I despise the usage of superlatives when it comes to 1:1 AAA replica watches. Marketing departments do way too much of it already. And while I don’t want to perpetuate this horological malpractice, if you were to ask me what the most interesting pilot’s watch of all time is, I’d have trouble answering with anything other than the perfect fake Omega flightmaster watches (yes, the f is lowercase on purpose).
The flightmaster makes your average pilot’s watch look like a bowl of dry iceberg lettuce without any dressing. In fact, it makes most cheap replica watches look utterly boring in comparison, with its colorful display boasting the functionality of both a chronograph and a GMT complication, a wonderfully obtuse UFO-shaped case with striking radial and circular brushing, and a water resistance rating in 1971 of 120M that should make modern sports US copy watches for sale engineers blush. The flightmaster is in a league of its own.
And yet, it lived a tragically short life for such a marvelous design. It was introduced in 1969 and production lasted only until 1977. The flightmaster is gone, and it’s probably not coming back.
But what if it was revived? Omega brought back the Ploprof and the Speedmaster MK II in 2009 and 2014, respectively, both champion-grade professional models of the ’70s popular with collectors. The flightmaster still skirts mainstream collector attention, but that’s changing. When Flightmaster Only was published, it brought the history of the replica Omega watches wholesale online to a larger audience and created some buzz around the model, but prices have yet to rise in a meteoric fashion, making it a good buy today.
To find out what this modern execution of the flighty might look like, I turned to the Gothenburg-based, watch-obsessed automotive designer David Beasley for an answer. He’s designed for Land Rover, Pininfarina, BMW, Nissan, and most recently McLaren – and on the side, he creates exploratory watch designs for the thrill of it. In 2019, he did a design study focusing on various iterations of modern Swiss movements fake Omega flightmaster watches.
Beasley started with a simple brief for himself: Create a modern flightmaster that’s exciting and precisely captures the forward-looking spirit of the ’70s model. “I started thinking if best Omega super clone watches were to release a flightmaster today, what would it have to be for me to think: ‘You know what, I’m selling a kidney. I’m having this,'” he said before he even sat down at the drawing board.
The magic ingredient? Gold. There was an execution of the original watch rendered in gold in 1971; it’s a personal grail of mine and a muse for Beasley.
The top replica Omega Speedmaster Professional watches was rendered in solid gold and presented to astronauts at an appreciation dinner in 1969. Gold is the perfect material to capture the “future is bright” attitude around space exploration currently led by the private sector. So Beasley designed a gold flightmaster around a Mars exploration theme, the next achievable milestone on the horizon for manned space exploration.
“As a car designer, we’re taught to deal with carryover structures. So whether it’s batteries, wheels, the suspension system, small switches, there’s a lot of carryover from one model to the next. So any major car manufacturer, they’ll do a lot of clever carryover parts and then give it an interesting spin,” Beasley says. He then applied this design philosophy to what he called the flightmaster II.
“I figured it’s doable with a minimum investment cost and maximum output by using the Z-33 case.” Beasley is referring to the Spacemaster Z-33, Swiss made Omega fake watches’ modern spiritual successor to the flightmaster. It’s roughly the same shape as the original flightmaster, but it misses the mark when it comes to capturing the analog charm of the original flightmaster. Inside the Sedna gold Z-33 case, Beasley suggests using a modified version of Omega’s co-axial caliber 9605 with an AM/PM indicator and GMT functionality. This would mean that the running seconds indicator would be lost, but the original flightmaster didn’t feature a running seconds indicator anyway, so that’s in line with historical precedent.
The dial is where things start to get interesting. Beasley appreciates “the honesty of being able to look at the movement, like peering into the engine bay of a supercar,” so he would incorporate a semi-transparent dial to observe the going train of the caliber 9605.
This isn’t the only design Beasley has conceptualized: “Not everyone would go for gold, but in typical car design thinking, you have multiple directions off of one product.” Another way to showcase the caliber instead of a semi-transparent dial would be to laser-cut sections of the dial to reveal the movement, like luxury Omega replica watches did with the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8. Additionally, Beasley toyed with the idea of machining the case out of titanium and then removing excess material with a five-axis CNC machine to create a skeletonized version of the flightmaster.
Of course, this is just one designer’s vision of a modern flightmaster (and it’s very impressive). It’s very unlikely that Omega fake watches shop site will revive such a niche model. But consider for a moment that going to Mars was thought impossible just a few short years ago, and now we’re preparing to launch a crewed mission in less than half a decade.
Certainly the Mars crew will need a watch for the journey. The flightmaster II seems like the perfect choice.