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Speedy Tuesday - Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014Until early 2014, Irrrve never shared precisely the same enthusiasm for that Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 that others have. The original reason I got myself this early 1970's Speedmaster Mark II is I'm not really pleased with: just as one investment. I never advice website visitors to buy replica watches as an investment i never managed it myself, until Omega announced their Speedmaster Mark II re-edition early 2104.I figured the revolutionary Mark II could raise the prices on the vintage Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 models a lot. Now I didn't search actively, having said that i was offered a Speedmaster Mark II right after BaselWorld in 2014, while i saw and tried the newest Mark II re-edition. The purchase price was around 000 Euro as well as the watch was at good technical condition, but the case needed some work as well as a new crystal. Again, Irrrve never really maintained the Speedmaster Mark II, however the late Chuck Maddox was very excited about this model in their articles as well as in our conversations. This hadn't help although I wished I became more excited about it in the past, as being the prices were worth it to read right at that moment. Well, a 000 Euro continues to be lots of money but I pulled the trigger for the Mark II and immediately brought it looking service.Restoration of my Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014The movement was cleaned, a new crystal fitted (the tachymeter scale is printed on the inside of the crystal) and also the watch was delivered to a firm that can find the nice brushed sunburst finish on the case. To achieve this properly, a service center demands a lapping machine. Not only Omega, but in addition Rolex, Audemars Piguet and some other brands use lapping machines to discover the nice brushed finish put together with polished bevels on cases and bracelets. As we discussed in the photo below, the brushed finishing on the case has nice coarse grain as well as the edges while using polished facets will still be very sharp. This cannot be properly performed by hand. Really deep scratches and dents remain, as I asked these to keep the watch as original as you can rather than to take away an excessive amount of metal.Unfortunately I don't have any good before & after photos, because i brought the watch straight set for this particular service. Some photos with the watch - before it went into service - is found here, in your article around the new Mark II re-edition in comparison with this vintage 145.014 reference.The entire operation set me back about 00 Euro, which made the complete valuation on this Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 go to 300 Euro. Still so good, when compared to prices of models in similar condition I ran across on Chrono24 along with other on-line market places.However, I still wasn't sure this might be a Speedmaster for me. The one other 'awkward' Speedmaster models during the time inside my collection were an indication IV and also a Speedmaster 125. I sold the point IV while i felt I already had the Mark II (similar case and style) as well as the Speedmaster 125 had exactly the same movement (but chronometer certified). I try to focus on the Speedmaster (Professional) Moonwatch or pre-Moon models, otherwise the scope would become too big to me and i also still try to live and eat 'buy what you are likely to wear'.Speedmaster Mark II CaseAfter I picked up the watch from my watchmaker, I strapped it on my wrist and I understand that I wore this Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 for a number of consecutive weeks. The design from the case is incredibly 1960's, early 1970's, yet not as awkward because Speedmaster 125 and even Mark III or Flightmaster models. The truth is a little smaller across (41.7mm) versus the regular Speedmaster Professional models, but similar in wearing. It does not take case model (tonneau) which makes it look like bigger a - let's pretend - Speedmaster Pro reference 145.022.As we discussed around the images below, the case is rather thick (about 15mm) nevertheless for a sports chronograph it is not that bad . In comparison to the regular Speedmaster Professional, the crown and pushers really are a bit more part of the case as an alternative to sticking out. The truth band has a brushed finish between two thick polished facets, giving the truth a serious complex appearance. For me, far more intriguing and complex than a few of the other sports chronographs of that time (I've got Heuer in mind). The caseback doesn't have NASA inscription engraved certainly, however the famous Seahorse brand name and 'Speedmaster'. The situation back is of the screw-in type essentially, that may desire a specific tool with little claws for straight into the rectangular cavities. After the caseback is unscrewed montblanc watch replica , you can find a number of engravings from the caseback (see below).In addition to the reference number (or officially Omega's casenumber) 145.014 and Omega Swiss Made inscriptions, you'll find the 'Brevet 487449' inscription. This Swiss patent come in other replica watches also, even using brands. It concerns the stream resistance with the case as far as I could truthfully learn. Speedmaster Mark II Bracelet 1162The Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 came on two different bracelets, the ref.1162 that seems to be the cousin in the ref.1171 used on the 'Moonwatch' at that time, and then there are these claims ref. 1159 bracelet, with two polished links beside the brushed center link. I have no real preference, but I believe the 1162 looks a little more toned down and for that reason a pleasant fit for this chronograph. The re-edition Speedmaster Mark II with Co-Axial movement includes a bracelet inspired from the ref.1162 bracelet. The Caliber 861 MovementThe Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II was introduced in 1969 so when 'Mark II' implies, that it was merely a new/other sort of the regular Speedmaster Professional watches . The dial (aside from the point II wording on the website), hands and movement are similar to your Speedmaster Professional. The movement would be the Lemania based Omega caliber 861, a hand-wound copper colored chronograph movement. A movement that Omega used until 1997, once they begun to make use of the caliber 1861 (a supplementary jewel and rhodium finish).As we discussed below, the movement has got the Delrin brake which is some kind of 'nylon' synthetic material. According to Omega, this Delrin brake preserves the perimeters on the tooth of any very fine wheel, when resetting the chronograph (more here). Within the movement you'll also find the caliber number (861) and movement number (or serial number as you wish).The ghd serial numbers of Omega replica watches can be a bit confusing, however, the Speedmaster Mark II has serial numbers between 27,xxx,xxx and 35,xxx,xxx which ranges from 1969 to 1975. My Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 includes a 32,xxx,xxx number, which needs to be somewhere amongst. Good extract from the archive We have while using watch (an existing one though, from 2003) says the watch was delivered on November 16th in 1971 (at a cost of 515 Swiss Francs, a Rolex Daytona 6262 sold at about 800 Swiss Francs back then). However, the certificate also claims that the movement production year is 1974. Somehow it doesn't add up obviously. I'm able to only have the assumptions here, fo the time being I have absolutely no reason to imagine it is a replacement movement. I do have reasons to believe the lists of Omega serial numbers skating are certainly not always correct. I most certainly will try and get it sorted out a tad bit more rrmprove this informative article accordingly. +12 Months LaterI possess the watch inside my possession for upwards of annually now and even though I wore it for two weeks in a row at first, the Speedmaster Mark II is actually section of my periodical rotation program. I attempt to use my replica watches and besides my Omega Speedmasters - truth be told - I really do incorporate some other brands that we occasionally wear. nixon watches The Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 is not the Speedmaster I wear most as well as that frequently, but nevertheless it gets time on my small wrist now and then. I can't think That i've ever worn my Speedmaster 125 longer than Five days in whole to tell the truth. I wear the possible II enough and keep it, without doubt. With relation to a purchase bit, I wrote before i paid 300 Euro overall with this watch, which is quite a steal compared to a few things i see offered on-line today. It will settle to get a Speedy Mark II it really is a bit rough and have it restored, but ensure that the watch doesn't have an excessive amount damage. I would personally even be careful with Mark IIs that contain this funghi for the dial, usually an indication who's had moisture inside. But not only the dial and hands experienced this, the movement probably did too. Smooth winding plus a flawlessly working chronograph have course key also.Feel here you are at touch upon this short article below! For those who have a comparable story or experience, shoot us an email.Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 Image Gallery