After almost a decade of walking through the doors of the Omega Boutique here in Vancouver, I never feel like a valued customer, or a guest. Rather, I feel like an old friend. Always comfortable, never pressured. Matter of fact, my friend Jorge often tries to talk me out of buying a watch! These folks really have morals, and don't want you ending up with a watch you ultimately will not want.
When the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition was announced a few months ago, I rushed downtown to pay a deposit to secure one. A couple days later, I decided it would not be the one for me, and requested the deposit be put toward the upcoming James Bond Seamaster 300M Limited Edition. Done! When the James Bond LE model was announced a couple days ago, I decided it was not for me either. In anticipation of this eventuality, I had decided to use the amount of my deposit toward the FOIS. Even though Jorge wanted me to be absolutely certain of my decision, take time to think about it, I went ahead. Now, after three days, I have an amazing level of comfort wearing this watch. Not only because it fits my wrist beautifully, but I love how it looks and how well it fits my lifestyle. And it so reflects my comfort in knowing I acquired it from people who care. And always such a pleasure, and a lot of fun, to interact with all the wonderful Boutique staff. Not to mention all the amazing events I get invited too, and where I have met other wonderful people and made some great friends.
I'm not going into technical details here, as there is such an abundance of information available, compiled over the past seven years. Rather, I will just give my personal impressions. I just feel that this most special watch of mine deserves it's own thread.
What a remarkable watch. Not only from it's historical significance, a close reissue of Wally Schirra's own watch, the one he wore into space in 1962. Still a most aesthetically pleasing, beautifully crafted, accurate and robust timepiece after almost 60 years. I love almost more than any other feature, the beautiful symmetry of the dial, where no one element interferes with another. And the beautiful brown Barenia calf leather strap which forms an elegant contrast with the black dial and bezel. The applied Omega logo, the beautifully recessed subdials, and subtle almost pie pan dial which subtly slopes downward at the edges all give a visual impact. Since 2012, when the watch was first introduced, I passed on it because it does not have the original plexiglass crystal. Turns out I actually prefer the sapphire crystal, as it showcases the beautiful dial so vividly. And I love the human interaction of a manually wound movement.
As a good friend of mine said when asked why he likes this watch so much, "It's damn near perfect!". It is remarkable in a subtle, non-obtrusive way. It looks great, rich and classic, and fits in with virtually any occasion or any type clothing. Strong and robust enough for any situation. I love the solid case back, deeply and beautifully engraved with the legendary Hippocampus and "The First Omega In Space", "October 3, 1962".
A few photos taken over the past three days:
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