The Omega Speedmaster is a well-known watch that literally got launched to the moon. Introduced 12 years before that in 1957 the watch has been around for quite a while.
Some people (including myself) love the Omega Speedmaster but, there is a chance you’re not one of them.
Well for you I’ve made this list with the best alternative watches for the Omega Speedmaster.
There is one clear alternative that I will mention before taking the step out of Omega their own inventory.
If the Omega Speedmaster Professional is too big for you, try the Omega Speedmaster Automatic (aka Reduced).
Click on this post to read more about the Speedmaster Reduced.
The alternatives to the Omega Speedmaster Professional aren’t just random chronograph watches.
They all have a story of their own and share a similar price tag to the Omega.
The watches are available at the time of writing this post, this is both on the new and secondary market.
Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra (A41315A71C1X2)
Breitling has been making chronograph watches for a long time now, but this line of Top Time makes a step to racing history in the 1960s.
The Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra pays homage to the Shelby Cobra of that time.
Carrol Shelby imagined a combination of British design and American muscle power in a car.
Thus he came up with the Shelby Cobra which was introduced in 1962.
The car was a great success and even today it’s fast and thought after.
The Breitling Top Time Shelby Cobra features a 40mm stainless steel case that is water-resistant up to 100m (10bar).
Inside the case, we find an in-house made automatic movement called the Breitling 41 that has a 42-hour power reserve.
The watch is covered by sapphire crystal glass.
This Top Time Shelby has a fantastic sporty look and with the blue dial, it is striking to look at.
Its price is $5.500,-.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (IW387901)
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire pays homage to the original IWC models which were worn by pilots and navigators in the Royal Air Force in the 1940s.
This is the first Pilot’s Chronograph with the 69000-calibre movement.
Housed inside the 41mm soft-iron case is an automatic IWC-made movement which has a 46-hour power reserve.
The watch features the chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds.
A day and date display on the 3-hour mark. Sapphire glass that will protect your watch from all scratches.
This IWC Spitfire will cost you $7.000 from an IWC boutique.
Tag Heuer Monaco (CAW211P.FC6356)
First seen on the wrist of Steve McQueen in the race movie Le Mans in 1969.
The Tag Heuer Monaco has been an icon in motorsports.
Nowadays the watch is being worn by reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen.
There are more versions of the Tag Heuer Monaco but this one is the original model designed for Steve McQueen.
It’s the very first square and waterproof chronograph.
The watch features a 39mm stainless steel case which can withstand water depts up to 100m (10bar).
The movement is an automatic calibre 11 with a 40-hour power reserve.
The watch features a chronograph with the hours, minutes and seconds displayed.
At the 6 hour mark, there is a date function.
For just $6.900,- this Tag Heuer Monaco can be yours.
Bell&Ross BR V2-94 Aeronavale Bronze (BRV294-BLU-BR/SCA)
Bell and Ross have made this watch in a nod to the Vintage BR Aeronavale collection.
This watch is limited to 999 pieces but is available on the Bell&Ross website.
This elegant chronograph is aimed at lovers of timekeeping instruments.
With its 41mm bronze case featuring a blue dial and a blue strap, this for sure is an eye-catcher.
Inside the case, we find a house-made automatic movement, the calibre BR-CAL.301.
The watch is water-resistant up to 100m (10bar).
Features on the BR V2-94 are the chronograph with a 30-minute timer at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 3 o’clock and central chronograph seconds.
Just under the 4-hour mark, there is a date function.
The watch is being sold at $5.600,- on the Bell&Ross website.
There are plenty of other amazing alternatives to the Omega Speedmaster Professional, but those can be more expensive.
If you got the budget another iconic chronograph is the Rolex Daytona but this model can cost around $30.000,- with that money you can buy the whole list of watches stated up here.
So these are the go-to watches if you’re looking for something else than an Omega Speedmaster.