$1,795.00. That is unless a vintage one dropped in my lap, so-to-speak. NASA wanted to create the perfect Space Watch. The overall design of the Omega Speedmaster MKII was intentionally different than that of the Speedmaster professional, which was developed to cater to emerging watch trends in the 1970s. During 1969 and the early 1970s, Omega equipped the prototypes of the Concorde. The Omega Speedmaster 125 relies on special construction too, as the case is made of two separate parts. Jan 12, ... you can’t really do much better than an Omega Speedmaster. The Speedmaster Mark II; from Apollo to 2014. An exception might be collectors that just need a piece like this in their Speedmaster collection. A close look at the movement and the engraved chronograph bridge, as well as at the pedigree of the watch, is highly recommended. Mind you that the Speedmaster Mark II sunburst  brushed finish is a magnet to scratches – this doesn’t have anything to do with the material, only with the type of finishing – and it will need a pretty good watchmaker who can do this. Does anyone have a source where I could get one or two? The old steel clasp is just a straight forward folding buckle where the new clasp is in line with all the other modern Omega clasps. Of course it remains in the large-watches category (especially because it is very thick) but, unlike the 125, it is wearable and quite well balanced. The Speedmaster Mark III was succeeded by the Mark IV in 1973. Whereas most of the Speedies come with a round, black dial, this one has a sunburst dark blue dial and special two-tone hands. The two models enjoyed a side-by-side release, where the Mark II… It features a bezel with a tachymeter scale embedded in a stainless steel case, making it well protected against scratches. Nowadays the Mark II has a special place in the heart of Speedmaster’s collectors, but remains one of the most affordable vintage Speedys. The new Omega Speedmaster Mark II Chronograph Co-Axial has to be seen as a tribute rather than a pure vintage re-edition. Speedmaster MARK II, gold plated (waterproof 6 ATM) BA 145.0034: Same as above but 18K solid gold, new reference of the BA145.014 since 1969 (waterproof 6 ATM), leather strap or BA 1162/172 bracelet with domed links: 1040: ST 176.0004 Omega Speedmaster Mark II – 45 Year After Its Introduction. Apart from being the official supplier of the planes’ (two prototypes) timing equipment, Omega was also the unofficial watch supplier for the Concorde’s pilots. The Mark II employed some of the specifications and innovations introduced in the Alaska Project, however with a more consumer-oriented approach – meaning that wearability was considered after all. As we explained in the first part of this retrospective, the Speedmaster became the ‘Moonwatch’ because of a selection process and not from a joint development between the space agency and the Bienne-based brand. So, would you opt for the old and original Speedmaster (Professional) Mark II or would you rather buy one of the new versions? Get more info right here from Omega. The polished edges on the case give a superb contrast to the sunburst brushed finish of the upper side of the case. Editor’s note: the watch you can see here is a prototype (owned by Omega’s Museum) and doesn’t have the same hands as a serial edition. £49.52 postage. The goal was to create a watch able to function in both extremely hot and extremely cold environments, and also to have a great resistance to all the possible aggressions of a space mission. The choice of titanium was dictated by the need of light weight and because of limited temperature conductivity. One of the first and most noticeable characteristic is this watch’s oversized red cover. Thanks for your comment Vincent. This is an automatic movement which uses a column-wheel mechanism, Si14 silicon balance spring and a power reserve of up to 52 hours. As these two stories are full of detailed specifications and technical data, we’re just going to focus here on a few anecdotes we’ve learned recently. But there is something about having the original design in mint condition after 45 years. When it comes to the dial, the Speedmaster Professional and the original MK II are nearly identical, with the main difference between the two being the “Mark II” text on the dial. I live in the Philadelphia area. Two release buttons and easy to resize. The Omega Speedmaster Mark II still relied on the basic but dependable Calibre 861, the cam-operated variation of the historical Calibre 321. Omega Speedmaster is a line of chronograph wristwatches produced by Omega SA.While chronographs have been around since the late 1800s, Omega first introduced this line of chronographs in 1957. In a previously featured article, we presented you with the premises of the Omega Speedmaster and how it became the ‘Moonwatch’. It features a bezel with a tachymeter scale embedded in a stainless steel case, making it well protected against scratches. The white colour reflects the sun’s light, energy and radiation far better and to a higher degree, thus complementing the protection achieved by the outer case. It has this absolutely unique display, both complicated and balanced, that vintage watch lovers have enjoyed for years now. This means that along with the fact it will have all the practical advantages of a true chronograph, the Speedmaster 125 has the uncompromising timekeeping efficiency of an official chronometer. Gold, silver, and bronze