I’ve known Łukasz (@lukaszdoskocz on Instagram) for many years, and he is what you can call a friend. He’s also a true watch buddy, passionate, opinionated too, and a very cool man with whom I have shared a beer (or more) on many occasions after a long, exhausting day running around Baselworld (writing this makes me think how much I miss those days…) Aged 37, Łukasz is Editor in Chief at CH24.PL in Warsaw, Poland, and he knows his watches. Today, following a look at his Tudor Heritage Chrono some years ago, he’s adding his luxury replica Omega Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday Ultraman” to our ever-growing collection of personal reports in this instalment of the Collector’s Series.
Łukasz Doskocz: It must have been a long time ago, quite some time before I got into watches. And it was due to my great love for all things James Bond. I’m a big fan of the series, so of course, I knew about Omega copy ever since Pierce Brosnan wore it in “Goldeneye” (and seduced beautiful Bond-girl played by Polish actress Izabella Scorupco). The movie screened in 1995, so it might well have been some 26 years ago when I noticed a brand called Omega. I admire it playing an important part in history, for sure in both watchmaking history and our lives in general. The taken-to-the-Moon story, you can’t beat that. Or Bond – I mean, how cool is that, to be Mr Bond’s watch of choice?
It wasn’t Bond’s original choice, though. Do you have a thing for Rolex too?
By all means… for Rolex and everything Bond. They say “boys never grow up”. Guess it might be true.
Why did this particular watch stand out to you?
Funnily enough, it was a spur of the moment decision. Of course, being familiar with the rich Moonwatch story, I always kinda felt like it would be nice to own one, even though I never was a fan of the design. I didn’t get the simplicity of the design and the overall feel. However, I bought it specifically because of Fratello, of the personal value of that project and that specific watch. #SpeedyTuesday is a phenomenon, a union of passionate people around one story and one watch that is only seemingly a watch. That is quite addictive. But the Omega Speedmaster replica with black dial is quite a simple watch, with a rather unimpressive manual movement and very traditional design cues. But maybe it is in that simplicity where the true beauty lies. Oh, and I do appreciate a touch of orange.
When did you buy it?
Both #SpeedyTuesday editions were sold online, and to say it was a quick buy is an understatement. I guess the Ultraman sold out in under two hours, all 2,012 watches. I was lucky enough to grab one and even treat myself to a number with a certain meaning… perks of being a watch journalist! It’s a reference to my 35th Birthday, corresponding with the exact same number of the piece I got. How cool is that? Watches are all about emotions and memories. Like that catchy quote, “collect memories, not things”. Technically a watch is a thing, an object – but rather a special object with a lot of additional value and meaning behind it. I guess it is the main reason we collect watches.
Do you wear your watch a lot?
Of course, every other Tuesday! Like all the cheap copy Omega Speedmaster owners/fans, I do celebrate the day with my watch strapped on. Feels kind of special to be part of the community that Robert-Jan and Fratello created out of pure passion, to take it out of the box every Tuesday morning, wind it and set the time.
Does it attract attention?
All my friends and family know my crazy watch sickness, so now they tolerate it patiently. Having said that, the Moon story always grabs attention, and that truly fascinating Apollo 13 episode, with a steel case copy Omega Speedmaster actually participating in saving human lives… It speaks to many. Watches are conversation starters, be it with geeks like us or strangers that can just admire someone with true passion. I don’t recall who said that, but “a man without passion is a boring man”. So true.
Doesn’t it ever bore you to write about watches? Why not?
Sometimes it does; we started around May 2009, so it is almost 12 years now. Crazy! What started as a passion project for fun turned out to be a huge chunk of our lives and a full-time job. But it is my greatest passion, watches, so I can always find something interesting and engaging. When you do something you really like, it does not get very boring. I hope for many more years to come as I believe people will not stop wearing watches. After all, time is like breathing and taxes: inevitable.