1969 OMEGA Speedmaster MARK II (Ref. 145.014) "Racing Dial"
After the Omega Speedmaster Professional was worn on the Moon in 1969, Omega decided to come up with a watch that fit the design trends of the 1970s, thus the Omega Speedmaster Professional MKII was born. The Speedmaster Mark II came with the same Lemania based movement as the original Speedmaster Professional "Moonwatch", reference 145.022. The Mark II contains Omega’s original caliber 861 movements, which was in production from 1968 and lasted until 1996 when Omega introduced the caliber 1861 movement. Unlike the Speedmaster Professional, the Omega Speedmaster Mark II has a barrel-shaped case that has polished changers and a brushed top and sides, giving it a different look from the standard Speedmaster Professional case worn by the NASA Astronauts. The classic Tachymetre that the Speedmaster is known for is also different; it is under the mineral glass crystal and not externally located on the outside of the crystal as an external bezel, in essence protecting the Tacymetre from scratches or disruption. Unlike modern timepieces with scratch-resistant sapphire crystals, pieces of this era were assembled with mineral glass crystals.
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The stunning tonneau-style case has been recently polished to exhibit sharp angles and strong factory-like sunburst brushing with no signs of previous use. The mineral glass crystal and inner tachymetre bezel remain in flawless condition. The case retains its original pump pushers and Omega signed crown, the bottom does show some slight wear. The case back does retain its original factory engravings, though they are light due to previous polishing. The watch will come supplied on a NATO strap.
The beautiful and sought after exotic "racing" dial has an excellent vintage aesthetic and does show normal signs of aging and some spotting throughout. The tritium lume plots have aged to a dark patina and all remain intact, although there is light degradation seen throughout under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The sub-dial hands and chronograph hand remain original to the watch as well.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a one year warranty on accurate timekeeping.