The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is without a doubt one of the finest chronographs on the market, especially in its new 2022 edition or the recent retro ’57. However, you probably never expected to be able to procure one for just £207, and now you can… sort of. Omega have collaborated with Swatch for the first time to create 11 hyper-accessible watches inspired by the design of the Moonwatch, which they have dubbed the Omega MoonSwatch.
Each of the 11 watches is styled after an iconic celestial body from within our Solar System, expanding the Moonwatch’s horizons beyond Earth and the moon. Those bodies are the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, the moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and lastly little old Pluto. Each has a totally unique colourway and unique features so there’s a lot to go through.
However, before we get started on the individual watches there are some design elements shared by them all. Each of them have Bioceramic cases, a patented material from Swatch that is two-thirds ceramic and one-third castor oil based material, this combination makes it highly durable, lightweight and better for the environment than traditional plastics. Stylistically, the case draws inspiration from the iconic look of the Moonwatch.
While each of the dials are different, they’re all tricompax chronograph displays with central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds, flanked by small seconds, a 60-minute timer and a 12-hour timer. However, the positioning of the subdials on the dial feels a bit off – the two subdials at the top sit above the axis of the central hands whereas on a genuine Moonwatch they are perfectly in line. I suppose that does have the benefit of allowing an observer to tell the difference from across the room.
Mission to the Sun
As befitting the gaseous orb that gives us energy and light, the Omega MoonSwatch Mission to the Sun is the brightest of the 11 watches. It has a vibrant yellow dial, fittingly with sun brushed finishing, and the subdials and hands are in white and orange. The battery cover of the quartz movement depicts an image of the Sun.
Mission to Mercury
The Mercury edition makes a strong case for being my favourite. It has a grey, black and white colouration that’s bold without being distracting. The subdials have the signature recessed look of the Moonwatch and the overall appearance of the piece is very traditional. Like every model, the battery cover depicts the titular celestial body.
Mission to Venus
For the planet named after the goddess of love, what other choice could there be than pastel, powdery pink. The typically feminine design, emphasised by oval subdials, is definitely inspired by the goddess rather than the planet, which is one of the harshest environments in the solar system thanks to its furnace-like surface of 475°C.
Mission on Earth
I find it faintly amusing that they’ve named the Earth edition “Mission ON Earth” rather than “Mission TO Earth” which is how they’ve named everything else. I mean, they’re not wrong, to get to Earth they don’t have to go anywhere. The watch itself is dominated by green and blue for obvious reasons.
Mission to the Moon
Unsurprisingly the Moon edition of the MoonSwatch is the closest in style to a genuine Moonwatch. The steel-grey case, the classy black dial, the bezel tachymeter with dot over the 90, all is as it should be. Even the logos are similar with the traditional Omega sign and Speedmaster name, although they are also accompanied by the Swatch logo and the new MoonSwatch name. These logos are present on all 11 watches.
Mission to Mars
The Mars edition switches things up with a bright red case, white dial and uniquely shaped hands not found on any of the other watches in the MoonSwatch collection. Specifically, the hands are based on the “Alaska Project” design with thicker shapes and a more pronounced counterbalance wedge.
Mission to Jupiter
Inspired by the largest planet in our Solar System, the Jupiter edition plays on sandy, beige tones similar to the swirling patterns of the gas giant. The hands are orange to represent to famous storm that looks like a glowing eye.
Mission to Saturn
While many of these watches feature subtle references to their celestial body of choice (except for the battery cover images) Saturn wears its planet proudly on the dial. The subdial at 6 o’clock is surrounded by the beautiful rings of Saturn, which complement the light coffee colours of the case and dial.
Mission to Uranus
As we move further out from the Sun, the amount we know about each planet decreases. What we know about Uranus, other than the schoolyard jokes we all used to tell, is that it has a gorgeous light blue colouration and has a wonky axis of rotation. It’s kind of hard to encapsulate the latter in a wristwatch so Swatch have gone for the colour as the main feature of the piece.
Mission to Neptune
While Neptune is a gas giant, the deep blue and its name give it an aquatic association. The Omega MoonSwatch Neptune edition wouldn’t look out of place near an azure swimming pool on a Caribbean island. However, it only has 30m water resistance so don’t actually take it for a dip.
Mission to Pluto
Is Pluto a planet? It seems that every few years the scientific community changes it mind. Regardless, the MoonSwatch Pluto is arguably the most visually striking and attractive with a cream and burgundy combination, it’s almost the colours of a raspberry ripple ice cream. Like every MoonSwatch, it comes on a Velcro strap in a colour that suits the main style of the watch.
It’s tricky to say whether people will love or hate this collection. It’s fun but it also dilutes the pedigree of the Moonwatch. Personally I love them as they give an audience who have never had the chance to own a Speedmaster the opportunity to. Although, depending on production numbers they might be impossible to get a hold of, plus they’re only available in select Swatch stores from March 26th.
Price & Specs:
Model: Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch
Reference: Mission to the Sun (yellow dial, yellow case, white strap)
Mission to Mercury (black dial, black case, brown strap)
Mission to Venus (pink dial, pink case, white strap)
Mission on Earth (blue dial, green case, blue strap)
Mission to the Moon (black dial, grey case, black strap)
Mission to Mars (white dial, red case, white strap)
Mission to Jupiter (brown dial, brown case, black strap)
Mission to Saturn (brown dial, brown case, brown strap)
Mission to Uranus (light blue dial, light blue case, white strap)
Mission to Neptune (dark blue dial, dark blue case, black strap)
Mission to Pluto (grey dial, grey case, grey strap)
Case/dial: 42mm diameter x 13.25mm height, BioCeramic, various coloured dials available
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Quartz chronograph movement
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Price/availability: £207, available March 26th in selected Swatch locations
More details at Swatch.