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Speedy Tuesday - Two Speedmaster Professional Watches Which has a 45 Year Age DifferenceSpeedy Tuesday is here now! I figured it might be nice to zoom in within the differences between a Speedmaster Pro from 1967 and a Speedmaster Pro from the current collection. We get lots of questions per e-mail (and Facebook) about Speedmasters and what kind people should get, so our comparison may also help you (or them) to help make the right decision.The Speedmasters pictured above are today's subject of Speedy Tuesday. Within the broke up with you view a 1967 Speedmaster Professional ref.145.012 and also on the right a 2012 Speedmaster Professional ref.3570.50, both on [time correct] stainless bracelets plus in their original Omega boxes.BackgroundI do not want to complete the whole Speedmaster rehearsal here, as we've covered it numerous times along with the best advice is usually to navigate to the Chronomaddox website. An incredibly short version is: The Speedmaster has been around since 1957 after some adjustments in proportions, dial and case style the ref.105.012 and ref.145.012 were the models with the mid up until the late 1960s that visited the Moon and the last versions to achieve the column wheel caliber 321 movement and applied logo within the dial. From 1968 and onwards, Omega started utilizing the Lemania based caliber 861 (now 1861) plus a printed logo within the dial. And also the hands changed a little as you'll see for the pictures.In the end, the existing Speedmaster Professional with hand-wound movement would be the one who comes closest to the particular 'Moonwatch' (105.012 / 145.012). We feel that the post-1968 models with printed brand name and caliber 861 movement also went along to the Moon after Apollo XI. That is why, it's the current Speedy Pro ref.3570.50 that needs to be considered the 'Moonwatch'. Omega also introduced replica watches using a larger diameter (44mm) along with other movements (automatic Co-Axial calibres) and describes them as 'Moonwatch' however just isn't thought to be the right label rolex super president .This document will focus at the Speedmaster Pro 145.012 along with the current 'Moonwatch', the Speedmaster Pro 3570.50.DialAll models just before October 1968 have this applied Omega logo within the dials. On top of that, the typography is quite various and the hour markers are beyond the existing Speedy Pro. One of the leading differences which might be easy to spot would be the stepped dial within the 1967 model. Small registers are far more deeply sunken in to the dial this will let you more visible grain. The 1967 version boasts the step dial of course.As you have seen, both your hands are slight different for the 145.012 reference. The chronograph resale carries a pointed short side with the hand, whereas the actual Speedmaster Pro 3570.50 (or other variation) carries a straight short end.Certainly, the tritium of the 1967 version is inactive (or merely see) the spot that the Super Luminova with the new Speedmaster Pro is very powerful. I would personally go as far it will light up the area at night, but it is clearly readable. watches CaseIn essence, the events are nearly the identical. The standard a-symmetrical Speedmaster case that we've seen almost unchanged since 1957 till now omega 8006 . The initial models had straight-lugs (and for that reason will the re-edition of this model) and this also 145.012 from 1967 incorporates a case that is certainly nearly like the current Speedmaster Pro 'Moonwatch'. One of the major differences may be the lugs, the lugs around the new Speedmasters appear to be a bit longer due to lesser curves right at the end. Another difference is the crown and crown guards. The modern model has slightly larger crown guards along with the crown is therefor a but more sunken into your case. In every-day's use, it makes the new model a bit more hard to wind.The casebacks can also be different obviously. The place that the Pre-Moon designs have a chrome steel case back with only a Seamonster engraved as well as the wording 'Speedmaster', the truth backs from the new designs include the little Seamonster embossed in the center while using 'Flight Qualified By NASA For all those Manned Space Missions' and 'First Watch Worn Around the Moon' wording engraved around it.In the picture above you can also see (should you look carefully) a small engraving involved back, just on the lower right in the crown. This are a marking which will make it less complicated to spot a duplicate / fake Speedmaster watch which is very difficult to breed. For the present time.MovementsThe most significant reason behind individuals to consider (or