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BaselWorld 2016: Omega Speedmaster Moonpahse Chronograph Master Chronometer

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Moonphase Gold

Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Moonphase Gold

 

The 2016 Omega Speedmaster Master Chronometer Moonphase has been widely covered, but have you also seen this gold version with white dial? It’s a beast- far from traditional, but strangely appealing!

The Moonphase is powered by Omega’s 9904, a 9300-derived movement with pointer date at 9:00 and moonphase at 6:00 – numbering might be slightly different for this gold version, but no details are out yet. The moonphase is done with great eye for detail.

Our friends over at WatchBase have all the details on these covered.

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 ūüėČ .

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 Рone 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!

A quick walk through Antiquorum’s Hong Kong 22 February Auction

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 145.0022 [sic]

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 145.0022 [sic]

In the last decade, watch auctions have changed from relatively obscure places where retail vintage dealers bought their stock, to well-documented happenings where dealers and private individuals bid alike.

Besides the thrill of live auctions and opportunity to buy rare pieces, the auction houses also serve another purpose: their archives often contain high quality pictures of rare watches and the results can give you an estimate of the market value of certain pieces. Granted – the aforementioned thrill of an auction, plus commissions may make for quite a mark-up from ‘street value’, but still..

So, are you ready to check out some recent results from Antiquorum’s Februari 22nd Hong Kong auction?

First up is lot #1: the Speedmaster Professional Moonphase. The lot went unsold, but is was labelled incorrectly as a 145.0022 (more likely a¬†ST-345.0809) and the dial was listed as ‘reprinted’, which explains the somewhat crooked layout.

Omega Speedmaster Teutonic 145.0040

Omega Speedmaster Teutonic 145.0040

Next Speedmaster in this auction is the so-called Teutonic with it’s signature smooth eighties styling. Somewhat of an acquired taste, but quite unique and undervalued. In fact, it’s the cheapest way to get an 861 Speedy! This example with silver dial was sold right in the middle of its estimate at¬†12.500 HKD (USD 1.650, CHF 1.500).

Omega Flightmaster Speedmaster X-33 Prototype

Omega Flightmaster Speedmaster X-33 Prototype

Now here’s a rare one: lot 46, the Omega Flightmaster / Speedmaster X-33 Prototype second generation.

Food for thought: this watch uses a Seamaster-type case, bears the Flightmaster name and would eventually evolve into a Speedmaster – the X-33 nonetheless, an astronaut’s favourite ’till this very day. Omega history in a nutshell!

This lot was sold for 137.500 HKD or approx. 18.000 USD / 16.000 CHF.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 3576.50.00

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 3576.50.00 [sic]

We’ll conclude this post with a modern counterpart of the Speedmaster Moonphase posted above: lot 50, the Speedmaster Professional Moonphase¬†3876.50.31 (listed as 3576.50.00, the bracelet model).

One might note the subtle changes compared to the vintage model; the flatter dial, now with rings around the subdials, the updated Swiss-designation at 6:00 and various other subtle differences. Rarely seen, this model is a great choice for Speedmaster-aficionados looking for something a bit different.

Still available to day (check out the brand new models at our friends over at Ace Jewelers), the watch sold for 23.750 HKD (approx. USD 3.100 / CHF 2.800).

Speedy of the Week: 2013 #37

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 3576.50.00

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 3576.50.00

Yes ladies and gentleman, you are 100% right.. All but one (the First Omega in Space) of our Speedmaster of the Week contesters were vintage. Out of production. No longer available save for time consuming hunts on obscure websites, auction houses, vintage watch dealers and -if you’re born on a Sunday- thrift shops. And we’d hate for you to have to go through all that trouble.

So, this weeks Speedmaster of the Week is once again one from the current catalogue Рthe Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 3576.50.00. Please note Рit is listed as such by Antiquorum, while the 3576.50.00 should have a stainless steel bracelet.

The Speedmaster Moonphase is a nice watch to consider if you’re looking for a Speedy with a unique look, without venturing into the numerous limited editions, vintage or customs. It adds a touch of class to an otherwise instrumental design – especially on a nice alligator as posted.

The¬†35765000 has both a sapphire front and back. It’s powered by Caliber 1866. It is available at Authorized Omega Dealer Ace Jewelers – click for pricing information.

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Just because – a few moonphases

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase Aventurine 311.30.44.32.01.001

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase Aventurine 311.30.44.32.01.001

That’s right – for now particular reason, a few Speedmaster Moonphases ūüôā .

The list below is nowhere near complete, but still gives a nice overview of the different styles and flavour Omega offered throughout the years.

It must be said – the Speedmaster Moonphase is somewhat underrated. While most Speedmaster-afficionado’s tend to go for the regular Professional, the Moonphase does offer a nice change of pace and a surprisingly different look. And – Moonwatch, Moonphase; something in that combination just sings to us.

Speedmaster Moonphases in the current collection – including prices: