THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER WATCH, "THE FIRST WATCH ON THE MOON"
The special features of the Omega Speedmaster
Accurate and reliable, even in space, the Speedmaster has several assets: a mechanical movement, allowing it to avoid any problem with gravity (the automatic Speedmaster as we know it would emerge later, in 1971), a non-rotating tachometer bezel, to indicate average speed, indices and luminous hands that can be seen even in the lunar twilight.
There is approximately 10 Speedmaster models on the market: the Speedmaster Professional, the Broad Arrow, the Apollo, the Decimal, the Sky Lab or the Day Date for instance.
THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CALIBRES
On Speedmaster since 1957, the Omega 321 caliber is still mechanical by hands or by wheels. It is known for being robust, precise and solid. This calibre is also used on other Speedmaster.
The Omega 861 caliber was born in 1969 to replace the 321 caliber. It is a better version, integrating the latest technological advances. It is also the caliber that travelled to the moon!
The Omega 866 caliber was produced in1985, in 2000 copies only. It has the particularities of the 861, but is equiped with date and moon phase.
THE PRICE OF A SECOND-HAND OMEGA SPEEDMASTER: THE MOST APPRECIATED REFERENCES ON THE MARKET
There is more than 100 references of Speedmaster.
The reference 145022 is the Speedmaster which is the most sold at auction, thanks to its popularity and its bigger production. It is also the first reference of Speedmaster having the 861 caliber.
The most expensive reference is the CK2915, which has an average price of 32 488 €: it was the first Speedmaster, born in 1957, this is why it is hightly prized by collectors.
All the figures of this study emanate from the databases of LuxPrice-index© , who survey the results of more than 200 000 auctions from the main auction houses around the world across a 12 year span.