I remember the day I bought my own Omega Speedmaster Reduced aka Speedmaster Automatic. It was my first “luxury watch” and, at the time, a very expensive purchase.
But after a year of wearing the watch almost every day, I think I am safe to give my opinion about it and let you know if I made the right decision of buying the watch or if it would be better to get something else.
In this review, I will let you know everything you need to know about the Omega Speedmaster Reduced, the specifications of the watch and also my own opinion about it.
So sit tight, pause the James Bond movie you are about to watch and read on to find out everything about the Omega Speedmaster Reduced.
Table Of Contents
Omega And Their History
Before we dive deep into the Speedmaster Reduced, I would like to tell you guys something about the brand itself.
Many will know a lot about it, but I am sure some of you might want to get to know some history about Omega.
In 1848 Louis Brandt opened a small workshop; he settled it in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a small village in Switzerland.
Being found in 1848, Omega is actually older than Rolex. (The oldest one is Blancpain which was founded in 1735)
In 1880 the brand moved to a new home in the bustling town of Biel.
The company had two addresses in town, the second one on 96 Rue Jakob-Stampfli; this address remains the home of Omega.
Until 1894 the brand was working under the name Louis Brandt & Fils. But after creating a new calibre – the 19-linge calibre – the brothers crowned their achievement as “Omega”, meaning great.
They continued the brand under that specific name.
Forward to 1905, Omega first made its introduction to official sporting events.
They served as the official timekeeper at 16 sporting events in Switzerland and abroad.
Omega was a choice for the event’s organizers because of its standards of accuracy and precision. In 1932 Omega became the first watchmaker to time an entire Olympic Games.
With the use of a lone watchmaker and 30 chronographs, Omega was trusted to keep time at all the games in Los Angeles.
From that year, Omega had gone to be the official timekeeper at almost all Olympic Games.
In 1957 three legends are born. Omega released 3 watches that would become legends on their own, the Speedmaster, the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster.
The Speedmaster its destination was a future mission in space with NASA.
In 1962, 2 years before the Omega Speedmaster was qualified by NASA for its space flights, astronaut Wally Schirra wore his very own Speedmaster into space on the Mercury Sigma 7 mission.
This became the first Speedmaster in space. (But Omega was not done yet)
A world-changing moment on the 21st of July 1969 when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.
The whole crew of the Apollo 11 mission was equipped with an Omega Speedmaster Professional.
On this day at 02:56 GMT, the Omega Speedmaster became the first watch on the moon, becoming the “Moonwatch”.
Following these astronauts, there would be 10 more who would walk on the moon, each one wearing (you guessed it) an Omega Speedmaster.
In 1995 the Omega Seamaster had made it to Hollywood.
It became the iconic watch for James Bond with the launch of the movie GoldenEye.
Ever since a Seamaster has been on Bond his wrist on every one of his missions.
In 2020 with the release of another James Bond movie called “No Time To Die”, Omega and Bond had something to celebrate.
Their 25th anniversary was honoured with the launch of the James Bond watch, an Omega Seamaster 300 – 007 Edition. This watch was made entirely from Titanium, giving it the grey look of one of Bond’s suits.
I can keep on talking about Omega and its history for days, but these are the most exciting things to me.
The moon landing is the number 1 fact you need to know cause we are gonna talk about the Speedmaster today.
If you wanna dive deeper into Omega’s history, click here for their own chronicle.
Specifications Of The Omega Speedmaster Reduced
Now that you know a bit about the brand Omega let’s dive into the Speedmaster Reduced.
First, I will bother you with the boring facts about the watch before I continue with my personal opinion about it.
The Speedmaster Reduced was released in 1988 and discontinued in 2009.
(You can find models which were sold up to 2010)
It was made so that the Speedmaster would attract a broader audience; being 39mm in size, it was smaller than its big brother – the Speedmaster Professional.
The watch is made of stainless steel and comes on a stainless steel bracelet or a leather strap.
Most Speedmaster Reduced models came with a black dial; some special editions like the Michael Schumacher ones came with a yellow, red or blue dial.
On the dial, we find a 12-hour chronograph with running seconds; the minute and hour hands are luminous, just like the hour markers.
