The most famous watch model of the Swiss brand Omega is, with no doubt, the Omega Speedmaster Professional. Besides that the fictitious character James Bond led the Omega Seamaster to fame, the Omega Speedmaster Professional was on the wrist of real Astronauts and made it to the moon! That’s why the watch also has the nickname “Moonwatch”. When Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface in 1969, he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional, the chronograph that has been known as the Moonwatch ever since.
But there is one more nickname for the Omega Speedmaster and it’s “strap monster”. Why such an unusual nickname? Because it looks good on almost every strap you put it on! With its black and white dial, narrow bezel and fine printing, the Moonwatch is a very versatile and casual watch. The Omega Speedmaster comes with a steel bracelet, a re-creation of the velcro-fastener-strap that Apollo astronauts wore in space and a classic black NATO-Strap. Will you wear your Omega Speedmaster on a bracelet or strap? If you want to give your Speedy the perfect look for every day and every occasion, we have collected some strap recommendations for you in our Omega Speedmaster Professional Strap Guide:
The Classic: NATO Strap
The NATO-Strap is the most known- and probably most worn strap combination for the Omega Speedmaster Professional. The NATO strap is the easiest- and fastest way, to give your Speedy a new look within seconds, because the spring bars don’t need to be removed during the strap change. Omega offers a wide range of NATO straps themselves, but for the price of 1 NATO strap with an Omega branded buckle, you could get 5 classic WB Original NATO straps. Our NATO strap quality is on the same premium level and our brushed or polished stainless steel buckle and elements match the case finish of the Omega Speedmaster perfectly.
The Premium: NATO Strap
We also offer Premium NATO-Straps with polished clasps – We call them premium, because they’re thinner (1.2mm instead of 1.4mm) and finer woven than classic NATO straps. The touch of the strap is much softer, comfortable and doesn’t sit so high on your wrist, so it gives a more premium feel. If you want to learn more about NATO straps, make sure to check out our Blog-post: All you need to know about NATO-Straps! If you want to check more Omega Speedmaster Professional strap combinations, go on reading!
The Explorer: Canvas Strap
A Canvas Strap gives your Omega Speedmaster a more military touch and feel, especially in green and khaki. Our WatchBandit Original Canvas Straps are made from high quality and durable cotton (90%) and viscose (10%). Our Canvas strap can be perfectly adjusted, even for big wrists, due it’s 10 adjustment holes. With an 18 cm / 7 inch wrist, you’re in the 5th hole of the strap when the watch is on your wrist. Most canvas straps have a layer of leather on the inside of the strap, but we have renounced it, because leather won’t last as long as canvas, when it’s exposed to sweat and water. Still, you should’t go swimming or diving with your Omega Speedmaster 😉
The Modern Explorer: Cordura® Strap
The Cordura® Strap is a little similar to the Canvas Strap, but it’s made of extremely durable Cordura® Nylon. It is a little thicker and has an inner layer of genuine black leather, to raise the comfort. The Cordura® watch strap is a little stiff in the beginning, due the very durable special nylon, but after a gentle massage and some time wearing, it will merge with your wrist. It has 8 adjustment holes for your perfect fit. The buckle is made from 316L stainless steel and has a brushed finish, with a WB engraving. Stand out from the crowd with our WB Original Cordura® Straps.
The Casual: Suede Strap
You like to wear boots, jeans and checked shirts? Then your Omega Speedmaster needs to be worn on a Suede Strap. It’s not only very soft and comfortable, it also provides the perfect casual look. Our WB Original leather watch straps are handmade in Italy, with genuine leather from Tuscany and are naturally tanned. As the whole process is handmade, each strap is unique. This strap will bring out the best look for your watch and age well with time.
The Elegant: Vintage Leather Strap
The “Moonwatch” is a chronograph made for space, but it can be very classy too. You can turn it into a dress watch easily with a Vintage Leather Strap easily and can make it match your shoes and belt, which you’re wearing to your suit. It’s not too sporty and yet not too elegant – it’s just perfect from Monday to Friday and after you can go explore your backyard with your speedy on a Canvas- or NATO Strap.
Which strap size does my Omega Speedmaster need?
The Omega Speedmaster lug width is 20 mm (19 mm for Speedmasters made before 1966), which is the most common lug width. More about how to find out which strap size your watch needs here.
How do I change the bracelet or strap on my Omega?
To change the bracelet of your Omega watch, you’ll need a spring bar tool with a special 1 mm fork, that fits in the openings of the bracelet, for example the Bergeon 6767 spring bar tool. If you want to know, how you install a NATO strap on your Omega watch read our article All you need to know about NATO straps.