Part 1 Of The Purchase Advice To Omega Speedmaster Watches
Through the Fratellowatches.com blog, we are able to reach many e-mails with questions about purchasing a Speedmaster from Omega. We took this opportunity to write an article, which is meant to be a purchase advice for the Omega Speedmaster. I would like to give an interesting overview; also for Speedmaster collectors.
This Is How This Speedmaster-Kaufberatung Works
An idea of the Omega Speedmaster Professional is not necessary in my opinion. We all know this watch icon, which was 1969 on the arm of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin with on the moon and thus the first clock in the universe. Therefore, I give an introduction to the purchase advice and how this should be handled. The history of the Speedmaster is partly discussed when some of the models or references are discussed. In the article series, however, I concentrate on the individual steps of buying or collecting. There are some tips on pricing.However, since the price depends on where you live (taxes, currencies), I do not pay too much attention. More important are the details you should look out for when you have an Omega Speedmaster in mind.
Find The Right Speedmaster Model Family
I am often asked to give some guidance on the selection of the many models on the market. If Speedmaster watches are new to you, the variety of models may seem a bit like a horological wilderness. I will not go into detail with any model or reference number, as this has already been made in detail in the “Speedy-Tuesday” articles on Fratellowatches.com.
- Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch”
- Speedmaster (Professional) Mark Series
- various other vintage models
First of all, the current collection of Speedmaster watches, whose works are based on theFrederic Piguet 33xx, is still available, as are the models with the Speedmaster 9300 (Darkside of the Moon) and others. Perhaps I’ll come back to this later.
Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch”
Not all Speedmaster models in this category are considered as “Moonwatch”: The models were introduced long before the NASA selected Omega watches as official timepieces for their astronauts. Yet I call them here; because these early models are traded as the predecessors of the “Moonwatch”.
Omega Speedmaster Ck2915
The very first Speedmaster was introduced in 1957. Like the Seamaster 300 (CK2913) and Railmaster (CK2914), this model had a sporty look, with its curved strap, the black dial and the broad arrow-shaped “Broad-Arrow” hands. Originally designed as a sports chronograph, the design was inspired by the cockpit displays of Italian sports cars of that time. The CK2915 came in several versions (-1, -2, or -3 is added to the reference number), which were viewed more or less as minor updates. If you are looking for a CK2915, please make sure you pay a fortune: between 50,000 euros and 80,000 euros must be spent on this.
More importantly, try to get a model that is still in its original state. With these very first Speedmaster clocks so much money is in the game, that many fraudsters are attracted, which are only behind your money. And this in a very bad way: the watches have newer housings, works from other watches or overtaken lunettes from a later time, and so on. The CK2915 contains the Omega caliber 321, whose chronograph functions are driven by a column wheel. This factory based on the Lemani caliber 2310 has not been produced since 1968 when Omega introduced the Speedmaster Professional 145.022.
Omega Speedmaster CK2998 and 105.002
Although it is ranked second on the popularity scale of the Vintage Speedmaster, I have to make a small confession here: I like this version even better than its predecessor. With its black bezel and its alpha pointers, this particular reference number is almost similar to the “Moonwatch”. While the first Speedmaster in my opinion radiated a kind of military look, this watch is a restrained sports chronograph. There are remarkably many variations of the CK2998, with the various pointers being the most important distinguishing feature. One of the most popular CK2998 models is the chronograph second-hand “Lollipop” style.
The 105.002 must also be mentioned at this point. Apart from the reference number, there are actually no real differences between the last variation CK2990 (-62) and 105.002.Omega has simply changed the syntax of the reference numbers by deciding on the CK name and the four-digit numbers.
The 105.002 has only been produced over a relatively short period of time, before its successor was introduced. That’s why the 105.002 is almost more interesting for collectors than many a CK2998 model. Curiously, the 105.002 was once offered for significantly less than a CK2998. As a guideline: go from about 20,000 euros to 25,000 euros for a beautiful Speedmaster CK2998. If a box and / or official papers are included, the price will vary. Do not let the tropical dial (discolored, going into brownish) mislead you. Even if you think that the watch has a nice, cool look, you should not pay too much for this “feature”. Versions that actually increase the value are the so-called “FAP” models.
Omega Speedmaster 105.003
Thanks to its white “Baton” pointer, the reference 105.003 already looks a bit more like the Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch”. This Speedmaster is actually the cheapest predecessor model of the Speedmaster Professional on the market. In good condition, the 105.003 is priced between € 10,000 and € 12,000.
Please note that there are also known, previous Speedmaster models (reference 105.003) with the word “Professional” on the dial. Even before NASA chose the Speedmaster as the official “Moonwatch” in 1965. If you encounter one of these models, try to get an official extract from the archives of the Omega Museum. The Speedmaster 105.003 was introduced directly after the “transition model” 105.002 in 1963. It was in production until 1966.
Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 And 145.012
The 105.012 and 145.012 are the references which the astronauts of Apollo 11 carried.Because of the crown protection, they have an asymmetrical housing. This fender was added after NASA had detected a hazard in the move. The 105.012 and 145.012 are the officially certified models and carry the label “Professional” on the dial since 1966.Previously, as described above, he also cited a few copies of 105.003 for some unknown reason. Buzz Aldrin is said to have worn a 105,012 when he entered the moon, while Michael Collins had his 145,012 on his wrist as he waited in the capsule for Armstrong.Armstrong did not wear his watch, however, when Bulova’s clock gave up her ghost.
