The 7 Best Omega Speedmaster Homage Watches
The Omega Speedmaster is one of their most iconic watches. In fact, if you take a look at the window of an Omega shop (as I did in Geneva, Switzerland recently) you will see a huge range of Speedmasters in the window. It is that popular.
The big problem for most of us “normal” people is – this watch is way too expensive for our budget at between three and five thousand dollars.
Lucky, the Speedmaster Moonwatch (because it was used on the moonwalk), as it’s called, has been mimicked (homage is the sexy French word for it) by many a watch manufacturer since it’s release, so we have quite a few similar watches to choose from.
Our Top Picks
1. Seiko SSB031 Chronograph
One of the most affordable options on this list is the Seiko. That is perhaps no surprise as Seiko makes a lot of very affordable but high quality watches, and I review them on a regular basis.
It features many of the trademark Speedmaster features like the tachymeter bezel, the three sub-dial chronography and the black face and bezel. Seiko has done a great job with this watch without actually copying the Speedmaster.
Of course, to make a watch as affordable as this, Seiko has used slightly more cost-effective components like a Quartz movement and a Hardlex crystal window. Nonetheless, you will still find it hard to pick fault with this watch.
2. Bulova Men's Lunar Pilot Chronograph (96B258)
One of the closest looking homages, the Bulova has Speedmaster written all over it. However, one of the most interesting things about this watch is that it is modelled after the original Bulova Moonwatch that was “the other watch” that actually went to the moon. It was used when the Speedmaster broke. Iconic!
Ok, the curve of the case reminds me a little more of a Seiko Turtle or Sumo with the oversized flanges, but the face is where the action is. There are also two pushers above the crown which are somewhat different to the Speedmaster buttons, but unique nonetheless
All black with all black subdials and white hour markers and hands, the simplicity of the design and color combination is exactly how a Speedmaster should be. The black tachymeter bezel tops it all off.
It comes with a highly accurate quartz movement and a sapphire crystal .
3. Certina DS Podium Chronograph Two-Tone (C0016472205700)
Not a brand many people think of outside of Europe, Certina makes mid-range Swiss made watches that will last you forever (I have had one for over 10 years).
This particular model is their take on a Speedmaster homage with the all black face and tachymeter, with a few splashes of red that are commonly used in this color scheme.
This particular reference has a two-tone black/silver stainless steel bracelet which makes it stand out a bit from the crowd.
4. Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono (AT4010-50E)
A little further from the all black appearance of the Speedmaster, this Citizen is still a great looking homage. It features a tachymeter bezel, 3 sub-dial chono and all steel case and bracelet. Classic Speedmaster components.
It does vary a little in the overall look with the silver accents on the sub-dials, some of which have slightly different uses like the city setting (used for the auto/atomic time update) and the perpetual calendar. These of course are things you won’t find on a Speedmaster!
It also has some very upmarket materials and specs for a sub-500 price range watch: Titanium band, Sapphire crystal and solar charging.
5. Victorinox 241656 Chrono
If Swiss Made is one of the things you want in a watch, then Victorinox (the original makers of the Swiss Army Knife) are a great place to start. They started making watches a few years back and have made a big splash in the market.
This Speedmaster homage is different enough to be unique with the gunmetal guilloche dial and large arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock. It also has the date window at 6 o’clock, which is a little different too. The merging of the top sub-dials is also a nice touch, with the Victorinox brand featured in the center.
For a mid-low range homage this is a great buy from a company that is new to watches, but knows how to produce long lasting products.
6. SEIKO Solar chronograph (SBPY119)
The Reginald is a decent homage to the Seamaster, although with the cyclops date window it is a little more like the Rolex Submariner. But they are close cousins anyway, we all know that.
This watch is one of the cheapest on the list, and being a Chinese watch I guess it makes sense. It has a Japanese quartz movement, all steel case and bracelet and can go down to 300m, which is quite impressive for the price (not sure I would want to actually test that though, especially since the specs say 40m and sometimes 3 bar – inconsistent).
The likeness to the Seamaster is there though, with the similar markers and minute train, and the bezel markers and roman numerals are some of the most similar of any watch in this list.
For the price, I would buy it anyway.
7. Invicta 17204 AVIATOR
Veering a little further from an exact copy, the Invicta Aviator has a style of it’s own. Sure, it has an almost all-black face (except for the red accents and second hand) and chronograph, but it has quite a few differences too.
The lefthand subdial is only half-visible and on the right is a overly long date window with the current date highlighted with a red boundary.
The chrono buttons are also matching black, which the original Speedmaster does not have, and this watch also has both a Tachymeter and some compass helper markers.
It’s also quite a large watch at 48mm diameter (16mm thick), has only 100m water-resistance, but surprisingly for the price point a Sapphire crystal which is nice to see.
8. Casio EF527D-1AV Edifice
This is perhaps the most affordable of all the Speedmaster homages on this page, coming in under 200 hundred, and sometimes way less if you get a deal.
The sub-dials are at 6,9 and 12 and the tachymeter/bezel is a little busier than the original, but it still earns a bunch of style points with the all black/white combo dial and bezel.
Casio makes super-reliable, long-lasting and functional watches. And for one that also looks great, you kinda can’t go past this watch for value.
Which Omega Speedmaster Homage Should You Buy?
If budget is your biggest concern I think it’s an easy decision. The Casio Edifice will more than likely be the cheapest (yet still reliable) homage you can get.
Not being able to afford a Speedmaster is a bummer, but if you still want a watch that went to the moon, then the Bulova Lunar Pilot is a great choice and still very affordable. It also has a unique shape and style that although still quite similar to the Speedmaster looks different.
A solid choice is always to go with Seiko, and the SSB031 is another of their great watches that still pack a punch with features at a super affordable price. You almost can’t go wrong.
For the rest, it really comes down to taste and money.