La configurazione OmegaSpeedmaster con quadrante speciale è stata lanciata in pochi esemplari nel 1963 ed ora è molto ambita dai collezionisti.
Nel dettaglio abbiamo tutta la famiglia di Racing o esotici come dir si voglia, tutti contraddistinti da diversi calibri e casse.
Il primo uscì sul mercato nel 1963 con la classica grafica 2915 con la “O” slight e senza la scritta “professional” referenza 105-003 calibro 321 con anse dritte.
Il secondo uscì nel 1967 con la scritta “professional” e porta referenza 145-012, calibro 321 con la nuova tipologia di cassa ad anse elicoidali.
L’ultimoRacing uscì sul mercato nel 1969 con il calibro 861, referenza 145-022. Questo raffigurato è forse l’unico esemplare esistente con quadrante personalizzato MEISTER (un concessionario con sede in Svizzera).
Omega ha riprodotto una versione moderna dell referenza 145-022, con tiratura limitata di soli 2004 pezzi per il mercato giapponese per l’anno 2004.
Dei moderni vediamo invece il cosiddetto tin tin e l’Apollo 15 prodotto in tiratura limitata per il quarantesimo della missione Nasa in 1971 esemplari.
The configuration Omega Speedmaster with special dial was launched in small numbers in 1963 and is now highly coveted by collectors.
In detail we have the whole family of Racing or exotic as you prefer, all characterized by different sizes and speakers.
The first came on the market in 1963 with the classic graphics 2915 with the “O” slight and without the word “professional”, reference 105-003, caliber 321 with straight lugs.
The second came in 1967 with the words “professional” with reference 145-012, caliber 321.
The last Racing came out on the market in 1969 with the caliber 861, 145-022 reference. This one is perhaps the only example with custom dial MEISTER (a dealer based in Switzerland).
Omega has played a modern version of the reference 145-022, with a limited edition of only 2,004 pieces for the Japanese market for the year 2004.
About the Modern we can see instead the so-called tin tin and the Apollo 15produced in a limited edition for the fortieth anniversary of NASA mission in only 1971 examples.
Watch specialist Eric Wind picks out seven watches from the upcoming OMEGA Speedmaster 50 sale that chart the development of the original sports chronograph
Upon its introduction in 1957, the Speedmaster defined the new category of sports chronograph. Originally designed for use by racing car drivers, OMEGA’s designers never anticipated that the watch would be destined to become a watch used by astronauts and cosmonauts during some of mankind’s greatest achievements. That a watch designed over half a century ago is still used on missions to space, is a testament to its timeless design and quality.
Other sport chronographs have undergone dramatic transformations, but the Speedmaster endures. Its particular key innovation — a fixed bezel showing a tachymeter scale — allowed for tracking speed when on a fixed track. The benefit of this bezel was that it was much easier to read speed when driving than previous chronograph watches that placed tachymeter tracks on the dial. This innovation was soon copied and adopted by other companies for chronographs.
In addition, the Speedmaster further appealed to drivers due to the large rectangular luminous markers and the hands filled with lume, allowing for the reading of the time in darker conditions or at night.
The Speedmaster was quite large in size for its time, again assisting with legibility. The size also allowed for the screw down case back, and capped rather than square pushers, making the Speedmaster more resistant to water, dust, and other difficult conditions that would damage other chronographs from the time.
With these features in mind, here are seven watches from the OMEGA Speedmaster 50: From A Spacewalk To Today thematic auction to be held at Christie’s in New York on December 15 that show the evolution of the watch over the last half a century.
For the Speedmaster, there is only one first reference: the 2915-1. As the origin of the Speedmaster species, it has both the DNA that continues to exist in Speedmasters today, as well as notable features found the earliest Speedmasters: the ‘broad arrow’ hands and the steel bezel with an engraved tachymeter.
The OMEGA Speedmaster 50 sale also has an extraordinary example of a 2915-2 (Lot 4), which is very similar to the 2915-1. The dynamic look of the hands and limited production makes these early reference 2915 watches highly desirable for collectors.
After a couple years, OMEGA switched the steel bezel found on the early reference 2915 Speedmasters for a painted bezel made of aluminum that provided contrast for easier reading of the tachymeter scale to read speeds.
