Monthly Archives: June 2014

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case

A Omega Speedmaster with caliber 321 is wonderful any day. But have you heard of the CB cases? We have featured a number of rare and unusual Speedmasters. Limited Edition models. Wicked dials. But the CB case is something special.. And it takes a trained eye to appreciate.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case facet

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB case facet

While most cases for the 105.012 where made by HF (Huguenin Freres) and marked as such, a smaller number of them was manufacured at CB (Central Boites) and marked as such on the inside of the caseback. While this may seem trivial, there is actually a detail that will make the real Speedmaster aficionado exceedingly excited when seeing one of these -especially in hardly-if-at-all polished condition such as the present example: the flat facet on the top, where the lug touches the case. Most distinguishable as a line in the pictures above.

It is hard to see. It is hard to appreciate. And we are the first to admit that our pics do not fully reflect the awesomeness of this detail. But it is there.. and in the pictured watch, it is there in almost immaculate condition. It is a true joy to behold for the Speedmaster collector looking for that little bit extra.!

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB caseback

Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 CB caseback

Awesome right? You might recall our story on the Star Watch-cased (and NASA-issued) Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Radial’ 145.022  that we posted a while back – another example of a Speedmaster with a case by another manufacturer. The lugs on these are also quite different – there is a more prominent flat vertical plane.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Radial' 145.022 ca. 1978

Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Radial’ 145.022 ca. 1978

Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Radial' 145.022 ca. 1978

Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Radial’ 145.022 ca. 1978

 

Globetrotter Episode III – Vintage Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Radial' 145.022 ca. 1978

Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Radial’ 145.022 ca. 1978

We’ve been posting quite a few modern Speedmasters in the last few days, so we thought it was about time for a proper vintage Speedmaster post. We have made a selection of Speedmasters available at a few of our favourite vintage watch dealers. Enjoy the show but remember – the final judgement is up to you! Caveat emptor.

Omega Speedmaster Ref. 105.003-65 – 1965 “tropical”

Omega Speedmaster 105.003 Tropical

Omega Speedmaster 105.003 Tropical

Our first stop is Germany – the wonderful city of Düsseldorf, where Brevet Watches has on offer this straight-lug 105.003-65 with so-called tropical dial. Of course powered by caliber 321.

More info at Brevet Watches

Omega Speedmaster 125

Omega Speedmaster 125 378.0801

Omega Speedmaster 125 378.0801

Our next stop is at Cars&Watches right here in The Netherlands. For sale is the Omega Speedmaster 125, the model made to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Omega brand in 1974 as a limited edition run of 2000 pieces. It is supposed to be the first automatic chronograph with COSC-certification, as indicated by the Chronometer on the dial.

More info at Cars&Watches

Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II 145.014

Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II 145.014

Omega’s recent attempt at the Speedmaster Mark II is sans doubt impressive. They managed to create a thoroughly modern watch that harks back to days gone by, without it appearing overly sentimental. But on our next stop,  Matthew Bain in Miami offers the watch that inspired Omega’s BaselWorld 2014 release – the Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II 145.014.

More info at Matthew Bain

Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 Silver Dial

Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 Silver Dial

Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 Silver Dial

Next stop Italy: Tempus Orologi. For sale is this Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 with an unusual silver dial. While most likely retro-fitted, it is quite the looker. 

More info at Tempus Orologi

Omega Speedmaster 105.003 ‘Blue Dial’

Omega Speedmaster 105.003 Blue

Omega Speedmaster 105.003 Blue

The descriptions of The Beautiful Watch in wonderful Paris are always good for a chuckle. We won’t bother you with our own words – just a quote:

I’ve already seen an identical one that sold for a fortune several years ago, and this one is in a condition that’s a bit more accessible in price. Here’s the proof, but there if very little information on this extraterrestrial dial that makes this one of the rarest and most beautiful ancient in the world.

More info at The Beautiful Watch

This is it for now ladies and gentlemen! Wondering about the so-called radial in the opening pic? Read our report right here.

Do you want to create your own bit of history? Our friends over at Ace Jewelers are passionate about watches and Speedmasters in particular.. Contact them!

Dark Side of the Moon Close-Ups

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Courtesy of our friends over at Ace Jewelers and their Ace Photo Studio: a few Dark Side of the Moon close-ups. Enjoy the first row seats to this awesome spectacle of details..

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

The ceramic bezel.. one part of course – there is no separate inlay.

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

The hands and beautiful indexes… the red details on the seconds counter and Speedmaster are superb.

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Omega Speedmaster 9300 Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.003

Interested? Contact our friends over at Ace Jewelers!

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