Yes, once again, I will admit to not owning an luxury fake Omega Speedmaster UK, ridiculous as it may sound coming from a writer for Fratello. The one on my list, however, except for the latest Moonwatch (which is sublime), is the ref. 3594.50. I dare say the Broad Arrow Speedy is the tooliest of the bunch and a great value pre-owned. Its 42mm case is the largest in this article, but the original 1:1 replica Omega Speedmaster design is a comfortable one. Whether you actually use the steel tachymeter bezel for measuring your speed is somehow immaterial with this piece. This is an evolution of perhaps the most famous chronograph on the planet. And whether you’re a racing buff or a hobby astrophysicist like my wife, the deeper meaning within the case is clear.
A monochrome-cool choice
I actually think the broad-arrow hands are more balanced on the dial than the pencil Swiss made fake Omega Moonwatch hands, so sue me. Likewise, the applied logo at 12 makes for a quiet but distinct presence on this monochrome tough guy. Read up on RJ’s stories, as there are small, but significant differences here. For me, the caliber 1861 is “the one”, and the same goes for the scratch-prone but warm Hesalite crystal.
As in the image above, try the high quality fake Omega UK on a chunky leather strap, and it’ll take on a different personality. And let’s face it — not everyone knows (or wants to know) the deep mechanical details of the original Speedy. But with this AAA replica Omega on their wrist, they might just disappear into a well-known rabbit hole. Around €3,000-3,500 will get you a decent one on Chrono24 if you’re patient, but do your research here first.