The Omega Speedmaster “Snoopy” is one of the most sought after and popular watches in Omega’s catalogue. While it retailed for around $15,000 AUD, on the secondary market these watches are going for north of $30,000. It’s hardly affordable but there’s now an affordable alternative thanks to the new models in the Seiko 5 Sports series.
To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Seiko 5 Sports, the brand has unveiled a pair of models made in association with Peanuts, the comic strip that made Snoopy a household name.
Both watch designs take Charles M. Schulz’ illustrations from strips released in the same year as the Seiko 5 Sports launched in 1963. They might not have anything close to the same design as the Speedmaster, but they have a charm all of their own.
The Seiko 5 Sports x Peanuts "SURFBOARD SNOOPY" SRPK25
The SRPK25 “Surfboard Snoopy” is based on the recent dive-inspired 38mm SKX Series, so it has the same technical base (38mm case in stainless steel) and takes inspiration from the SKX007 dive watch (the unidirectional bezel and 4 o’clock crown). Additionally, it has a 100m water resistance rating, Hardlex crystal, and the automatic calibre 4R36 movement, with a 41 hour power reserve and day-date function.
There are differences to the SKX other than the obvious Snoopy inclusion on the dial. The numerals along the bezel, for instance, are printed in “Schultz” font, a nice detail. You’ve also got a surfing Snoopy illustrated on the caseback. The NATO-esque strap is new too, made from grey and white nylon.
These are limited to 8,900 pieces worldwide and are currently available for pre-order for $595 AUD.
The Seiko 5 Sports x Peanuts "PARACHUTE SNOOPY" SRPK27
The SRPK27 “Parachute Snoopy” takes a more military approach to it’s design, which makes sense given it’s based on Seiko’s Mid-Field models. So once again we have the same technical base meaning a 36.4mm case in stainless steel, smooth bezel, and 3 o’clock crown.
This watch is utilitarian in design coming equipped with a 100m water resistance, Hardlex crystal, and the proven 4R36 movement with a day-date display and 41 hour power reserve.
The military inspired minute track is done up in “Schulz” font with black toned luminous hands which effectively contributes to the general motif. Given the military inspiration, it makes sense that there’s a pilot watch vibe to the piece, not to mention the cute illustration of Snoopy parachuting on the caseback.
These are limited to 6,500 pieces worldwide and are available for pre-order for $575 AUD.