The 2021 Omega Speedmaster Professional Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary is one of the most coveted luxury watches available. This watch collector’s guide by Tim Mosso provides an in-depth review of the Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy III, discusses the history of Omega’s chronograph and NASA spaceflight, the origin of the Silver Snoopy award, and suggests alternative watches for collectors who are considering the newest Speedmaster Professional.
As the third edition of the Omega Speedmaster Apollo XIII anniversary series, this Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy is both highly anticipated and heavily waitlisted. Omega’s first Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy” was a 2003 model year limited edition of 5,441 pieces. Although modestly modified from the standard Speedmaster chronograph, this model has become highly collectible since the 2015 arrival of the blockbuster second edition. That model, the Apollo 13 45th Anniversary edition, was a more exclusive limited series of 1,970 pieces. More importantly, the “Silver Snoopy 2” included a memorable “Peanuts”-inspired white dial and a caseback with grand feu enamel overlaid with a hand-engraved sterling silver “Snoopy” figure.
For 2020, Omega announced the Speedmaster Professional Silver Snoopy 50th Anniversary chronograph watch.
Special edition features include a new sterling silver dial with blue highlights and a laser-engraved image of Snoopy the Beagle. Applied hour indices and matching blue hands add upscale appeal under a sapphire crystal. Caseback features include a metallic-deposited image of the Moon overlaid on a celestial background. The Earth spins continuously; a NASA command and service module orbits the Moon whenever the chronograph is running. Naturally, Snoopy is depicted as the pilot of the spacecraft. Every detail counts, so Omega adds a representation of Apollo 13’s successful return flight path underneath the leather strap.
While the Omega caliber 3861 is standard on all Speedmaster Professionals for 2021, it remains a new addition by Moonwatch standards. Originally previewed by the 2019 Apollo XI 50th Anniversary model, the 3861 is the first Lemania-based Omega Speedmaster movement with a co-axial escapement. More than that, the new caliber includes a METAS Master Chronometer certification, a free sprung balance, an antimagnetic silicon hairspring, and hacking seconds. The power reserve of the caliber 3861 increases from 48 to 50. Water resistance remains 50 meters.
The Omega Silver Snoopy 50th Anniversary boxed set is custom designed with exclusive features. A color-matching blue outer box gives way to a blue textile inner display case featuring the Silver Snoopy logo as a mission patch with the motto, “Eyes on The Stars.” Several warranty, chronometer, and Omega pictogram cards are included along with Snoopy-blazon custom polishing cloth. Omega adds a handsomely illustrated book detailing the history of the Speedmaster Professional with NASA, the Silver Snoopy award, and the series of Silver Snoopy watches leading up to the current model.
Naturally, demand for the Omega Snoopy is sky-high. Those who are able to place orders at authorized dealers will wait weeks to months for their opportunities to pay a retail price of $9,600 to own this Moonwatch. Watch collectors seeking instant gratification will pay up to $30,000 to buy the Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy as a preowned watch. Tim suggests that watch buyers seeking a Silver Snoopy also consider the colorful charm of the Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue and Breitling Premier B09 pistachio dial among others.
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