The other major change with this reference is the use of dauphine or ‘alpha’ hour and minute hands, which offered a dressier and sleeker look than the ‘broad arrow’ hands found on the reference 2915.
Notably, this lot has a dial that has faded to a ‘tropical’ or ‘chocolate’ brown from its original black, perhaps due to the fact it was, according to OMEGA, originally sent to Curaçao, an island of the Dutch Caribbean.
Following the earliest reference 2998 Speedmasters, OMEGA switched to thin hands for the subsidiary registers and then to straight baton hands from the dauphine hands. These simple straight hands were evidently supposed to make reading the time faster.
This lot was in fact formerly owned by a famous British pilot who set a record for the fastest transatlantic flight with return, and who was also the Senior Training Pilot during the initial tests of the Concorde supersonic passenger jet.
OMEGA was constantly seeking improvements with the Speedmaster. The company realised, perhaps due to its repair experience, that one weak point for the early Speedmasters was the exposed crown and pushers, which could be damaged if struck.
In particular, the crown is connected to the movement by a thin metal stem inside the watch and if the crown suffered a significant blow, the stem could bend or break, leaving the person wearing the watch without the ability to wind it or set the time and possibly exposing the movement to damage from moisture. Thus, OMEGA introduced the ‘PROFESSIONAL’ version, featuring a case that provided protection around the pushers and crown.
This reference marked the beginning of the use of the caliber 861 movement, which beat at a higher rate than the previous caliber 321 movements. This example also features a dial that no longer had an applied OMEGA logo, but instead was painted in white. This particular watch is anything but ordinary as astronaut Ron Evans used it on the Apollo 17 mission. In fact, it is the only opportunity for someone to own a watch flown in the Apollo missions.
With the dawn of the 1970s, OMEGA began experimenting with more unusual case designs, both from a functional and aesthetic perspective. The Speedmaster Mark II has a large case that protects the crown and pushers even further and a crystal that was supposed to be more protected from damage.
This particular watch is one of very few known to be made in 18k gold and is in mint condition. It is one of a number of more avant-garde and rare Speedmasters from the 1970s and 1980s in OMEGA Speedmaster 50 sale.
Notably, the watch featured ‘broad arrow’ hands, harkening back to the earliest Speedmaster reference 2915 models. One wonders what OMEGA will come up with next for its legendary Speedmaster line — and how it might be used in space.
Il 4° orologio selezionato per noi da Oredelmondo è uno splendido Omega Speedsonic Lobster.
Il “Lobster” è certamente un orologio di culto tra gli appassionati di orologi di design ergonomico. Il bracciale “a coda di aragosta” (di qui il nikname “Lobster”) cinge il polso in modo così confortevole da annullare l’ingombro di una cassa di enormi dimensioni.
Il Lobster non è un orologio particolarmente raro, ma trovarne uno completamente originale, in perfetto stato di funzionamento e nelle condizioni estetiche desiderate da un collezionista, non è poi così semplice.
Ecco perché suggeriamo alla vostra attenzione questo “perfetto” esemplare che Oredelmondo ha selezionato per voi.
Omega Speedsonic f300HZ Lobster – Ref. ST 188.0001 Cassa in acciaio 44x46mm con vetro minerale piano Bracciale in acciaio chiusura Omega denominato “Lobster” Movimento cronografo al quarzo cal. 1255 Anno di produzione: 1970 circa
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The 4th clock selected by OreDelMondo is a wonderful Omega Speedsonic Lobster.
The “Lobster” is certainly an icon watch made with a beautiful ergonomic design. The bracelet “a lobster tail” (hence the nikname “Lobster”) encircles the wrist so comfortable to hide a case so big.
The Lobster is not a watch particularly rare, but to find an example in so perfect condition it’s not so simple.
That’s why we suggest to your attention this “perfect” that Oredelmondo has selected for you.
Omega Speedsonic f300HZ Lobster – Ref. ST 188.0001 Stainless steel case with mineral glass 44x46mm Stainless bracelet Omega called “Lobster” Quartz chronograph movement cal. 1255 Production Year: about 1970