Omega Speedmaster Professional "Italian Albino"

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SKU AS01768
SKU AS01768

Why We Love it

Whatever your opinion on special or limited editions, when it comes to the Omega Speedmaster, Omega has released some that have become almost as desirable as its more traditional iterations. Despite the fact that the Speedmaster's design has become, for lack of a better word, iconic, it is by no means rigid, and adapts well to a variety of special editions. None illustrate this adaptability better than those the brand releases to celebrate the watch's long and fruitful association with NASA--or to commemorate the Speedy itself.

Omega started releasing special editions of the Speedmaster as early as 1969. This example in 18k gold was released in the year of the moon landing, and is the first limited edition of Speedmaster. Its bold gold dial and red tachymeter bezel are a playful take on the Speedy's more traditional color scheme, and examples of this limited edition are highly coveted by collectors.

In 1997, Omega released an edition of Speedmaster in honor of the Speedmaster's 40th anniversary. Limited to 500 pieces, the Reference 3593.20 was only released in Italy. Like the Sapphire or Hesalite Sandwich, the Reference 3593.20 featured a sapphire exhibition case back, through which the Caliber 1863 movement could be viewed. However, the Reference 3593.20 actually predates those two references, and is the first edition of Speedmaster where Omega would put a sapphire crystal on it rather than the traditional acrylic. 

The most salient feature of the Reference 3593.20 is the dial. As we saw with the 18k gold Speedmaster, Omega is not afraid to change the color of the dial, and in the Reference 3593.20 the stark black dial of the Moonwatch has been transformed into a mellow cream, causing collectors to give the watch the nickname of "the Italian Albino." Omega experimented with a white dial in the 1980s with an edition commemorating Apollo XI (Reference BC 345.0802) and again in 1994 with the Reference BC 348.0062).

But these editions were in white gold rather than stainless steel, making the 40th Anniversary Speedmaster a slightly sportier--but still unique--alternative.

Omega also experimented with a smaller, but still important, detail. In 1997 all brands owned by the Swatch Group shifted from tritium to SuperLuminova on all of their watches. This Reference, dating from that year, is therefore the first Speedmaster to use SuperLiminova on the hour markers and hands. 

This "Italian Albino" comes to us from a close friend of Analog/Shift. It bears a production number of 53 out of 500. Complete with box, papers, and a warranty card dated 1999, it is a worthy addition to the stable of Omega Speedmaster models, a time capsule that cements the Speedmaster in the pantheon of horological greats.

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Omega Speedmaster Professional

Omega Speedmaster Professional "Italian Albino"

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Omega Speedmaster Professional

Why We Love it

Whatever your opinion on special or limited editions, when it comes to the Omega Speedmaster, Omega has released some that have become almost as desirable as its more traditional iterations. Despite the fact that the Speedmaster's design has become, for lack of a better word, iconic, it is by no means rigid, and adapts well to a variety of special editions. None illustrate this adaptability better than those the brand releases to celebrate the watch's long and fruitful association with NASA--or to commemorate the Speedy itself.

Omega started releasing special editions of the Speedmaster as early as 1969. This example in 18k gold was released in the year of the moon landing, and is the first limited edition of Speedmaster. Its bold gold dial and red tachymeter bezel are a playful take on the Speedy's more traditional color scheme, and examples of this limited edition are highly coveted by collectors.

In 1997, Omega released an edition of Speedmaster in honor of the Speedmaster's 40th anniversary. Limited to 500 pieces, the Reference 3593.20 was only released in Italy. Like the Sapphire or Hesalite Sandwich, the Reference 3593.20 featured a sapphire exhibition case back, through which the Caliber 1863 movement could be viewed. However, the Reference 3593.20 actually predates those two references, and is the first edition of Speedmaster where Omega would put a sapphire crystal on it rather than the traditional acrylic. 

The most salient feature of the Reference 3593.20 is the dial. As we saw with the 18k gold Speedmaster, Omega is not afraid to change the color of the dial, and in the Reference 3593.20 the stark black dial of the Moonwatch has been transformed into a mellow cream, causing collectors to give the watch the nickname of "the Italian Albino." Omega experimented with a white dial in the 1980s with an edition commemorating Apollo XI (Reference BC 345.0802) and again in 1994 with the Reference BC 348.0062).

But these editions were in white gold rather than stainless steel, making the 40th Anniversary Speedmaster a slightly sportier--but still unique--alternative.

Omega also experimented with a smaller, but still important, detail. In 1997 all brands owned by the Swatch Group shifted from tritium to SuperLuminova on all of their watches. This Reference, dating from that year, is therefore the first Speedmaster to use SuperLiminova on the hour markers and hands. 

This "Italian Albino" comes to us from a close friend of Analog/Shift. It bears a production number of 53 out of 500. Complete with box, papers, and a warranty card dated 1999, it is a worthy addition to the stable of Omega Speedmaster models, a time capsule that cements the Speedmaster in the pantheon of horological greats.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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