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Rare and Unusual Omega Speedmasters @ AQ: part II

Rare and unusual Speedmasters from the AQ archives

Rare and unusual Speedmasters from the AQ archives

A few days back we highlighted some of the rarest and most unusual Omega Speedmaster models found in the Antiquorum archives and as promised, today we’re back for part two! This time we’re working our way up from 2003 – we sort of forgot at which page we left off last time 😉 .

Omega Speedmaster ref. unknown Racing Dial caliber 321

Omega Speedmaster ref. unknown Racing Dial calibre 321

First up is a Speedmaster in a rather peculiar configuration: a racing dial and telemeter bezel. While we don’t have our Moonwatch Only copy at hand and won’t comment on originality, it does seem legit and if so, it was a stellar buy at 3.080 USD including commission.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 345.0809

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 345.0809

A moonphase display is a somewhat whimsical complication. While of little use to most of us, it adds a touch of romance to a dial that’s hard not to love. Omega first introduced this feature to the Moonwatch in 1985, in a limited run of 1300 pieces of the reference 345.0809. The differences compared to the current Speedy Moon are subtle yet noticable; the current version uses rings around the subdials for an arguably more luxurious look, while the vintage one has a more utilitarian feel to it – save for that charming face on the moonphase disc. This example was sold at the 2004 December 1st New York auction for USD 3.680 including commission.

Omega Flightmaster X-33 Prototype 09/22

Omega Flightmaster X-33 Prototype 09/22

Enter Omegamania, the auction that caused quite a stir and achieved top results for a huge number of lots. The prototype pictured above is a wonderful mash-up of Omega’s most iconic lines: named Flightmaster, it used a case similar to that of the Seamaster Chronograph and would grow out to become the Speedmaster X-33 ‘Mars Watch’. The hammer fell at 16.520 CHF including commission.

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase 'Teutonic' TA 345.0810

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase ‘Teutonic’ TA 345.0810

And another Speedmaster Moonphase – although this one is arguably more of an acquired taste. The distinct eighties style ‘Teutonic’ case in two-tone (titanium and yellow gold), the white dial, the moonphase – somehow it seems to work. This rare Speedmaster (300 pieces) in seemingly perfect shape was sold for a quite impressive 9.440 CHF including premium.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Alaska Project ST 145.0022-69

Omega Speedmaster Professional Alaska Project ST 145.0022-69

Boom. Holy grail alert – one of the original Alaska Project Prototypes. The Alaska Project was lead by Pierre Chopard from 1971 to 1973, trying to explore and improve the limits of the original Speedmaster Professional. Included in the sale was the red outer case, designed to improve its resistance to low temperatures. Final price? 64.900 CHF including commission. 

Omega Speedmaster Professional Italy DD 145.0022

Omega Speedmaster Professional Italy DD 145.0022

Indeed you’re right – we’re skipping a lot of the usual suspects and high-profile models. Here’s another one we love and that’s very rarely seen: the Omega Speedmaster Professional Italy DD 145.0022. Were it not for a friend of ours who owns one, we’d probably have a hard time locating one.. The two-tone is such a huge change compared to the regular Speedmaster look, although it -in our opinion- hardly detracts from the instrumental nature of the watch. This watch was made as a limited edition for the Italian market and sold at Omegamania for 14.160 CHF including premium.

We’re sorry guys – this is it for today. We’ll be back for more soon!

Rare and unusual Speedmasters @ Antiquorum

Rare and unusual Speedmasters from the AQ archives

Rare and unusual Speedmasters from the AQ archives

We’re currently working on a project that requires us browsing every single Speedmaster that’s ever been on auction at the major auction houses – of which we hope to share the results soon. But during our first stint -Antiquorum- we came across a few rare and unusual Speedmasters that will not make it into our project, but that we feel are worth sharing. Enjoy the show!

