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    Message par Copeau le Mer 5 Juil - 9:21

    Quickly after the introduction of the new Moonwatch Only book (that we reviewed here), the authors showed us a little sneak preview of what was coming up. A mobile version of their book, for traveling collectors: Moonwatch Only – The Speedmaster Identification Guide iBook.

    The Speedmaster Identification Guide iBook


    It doesn’t include everything from the book, but it is a perfect method to have your crucial Speedmaster information at hand when traveling or visiting a watch trade show for example.



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    Message par Copeau le Jeu 27 Juil - 10:46

    INTRODUCING YOU TO THE SPEEDY TUESDAY MAGAZINE


    This year marks the 5th anniversary of Speedy Tuesday. Not only here on Fratello, but we are happy that Speedy Tuesday has become a community on its own, where people share their love for the Moonwatch and other Speedmaster watches.

    Speedy Tuesday Magazine


    Earlier this year, it was already celebrated with the introduction of the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday Limited Edition watch (which is currently being delivered to those who ordered). However, we now also are happy to announce the Speedy Tuesday Magazine. That’s right, a paper magazine. Although we are very much on-line, there is something about a paper magazine or book that can’t be transmitted to an on-line medium. Some times you just need to hold something to read in your hands, flick through pages and be at ease while not having to look into this bright and light emitting device.




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    SPEEDY TUESDAY – DIGITAL REVOLUTION: SPEEDMASTER X-33 SKYWALKER AND EARLIER GENERATIONS

    The current Speedmaster Professional X-33 Skywalker distinguishes itself from its predecessors by two useful functions for space exploration: mission elapsed time (MET) and phase elapsed time (PET). It also has an extra time zone compared to the first two generations. PET is based on a patented design by ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and addresses a true astronaut’s timing needs, making the watch an interesting tool for those who work in space exploration.

    Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker

    The Speedmaster Professional X-33 Skywalker (reference 318.90.45.79.01.001) has a large titanium case in the same interesting design as the former Speedmaster X-33 models, featuring the typical Speedmaster lugs. The case diameter is 45mm and the case and bracelet have been crafted out of grade-2 titanium, like the older models. Grade-2 titanium tends to become darker over time, which will give it an interesting look. The bezel of this watch has a ceramic ring with a chromium-nitride scale, coated with white Super-LumiNova. The bracelet is a combination of grade-2 and grade-5 titanium. Grade 5 titanium has a high polished finish. The case back is engraved with ‘Tested and qualified by ESA,’ hence the collaboration with eSa astronaut Clervoy. (The case of the 1st generation 3290.50 had only the Seahorse logo, 2nd generation 3291.50 had ‘Flight-qualified by NASA for Space missions,’ the same inscription as the normal Speedmaster Professional 3570.50 family).

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    SPEEDY TUESDAY – A FAN TALKS ABOUT HIS SPEEDMASTER TRANSITIONAL FROM 1968


    There aren’t many watches around that will make people talk so passionate about as the Speedmaster. That’s a bit of a bold statement, but if you see someone wearing a Speedmaster, I’ll bet there will be an interesting conversation if you ask this person about the watch. People buy the Speedmaster for a particular reason, be it the Moon association or simply because they love the heritage of the Speedmaster collection. You won’t find many people out there who bought it as a status symbol or to be ‘flashy’.

    So is the case with the watch of Christian, one of our readers from Germany. He has this Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022-68, also known as the Speedmaster Transitional.

    Speedmaster Transitional

    The Speedmaster Transitional is called this way, as it marks a short period (1968-1969) where Omega introduced a new chronograph movement (caliber 861), but still kept using the dial with the applied logo. The applied metal Omega logo was later on (1969) replaced by the a printed white Omega logo. If you look closely, you will also discover that the hour markers are longer than on the later 145.022 references (they stop at the minute track on the 145.022-69 reference). It is not the exact same dial as used on the 145.012 and other previous references however, as the pins (or feet) that connect the dial to the movement are different. So these dials are not interchangeable. With this 145.022-68 Speedmaster Transitional, Omega also introduced the chronograph seconds hand with straight (or flat) counter-weight.

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    Message par Copeau le Mer 16 Aoû - 15:40



    SHARING A READER’S SPEEDMASTER STORY


    Owners and their watches, providing an insight in what moved them to buy a certain watch or in this case, a Speedmaster. Once every while we like to feature a reader’s story on their Speedmaster(s). This week we have the story of Iain and his wife Jackie and how they came to purchase their Omega Speedmaster watches.

    Iain tells the tale of their two Speedies in today’s Speedy Tuesday feature on Fratello Watches.

