Although it might be a close call between this LCD Speedmaster and the later Speedmaster X-33, I feel the LCD still wins the ‘Most Geeky Speedmaster’ title due to its high late 1970s/early 1980s design. We covered the LCD a couple of times before (read this early Speedy Tuesday story for example), and especially our team member Gerard warmed up to them quite a bit. But if there’s one guy who knows them best, it must be the Speedmaster fan from Switzerland who goes by the name of @kovpics on Instagram. He just finished a website that perfectly documents the LCD Speedmaster that was actually submitted to NASA for tests in 1979. A project by Omega that’s known today as Alaska IV. Yes, that’s right after the 1978 Alaska III on which the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday was based. In the course of publishing a story each week for our Speedy Tuesday feature, we ran across a number of LCD Speedmaster watches through the years. Somehow they do have the attention of some die-hard Speedmasters fans, especially since these were part of the Alaska projects done by Omega. A bit geeky, but it is a nice and welcome change if you have a number of Moonwatch models already. Or a nice addition to any digital watch collection, of course. Without further ado, I want to let the owner of the new Omega LCD Speedmaster website do the talking (or writing).
Omega LCD Speedmaster
Working in IT I have always been interested in any kind of geekery and, as an avid Speedmaster collector, when I first saw the Moonwatch cased LCD Speedmaster, it immediately caught my eye. After I finally managed to buy that watch, my curiosity pushed me to research it and I realized that very limited information was available online or otherwise.
While talking about my findings with watch friends, the idea of sharing my work with the community became real about a year ago when another collector and friend @T_solo_T published his research website dedicated to the « Holy Grail » Speedmaster. After contacting him and after an extended conversation about my research and the possibilities of sharing my work we came to a consensus on using a common website template and schema.
As an IT specialist, using a web content management system was the easiest part of the job. Writing the content and drawing a story, adding some quality photographs to illustrate my findings was a challenging task and it actually required much more time than I initially expected.
It’s worth mentioning that this is an ongoing work. The more info provided by the collector community at large the more we can refine and perfect this and future websites. I am also attempting to crowd-source as much as I can about other specializations in review at the moment, let’s see if I manage to gather enough interesting information to work on a similar project on another topic. In the meantime, I would be happy to get feedback about the site.
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