Omega Speedmaster Split-Seconds 175.0043 Trial Watch

Omega Speedmaster Split-Seconds 175.0043 Trial Watch

AQ’s Geneva March 17th 2013 sale listed a rather unusual Speedmaster Split-Seconds. Appareantly meant for internal testing, it was never meant to be offered in public. Somehow it did manage to find is way to this auction. With a reserve of 7.000-9.000 CHF, it was sold including premium for CHF 10.625.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Galaxy Train 3571.50.00

Omega Speedmaster Professional Galaxy Train 3571.50.00

Same sale but one lot earlier, we found an Omega Speedmaster Professional Galaxy Train. This 1999 limited (both year of introduction as well as pieces produced) has a standard dial, but featured a caseback referencing to Leiji Matsumoto’s Galaxy Express 999, a Japanese manga set in space. We can’t help but to love the Japanese and their funky Speedmaster limiteds! It was sold in the lower end of the estimate of CHF 3.000-5.000 at CHF 3.750 including premium.

Omega Speedmaster Perpetual Calendar BA 175.0037

Omega Speedmaster Perpetual Calendar BA 175.0037

One year earlier, at AQ’s Hong Kong January 26th 2013 auction, we find another rare bird: the Speedmaster Perpetual Calendar. Again made for the Japanese market (1991, 50 pieces), this is one we don’t come across to often! At HKD 168.750 including premium, it was sold well above its estimate of HKD 70-100.000.

Omega Speedmaster Misson Set

Omega Speedmaster Misson Set

The full Mission Collection box is an impressive display of Speedmaster heritage. Antiquorum had one for sale at the March 11th 2012 Geneva auction, but despite its estimate of CHF 70-90.000, the lot went unsold. One year earlier, a set sold for CHF 108.100 though.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 25th Anniversary 348.0062

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 25th Anniversary 348.0062

We love Speedmasters in precious metals and especially one in white gold – it is such a discrete pleasure! This stunning Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 25th Anniversary 348.0062 was sold at the Geneva November 13th 2011 auction for CHF 12.500 including premium. Made as a limited edition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Apollo XI mission, it was powered by the chronometer-certified caliber 864. One of our favourites.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Italy 345.0818

Omega Speedmaster Professional Italy 345.0818

When it comes to non-black dials, very few can beat the Italian Market 345.0818 – the Albino. Made in a limited edition of 500 pieces back in 1998, the off-white (ivory, egg-shell) dial is a sight to behold. Antiquorum sold this example in their Geneva March 27th 2011 sale for a cool CHF 5.875 including premium.

Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow Skeleton AT 178.0024

Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow Skeleton AT 178.0024

Now for something different: lot 512 in the November 14th 2010 Geneva sale. A Speedmaster skeletonized by Armin Strom in platinum as a limited edition of 21 pieces back in 2001. Another one you don’t come across every day! It was sold for CHF 25.000 including premium.

Omega Speedmaster Professional DLC

Omega Speedmaster Professional DLC

Custom? Sure, why not.. as long as no rare models were harmed, we’re game! Antiquorum’s New York sale of September 15th 2010 listed this Speedmaster Professional in all-black DLC coating, which we admit looks rather cool. Hammer price was USD 5.250 including premium.

This is it for now.. but we’ll be back with more shortly! Stay tuned and stay up to Speed!

Omega Speedmaster Professional Tropical by AWCO

Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 Tropical

Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 Tropical

Anybody in for some chocolate?

Roel, owner of Amsterdam Watch Company, is one of the most passionate Speedmaster collectors we’ve come across in the Netherlands. While he often has stellar examples for sale in his lovely shop and on his website, his private collection is even more so to die for. We’ll leave it up to Roel to go into depth if he so chooses [and we’d be happy to feature them], but for today he choose to share a few pics of one of his daily beaters – a ’69 Speedmaster with a wonderful tropical / chocolate dial.

Follow Roel’s journeys in the world of vintage watches on Instagram: click (Roel) and click (AWCo).

 

Speedmaster Seven II: Mark

Omega Speedmaster Professional 311.30.42.30.13

Omega Speedmaster Professional 311.30.42.30.13

Last week we launched a new segment on our blog: the Speedmaster Seven. First up was our friend Bart, who answered our seven easy-going questions and gave us a glimpse into the collectors state-of-mind.

Our victim this week is Mark, a Speedmaster aficionado from the Netherlands. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Mark!

  1. Do you remember the first Speedmaster you bought? When did you buy it and which type was it?

My first Omega, heck my first mechanical watch, wasn’t a Speedmaster but a Chronostop ref. 145.009, soon to be replaced by a cal. 1040 Seamaster ref. 176.007. The latter was gold plated which really didn’t suit me as it turned out. Queue the first Speedmaster: cal 1151 ref. 3520.50 Speedmaster Day Date.

