NOS Omega Speedmaster 'TinTin' Full Set circa March 2018 Sold
Case: All Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 42mm excluding crown
Caliber: Omega 1861 Manual Wind
Strap: Original Omega stainless steel bracelet
The OMEGA Speedmaster is one of OMEGA’s most iconic timepieces. Having been a part of all six lunar missions, the legendary Speedmaster is an impressive representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit.
This model features a black dial graced by a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder along with a central chronograph hand. The black bezel, with its tachymetric scale, is mounted on a 42 mm stainless steel case and presented on a stainless steel bracelet.
At the heart of this timepiece is OMEGA's mechanical calibre 1861, a manual-winding movement.
Hesalite crystal with OMEGA logo in the center.
Omega very quietly introduced the Speedmaster Tintin in 2013 at Baselworld as ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.004.
Tintin Destination Moon (or Objectif Lune) is the 16th comic album of Hergé’s Tintin series. It was written 19 years before the Moonlanding (Apollo 11 in 1969) and 8 years before the first manned space flight (Yuri Gagarin). The story about Tintin, Haddock and professor Calculus continues in the next album, “Explorers on the Moon” (1954). Unlike the real deal (Saturn V), their rocket stays in one piece and a flight to the Moon is just a matter of hours (instead of days).
OMEGA’s Head of Product Development Jean Claude Monachon explained that the red and white design of the Speedmaster Professional ref. 3188.8.131.52.01.004 was based on the colors of the rocket in the Tintin comic albums.
What you don’t see on this Speedmaster Professional ‘TinTin’ is the rocket itself. The original prototype of the watch also had this famous Tintin rocket on the dial. OMEGA took the design of this Tintin homage to the publisher of these comic albums and proposed the production of a ‘Tintin Speedmaster’. The publisher of Tintin unfortunately didn’t agree with it and the plan was off the table. OMEGA removed the rocket from the dial design and decided to make this a new ‘Racing’.
Although there is a lot of Tintin merchandise (perhaps even watches), an iconic watch such as the Moonwatch would be the ideal homage timepiece to the Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon comic albums.
However, if you are a Tintin fan or ‘Moon programme’ fan, you might want to think about this watch anyway before it is out of the collection again. The unfinished Tintin Speedy has become a sought-after collectible now.
This example here is in New Old Stock, unworn, condition. With a warranty card dating from the first week of March 2018, fresh out from an Omega Boutique in Madrid, this is the newest available in the entire world I guess…
And comes with all the goodies in a fabulous complete set.