Buying a Speedmaster has become exceptionally simple, you can just order one online by means of the official Omega site. Yet, imagine a scenario where you don’t need to purchase the current Moonwatch, but instead something vintage or used. So plunk down. Unwind. Get yourself a coffee. Also, dispatch into our updated Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide…
In this Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide, we give you an overview of the most important references of the Speedmaster (Professional) and some of the Mark-arrangement and other variations. Although this article isn’t implied as a valuing guide, we will give some clues, of course. This article is most likely not giving you any new information if you’re effectively a Speedmaster collector. However, for those who are not, it will provide some fundamental information on the Speedmaster series.
I originally began this buyer’s control in 2014. I’ve refreshed it periodically from that point forward. With some corrections, as specific things weren’t known publically in those days, however are now. Yet additionally with some new pictures over time. You are now perusing the most recent version, refreshed on May 5 of 2020.
Introduction to the Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide
An introduction to the Omega Speedmaster isn’t essential we think. We as a whole know about this iconic watch. So let’s focus on how to utilize this Speedmaster buyer’s direct instead.
Without going into extraordinary detail on every one of the references mentioned in this article, we will connect to articles in which we did. Over the previous 8 years, since we began Speedy Tuesday, we have checked on and expounded on a wide range of models and references. The longer, more focused articles on the site are an extraordinary resource. Particularly for newcomers to the hobby.
In this arrangement of articles, we will focus on the various strides to take when you are currently purchasing — or collecting — Speedmaster watches. We will give some clues in regards to Speedmaster costs, yet as this may shift on the piece of the world you are living in (charges, monetary standards) we won’t underscore this too much. For now, significantly more important are the subtleties you should look for when you’ve found a Speedmaster of your choice.
Omega Speedmaster Models
One of the questions we often get is on the off chance that we can give some direction on all the various models out there. On the off chance that you are new to Speedmaster watches, it may appear to be somewhat of a horological wild. On the off chance that you’re looking for the actual Moonwatch model (the reference that went to the Moon), read this article approved by Omega . Or, on the off chance that you are looking for the current Omega Speedmaster Professional that is closest to the original Moonwatch, click here . Sometimes it is so confusing, that people wonder if the Speedmaster Reduced is a Moonwatch too (it isn’t).
If you are looking for a specific reference or model, you can utilize the hunt function on this site. Odds are high you will discover what you’re looking for.
We will make a distinction between the following models for this Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide:
- Speedmaster (Professional) “Moonwatch”
- Speedmaster (Professional) Mark Series
- Various other vintage Speedmaster models
For now, we will avoid the modern collection of Speedmaster watches with the F. Piguet based 33xx movements, the Speedmaster type 9300 (a.o. Clouded Side of the Moon), and Racing Caliber 9900 models, etc for this Omega Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide. In the event that you’re keen on these more current models, there is an abundance of information accessible on Omega’s site. Be that as it may, what we need to delve into here, are some of the works of art from the model’s history.
Speedmaster (Professional) “Moonwatch”
Not these Speedmaster models in this section are considered a “Moonwatch”. A large number of them were introduced path before NASA chose Omega to become the official watch for their astronauts. Notwithstanding this, we will in any case utilize this category for them in this Speedmaster buyer’s manage. These early models are considered to be the forerunners of the Moonwatch. Their reality is fundamental to the history that was to come. Also, truth be told, they are too excellent to ignore.
The absolute first Speedmaster as Omega introduced in 1957 had reference CK2915. Together with the Seamaster 300 (CK2913) and Railmaster (CK2914), this model was important for this professional trio including bended drags, a dark dial, and broad arrow hands. At first intended to be a sports chronograph, utilizing the dashboard clocks of Italian sports vehicles of that time as an inspiration. They were promoted with dashing vehicles. Be that as it may, the chronograph was valuable for some other sports too. Also, the chronograph was helpful for those who expected to time occasions and errands outside sports as well.