subdial rings, a limited edition of 2016 watches in celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. And just to clarify, it had nothing to do with polar exploration. The chronograph's central second hand and the hour markers stand out in fluorescent orange against an otherwise black and white dial. It is the latest in the Speedmaster line, the most distinguished family of the watches in Omega’s history” (Excerpt from the Omega Speedmaster 125 instruction manual.). Free shipping. In any case, Omega decided to do a Speedmaster Mark II reissue earlier this year and we noticed that the watches were already in the Omega boutiques before the official introduction in BaselWorld. Omega Speedmaster History Part 2 – the 1970s editions, https://monochrome-watches.com/omega-speedmaster-history-part-1-1970s-editions/. On the dial, you will notice that – besides the date window obviously – there are some more differences between these two. The Speedmaster Mark II signaled the first redesign of Omega’s popular chronograph. The Speedmaster Mark II had this barrel shaped case that looked totally different from the a-symmetrical Speedmaster Professional case. The Rio 2016 version has a special case back of course, bearing the Olympic Games 2016 Rio logo. The tachymeter bezel would now be integrated but for the sake of legibility, it was not part of the dial but printed directly on the inner face of the crystal – crystal that was now a mineral flat glass instead of a domed hesalite Plexiglas. Its relationship and history with NASA, the moon, and space travel, in general, is something we’re all familiar with. $6500. I’m now 42 land t doesn’t look half as big particularly with new trending large watch dial faces, but it does represent (in my opinion) an absolutely iconic timepiece. But after the presentation of the prototypes (a total of 5 were made), NASA decided that the Omega Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’ 145.012 succeeded in its mission so the Alaska Project was declared obsolete. Any suggestions? Back in 1973, Omega was celebrating its 125th anniversary and they decided to introduce a unique watch to mark the occasion. 145.014. We will come to that comparison later on. When comparing the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch to the MK II, it’s worth taking a closer look at the differences between the vintage and modern Mark II editions. The watch itself was also highly improved with new hands and dial (for better legibility) and a new case. The 125 uses a specific version of Omega’s first automatic chronograph Calibre (introduced in 1972, in the Speedmaster Mark III). Omega Speedmaster Mark II Ref. The vintage Mark II or the new model? 861 owner myself, i know the joy of owning a vintage watch. Then there is the Mark 4.5 (which is a Mark IV with a different movement, an Omega Caliber 1045), which came on the market in 1974. Featured inside the chunky ‘Pilot-shape’ case is the Calibre 910, an evolution of the 861 with an extra GMT complication and a 24h indicator. II a great profile and a very 70s look that is quite popular with enthusiasts today. The Speedmaster Mark II (Ref. WatchBox Reviews 11,240 views. The only difference came from the inscription ‘Mark II’ under the ‘professional’ at 12. It has an integrated bracelet made of bar links, which is another contributor to its weight. The Speedmaster Mark II; from Apollo to 2014. We tend to think that it is based on some ETA caliber that has been tailored for exclusive use for Omega only, hence the Si14 balance spring and Co-Axial escapement. Mark II Speedmasters were the first radical departure from the traditional Speedmaster case, and instead of an exposed lug design, the Mk II was designed with a tonneau shape with hidden lugs. 176.0014 features the very cool Lemania 5100 or Omega 1045, an automatic chronograph with central second and minute counters, a day-date complication, a 24h indicator and a high reliability (due to the use of a very simplified chronograph module and of plastic parts in the movement – not exactly exclusive, but efficient). For more than forty years, the OMEGA Speedmaster Mark II with its streamlined case was valued by collectors as a unique interpretation of the brand’s legendary chronograph. It is like calling it a 2.0 version these days. The orange Speedmaster Mark II racing is reference 327.10.43.50.06.001 and has a (approx) 4600 Euro price tag. Free shipping. 145.022, Omega presented many watches during this decade: the Mark series, composed of the Mark II, the Mark III, the Mark IV, the Mark 4.5 (a Mark IV declination with the Calibre 1045) and several editions equipped with the 1045, using the same layout and technical specifications but with different cases, dials and shapes. When Omega ceased production of the Speedmaster Mark II in 1972, the Mark III already had been introduced. But all are extremely practical for navigation officers and pilots. Sapphire crystal, water resistance 10 bar/100 meters. Without delay, I am proud to bring you an aBlogtoWatch review of the new Omega Speedmaster Mark II watch. What model would you prefer? Omega intended it as a follow-on to the Moonwatch — hence, the second “mark” or iteration — but NASA was not in ne… I had some links removed from it yesterday (28.09.14) so that I could wear it instead of letting it just sit there in its box – so glad I did! In 1969 Speedmaster Mark II was powered by a manual calibre 861. Anniversary Series. Omega Speedmaster Mark II. