Spending €2,050 leaves us €2,950 to spend on this other Speedmaster. Probably an even rarer or at least more awkward looking one, the Speedmaster Split-Seconds or luxury fake Omega Speedmaster Rattrapante reference 3540.50. This Speedmaster Split-Seconds has a case diameter of 42.25mm, slightly larger than the Speedmaster Pro Moonwatch (42mm), but equal to the X-33 3290.50. In fact, the case looks incredibly similar. The case of the Speedmaster Split-Seconds is made of steel, and the left side of the case looks different as there’s only 1 pusher there instead of 2.
What always intrigued me about the steel case copy Omega Speedmaster Split-Seconds was the movement. Inside, you’ll find caliber 3600 with a rattrapante complication. Caliber 3600 is based on the famous Valjoux 7750, with the additional split-seconds function. It is basically, the same concept as IWC deployed on its Pilot Doppelchronograph. Better still, the movement has been chronometer-certified by COSC. When this watch was introduced, around 2000, it definitely wasn’t cheap at €3,760. The Moonwatch reference 3570.50 retailed for €2,220 at the time and the X-33 for €2,680 (on a titanium bracelet).
But it was still cheaper than most high-end fake rattrapante watches from the competition out there. And it looked amazingly high-tech, yet typically a Speedmaster with those lyre lugs. Additionally, Omega decided to put some carbon fiber to use for the dial. There were some variations when it comes to dial colors (black, blue, and silver), but only the black had the carbon fiber. I am not normally a fan of using carbon fiber for dials, but in this case, I kinda like it. That also has to do with the “futuristic” shape of the case. The version of the Omega Speedmaster Rattrapante copy watch with black dial I have here has a steel bracelet. It is exactly the same bracelet as for the Speedmaster Professional at the time, including the engraving in the clasp.
Not for everyone
Back then, these watches weren’t for everyone nor are they now, but it shows that there’s still some interesting stuff out there for the Speedmaster fans. Especially those who are looking for something other than the Moonwatch models or Mark models. However, my advice is not to buy these because they are relatively affordable, but because you like them. These watches are surely not investment pieces, nor will they be (at least not in the short term). That’s good news for real collectors. It means that flippers do not show much interest in them anyway. In my opinion, both watches have some very unique characteristics and are still clearly related to the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch.
Compared to most other Speedmaster variations (think Reduced or the Date models), these X-33 and Swiss movement fake Omega Rattrapante watches were much more innovative. Perhaps neither is as easy to wear as the Reduced or Date models, but these also weren’t meant to be watches for most people. If you’re a Speedmaster enthusiast or collector and have your Speedy Pros, Ed Whites, etc. you might want to give one of these watches (or both) a thought. Thanks to Zeit Auktion for the images. You can find both watches offered on their website.