The CK2915 has different versions (you will discover a – 1, – 2, or – 3 added to the reference number) that could be considered more or less as little updates on the off chance that you need. In the event that you are looking for a CK2915, hope to pay a fortune ( recent results have soar the cost of the CK2915 ). More important maybe: attempt to locate an original one that has not been messed with. There is so much money involved in these absolute first models, that it also pulled in people whose intentions are not generally honest. Recently made cases, movements from other watches, refitted bezels from a later period, etc. Be extremely cautious when you get one offered.
The CK2915 houses the Omega type 321, with a column-wheel chronograph. This Lémania (in light of the type 2310) movement left production in 1968 when Omega introduced the Speedmaster Professional 145.022. At that point, in 2019, Omega announced the arrival of the type 321. First introduced in an all platinum version of the Moonwatch , and in January 2020 out of a steel “Ed White” case .
Speedmaster CK2998 & 105.002
Often considered to be the second-best thing with regards to vintage Speedmasters. This specific reference number as of now looks somewhat like the “Moonwatch” with its dark bezel and Alpha hands. Where the primary Speedmaster had somewhat of a military look, as I would see it, this watch is a more inconspicuous sports chronograph.
There is quite a touch of variation in the CK2998, where the various styles of hands are the most important identifier. One of the most sought-after CK2998 models is the one with the “lollipop” chronograph second hand.
The 105.002 should be mentioned also. There is in reality no genuine distinction between the last variation CK2998(- 62) and the 105.002 with the exception of the reference number. Omega changed the reference number punctuation, which means disposing of the CK identifier and 4 digit numbers. The 105.002 was really made in a tiny period of time (1962) before its successor was introduced (105.003). This makes the 105.002 maybe considerably more collectible than some of the CK2998 models.
Expect to pay approximately €25,000 for a Speedmaster CK2998 in good condition. When there are a box or/and papers also, the cost will be affected. You may also be keen on the so-called FAP models that were conveyed to the Peruvian Air Forces. At the point when the CK2998 is in close to mint condition, hope to pay significantly more than the €25,000 mentioned. Particularly on the off chance that it is one of the primary iterations, costs can almost significantly increase. Simply attempt to consider what’s important to you when collecting, before you make a purchase.
The 105.003 reference as of now looks somewhat more like the Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch”, with its white baton hands. This Speedmaster is really the most affordable pre-Professional model out there. Costs of this 105.003 reference have gone up over the most recent couple of years, hope to pay in any event €15,000 for one in good condition. The 105.003 is often alluded to as the “Ed White”, as he utilized this watch (and most probably even two of them) during his spacewalk in 1965.
As you can peruse in another article here on Fratello ( How the Speedmaster turned into the Moonwatch ), the 105.003 was the watch utilized by NASA for the qualification. Although Omega sent the successors of the 105.003 for use during Extra-Vehicular Activities by NASA astronauts, the 105.003 was also utilized by NASA. These watches were in NASA’s possession as they got some for the qualification procedures, and they were utilized during Apollo missions.
The Speedmaster 105.003 was introduced just after the “transitional” 105.002, in 1964. It was in production until 1969. In some old catalogs, you will locate the 105.003 publicized close to the 105.012/145.012.
Speedmaster Professional 105.012 & 145.012
The Speedmaster reference 105.012 and reference 145.012 are really the references utilized by Apollo 11 astronauts. It is also the model that has the a-balanced case because of the utilization of crown watches. These crown monitors were added after NASA commented on the danger of knocking off the pushers because of rough use. The 105.012 and 145.012 are considered to be the ensured models and utilized Professional on the dials since 1966. It is checked that Buzz Aldrin wore a 105.012 when he set foot on the Moon while Michael Collins wore his 145.012 when trusting that Aldrin and Armstrong will get back.