    Jackie’s Speedmaster Story


    Jackie’s story on her Speedmaster all started with this new job. In 2016 Jackie started working with children who have special educational needs. One of the harder parts of the job involves dealing with the children when they suffer from epileptic seizures. Part of the process involves accurately timing the length of the seizure as this effects the decision on which emergency procedure to follow.

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    Message par Copeau le Mar 22 Aoû - 11:45


    Gold Speedmaster 3695.50.31


    One of my first encounters with a gold Speedmaster was with the BA145.022-69, which translates into the famous yellow gold Apollo XI commemorative edition from 1969 with a burgundy bezel. It must have been late 1999 or early 2000 that someone showed it to me. It paved the way for my (later) craving to own a gold Speedmaster some day.

    Although Omega always had (and still has) a number of gold Speedmaster watches in their collection, you rarely see them in the flesh. Today, we feature an interview with one of our readers and Speedmaster fans, and talk about his gold Speedmaster 3695.50.31.

    Meet Tom, an avid Speedmaster fan and wearer.


    FW: Do you collect Speedmasters or watches in general?

    My 1985 Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch was bought new when I was living in Hong Kong. I still have it and wear it in rotation but eventually it will be my son’s 40th birthday gift as it is his birth year.

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    Message par Copeau le Ven 1 Sep - 8:26




    HANDS-ON: OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 311.10.39.30.01.001 REVIEW



    ROBERT-JAN BROER

    AUG 29, 2017



    Earlier this year, I was asked to write an article for Omega’s Lifetime Magazine about the Trilogy watches. Including the Speedmaster 311.10.39.30.01.001 of course. From the first moment on, I was thrilled by this watch and I didn’t need much time to order one for myself. As I am writing this, I am waiting for the watch to be delivered, but in the meanwhile I received a Speedmaster 311.10.39.30.01.001 for review. The so-called 0000/3557 number (and there are more of these 0000s, for sample and presentation purposes).

    Speedmaster 311.10.39.30.01.001




    A bit later, when I saw the watch in the flesh during BaselWorld, I was certain I made the right choice by ordering it. I read the positive reactions this watch received in general, also read some criticism towards the use of the vintage looking patina. Faux-patina, as collectors call this. Looking at the official press photos and back on the watch that is on my wrist, the patina is not as brown in the flesh. It also depends a bit on the lighting conditions.
    Anyway, while awaiting my own order, I was able to at least give this Speedmaster ’57 60th anniversary a try for a couple of weeks. Long enough to come up with a real hands-on review.
    I just received the watch, without the official box that will be used. I assume that it will remain the same from what I’ve seen during its introduction. A red box that shows resemblance to those very first Speedmaster boxes. Besides the stainless steel bracelet, the watch also comes with a vintage looking brown leather strap.

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    SPEEDY TUESDAY – CUSTOMIZED OMEGA SPEEDMASTER SNOOPY SCHUMACHER

    Message par Copeau le Mer 6 Sep - 14:33

    Customization of watches isn’t new. Also not on Speedmaster watches. We reported about a modified Speedmaster some years ago (here), including an article about a company that specializes in customizing dials. Just recently even, we showed you a customized Speedmaster that was done for Hackett.

    Today, we have another customized Speedmaster for you, but this time we feel it is something really special. Where the other modifications mainly consisted of using parts from different Speedmaster references, or painting dials, the Speedmaster we have today has some real craftsmanship applied to it.

    Speedmaster Snoopy Schumacher





    Snoopy has a special connection with Omega. The most famous beagle in the world was used by NASA as a “watchdog” since 1968. Pins of Snoopy were given as a sign of appreciation to NASA employees and contractors who did something special for them, together with a more official ‘Snoopy’ certificate. Click below for an in-depth story on Snoopy and Speedmaster watches.


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    Message par Copeau le Jeu 21 Sep - 12:19

    It is not often that we come across collectors who have this gold Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch BA145.022 in their collection. We have covered this specific model a couple of times in our Speedy Tuesday feature, but it remains to be a rare find and sight. The price on these watches drastically grew over the last couple of years, which might have something to do with the rare sightings of these gold Moonwatch models. Besides that, a number of collectors feel that the Speedmaster was meant to be in stainless steel.

    The first Speedmaster Professional in gold was introduced in 1969 and in production till 1973. A beautiful commemorative edition for the Apollo XI moon landing. The all-gold Speedmaster Professional came back in 1980 (till approx. 1988) as a numbered edition (click here) once more. Then, since 1992 there were gold Moonwatch models on and off. Even the regular Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch was available in gold, but that stopped a couple of years ago as well. There was little demand for it. However, this year we got served again with some gold greatness with the 272 pieces of the Apollo XVII ‘Tribute to Cernan’ watch.

