Some Omega Speedmasters.

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-01:27
I am not a big fan of Speedmasters... Maybe because there is so much passion about it, maybe because I am always reluctant when a watch cannibalizes a brand, maybe because when people think Omega, they first think " Speedmasters ". 

I don't have a Speedmaster in my collection, not yet... As a proud owner of a Seamaster ( CK 2913 ) and a Railmaster ( CK 2914 for the Pakistani Army ), I am considering a Speedmaster, now. 

For this model, I much prefer straight lugs, maybe because I want to build the famous " Trilogy " or Holy Trinity? 

The biggest issue is, as you well know, that the logic would lead me on finding a CK 2915. But the prices went mad, about that reference. It is not much better on the CK 2998, either. 

The compromise would be a ST 105 003, but I want something which is close to the 2915. 

You are seeing me waving a lot, in my quest... 

So, I started to do my homework, to see some Speemdasters, to play with some. 

And some pleased me a lot. 

Here they are... 

The Grail, the CK 2915. 

Credit picture: Antiquorum: 

A chocolate CK 2998, with incorrect hands: 

A CK 2998-4, with incorrect hands:

A CK 2998 FAP ( Credit picture: Roberto Jatucka ) 

A CK 2998-62. Credit picture, Antiquorum: 

A CK 2998 which is one I am considering buying, all correct and in great shape:

One CK 2998 which broke my heart. I fell in love but really couldn't afford it. THAT one is a killer...

A beaten 105 003: 

Another 105 003. Credit picture: Only Watch. Very nice looking, this one, I must say.

Let's end with the 105 002, the elusive reference, which I seriously consider getting. Still debating between this one and the CK 2998 I mentioned above, taken on the same background. 

As for lyre lugs, this 105 012 is very nice looking. 

But my absolute Grail is this Alaska Type 2, seen at the Omega Museum: 

As you can see, it is a long term project. Something I have in my mind for years, now. 



Start with ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 20th, 2018-04:55
Ref 105.003 The legendary Ed White, Circa 1965.
You can feel the history in this watch. All the marketing hype came later on.

That's a good choice, indeed. Thanks, Captain. [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-09:42
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I only speak from experience [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 20th, 2018-14:10
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Your choice, indeed? [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-22:19
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2915s are for sure the most iconic but since a few years their prices have skyrocketed. Aesthetically speaking my favourite reference is 2998 with straight lugs and alpha hands. A good and

 By: PP5170G : November 20th, 2018-05:29
all original 2998-1 is unbeatable IMHO. Furthermore you, as you mentioned, also 105.002 is a great reference above all for its rarity.

Yes, but its price is starting to be quite high... But I do get your point. Thanks, my dear friend. [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-09:43
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 By: Jurry : November 20th, 2018-05:46
The problem with Omega is that, indeed, they are squeezing the moon watch like a lemon.

They have gone too far with limited editions on special editions, white grey Black you name it, they’ve got it

But it completely took the magic out of it

To me there are 3 Omegas that are worthwhile: the 3 they brought last year in one box Seamaster Railmaster and Speedmaster

My son owns an Speedmaster the moon watch professional. That’s watch I can relate to and feel the magic of first man on the moon

All other series are probably good for the shareholders but to me they hold little value

I’ve never quit got the hype on them.

Vacheron, Blancpain they’ve got it mastered on how to connect the past with present. Omega is only milking one watch that (let’s not forget by more luck than wisdom) got selected by NASA.

Sometimes I wonder if Omega would still exist if they didn’t get selected by NASA

but these are just my views. Quality wise they are great watches, style wise most are good, it’s just that “wow factor” that I’m missing

Like you, I think the hype for the Speedmaster is excessive. Omega has some very good other models. For example, this year, I am more falling in love for the Seamaster 1948! [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-09:45
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Though you declare not being fan of the Speedy, I feel that at least one example should reside in your collection and filling the Triology gap...

 By: Subexplorer : November 20th, 2018-06:36
... would be a fantastic excuse!

All the examples you show can make happy a demanding collector. I would go for any of those you are considering... before they are gone forever or their prices put definitively in the missing train category! wink

As this crazy market suggest the Speedy prices trend is to keep rising their values.

I wish to see your own Speedy soon dear Nicolas! Your collection deserves it!

Un abrazo desde las Pampas! Abel

I may also end with one or two moderns... ;) But I need a Vintage one, and ma working on that topic. Gracias, Abel. [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-09:45
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That´s great dear Nicolas!! Look forward to view what you finally get for your collection. Modern and vintage... you´ll get the best of two worlds, I´m sure!! Abrazos mi amigo! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : November 21st, 2018-06:30
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I'm sure you'll put your hands on a Speedmaster, one day! I am one of those who love (some not because it is unwatchable!) the variants of this model... what a splendid path! [nt]

 By: massimiliano : November 20th, 2018-07:07
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I feel you are right, Amico. Grazie. [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-09:46
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Speedmaster, Nautilus, Royal Oak...

 By: Arie - Mr Orange : November 20th, 2018-08:05
strong designs, strong following.

Neat point, Arie. [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-09:46
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with the risk of being assassinated...

 By: Alex83 : November 20th, 2018-12:28
I will also say I am not a big fan; I mean the watch is ok but it is my personal, non-funded and totally subjective belief that no man has ever put a foot on the moon....
oh I said it....

Watch your back! ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-12:29
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ay ay ay....that was a risky statement I know! [nt]

 By: Alex83 : November 20th, 2018-12:31
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:) [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-12:32
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I've met Charlie Duke . . .

 By: Dr No : November 20th, 2018-12:39

. . . and can guarantee if you told him that in person, steam would come out of his ears . . . at best.

Met Tom Stafford, too . . .

. . . and can say without the slightest doubt these guys could never have pulled off a fabricated stunt and kept the hoodwink going indefinitely.  


See, Alex, what you did? :))) [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-12:40
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Et mince...

 By: Alex83 : November 20th, 2018-12:53
Je savais que je n'aurais pas du appuyer sur envoyer!

Too late... ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-13:04
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Hope no offense dear Art!

 By: Alex83 : November 20th, 2018-12:52
I am sure these gentlemen are really good human beings!
I am just very sceptical with some parts of the written history... Actually the more I age, or perhaps the more I see what is going on today, the less I believe certain parts of recent history... But that's just me off course!

Well, I'm a skeptic, too, about many . . .

 By: Dr No : November 20th, 2018-13:22
. . . accepted interpretations of history, including both Kennedy assassinations, but not when it comes to the moon landings.  I heard Charlie D describe his experience losing his footing and almost falling into a pit, from which he wouldn't have been able to emerge.  He was utterly humble and totally credible.

Trust me.


Thanks for the post. I agree with you, I want a speedmaster but there are so many choices where to start?

 By: socabaptist : November 20th, 2018-12:41
Please keep posting any more choices that you find - this gives me a better idea of what's out there. Thanks!

With great pleasure. I will tell you more soon, hopefully. [nt]

 By: amanico : November 20th, 2018-12:42
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 By: tactictac : November 2nd, 2019-06:19
what was your choice.

One year later, the answer is still in the air. ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : November 2nd, 2019-09:57
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