Armstrong didn’t wear his watch as the Bulova board clock broke down, as the legend goes. The distinction between the 105.012 and 145.012 is extremely insignificant, although some perfectionists may oppose this idea. Omega began to utilize various pushers for the 145.012, improving water obstruction. There is more variation in the 105.012 references from 1964 till the finish of the production in 1968, where the 145.012 only had a short production (1967-1968) with few changes during its life expectancy. You will locate the 145.012 with two diverse chronograph second hands, those with the triangle short end (see below) and the one with the level end (actually utilized today).
True Moonwatch models
The bizarre thing is — although it is entirely expected to acknowledge that the 105.012 and 145.012 are the genuine Moonwatch models — that these references are the most economical type 321 Speedmaster Professional watches you can purchase. The 145.012 is a touch more common and was the last type 321 in production, until October 1968. You will actually want to locate a 145.012 beginning around €7,500.
The 105.012 is considered to be a smidgen more significant, you will discover them with cases made by providers HF and CB. The obvious qualities to look for are the DON bezel, the tritium hands, the wristbands (105.012 and 145.012 utilized a wide assortment of arm bands, reference 1039 being the most common), and the condition of the dial. You will discover them from excessively perfect (exceptionally white printing) to intensely discolored ones, similar to the model above.
Click here for our Speedmaster 145.012 Buyer’s Guide .
Speedmaster Professional 145.022
In 1968 Omega chose to refresh the Speedmaster a piece. The dial doesn’t highlight the applied Omega logo anymore (although you will locate the occasional “transitional” model where Omega probably got parts that were as yet on the racks in Biel) and the movement has been changed to the Lemania based Omega type 861. This movement does not have a column-wheel system however a cam switch. The 145.022 has been in the collection until around 1983.
In those early years, the dial was “stepped” like the previous type 321 dials. These are a touch more sought after than the last part of the 1970s and 1980s models. Also, later 145.022 models should be not difficult to track down with box and paperwork. The ventured dial was utilized in the 145.022-68, 145.022-69 and 145.022-71 references.
The sequential number
The – xx indicators are not explicitly showing the specific year of production, you can only confirm that dependent on the chronic number engraved on the movement. For instance, the 145.022-69 was produced using 1969 till the second from last quarter in 1971. You should have the option to locate a decent 145.022 from the 1970s for around €4,000 in good condition, maybe even less in the event that you locate an extraordinary arrangement. We distributed a different 145.022 buyer’s direct for you to peruse, click here .
There are also a couple of various case backs for the 145.022, from the comparable 145.012 case back to the current case back with the “First Watch Worn on the Moon” engraved case back. Most sought after are the ones with horizontal inscription (which also comes in two flavors, the most sought after version is the place where it has Apollo XI 1969 engraved below the “First Watch Worn on the Moon” inscription).
The 145.022 is also the reference number for a gold model. One with a burgundy bezel as a commemorative edition for the President of the USA, other individuals from the White House, and Apollo astronauts. We wrote a Speedy Tuesday article on these gold models often, yet additionally have an overview for you with all gold Speedmaster Moonwatch models . Costs on these gold models start around €40,000, contingent upon the condition.
Speedmaster Professional 145.0022 and Later References
Since 1983, Omega began utilizing the 145.0022 code for Speedmaster Professional models, although the 145.0022 was utilized as a kind of perspective before too (yet never engraved for the situation back). Until the last part of the 1980s, when Omega changed the coding framework to their PIC framework. In 1989, the 3592.50 was the Speedmaster Professional reference. All things considered, it was only the reference coding that changed in 1983. In the last part of the 1980s, other things, for example, the wristband also changed.
In 1997, the movement was moved up to the Omega type 1861 (little modification in construction) and the dial and hands were applied with Luminova rather than Tritium. These late 1980s and mid 1990s Speedmaster Professional models with tritium often age pleasantly, acquiring this yellow-ish patina on the markers and hands. You will also think that its simpler to source one of these watches with their boxes and papers compared to the 1970s or prior models. A watch from the mid 1990s may be an extraordinary beginning stage if you’re new to Speedmasters, however need something “vintage”.
