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Bought this. Five seconds later, I was like “why the fuck did I buy this? I hate it.” Now I put it on a strap. Kind of dig it. View attachment 1316843
I think that it's one of Omega's more charming over-designs. I often wonder whether they have a design team at all, or whether it's just a bunch of regular staff who know various facets of watchmaking, but don't have any formal design training, throwing ideas at a wall. This is not 100% out of the question, btw. I know a number of clothing brands that pretty much do just this, with mixed results. And when I say "mixed results", it's not a euphemism. Not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes they come out with great designs like the Speedy Tuesday or the Mitsukoshi dial. Sometimes, you end up with Franklin Mint x Omega looking collaborations - which is ugly by any objective standard, and nearly unusable, but it's not going to get lost in the crowd either.

I see a lot of designs, though not usually in watches, and maybe it makes me more jaded than most. At Pitti Uomo, for example, I see so many examples of boring "good taste", that I get really, really, bored.

This watch, it probably requires some editing to be in the "good taste" category. Take away Buzz Aldrin's butt, stick that on the caseback, and get rid of the completely incoherent "11", and you have a watch that pretty much anyone would agree is beautiful. However, I have the feeling that those 100% sensible edits would make the watch much more sterile.
 

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I think that it's one of Omega's more charming over-designs. I often wonder whether they have a design team at all, or whether it's just a bunch of regular staff who know various facets of watchmaking, but don't have any formal design training, throwing ideas at a wall. This is not 100% out of the question, btw. I know a number of clothing brands that pretty much do just this, with mixed results. And when I say "mixed results", it's not a euphemism. Not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes they come out with great designs like the Speedy Tuesday or the Mitsukoshi dial. Sometimes, you end up with Franklin Mint x Omega looking collaborations - which is ugly by any objective standard, and nearly unusable, but it's not going to get lost in the crowd either.

I see a lot of designs, though not usually in watches, and maybe it makes me more jaded than most. At Pitti Uomo, for example, I see so many examples of boring "good taste", that I get really, really, bored.

This watch, it probably requires some editing to be in the "good taste" category. Take away Buzz Aldrin's butt, stick that on the caseback, and get rid of the completely incoherent "11", and you have a watch that pretty much anyone would agree is beautiful. However, I have the feeling that those 100% sensible edits would make the watch much more sterile.
Agreed, especially with Buzz Aldrin's butt in a subdial. At first, I complained about the odd 11, but you honestly can't see it on the wrist. It blends in flawlessly. Ultimately, it's a "fun" piece, the only one in my collection that I can truly say that about. Everything else is, well, pretty fucking predictable.
 

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I'm wearing a classic Speedy Pro as I type this, and I genuinely love it. However, theres someone who has a signature line that says something like: "I'm holding out for the Omega limited edition to commemorate the first limited edition Speedmaster..." and they nailed it.

I do like some of the other versions of the Speedmaster, but fellas, take it easy.
 

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Bought my first “luxury watch” today. I have a couple Seikos already that I love (SARB033 & SKX007) but this is a watch that I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.

Datejust (16233) with a champagne tapestry dial. Thought 36mm would have been too small but I actually really dig the size

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Bought my first “luxury watch” today. I have a couple Seikos already that I love (SARB033 & SKX007) but this is a watch that I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.

Datejust (16233) with a champagne tapestry dial. Thought 36mm would have been too small but I actually really dig the size

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36 mm is a classic size for a Datejust! Looks great! Congrats and enjoy it :cheers:
 

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I actually kinda like it. It's definitely a huge step in the right direction vs. previous Bond watch, which looked like a 13-year-old boy designed it. I feel like Omega has about 50 ideas for every watch and skips the editing (especially special editions), though, that range on the spectrum of some good to extremely unfortunate. Inevitably, a few of the latter seem to often make their way through.

At a design meeting, I imagine 20 people sitting at a table brainstorming on Mountain Dew:

"So, how do you guys think we could make this Bond edition even more special?"

"...How 'bout platinum?"

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"Big escape valve. Like a BIG one, so people will know it means business."

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"Bullet on the back! You know, like James BOND, right??! He fires BULLETS."

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"007 WRITTEN OVER AND OVER AND OVER ON THE DIAL!!!! HE'S A SPECIAL AGENT AND THIS IS A SPECIAL WATCH!"

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"AN ALARM THAT GOES OFF EVERY NIGHT AT 00:07 YOU CAN'T TURN OFF THAT ANNOUNCES, 'NO TIME TO DIE!' THIS WAY, PEOPLE WILL BE SURE TO KNOW THAT IT IS NOT TIME TO DIE"

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Everything I said about the Bond special editions usually applies to their Moon special editions as well, though I'm oddly fond of the Buzz butt subdial in a "you loveable, stupid fools" type of way. If Omega ever remembers that James Bond went into space as well, we're really in for it.

Bought my first “luxury watch” today. I have a couple Seikos already that I love (SARB033 & SKX007) but this is a watch that I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.

Datejust (16233) with a champagne tapestry dial. Thought 36mm would have been too small but I actually really dig the size

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Congrats, beautiful watch. I wish more watches were made in 36mm.
 

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Thanks! It’s funny about the size because I was dead set on buying a Panerai Luminor which is 47mm, stark difference between the two. Then I found this one for a pretty good price. Still planning on getting the Panerai eventually
 

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If Omega ever remembers that James Bond went into space as well, we're really in for it.
Now you've given them a new idea for a Speedmaster, the 007 Moonraker Edition! It might be a bit weird since Bond started wearing Seikos in the movie before Moonraker (The Spy Who Loved Me). However, knowing Omega, they won't let that get in the way of creating another limited edition! :wink:
 

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Bought my first “luxury watch” today. I have a couple Seikos already that I love (SARB033 & SKX007) but this is a watch that I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.

Datejust (16233) with a champagne tapestry dial. Thought 36mm would have been too small but I actually really dig the size

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Patrick Bateman would be proud
 

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