It is strange that these references are the best Speedmaster Professionals with caliber 321, although they are generally considered the true Moonwatch models. The 145.012 is a bit more common, and it was the last Speedmaster Professional, produced with the caliber 321 to October 1968 (the 105.012 was not available since 1966). The 145,012 costs 7,000 to 9,000 euros. The 105,012 is slightly more expensive.
Speedmaster Professional 145.022 In
1968 Omega decided to update the Speedmaster a bit. The dial no longer shows the Omega logo (although there is also one or other “transition” model with a logo, which Omega probably used in the existing parts from the stock). The movement was replaced by the Lemania-based Omega caliber 861. This does not have a column wheel mechanism, but instead a cam lever system for chronograph control. The 145.022 was part of the collection until the 1980s.
Actually, only the code of the reference changed from a certain point in time. In 1997, the movement was retrofitted to the Omega caliber 1861 (small modifications in the construction) as well as the dial and the hands with Luminova instead of tritium. The current reference number of the original Moonwatch is 311.42.30.01.005 (was until recently 3570.50).
In these early years the dial was “graded” like that of the previous models with caliber 321. These are somewhat more coveted than the models of the 1970s and 1980s. By the way: Later 145.022 references should be easy to find with box and papers. Calculate with about 5,000 euros or 6,000 euros for a good Speedmaster Professional 145.022 and with something more for a complete version with box and papers.
The 145.022 is also available with different housing bottoms, from the similar 145.012 to the current one with the inscription “The first watch worn on the moon”. The most popular ones are those with the horizontal inscription, which is available in two versions: The design with the engraving “Apollo XI 1969” under the inscription “The first watch worn on the moon” ranks above the popularity scale.
145.022 is also the reference number for two golden special editions of Speedmaster Professional. One of them was presented with a burgundy bezel for the President of the USA, members of the White House and Apollo astronauts. In the 1980s there was also a golden edition of the 345.0802 with a black bezel and transparent case back. The starting price of these gold coins is 10,000 euros, depending on their condition. Omega Speedmaster (Professional) Mark Series
The Mark family often speaks at the “Speedy Tuesday” on Fratellowatches.com. If we do not consider the Speedmaster Professional (145.012 / 145.022) as a Mark I, then there are four official Speedmaster Mark lines. The first was the Mark II (presented in 1968), followed by the Mark III, Mark IV and Mark V. Although some of them were considered to be a Speedmaster Professional, none of them was found by NASA to be manned for manned space travel. Only the Mark II and Mark V have the same manual hoist as the Speedmaster Professional 145.022. The others are driven by the automatic chronograph caliber 1040 based on Lemania. The last Mark, the V, was introduced in 1984 and forms the conclusion of this series.
These features of the Mark are not as popular with most as the Speedmaster Professional.Prices start at around 1,600 euros. However, some models achieve significantly more, depending on their condition and whether they are delivered complete with box and papers.
Various Other Vintage Watches Of The Omega Speedmaster Family
A small correction to the text above – even if it was never official: There is a clock, which is traded as Speedmaster Mark 4.5. It is similar to the Mark IV but equipped with the Omega caliber 1045 based on the caliber Lemania 5100. Another timepiece related to the Mark is the Speedmaster Teutonic. This watch is very similar to the Mark V but has an Omega caliber 1045. The Teutonic was intended for the German market in the 1980s. The prices are approximately the same as those of the Mark lines. Another Speedmaster, which should be mentioned here, is the Speedmaster 125. In 1973 she marked the 125th anniversary of Omega and had this big, chunky housing, in which the Omega-caliber 1041 ticked. This is basically the same work as the caliber 1040, but has a Chronometer certificate. In fact, it was the first automatic Chrongraphen caliber with a chronometer certificate. Only 2,000 copies have been produced, but thanks to their peculiar dimensions and look, they are quite easy to find today. The price for a model in good condition is around 2,000 euros.
Other collectable Speedmaster watches are the early Speedmaster Professional Moonphase models (1985). Only 1,300 pieces were produced therefrom. Accordingly, they are asked.They range between 8,000 and 9,000 euros. In the 2000s, Omega reissued them, and they are still part of the collection. Another particularly popular version is the Speedmaster in the “Professional” housing, equipped with the Omega caliber 1045 based on Lemania 5100. This Speedmaster Automatic Reference 376.0822 was lovingly described by Chuck Maddox as “the Holy Grail”. Only 2,000 pieces were produced in 1987. Strangely, all the models that were offered to me were completely available with box and papers. Depending on the condition, the price tag is expected to be between 5,500 and 7,000 euros. Also interesting for potential Speedmaster buyers are the quartz LCD models. Maybe not just a timepiece for everyday wear, but certainly interesting to own one.
Although there are certainly a variety of Speedmaster models that could be mentioned here, these are the models most frequently asked for via e-mail.
Omega-Speedmaster-Kaufberatung: End Of The First Part
This first part of our Speedmaster-Kaufberatung gives you an introduction to various important models. The “Moonwatch” models I have highlighted against the other Speedmaster families something. The next part will deal with where the models can be found. It is my heart to keep you from buying a franc watch or counterfeit, as well as paying an overpriced price. What is most important to me: I would like to help you choose your personal Speedmaster.
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