YES! It’s that time of the week again: Speedmaster of the Week!
-Bram, if you’re reading this, this one’s for you!-
This weeks Speedmaster of the Week is the Speedmaster 125. And we would not be SpeedyWatches.com if we didn’t choose a somewhat unusual version: the Pulsometer.
The Speedmaster 125 is something special. Is is big and heavy like no other Speedmaster – build like a brick. It was introduced to commemorate Omega’s 125th anniversary in watchmaking in 1973. For that time -quartz crisis soon to be released- it was a very high-tech timepiece.
The Speedmaster 125 has a few distinct features. First of all, the case and bracelet are near indestructible. It was Omega’s first chronograph with chronometer-rating. But perhaps its most important feat: it was the very first automatic chronograph with chronometer-rating (COSC certificate) EVER! While nowadays this is very common, in 1973 -only 4 years after the introduction of the first automatic chronograph- this was a huge novelty.
The watch posted above has the somewhat unusual Pulsometer scale, while the Tachymeter is the version most often encountered. A Telemeter version was also available.
The Speedmaster 125 is said to have been made in no more than 2000 examples. It was powered by caliber 1041, the chronometer-rated version of caliber 1040.
Picture by Antiquorum – click to see the final results.