    Today we talk about the first Omega Speedmaster Professional in gold though, the reference BA145.022-69 with its typical 1960’s rich dial (look at those square onyx markers and brushed finish of the gold dial).

    Astronaut Thomas Stafford in 1977, wearing his gold Speedmaster Professional. Image via TLI Guy




    Early Gold Speedmaster – Wide Oval O






    If you want to read more background story on the gold Omega Speedmaster Professional BA145.022, you might want to read this and this article. This gold Speedmaster Professional was produced in the years 1969 to 1973, to commemorate the Apollo XI mission of 1969.




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    Message par Copeau le Jeu 28 Sep - 9:05

    SPEEDY TUESDAY – OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL 145.012 BUYER’S GUIDE


    It was about time to update this article, that was written and untouched since 2015. In the meanwhile, some new facts came to life and need to be addressed. We also saw a steep increase in the price of a good example of a Speedmaster Professional 145.012 or its spare parts.

    The Speedmaster Professional 145.012


    This reference was produced in 1967 and 1968. Some have been delivered a tad bit later, but it was replaced by the 145.022-68 in 1968.It is the last Speedmaster with caliber 321 movement (based on Lémania 2310). Also, it was the Speedmaster with this sought-after column-wheel movement that had the highest production, somewhere between 27000 and 28000 pieces in total. This basically means that you still will find a lot of them, it is the easiest caliber 321 Speedmaster to find on the pre-owned market. The 145.012, together with the 105.012, was also the Speedmaster that Omega sent to NASA for use during Extravehicular Activities (EVA) by astronauts during the Apollo missions. We know now that the 105.012 reference was actually used by Neil Armtrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin during Apollo 11. Aldrin’s watch was worn on the Moon in July 1969, as the legend has it that Armstrong’s watch was left behind in the command module. However, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins was wearing the Speedmaster Professional 145.012. Also astronauts of later Apollo missions had the 145.012 instead of the 105.012 (and the occasional 105.003 that was still in use).

    The good thing about the Speedmaster Professional 145.012 is that it was quite consequent in its configurations. No transitional models, no iterations during the production of this reference. Nevertheless, we receive quite a bit of messages from readers who want to buy a Speedmaster Professional 145.012 and have some questions, or people who actually have or found one, and have some doubts about its originality. This article is meant to give some insights in the Speedmaster Professional 145.012 and what to look for. I will also give some examples of do’s and don’ts and right and wrongs.





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    Message par Copeau le Mar 3 Oct - 13:09

    Et dire que ce fut ma première Speed  Sad

    One of the benefits of having the Speedy Tuesday feature is that you often run into interesting people with interesting stories. Last week I was in Tokyo and met a guy who picked up his Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday in the Omega Boutique in Ginza (and I joined him) and had a wonderful time with him discussing watches and Tokyo related things. One of the guys that joined us in Tokyo for our Grand Seiko reader’s journey was a Speedmaster fan himself as well, and we had interesting discussions on the importance of details on these vintage watches. For this week’s Speedy Tuesday however, we have collector Mark Sinclair talking about his Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary ‘Patch’ reference 311.30.42.30.01.001, accompanied with some stunning images from photographer J. F. Sørensen.

    Speedmaster 50th Anniversary ‘Patch’



    The Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary ‘Patch’ model was introduced in 2007 and limited to 5957 pieces. Quite a big number, but keep in mind that the annual production of Omega is somewhere between 600.000 and 700.000 watches and the demand for their limited editions can be quite high some times, so everything is relative. Besides this watch, Omega also released a model in steel (and in gold) in 2007 that was limited to only 1957 pieces (and 57 for the gold model) with a hand-wound F.Piguet-based caliber 3201 movement.

    We talk to Mark Sinclair about his Speedmaster 50th Anniversary ‘Patch’ 311.30.42.30.01.001 however, and ask him some more Speedmaster related questions.


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    Message par Copeau le Sam 25 Nov - 13:33

    Some times we feature stories from our readers about their Speedmaster watches. One that we already published in 2015, but perhaps you might have missed, is the story by Jason who inherited his grandfather’s Speedmaster. A beautiful Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 with the straight script in the case back. The thing is, he never knew about this watch until his grandfather passed away and went through his belongings. Without further ado, this great story about a family heirloom.

    The Forgotten Moonwatch


    Despite being a fan of watches and familiar with his grail watch, the Speedmaster, Jason never identified the watch on the pictures of his grandfather as a Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. The reason for this – probably – is that his grandfather used to wear the watch on the inside of his wrist. Once you know, you will recognize the Speedmaster bracelet (ref.1039) on his wrist on the photos.


