Take any number of big Hollywood blockbusters and one of the things you will notice time and time again, is that it is pretty much always the underdog that triumphs. Think the Spiderman, think the Matrix, think Harry Potter; all feature a main character that’s a bit of a loser, a bit of a pushover who, when faced with his demons, comes out on top (and more often than not gets the girl too).
For Omega, the 1990s Dynamic is that very loser. It’s bit odd looking, it wasn’t much of a success when it was new and it has been thoroughly trampled on by the top sellers. It just couldn’t muster the popularity of its siblings let alone its competitors – Seamaster, yeah; Speedmaster, definitely; but Dynamic? It’s the timekeeping equivalent of having to look after your kid brother when your first proper girlfriend came over. If you were to add the Dynamic to your friends list on Facebook (or Google Plus if you’re really trendy) your other cool friends would start dropping like flies. This watch is pure, horological leprosy.
All the signs are pointing firmly in the opposite direction of the Dynamic, telling you to run away and never look back for fear of being consumed by its unpopularity, but, just for a minute, ignore those signs. Thinking back to those blockbuster favourites, the underdogs, the losers – they get their way because they are genuine, decent people. When the world around them tries too hard, they are just acting as themselves, and it’s the same for the Dynamic.
In a sea of ‘special edition this’ and ‘limited edition that’, the Dynamic is quite simply a breath of fresh air. You can wear this watch without having the moon landings, the Olympics or James Bond rammed down your throat, without the corporate marketing machine applying some tedious link to a new sponsor that’s paying the bills; it is just a watch, and a damn good one at that.
Yes, the numbers look a little gawky, yes, the movement isn’t the most impressive, and yes, the bracelet is a little flimsy, but then so was Peter Parker, and have you seen his girlfriend? The best part is that you don’t have to pay premium prices for this piece, and you’ll definitely be the only person you know wearing it.
Actually, that isn’t the best thing about it, not quite. Every Hollywood super hero has its amazing alter-ego, its special power that allows the normally socially awkward nerd to keep villainy at bay, and the Dynamic has that alter-ego too. The original case that comes with the Dynamic is a long, thin tube that’s a little quirky (like the watch), and inside is a guide to unleashing its awesome power. You think the Dynamic is good, well – you ain’t seen nothin’ yet – that watch case also doubles up as a pencil tin.
Omega Dynamic: A winner because it’s a loser?
The Omega Dynamic might just be the underdog that triumphs in a world of Seamasters and Speedmasters. At least that’s what Andrew Morgan thinks. And you?
Andrew is a car and watch enthusiast as well as editor and writer at The Watch Magazine, the online watch magazine by Watchfinder. He packed in a successful career in civil engineering to pursue his passion for writing and horology and has never looked back. The fool.
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