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. All photos in this article can be clicked for larger versions. Co‑Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 42 MM. Get more info right here from Omega. This is the model that started a series of 5 different Mark pieces that established the Speedmaster-line within Omega. The heart that beats in the iconic Omega Speedmaster Professional, caliber 861 is the same movement you find in the Speedmaster Mark II. As you can see the dial is also completely different, with an integrated scale, a white colour and new hands. The Mark II Speedmaster is easily the most famous model from the series and it is very reminiscent of the 1970s with its barrel-shaped case. Somewhere in 1969 Omega introduced the Speedmaster Mark II. All of these improvements were guided by the need for legibility in difficult lighting conditions, from pitch dark to highly bright situations. The MK II (the first in the series) contained the trusty Omega 861/ … The complete history of the Omega Speedmaster, one of the most iconic chronograph watches ever created introduced in 1957, and how it became the Moonwatch. Most of the British Airways crew members used to wear Omega Flightmasters as a faithful and practical tool for navigation. The dimensions of the new Speedmaster Mark II are 42.4mm x 46.2mm where the vintage model measured 41.75mm x 45mm. Enter the Omega Mark II, with a striking barrel-shaped case that was unconventional at the time. Needless to say, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most storied and well-regarded watches of all time. He bought it in the 80s and I always marvelled at it. We’ve put the old Speedmaster Mark II ref. There are a total of 3 … The original Mark II that debuted in 1969 came in two versions, one with a black-and-white design scheme, and a special racing edition with orange elements. Omega Speedmaster Mark II Ref. The Omega Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016” in stainless steel, 42.4 mm x 46.2 mm. 145.014 Between 1970 and the introduction of Co-Axial movements into the collection in 2005, the Speedmaster saw numerous other interesting additions and oddities, from the electronic F300 powered Speedsonic, to a quartz digital Speedmaster, and eventually to the X-33 from 1998, Omega has never been afraid to … Omega developed a brand-new bulky design for a case made of titanium, a worldwide first in watchmaking. But what about the Speedmasters to follow? The Speedmaster Mark II has been a part of the collection since 1969. Made in anodized aluminium, it protects the watch from very high and very low temperatures because of the particularly low thermal conductivity of this material. $6500. This version of the Speedmaster … In 1984, Omega introduced another non-Professional Speedmaster Mark V with another new case and the 3-register Cal. It has little to do with the original movement, except for the tri-compax layout of the dial of course. Omega Speedmaster Mark II – Movement. For our next and last article in this Omega Speedmaster retrospective, we’ll move on to some extra-special editions, including a real astronaut’s watch and a unique appointment of two of the rarest limited editions ever made. The Mark series introduced the first of the Speedmasters to look significantly different than the classic Professional. It is confusing right? 327.10.43.50.01.001. This version with orange dial accents is the ref. It seems that the new Omega Speedmaster Mark II with the matt black dial has the same graphics printed on the racing version, with the exception of the use of orange for some of its accents. A vintage Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 in good condition can be found for below 1800 Euro. Perhaps the design of this bracelet on this Speedmaster Mark II is something Omega could also apply on the bracelet of the Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’. As you can see on the photo above, the case back looks like other Speedmaster (Automatic) models that are now in the catalog. First up in the ‘Mark” Series is the Speedmaster Mark II. Instead of a no-date hand-wound chronograph movement – like the one that is still being used in the Speedmaster Professional 357x.xx series – Omega decided to use their caliber 3330 movement. £2,061.99. The Mark II proved successful and gave way for a different style of Speedmaster that thrived alongside the beloved Moonwatch. Back to the original question, you can get a bit more info on the Mark II on the chronomaddox.com website. Alongside the classical ‘Moonwatch’ ref. Chronograph 42 … Did you get a chance to measure the lug width and see if it will fit? The Omega Speedmaster and NASA have a longstanding and deeply-rooted link. It represents everything a 1970s watch should be. Speedmaster MARK II, gold plated (waterproof 6 ATM) BA 145.0034: Same as above but 18K solid gold, new reference of the BA145.014 since 1969 (waterproof 6 ATM), leather strap or BA 1162/172 bracelet … The Mark II Speedmaster is easily the most famous model from the series and it is very reminiscent of the 1970s with its barrel-shaped case. Thus, it was the Speedmaster Mark II that travelled to the Moon for the first time in history with Apollo 11’s astronauts. Based on the Calibre 1040, the Speedmaster 125 adds a world’s first on its Calibre 1041: the chronometer certification on an automatic chronograph movement. 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