The Omega Speedmaster 42 mm Moon Watch is the best valued chronograph under five grand

by amitdevhanda

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Buying a decent watch today that has brand recognition and is well made for under five thousand dollars is a bit of a challenge. The average price of a good timepiece has definitely sky rocketed in the last five years. Every major luxury watch brand today is competing to own the ten thousand dollar price point.

Especially the sports watch market. Once you have features more than time and date, then the prices go out of control. I am happy to report my pic for best chronograph watch for under five thousand dollars is the Legendary Omega  Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch 42 mm.

This watch is available in a few different variations, but the ones  I like most are the historic black dial with contrasting white hands and subdials and the very cool and more sporty racing version with a black dial with contrasting white hands and subdials with an additional outer red and white checkered chapter ring.

I recently had the chance to play with the 42 mm Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch in stainless steel with red and white checkered chapter ring, and let me tell you, this is a lot of watch for the money. This watch screams sports watch with the pop and red and white color, capturing ones interests for a life time.

Usually, when a watch company messes with a classic, it can cheapen the image and identity of the watch completely. In this case, this subtle but bold nuance totally enhances the look of this true classic. I am not going to lie, 42 mm is to small for me, but for someone just getting into the watch buying market who has no idea of scale, this is an incredible watch to start a collection with. I also love the weight of this watch, you definitely know that its there, yet its not so heavy that it becomes cumbersome and painful to wear. As much as the daily wearing consumer normally would never use the chronograph feature, this this registered chronograph is very clean and legible and utilizes the functions of second hand, hours and minutes of the stop watch with ease. The stainless steel Omega Speedmaster bracelet is by far one of the most comfortable and well made watch  bracelets on the market today, while the legendary 1861 manual wind movement engages the customer with the watch to achieve that personal connection between man and machine.

Technical Featuresof the Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch ref#311.

technical data

  • CrystalHesalite crystal
  • CaseSteel
  • DialBlack
  • Water resistance50 m (167 feet)
  • SizeCase Diameter: 42 mm
  • Retail Price $4,650


Caliber: Omega 1861 Famous manual-winding chronograph movement

 worn on the Moon. Rhodium-plated finish.

Power reserve: 48 hours