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    Message par Copeau le Ven 2 Mar - 12:45

    https://www.fratellowatches.com/speedy-tuesday-speedmaster-145-022-69-three-musketeers/

    This week, we have another collector’s story for our Speedy Tuesday feature. Our reader Alexander submitted this story about his collection of Omega Speedmaster Professional watches from 1969. A special year for the Speedmaster, as it became the Moonwatch on that day in July 1969. Something that did not happen by accident, of course, but was the result of an official procurement process and some rigorous testing. We covered that entire process here. Although it was the reference 105.003 that was subject to these tests and the later 105.012 and 145.012 references that were sent to NASA for actual use by astronauts, the 145.022 received the case back with the “First Watch Worn on the Moon” and “Flight-Qualified by NASA for all manned Space Missions” engravings. The 145.022 (introduced in 1968) was also delivered with a post Moonlanding case back, with no engraving other than ‘Speedmaster’ and the famous Seahorse logo.

    Without further ado, Alexander’s story on his 1969 Speedmaster models.

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    Message par Copeau le Mar 6 Mar - 14:25

    OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 376.0822 – THE HOLY GRAIL

    The Speedmaster 376.0822 was nicknamed ‘Holy Grail’ by Chuck Maddox for one simple reason: according to himself he searched for this watch with the intensity that King Arthur searched for the Holy Grail. He began calling the Speedmaster 376.0822 “the Grail” because he was that obsessed with it.

    It is not the first Speedmaster that received a nickname by its collectors, as the ‘Broad Arrow’ for example was used before for the CK2915. However, we could say that it was surely one of the first nicknames given by collectors to a Speedmaster. Chuck loved the Speedmaster 376.0822 for a couple of good reasons, most important was the combination of the Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’ case and the use of the legendary Lemania 5100 movement. This movement, dubbed caliber 1045 by Omega, was already used for the Speedmaster Mark IV and Mark V and a number of other variations.

    With the Lemania 5100 based movement inside, the Speedmaster Holy Grail received a more ‘toolwatch’ look, with the centralized chronograph minutes hand, the day and day indicators and the extra sub dial at 12 o’clock, being a day/night indicator (or 24-hour indicator, as you wish). Not only that, but during that time (1987) Omega also used the famous reference 1450 bracelet. An almost ‘Presidential’ bracelet that is considered by many (including me) as one of the best Speedmaster bracelets that has been produced.



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    Message par Copeau le Mar 3 Avr - 11:35



    Some expected a new Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday in BaselWorld, but instead Omega surprised us with a number of other Speedmaster novelties. The Apollo 8, a Speedmaster Moonphase Master Chronometer in blue ceramic with Aventurine dial and three variations of those in full platinum. More about those later, because first I want to shed the light on the new Speedmaster CK2998 Pulsometer that they released for this year. This watch is based on the original CK2998 reference that was introduced in 1959 and is the 2nd generation Speedmaster. It was in production up to 1962 and succeeded by the 105.002 and 105.003.

    Speedmaster CK2998 Pulsometer

    Exactly 6 years ago, I introduced you to the Speedmaster First Omega in Space model. A very popular model, influenced by the original CK2998 reference that astronaut Wally Schirra wore during his Sigma 7 flight on the 3rd of October 1962. In 2015, Omega released this model in the stunning Sedna gold material, with a panda dial. Then, two years ago, in 2016, Omega introduced another variation on the CK2998 theme, the blue panda dial version in stainless steel.

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    Message par Copeau le Jeu 5 Avr - 11:40

    Last week we already showed you the Speedmaster CK2998 Pulsometer, and this week it is time for a little hands-on with the new Speedmaster Apollo 8. Omega dedicates 2018 mainly to the Seamaster collection, celebrating its 70th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Seamaster 300M. However, that did not refrain them from releasing a number of new Speedmaster watches as well. Some of you already knew what was coming, due to the leaks that Omega encountered in the period just before BaselWorld. Although some think this has been done on purpose, this wasn’t the case. Does it harm Omega? Of course not, but the surprise effect wasn’t really there anymore. An exception could be this new Speedmaster Apollo 8. A watch that needs to be seen in the flesh.

    Speedmaster Apollo 8

    When seen on the official press pictures, the Speedmaster Apollo 8 might look a bit flat or dull even. This is a piece that should be worn or at least seen in the flesh though. We hope we have been able to get the watch on ‘film’ in a way that the skeletonised dial and depth of the movement is visible. The finishing on the hand-wound Lemania based movement is simply stunning. As we wrote in the initial article about the Speedmaster Apollo 8, this watch has a skeletonised dial and a movement that bears the structure of the near and far side of the Moon surface on it.



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