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Chad Ochocinco Wears Omega Alaska Project Speedmaster

  Well, there was no way to see this one coming. Chad Ochocinco, the man who felt the surname "Johnson" was just a little to plain jane for an athlete of his talents has gone ahead and purchased an replica omega Seamaster 300m Speedmaster Alaska Project. For those who don't remember, the Alaska Project Speedmaster was a concept watch that Omega hoped NASA would choose to replace the standard Speedmaster Professional on space-bound missions. The dial was white so it wouldn't absorb heat, and the red anodized aluminum case protects the watch in a temperature range from -148F to +260F. NASA never purchased these watches and the project was called to a stop. Omega released a tribute to the Alaska Project a few years back and that is exactly what you'll see on Monsieur Ochocinco's wrist these days. This watch is actually one of the cooler limited editions from replica omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow GMT in the past few years, and yes you can remove that red aluminum shell. We've been talking a lot about Only Watch 2011, a charity auciton that allows a few dozen luxury watch brands to create special pieces that will likely never be duplicated. a one-of-a-kind watche has a certain allure to it, but you don't have to be bidding at Only Watch to own one, or spend a lot of money by commissioning one. Digging through auction catalogs, you often find pieces that are totally unique and equally underappreciated - for example this pink gold Omega from 1945 with a ruby-set dial. Have you ever seen anything like it? Us either. And, it's estimated to sell for only $1500-$2500 at Antiquorum's NY auction next week. Plus, it even comes with a period box and original Omega buckle. Further, it's 37mm, a very good size for a watch this old. As all watchnerds know, Omega has a strong tie to the space program, that is why the Swiss watch brand has decided to take part in this sale as a sponsor. Another timepiece for sale in the Space History Sale is a Bulova stopwatch that was actually used on the lunar surface - Astronaut Dave Scott's from Apollo 15. Today (Monday, May 2nd) Omega and Bonhams auction house would like to welcome HODINKEE readers to a special preview of the Space History Sale. The event is from 6-8pm at their offices on Madison Ave.