Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award is the long and not so simple name of this already legendary watch. When the watch was released at SIHH 2015 I honestly did not take notice of it. I am like every other watch collector and enthusiast out there. I have my field of expertise within watches. Omega Speedmasters I have researched from a vintage collection perspective. Honestly I never really got the whole Snoopy gig. To me it might as well have been Hello Kitty. Sacrilege, I know. But I guess a few people did take notice as this watch was in high demand from the beginning.
The watch is a fairly regular 42 mm steel case Omega Speedmaster Professional. It does have a graphic black and white dial and ceramic bezel look to it, and a silver medallion on the caseback. Other than that it has the same calibre 1861 on the inside as many other modern Speedmasters.
Soon after the watch hit the market in september 2015, Omega reported a failure to deliver these watches as they had production problems. Well, reported is maybe the wrong word as it was more like rumors. Omega had promised a limited 1.970 pieces to the market. After distribution of only half of the Silver Snoopy watches they suddenly stopped. Rumors started going amongst the serious watch collectors that this was a watch to watch.
Now, the production problems was related to the caseback. Apparently Omega had issues with the sealing of the 925 silver medallion on the caseback, and they were worried about oxidation of the silver. What happened next is watch history.
The secondhand price tag on the Silver Snoopy tripled when Omega halted their production. Even though Omega fixed their issues and released the rest of the production, the prices stayed high. Every watch collector wanted to get their hands on one of the 1.970 watches. A legend was born.
A Week On the Wrist – Omega Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy”:
This winter I got a call from a friend who told me that he had one of the Silver Snoopy watches and that he would lend it to me for a week to review. I did not know then that I would fall in love with the watch, so I picked it up thinking all this Hello Kitty crap.
Watches is like good art. They need to make you feel something. For me both art and watches need to be provocative and stir something deep. Most of the watches I fall in love with I need to wear for at least a week or two to make them grow on me. My favorite watch I had to wear on and off for 6 months before I even started liking it. Usually at first it is a feeling of design hate. I hate the dial, or the case design or the childish cartoon.
The Silver Snoopy I wore for three days before I really got beyond the Snoopy thing. The Speedmaster itself is a classic. A beautiful and comfortable one. So no surprises there. It was really all about the Snoopy.
On the Silver Snoopy the dial design is great. With Snoopy being so small I could bare it after a few days. Some does not like the color of the dial, but the dial being white does not bother me at all. It enhances the graphic feel of the watch in my opinion.
The text and comic strip covering the first 14 seconds is just mind blowing when you put into perspective the history behind this idea. The domed sapphire crystal is flawless and the new nylon fabric strap with clasp is ridiculously comfortable.
But the pièce de résistance is the enamel and sterling silver Snoopy medallion on the caseback. It is delicate and radiant. It is gorgeous. Not one of the 1.970 medallions are alike. The weight of the watch is heavily influenced by the caseback.
With the watch starting to grow on me I had to research the whole Snoopy thing. And man, how I misjudged that Omega – NASA – Snoopy business. Read more on that topic at the excellent WatchTime Magazine. And please watch the story on Omegas YouTube channel.
All in all this watch blew me away. I had not really planned to fall in love with this watch, but is that not always the case with great watches? The Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy has everything. Heritage, a story, great design, great workmanship and status as a legendary watch.
Read more on the watch at Omega.