Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 35th Anniversary LE

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The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11 35th Anniversary Limited Edition watch, this one I regret selling one of the best moon watches you can buy with a Panda Dial.  This Omega is standard 42mm manual wind moonwatch with Caliber 1861 with 48 hours power reserve water resistant to 50m with plexi glass, dates to around 2004 so relatively a modern watch but highly collectible with 3500 pieces made in total.

The stunning Panda dial white with black sub dials really stands out, any thing Panda Dial collectors love and command more money.  The Caseback is one of the nicest caseback’s Omega have done the watch was to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Apollo 11, 1969 – 2004.
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Omega have made plenty of Limited Edition watches to commemorate the Apollo landing but this one of the ones to have, prices last few years gone through the roof for a modern Omega which was around £2500 new in 2004. Prices are crazy selling for double the Rrp. The Omega moonwatch is a great seller for Omega “The First Watch Worn on The Moon” is a great taking piece but moon watches can be a bit of pain when they stop being manual wind watch. They do make automatic versions but are not based on the original moonwatch they have a co-axial automatic movement which collectors not as keen on.  The Vintage Moonwatch pre 1970 coming highly collectible but in that said vintage watches in general are Vintage Rolex, Vintage Omega, Vintage Heuer……

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Hands On Omega Seamaster Professional 212.30.41.20.03.001

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Hands On With the Omega Seamaster Professional 212.30.41.20.03.001, this in my opinion is one of the best value Omega watches out there for plenty reasons. This Omega is great all rounder for the buck with Ceramic bezel and blue glossy dial with date aperture at 3 o clock and 41mm case which is perfect.  The bracelet is much more robust than older versions and feels very high quality, the Seamaster is a true divers piece with 100 years of heritage just like Rolex has but the main difference is over half the price less to purchase, if you are a good internet shopper and haggler you can get a great discount on thes Omega’s. They do this in black as well which is even nicer but both great watches.

The Seamaster has a co axial movement which time keeping is fer-nominal on these movements.  I have posted about previous versions like the Bond Watch and the co-axial version that came before this one which was a favorite. The Omega is so refined now and for £2920 for such a great every day piece which is so versatile dress, casual, smart, work, cannot see how they could make this one better than it already is.

Omega do 100s of great watches and limited editions pieces like no other company too many limited editions! But this one great overall timepiece that all watch enthusiasts should try one.

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Hands On With Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial 311.30.44.51.01.002

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Hands On With Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Co-Axial 311.30.44.51.01.002 44.25mm, this is one of the nicest watches I have owned in the Speedmaster range it unfortunately does not come under the standard Moonwatch as its a automatic not manual wind.  But this model came out a few years ago they first introduced a 42mm version around 6 / 7 years ago, and this speedmaster came from the latest version of the Planet Ocean 45mm.  The watch in a nut shell  is a Planet ocean movement 9300 put in a speedmaster 44mm case both chronograph watches around 45mm with a see through caseback so its cater for the speedy lovers with size of a Plant Ocean!!
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The Speedmaster 44.25mm in stainless steel with sapphire glass and sapphire caseback with a matt black dial with date function at the bottom, the infamous Omega tachymetre bezel and comes on the newer style Speedmaster bracelet. The watch is a stunning piece great size and great presence on the wrist due to size, I have always been a sucker for Moonwatch but this one took me by surprise and bonus of automatic movement which the Moonwatch does not have.
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The Moonwatch is thee watch of all the speedmasters cousins of cousins DNA, I would not like to say how many where produced and still being produced in the Speedmaster range that’s with without the special editions and limited editions.  But prices of Omega are getting ridiculous these days they used to be very well priced and value for the money pieces. This Speedmaster is a eye watering £5840 and the secondhand re-sale is good but not as good as the king “Rolex” which dominates every market for re-sale value and is number one brand to own and want. I love Omega but love Rolex more!!
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Vintage Omega Deville 166 053 Day Date

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Hands on with the Vintage Omega Deville 166 053 Day Date automatic, this piece dates to around 1970,s it looks very similar to a Seamaster. The movement is Omega 24 jewel Cal 752 with fast date advancement via the second date setting on the crown.  Case size is 36mm Omega sold plenty of these pieces back in 70,s and is a good testament to Omega as plenty still around in very good condition as this one is!

The glass is plexi as most of vintage watches from that era, sapphire crystal started around early 80’s as was so much tougher and durable than plexi glass.  I do love the old Omega bracelets they was a work of art, some of the prestige models bracelets from 70’s are fetching silly money.

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The Seamaster was the real deal back then a true divers watch to compete with Rolex especially the Seamaster 300, so Deville’s was not as popular and in today’s market the Deville has changed to more dress design.  But overall a great vintage piece and not too expensive today if your looking for a cheap piece with vintage Seamaster look, the Deville is the one to buy with plenty still kicking around.
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Phillips: Hong Kong Vintage Watch Auction

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Phillips Auction in Hong Kong 30 May 2017 should have some really nice vintage pieces for sale it seems the world has gone vintage mad! The auction has some great pieces from Heuer, Omega, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Longines, Breitling, Zenith, Panerai, Bregeut, Patek Philippe and many more. These vintage watch auctions pull some top money for the right pieces as they are getting harder and harder to find in top condition box and papers and folk wanted to snap the top pieces what ever the cost.

