Perhaps surprisingly, the perfect relica Omega × Swatch MoonSwatch Mission to Mercury was probably the watch I wore the most in 2022. At the time of its release, it was one of the most controversial launches of the year, and now in December, it remains as much. The watch is a fun play on the venerable 1:1 fake Omega Speedmaster, made with Swatch’s proprietary Bioceramic material and a simple quartz movement. This led to a relatively attainable price of €250, but thanks to flippers and only being able to buy from select Swatch stores, the watch suddenly became anything but attainable. In some circles, a mere mention of the word “MoonSwatch” incurs the wrath of those present. That’s a shame because the Swiss copy Omega was incredibly fun and, in my opinion, a fantastic addition to the collection. It’s been an effortless “grab-and-go” watch.
I chose the Mission to Mercury for its darker color scheme. This was partly because I wanted to avoid the brightly colored luxury replica watches online as I could understand some of the “toy-like” comments. I wasn’t bothered per se, but the Mercury was instantly my first choice. It was a dark and mysterious character, just like me. The one thing I disliked about the high quality copy Omega MoonSwatch was the stock strap. Instead, I paired my Mission to Mercury with two straps — one silicon-Cordura hybrid from Barton Watch Bands and a fitted rubber strap from Perpetual Straps. Both are excellent and inspired an article about alternative strap options for your AAA quality fake Omega MoonSwatch. Have a read if you need help picking a different strap for yours!