prefer) an antique Speedmaster spanning a new one is the movement. Even though the current Lemania based caliber 1861 movement is really a perfect and proven work horse since 1968 (small upgrade in 1997 from caliber 861 to 1861, minor tweaks though), enthusiasts appear to have a desire due to its predecessor, the caliber 321 movement.Caliber 321. Photo carefully snatched with the Frank N. website.The primary difference could be the column wheel mechanism as opposed to the shuttle-cam system with the chronograph operation. In daily use, there's not much difference though.. the whole process of the commencement which will help prevent button have a very slightly different (softer) feel within the caliber 321 models. The caliber 321 movement can also be ticking in a slower pace, just 18.000 bph the spot that the caliber 1861 ticks at 21600 bph.Caliber 1861. Photo from the net, somewhere.As you can tell, the movements in addition different kind of finish. The gold/copper colored finish about the caliber 321 is unquestionably pretty and i also love design for the column wheel chronograph, but in the end both movements do well. Take into account that the caliber 321 movement is more epensive to service at Omega, because the parts of the movement are obtaining more challenging to receive (and expensive to reproduce in small quantities when necessary).BraceletsIn earlier times, I've written a piece of writing on bracelets coupled with Bas van Dorp (you will find it here) where we discussed various bracelets. The bracelet within the Speedmaster Pro 145.012 may be the flat reference 1039 model with flexible links near to the clasp. You can find springs inside that be able to 'flex' when putting the bracelet in your wrist. The links are flat and folded and although I never experienced it yet, it seems like this is a fragile bracelet that could easily break. Again, this didn't eventually me in order to other persons that we're mindful of, but it does feel flimsy.The 1039 bracelet has satin brushed center links (and center section of the clasp) and polished outer links. An exceptionally nice contrast and fits the Speedmaster case with the same form of finish perfectly Watch Finishings .The bracelet within the current Speedmaster Professional is one thing completely different. It doesn't taper and looks more like a diver's watch bracelet than something that compares to the original Speedmaster bracelets. Having with that being said, this reference 1998 bracelet is well finished and feels considerably more solid compared to vintage ref.1039 bracelet obviously. It's really a heavy bracelet that may definitely include a wide range of weight to the whole watch, when compared to the 1967 model.The bracelet still hasn't been updated with screws (still pins you need to 'drive' in or out when resizing) nevertheless they seem to live there. The clasp incorporates a double release button, using a steel spring in the clasp. Always keep the bracelet as well as that it spring system isn't getting clogged. No problem, this only occurs you wear this watch daily (right through the day) for many years. Just rinse it with tepid to warm water and soap now and then.So, what to buy?I didnt answer this question yet and that i would ever guess it is something that is keeping you busy. Using a list price of 3350 Euro (valid till October 1st, prices raises on that date) to get a new Speedmaster Professional ref.3570.50 ('standard issue model', hesalite crystal and stainless caseback) and also other prices for any vintage caliber 321 Speedmaster Professional 145.012 (or 105.012) it's a tough nut to hack.The ref. 145.012 model was the first Speedmaster Pro which i bought in 1999 (1st of October) and haven't regretted it from the time. However, if you are intending to put on the watch every day and don't would like to be worried about difficult and dear service intervals and simply get it as 'a good watch' i then would go for a new Speedmaster Professional 3570.50. On this model, anything is fresh and you have no need to worry about flimsy bracelets or movements that ought to be serviced. I can't attempt in regards to the purchasing process of an antique Speedmaster Pro, while you definitely must be sure things are original plus in good working order. Everything is quite a bit less crazy (yet) as with vintage Rolex replica watches - luckily since it will spoil the fun - but you will ought to be cautious.I bought the 3570.50 Speedy as pictured and discussed here a month ago myself (at Ace Jewelers) only to have a great new watch to wear by using an an every day basis without risking my precious vintage Speedies to obtain damaged.Official Omega WebsiteOmega Forums (Australia based - superb crowd)