This isn’t the sneaky awesome Omega replica I promised you at the top. This is just a really good, really solid, incredibly underrated super clone Seamaster Planet Ocean I simply had to share with you. My old mate Ian Allen from Wallace Allen jewelers in Ayr, Scotland, was often seen rocking one of these. If you think it is an odd choice (as I did at the time), consider this: Ian is an super clone Omega dealer. He’s had the entire collection pass through his hands at some point or another. Having the chance to compare so many models in the metal is a massive advantage to anyone. It also means that the choices those lucky few make having had that experience should be noted.
Truthfully, I’m not much of a fan of the black leather strap replica Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean range. I find it a bit unsatisfying most of the time. But I have to say this piece is truly stunning on the wrist. If I’d never seen it, I wouldn’t be saying that. From catalog shots along, it looks dull. It appears to be a black and white bore. In real life, in natural light, however, the black ceramic bezel, ceramic dial, polished indices, and arrow-tipped hands make for one hell of an impact piece. It is, in my mind, one of the best GMT dive fake watches on the market.
Best of all, there are very few Swiss movement copy Omega Seamaster Planet Oceans that work quite as well as this does for business and pleasure. A quiet hero nestled among the gods, for sure… Just over €7,000 (depending on your country) will get one of these on your wrist.
I have covered the best fake Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI Moonshine more than once here. That includes a long-term review on the watch after exactly a year of ownership. But never before I did an article on the bracelet alone. Here we are though: Meet the Nixon bracelet review.
The bracelet of the Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI Moonshine deserves its own article. It is that good, in my opinion. And, to be frank, I didn’t expect it to be this good. The specifications didn’t lie about the small clasp (14mm) and got me a bit worried at first.
The Speedmaster “Nixon” Bracelet But boy was I worried for nothing. I mean, it is not everyday one spends the amount of a nice car on one watch. It was even the first time I discussed a purchase with my wife. Normally, she doesn’t care, but this time it was so much money (for me), I thought I should discuss it with her first. The gold case Omega Speedmaster Moonshine replica watch itself is great. I mean, what is not to like? It has the new caliber 3861 Master Chronometer movement. It has a little piece of lunar meteorite in the case back. The hour markers are beautifully cut onyx pieces. And then there’s the gold. A lot of gold. But not in a gaudy way in my opinion. The Moonshine alloy is a bit paler than normal yellow gold and suits me perfectly (more here).
President Nixon Why is this bracelet now known as the Nixon? Well, the original Speedmaster Professional in yellow gold, the reference BA145.022-69 (BA indicates yellow gold), was offered to President Nixon in 1969. He had to refuse due to the high value of this Speedmaster. Consequently, it ended up in the Omega Museum in Biel. The gold Speedmaster Professional BA145.022-69 was one of the first special Speedmaster variations I saw when I just started collecting watches in the 1990s. My then-watchmaker had one, in perfect condition. The bracelet was similar to the one of the Speedmaster Moonshine, but with hollow links. The clasp of the original gold bracelet was only 14mm wide, which always struck me as small. When I was shown the Speedmaster Apollo XI Moonshine in 2019, I was surprised to see that Omega kept the original width of the clasp. It was no deal-breaker for me, obviously, but I was wondering how I would feel about it when wearing the watch. The Nixon bracelet on the Moonshine is a solid and heavy bracelet. Heavy because of the use of gold, but it has a lot of substance anyway, despite the small width of the clasp. The big pushers weren’t on the original Nixon bracelet, but those increase the width to 16.5mm. Due to the rectangular shape, they sure do add a bit of body to the clasp.
A Speedmaster deserves a proper bracelet I have always been honest about my feelings towards the steel bracelet on the current Speedmaster Professional. It is a comfortable bracelet, but I don’t like the style. This type of bracelet has also been made in gold, but it didn’t really improve things (for me). The steel bracelet that is currently used for the black dial fake Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has been around since 1996. That said, the past 20 years have seen several small updates to this bracelet. Push buttons on the clasp, the use of screws instead of pins, an easy adjustment system in the clasp, and so on. But the general design of the bracelet has been used for over two decades now. The two small polished links on each side of the center link is a bit too much, in my opinion, and the bracelet doesn’t taper. At all. It is 20mm between the lugs and 20mm at the clasp.
Reference 1479 The bracelet before the current style, the reference 1479 (in the picture below), was much nicer on the Speedmaster. It looks similar to the Nixon bracelet of the Moonshine, but it isn’t. The 1479 also happens to be a hairpuller, which the Nixon bracelet isn’t either. The 1479 was used from 1988 till the introduction of the current style Speedmaster bracelet in 1996. The gold bracelet used on the Apollo XI model from 1980 appears to be similar to the first Nixon bracelet on the BA145.022-69, but the links are wider and the bracelet doesn’t taper as much. The clasp on the gold Speedmaster Apollo XI from 1980 (reference 345.0802) is also very different, as you can see below. In 2019, super clone Omega also introduced the best 1:1 fake Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI in steel for the 50th anniversary of the Moonlanding. That watch came with a very nice bracelet, based on the original reference 1039. This year, Omega replica UK introduced the new Speedmaster Calibre 321 “Ed White”, that comes with a similar bracelet to the steel Apollo XI 50th, but with smaller endpieces and a slightly different clasp. It is another amazing bracelet that I really enjoy wearing.