  1. What ignited your passion for the Speedmaster?

The 3520.50 already kind of got me hooked on Omega. I did do some experimenting with Breitling, Heuer and Oris, none of which lasted long. Seeing a whole bunch of Speedmaster Pro’s (vintage and contemporary) at a small jeweller in Maastricht permanently got me hooked.

  1. What is the latest Speedmaster you bought?

311.30.42.30.13.001. The ‘chocolate dial’ or ‘faux tropical’ as I’ve seen it called. I really wanted a ‘sapphire sandwich’ Speedmaster and came across this one. Certainly no regrets there, the brown dial really is something different.

  1. What is the most distinct Speedmaster you own or have owned?

I like to think the 311.30.42.30.13.001 is pretty distinct in its own right. I’ve also owned the 3559.32 LE Schumacher Speedy and the Asian market only racing dial Speedmaster Pro, ref. 3570.40 (which I never ever should have sold), both aren’t seen that often.

  1. What is your collection like? For example, is it focused on Speedmasters, Omega’s, chronographs or ….?

My collection, if it can even be called that, is pretty tiny and consist only of the Speedmaster and a cal 2500 Planet Ocean at the moment. If I do get the chance to add some more watches the vast majority will be Omega.

  1. Do you have a Speedmaster grail watch? If so, which one is it?

Definitely the 376.0822, or as Chuck Maddox used to call it ‘the holy grail’. I’d also at some point like to own the blue dial Gemini 4 Speedmaster ref. 3565.80 and even an IWC ref. 377801 double chrono (sorry Omega)..

  1. Bracelet or strap?

I always buy watches on a bracelet. I do like to mix it up once in a while, I particularly like the Omega deployment clasp with the matching leather and rubber straps.

More images in the gallery below.

Thank you Mark!

 

The Omega NATO Strap

Omega Speedmaster Professional on OEM NATO straps (click for full size)

Omega Speedmaster Professional on OEM NATO straps (click for full size)

There is now an updated version of this article available at http://www.speedywatches.com/oem-omega-nato-straps-2018-update/

Frequent readers of the SpeedyWatches blog will know: we’re big fan of NATO straps on our Speedies. Until a while ago we had to go aftermarket to get these, but Omega launched a full collection of exceedingly high-quality NATO straps at BaselWorld 2014. A week or so ago Omega launched a special page dedicated to these straps, allowing us to go through the various options and matches available.

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002056

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002056

First up is the 031ZSZ002056, a strap in black coated nylon fabric in the same construction as the one used on the Apollo 11 45th Anniversary: a thick and sturdy strap with fabric keepers – no hardware other than the Omega-signed buckle.

Price: contact Ace Jewelers

Omega NATO strap 031CUZ002058

Omega NATO strap 031CUZ002058

Then there’s the 031CUZ002058, a brown Barenia leather NATO strap. Again, no hardware other than the Omega-signed buckle. We’d care to guess that this one will age very, very well.

Price: contact Ace Jewelers

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002044

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002044

Next up is the 031ZSZ002044, a NATO strap in grey-bordered black polyamide with traditional stainless steel hardware.

Price: contact Ace Jewelers

speedywatches_omega_nato_strap_031ZSZ002046

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002046

Then there’s the 031ZSZ002046, which is essentially the same strap but now with orange borders. This one would look rather smashing on orange-accented Planet Oceans we’d recon.

Price: contact Ace Jewelers

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002041

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002041

Third in this series is the 031ZSZ002041, again black polyamide but now with red accents.

Price: contact Ace Jewelers

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002045

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002045

In a more traditional look, there’s the 031ZSZ002045 in a color combination traditionally referred to as ‘James Bond’ – although recent research seems to have changed the consensus on the colors of the actual James Bond strap.

Price: contact Ace Jewelers

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002047

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002047

A variation on the one posted above is the 031ZSZ002047, in black/orange.

Price: contact Ace Jewelers

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002042

Omega NATO strap 031ZSZ002042

Last but not least is the 031ZSZ002042 in black and red. A vibrant combination!

Price? Contact Ace Jewelers

Don’t forget to visit the Omega page on these – especially the configurator is worth a visit!

Interested? Contact our favorite Omega AD Ace Jewelers!