use.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'CK2998' Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'CK2998' Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Though it would be more than two years before NASA would select the Omega Speedmaster as their go-to timepiece, the CK 2998 was indeed the first Omega watch in space and has held an important place in both Omega's history and in the hearts of many a Speedy collector. The new 2016 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "CK2998" (Omega's quotations, not mine) boasts a beautiful blue coloring anchored by a silvery white dial and a 39.7mm steel case. The panda-style dial gives the "CK2998" a distinct look that sits somewhere between the black-dialed original "FOiS" and the Sedna gold model launched last year.

In a departure from the original and the Sedna variants, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "CK2998" has been fitted with a lollipop seconds hand and a lumed tachymeter scale on the bezel. The case back is solid and bears Omega's original Speedmaster Seahorse medallion and the "CK2998" is water resistant to 50 meters. Powered by Speedy-famous calibre 1861, Omega has wisely decided to continue their use of this legacy movement in the vintage inspired "First Omega in Space" models. The 1861 is a manually wound and cam-actuated 12-hour chronograph with a 48-hour power reserve. Given its lineage and connection to early space exploration, the 1861 is a big deal for Omega, and its continued use is not only a nod to their specific past but also to the old-school reality of watch enthusiasm - especially when juxtaposed by the highly technical reality of Omega's modern movements (think: co-axial, anti-magnetic, and METAS certification).

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'CK2998' Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'CK2998' Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Not unlike the movement, the 39.7mm case sizing feels willfully old-school, especially on a table full of 44.25mm Dark Side of The Moons, Moonphase Master Chronometers, and 55mm-wide Ploprofs. Fact is, Omega's modern line up is, on average, quite large. While the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "CK2998" is not amazingly small, its somewhat smaller case size (and steel construction) offers a handsome and appealing Speedmaster option for those not wanting something as large as a DSoTM or something as common as a Speedmaster Pro.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'CK2998' Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Limited to 2998 units, you have to assume the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "CK2998" will sell like hotcakes when they hit retailers later this summer. With a reserved and classic aesthetic, legacy movement, and lovely blue/silver coloring, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "CK2998" is going to check the box for a lot of collectors who love the history of the Speedmaster but want a brand new watch that still manages to feel special. Costing US$6,500, fitted to a matching blue leather strap with beige stitching, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "CK2998" is nothing short of beautiful and was easily my favorite of the Omega novelties at Baselworld 2016. omegawatches.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (15)
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  • I love it! (4)
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  • Ned Saric

    Truly stunning watch, and refreshing size!

  • laup nomis

    I love ‘speedys’ in all their wonderfulness and variety. I think this colour combination is very successful, the off-white/parchment-white with that blue, beautiful.
    The second hand is a great touch. It’s not a Breguet Moon hand, (its a lollipop) but it looks similar, and I love that look. I think the tachometer scale is one of the defining features of the speedy, and it looks great.

  • A_watches

    nice but a bit boring

    • ap patek

      The vibe here is too ‘vintage,’ at least to my eyes. 39.7 case size is welcome, however.

      • A_watches

        Yes i also like the 39.7mm size, perhaps should have come on a bracelet.

        If one day they shrank the DSOTM to these proportions, I would be seriously tempted. I think the inhouse co-axial movements are quite large/thick though.

  • Chaz

    I really want to like this Omega BUT there’s something bizarrely mismatched looking about the hr & min hands.

    Is it just me?

    • A_watches

      I kinda see what you mean, the lume? with these things, once you get it in your head its not right its hard to get out again!

    • srs144

      What I thought at first was “Fair point, not sure why they did the triangle shaped lume on the hour hand and a rectangle lume on the minute hand. Could have easily just done the same thin rectangle on both.” But then I did a google image search for Omega 2998 and that is exactly how it was on the original and this is a tribute to the original. So I am glad they kept it consistent

  • iamcalledryan

    That’s one hell of a panda. I need to see this in the flesh, because in the photos the sundials are visually eating the hands…

  • Ulysses31

    I like vintage styles and the original moonwatch. This, however, just comes across as more of a Blandmaster. Nothing about it “pops”. The hands don’t suit the watch either – that taper makes them look too small.

  • Coert Welman

    I don’t know why, and if pushed I will be unable to tell anyone why, but I simply love this. For one, the size is absolutely perfect.

    If I had the required cash in hand, I would buy this in a heartbeat.

    • iamcalledryan

      Your passion needs no qualification

  • Pandybelly

    Love Speedmasters in general and have a day date with 10 years that I will never part with. Have to say, that this is a beautiful model and not crazily priced either. Great looking watch.

  • Aditya

    This absolutely gorgeous. I love the size especially considering most of Omegas offerings are rather beefy. Only thing I wonder is why have such odd ball hands with lume I’m not certain will add to visibility. If I had the money, then it’d be a toss up between this watch and the Seiko Presage Chrono. As things stand, I hope to get the presage and I’m quite happy that this watch is out of contention as I think the Seiko will have a more interesting dial.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Too pointy, too busy, huge lugs, boring back ,……….i’ll pass

  • TriggerMG

    Sadly it was sold out almost immediately

  • cg

    Moon watch never of real interest to me I always tended toward Omega forward thinking products and partnerships. The racing speedmaster. The limited edition Rio. The X33 and.Z33.. The new version Mark2 in red. The early Planet Oceans. All far more interesting than, to me, the Mundane Moonie.

    • Pat Mercer

      Not interested in the moonwatch but for some reason read (I assume) and then gave us his negative opinion of a watch the he knew he didn’t like in the first place. I loved this watch but after reading this you have convinced me otherwise.

      • Shinytoys

        The speed master is a classic, no matter which iteration you view. Buy what you like and what draws you in. Clearly not what someone else’s opinion might be. Ive yet to see anyone turn their nose up at a Speed or Sea master. A timeless classic that’s earned it’s fine reputation.

  • Kuroji

    Pretty nice for a Speedmaster.

  • Bruce

    A fantastic shade of blue! Color contrast is on point

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  • I love the look of this watch. But it’s just too small (for me anyway). James may be right, when we were at BaselWorld 2016, the larger Speedmasters more or less set the tone for what a modern size Speedy should be. Plus I like 42 to 44 mm watches with my (average) wrist size.

    Not sure if any photos really capture it well, but this is GOOD LOOKING WATCH in person. And my obligatory BW 2016 photos…

    • egznyc

      Nice shots. I would think the size adds to the retro vibe, but I also see the appeal in a slightly larger chrono/watch. Interestingly, something about this panda reminds me of the vintage Rolex Daytonas.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    A true “classic” done very nicely.
    Great review Mr. Stacey.
    Very nice photos Mr. Carson.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    A beauty

  • Timestandsstill

    Other than the movement, very true to the original including the straight lugs. A lot of charm, I like it a lot. I would have to try it on to see if it would be large enough for me but otherwise a winner in my book. One of the better Speedys released in a while

  • Roelf Van Der Merwe

    I love this watch. By far my favourite Speedy