1996 OMEGA Speedmaster Professional (Ref. 3570.50)
(Alan Bean With An Omega Speedmaster Professional On Lunar Surface Of The Moon)
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is undoubtedly a beloved chronograph. Its rich history began with its involvement in automotive racing before transitioning to aviation and eventually becoming a crucial part of NASA's U.S. Space Program. The vintage Omega Speedmaster collection boasts a range of references, each with its own subtle differences that add to the overall individuality of each timepiece.
There is a tremendous amount of value in the transitional model Speedmasters of the 90s. These later-era pieces feature several subtle quality-of-life improvements to the design that add up to increase the overall robustness of the iconic chronograph, the most notable of which is the upgraded bracelet. Though these models aren’t without vintage charm despite their modern enchantments, as it is actually somewhat typical to find Speedmasters in this era with striking patinas to the lume, hence the “transitional” nomenclature.
The Speedmaster Professional ref. 3570.50 with the workhorse Cal. 861 movement is clearly built to last. The Speedmaster looks great on the bracelet as well as a handcrafted leather strap. It is one of our favorite chronographs due to its timeless design and functionality. Its versatility to be paired with the most formal and the most casual of wardrobes also makes the Speedmaster a good choice for the first vintage timepiece and or a classic daily driver.
|Omega 1179 / 812 Bracelet
The impressive asymmetrical case shows minimal evidence of previous polishing with only gentle signs of previous use and retains crisp angles and finishing throughout. The case retains its original pump pushers and Omega-signed crown. The black tachymetre bezel is in near-perfect condition with almost no signs of use present. The case back retains all of the original black enamel within the factory engravings and the medallion at the center retains its bead-blasted finish. The original Omega 1179 / 812 bracelet retains 20 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7-inch wrist.
The matte black dial is in virtually perfect condition, showing no damage or notable signs of age. The tritium lume plots have achieved a strong golden-yellow patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under UV light. The original tritium hands feature a slightly lighter patina with no degradation present under UV light inspection.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.