The 1997 update was done with the reference 3570.50 (although the couple of absolute first of these references actually had a tritium dial and hands). The current reference number of the original Moonwatch is 3188.8.131.52.01.005. This watch utilizes the type 1861 movement and has a refreshed wristband plan (with screwed joins) and an enormous presentation box.
We did a particular Speedmaster Professional 145.022 Buyer’s Guide here .
Speedmaster (Professional) Mark Series
Often covered for Speedy Tuesday is the Mark arrangement. In the event that we do not consider the Speedmaster Professional (145.012/145.022) as a Mark I, there are 4 official Speedmaster Mark Series. The first was the Mark II (introduced in 1969), followed by the Mark III , Mark IV and Mark V .
Even though some of them were also considered a Speedmaster Professional, none of them were flight-equipped for monitored space missions by NASA. Only the Mark II and Mark V highlight a similar hand-wound movement as the Speedmaster Pro 145.022. The others have diverse automatic (Lemania based) type 1040 chronograph movements. The last Mark, the V, was introduced in 1984 and is the last one of this arrangement. Below, a Mark III, Mark II Racing, Mark 4.5 (see next paragraph).
These Mark arrangement are not as popular among the majority as the Speedmaster Professional, costs start at around €2,000. Some models will in general get more though, also relying upon condition and whether they are complete with box and papers. We covered the Mark arrangement often here on Fratello and maybe we will discover the need to make a Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide on its own for these models.
Various other vintage Speedmaster models
A little correction — although it was rarely official — on the content above. There is a watch that is being considered the Speedmaster Mark 4.5 . This is a watch like the Mark IV, yet with a Lemania 5100 based movement (Omega type 1045). Another Mark related watch is the Speedmaster Teutonic, a watch very much like the Mark V yet in addition with the Omega type 1045 movement. The Teutonic was only implied for the German market during the 1980s. Costs are around equivalent to the Mark series.
Another Speedmaster that should be mentioned here is the Speedmaster 125 . It denoted the 125th commemoration of the Omega company in 1973 and has this enormous awkward case and highlights Omega type 1041. This is essentially a similar movement as the type 1040 movement, yet with chronometer certification. Truth be told, it was the main automatic chronograph movement with a chronometer authentication ever. It was constantly expected that there were only 2,000 made of this watch, yet appears to battle this number. Also, it is very simple to discover one, so the produced number probably been a lot greater. Hope to pay around €3,000 for a good condition model.
Collectible Speedmaster models worth mentioning
Other collectible Speedmaster models worth mentioning in this Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide are the early Speedmaster Professional Moonphase watches (1985). Only 1300 were made of this model and profoundly sought-after. Later on (during the 2000s), Omega did a re-arrival of this specific model and it is as yet in the collection. Another profoundly sought-after Omega Speedmaster is the one with the “Professional” case and with Lemania 5100 based Omega type 1045 movement.
This Speedmaster Automatic reference has also been scratched “ the Holy Grail ” by the late Chuck Maddox . Only 2000 pieces have been made in 1987. Be mindful of the watches that are being offered with administration parts. This should be reflected in the cost. A good piece of examination and value indication can be found .
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Quartz LCD models are also intriguing for those who are into purchasing Speedmaster watches. Maybe not an ordinary wearable piece, yet unquestionably fascinating to own.
Although there are a couple more Speedmaster watches that are probably worth mentioning here, these are the models that bring most solicitation per email. Inform me as to whether you are feeling the loss of some other explicit collections here.
End of Part 1 of the Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide
This initial segment of our Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide gives you an introduction to a few important Speedmaster models. I accentuated the “Moonwatch” models somewhat more than on the other Speedmaster families. For explicit Speedmaster value rules, also try to visit .
Click here for the Omega Speedmaster Buyer’s Guide Part 2
*This article was distributed first on August fifth 2014 and refreshed with new information and images.