I was never into vintage watches was always in to modern pieces till about 5 years ago, but then I realized how nice it is with aged patina and matt dial etc…..and just simple the simple fact the watch had be worn and loved rather than stored in box. But unfortunately you need pockets these days to buy them vintage pieces from top the names and I mean deep deep pockets.  The Paul Newman Daytona 6363 was may be around £300 in the 1970,s some these days fetching over a million dollars. Any thing Paul Newman or Steve Mcqueen wore are timeless classics only going one direction in price and people know this. This Rolex Daytona 6263 did a staggering over $3 million!!

Take a look at some of the lots at auction some stunning pieces.

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Hodinkee Best of 2016 Review

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The Hodinkee Best of 2016 Review video lots of great watches through the previous year. I do love there video’s as watches make me tick from some of the best brands we all love Patek Philippe, vintage Heuer, Omega, Iwc, Tudor and many more. British Horology which is very good in its own right.

 

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“Speedmaster Tuesday” Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3569.31.00

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As the title says “Speedy Tuesday” this one of the many Limited Editions Omega made which is probably in the 1000s,  The Moonwatch has always been a favorite of mine does not get much better in conversation as “The first watch worn on the Moon.”  This particular model the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo II 35th Anniversary was made around 2004 and limited to 3500 pieces and is the standard moonwatch 42mm with the hesalite crystal and Calibre 1861 movement which is slight update of the 861 movement that they put in the original moonwatch.

The apollo II is a cracking looking piece which I think will be a future collector’s “got to have piece”, as the watch has some very nice touches that most speedy fans will like:

firstly the Panda Dial silver dial black subdials always goes down well in any watch.

2nd. The applied Metal Omega Logo as the first pre moon watches that date pre 1969 hence “pre moon” had the applied logo then after the dials all made with the painted logo in white.  The caseback not to shabby either all together a very nice piece that is modern with a few twists from the old Moonwatch.

3rd Th red writing on the landing 20 July 1969 all in all works well.

 

The apollo Limited edition were made every 5 years from the first moon landing on 20 July 1969 to commemorate the landing and I think this definitely one to have in the apollo II editions.   To be fair all moonwatch are great pieces in general well respected watches that loved by millions if you like winding them up every 48 hours. If you get the chance to purchase one do not hesitate in purchasing there getting harder to find.

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Breitling Crosswind A13355 Stainless Steel Chronograph

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Here we have the Breitling Crosswind reference A13355 polished stainless steel is slowing becoming a classic watch design, I have owned a fair few over the years and they are not a small piece by any means, it measures 43mm in size with chronograph function with date window at 3 o clock.

The stunning white dial with raised roman numerals and raised Breitling logo also with a tachymeter around the inner bezel ring for timing distance to speed.  The rotating bezel just has the minute markers for diving and is water resistant to 100m although the primary function of the watch is designed for pilots. The sapphire crystal has a anti glare coating on both sides for zero sun reflecting with viewing dial while when flying at high altitudes.

This model comes in a few variants gold and steel and solid gold and was discontinued around 2005 for chronomat evolution which very similar but a few minor changes. A great value piece on the secondhand market for you buck in my opinion!

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The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “AKA Snoopy”

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Here we have the ultimate new edition launched at basel 2015 by Omega, The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Snoopy” limited Edition to 1970 pieces in total. Everyone seems to want one but they sold in pre orders in minutes when the launched the snoopy.

This particular snoopy is a updated version the original snoopy launched 2003 to commemorate the apollo mission in 1970 which is a standard moonwatch with a snoopy caseback and picture of snoopy at 9 o clock and they made just over 5000 pieces.

The snoopy old and new have become very sort after for collectors the new one doubled in price the day people started to get them delivered current prices range for £8500 to £14000 pounds, the Rrp was £4630 seems crazy I know.  The new version has a Ceramic bezel with Sapphire anti glare glass not hesalite like the old snoopy, the movement is the manual wind 1862 cal that been used for years by Omega. The case size is slightly bigger by 2mm which all the new moon watches have grown in size.

They have kept the tachymetre the same and used super luminova on the dial to glow in the dark and comes on a nylon coated strap with deployment strap, not sure why Omega did not use a bracelet like or give you the option.  But overall a cracking piece by Omega that I am sure will be much loved in the years sadly this one is not mine but a fellow collectors.

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Watch Shopping in Chicago

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As the title says Watch shopping in Chicago a visit to the new Marshall pierce a video by Hodinkee. Unfortunately Years ago I was in Chicago for a good while but was not into watches back then. I would be certainly be watch shopping if I ever go back to Chicago a great city to see the windy city.

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