In other words, the Speedmaster and watches like it provide a
sense of permanence in an age with little of it. The Speedmaster
available today is virtually the same as the one Aldrin wore on
the moon, or indeed the one Omega introduced way back in 1957, as
a tool for race-car drivers.
It is unchanged because there’s nothing to change: The
mechanical watch is, along with the bicycle, an arguably perfect
invention. If wound every day and serviced regularly, it can run
for perpetuity. There aren’t many things you can say that about in
our era of fast fashion and biennial phone upgrades.
This is, to me, exactly the appeal of mechanical watches.