Outside the dial, on the bezel, we can find a tachymetre so you can measure your speed.
Although the watch is water resistant up to 30 meters, I would not suggest taking a swim with it; speedmasters are known to leak.
The watch is equipped with an Omega Calibre 3220, which has a 40 hours power reserve; since this is an automatic movement, you don’t need to wind it up like with the Speedmaster Professional.
You can get a Speedmaster Reduced for, under two grand; this will be the watch only and not in super condition.
I bought mine for $3.295; the watch was unused and came as a full set with a box and papers.
Here are all the key features on a list.
- Price; $1.750 – $5.000
- Case Size; 39mm
- Lug Width; 18mm
- Water Resistance; 30m (3 ATM)
- Movement; Omega Calibre 3220
- Power Reserve; 40 hours
- Case/Bracelet; Stainless steel
- Crystal; Plexi Glass
- Dial; Black
- Features; Chronograph, Tachymeter, Luminous
Inside The Box
When you buy a complete set Omega Speedmaster Reduced, this is what you will find inside the box.
Notice that if you miss anything and really want a full set, you can tell that to the seller and maybe haggle about the price.
First, we got the outside box; this is a white paper box to protect the rest.
When we open that, we find a red leather box with the Omega logo on top.
Behind that box should be an owner’s manual and a white leather pouch with the International Warranty and Pictograms cards.
Inside the box, we get greeted by the beautiful Speedmaster Reduced and strapped onto it should be a tag.
On this tag, we find the reference number and serial number.
That’s already it, I know it is not a whole lot, but that’s the case with most watches.
You get some paperwork and the watch. But really, would you need anything else?
Is The Omega Speedmaster Reduced A Good Investment?
If you are looking for an investment timepiece, I would not recommend the Speedmaster Reduced or Professional.
Although the Speedmasters are good at keeping their value and will last you a lifetime.
So I can promise you one thing: you won’t lose money after purchasing a Speedmaster Reduced.
The Omega Speedmaster Reduced On My Wrist For One Year
Now comes the fun part: I can finally give my opinion about this watch. (How exciting)
When I tried the Speedmaster Reduced for the first time, I also tried the Speedmaster Professional.
I was in the moment of getting my first “luxury watch”.
After trying both, the seller said he saw me looking at the smaller one during our conversation.
At that moment, I knew I liked the Reduced and wanted to keep it.
So I bought the watch, and since then didn’t have any doubt about it.
This was the first proper Swiss watch I ever owned, and it will be the last one I will ever get rid of if I had to sell off my worthy goods.
I will love it until the day that I will see the good man up there himself.
But that doesn’t stop me from knowing a good thing when I see it, and one thing that is a good thing is the Omega Speedmaster Reduced.
Nowadays, most watches get bigger and tougher; this is where the key point of this watch comes from.
It is small, slick, light and lovely to wear every day.
If you’re a small person as I am (I am 170cm in height), you will love a smaller watch on your wrist.
And that is what the Speedy Reduced is.
The looks of a Speedmaster, in general, are known to be something you can wear with anything.
It doesn’t matter what outfit you’ll put on; the Speedmaster will blend in with anything.
Suits, work outfits, activewear, it really doesn’t matter.
One thing I praise the Speedmaster Reduced above the Speedmaster Professional is the automatic movement.
It is so convenient to wear daily cause of this movement.
You don’t need to worry about winding up the watch, you just wear it every damm day, and it will wind itself up for you.
My Overall Experience, Should You Get An Omega Speedmaster Reduced?
I suggest you read this review because you’re not sure whether to get the Speedmaster Reduced or not. Well, let me tell you; go and get it.
The watch is really worth the money, and there is no way you will regret it.
And if there is a slight chance of that, well, the watch won’t depreciate, so selling it without losing money won’t be a problem.
For sure when you’re a small person where big watches are just too big for us.
The Speedmaster Reduced is the perfect option instead of a Speedmaster Professional.
Looking for a daily watch which will fit you all day, every day?
Well, then the Speedmaster Reduced is also the watch to go.
With its design and automatic movement, you could wear this piece for the rest of your life and never get bored of it.
This watch has been on my wrist for over a year and will get to see the sunlight every day for sure.