As we were watching the television show CastleÂ the other day, I began to wonder what watch, exactly, the character of Detective Beckett was actually wearing. Â So, away I went to the Batcomputer (aka: Google), and a few minutes later, it appears I have my answer – an Omega Speedmaster, ref 3875031.
Now that we’ve solved this little mystery (albeit, without the humor of Castle), let’s have a closer look at this intriguing watch. Â As evidenced by the picture over there to the right, you get the following functionality:
- Small seconds
- Domed sapphire crystal with AR coating
Not as evident is the sapphire caseback, water resistance rating (50m), or the case size (42mm). Â Beating away within that steel case you have the Omega 1863 manual-wind movement that proffers a 40-hour power reserve.
So, why do we care about the movement? Â Unbeknownst to me (at least until I researched this post), it became world famous when it was used on the moon (Apollo 11). Â So, this movement has definitely gone through conditions we’re not going to be seeing in our day-to-day lives, so it should stand up to daily life. Â Additionally, it’s a great piece of history and trivia that you can carry along on your wrist.
Of course, that sort of individual history coming from a well-established maker such as Omega won’t come cheap (this particular model runs around the $4000 mark). Â So, why would you be interested in purchasing a higher-end watch such as this?
No, not because it’s made an appearance on a current TV show. Â Because Omega has been turning out timeless classics that are mechanical wonders, and truly useful timepieces. Â Are you likely to use the tachymeter dial to calculate your speed? Â Not likely – but this watch is easy to read, and has easy-to-use functionality in both the chrono and tachymeter. Â The styling is spot on, and the watch is not likely to “fall out of style.” Â In other words, if you take care of this watch, it’s easily one that you can pass down to future generations. Â Any hey – if you ever get called up to head into space, you’ll be ready to calculate your ascent speed!