Omega Speedmaster "Ed White"

Omega Speedmaster "Ed White"

We love Speedmasters.

And we know you do, too - they are a major part of our lives here at Analog/Shift and we're always happy to share our affection for them with anyone who'll listen to us (or read our words!). As with other iconic timepieces, the Speedmaster has remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1957 - at least in that a contemporary Speedy is immediately recognizable as the newer cousin to those early pieces visually. From the oversized, deep black dials to the characteristic tachymeter bezels and barrel pushers, a Speedy is always a Speedy!

With that said, collecting Speedmasters would be completely unrewarding if it were not for the tiny variations that make studying the evolution (albeit, subtle evolution) of the model so intense. We've often quipped that if "Understanding Vintage Watches" were a four-year university program, no less than a full semester would have to be dedicated to Speedmasters. 

One of our favorite variants in the Speedmaster's 60 year history is without a question the Reference 105.003 "Ed White", which we have written about in detail HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE (to point out a few...)

The simple combination of the early straight lug, no crown guard case layout, Calibre .321 movement, and the simple pencil hands that subsequent references would wear for the next 50 years of production make the watch simplistically beautiful and practical. And of course when you factor in the story of the man for who the watch has come to be named, few things come close in cool factor.

This particular example has a 2.2M serial number, putting it in the early production range for this model, and features an outstanding case and ultra-desirable "Dot Over 90" bezel with a crisp and clean handset. Fitted at some point in its distant history with --itself a very rare-- tritium Omega service dial with applied logo and "Pre-Professional" printing, this is Speedmaster that clearly saw plenty of use and was properly cared for. 

Sure, the snobs amongst us will pass on it due to the service dial, but they'll be missing out on a great watch that is perfectly suited for wearing the shit out of while it continues to appreciate in value - which, if we're being honest with ourselves, is kind of the best possible scenario.


SKU: AS02395

Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Reference 105.003-64. Omega Calibre .321 Manually Winding Chronograph Movement. Circa 1964.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with signs of moderate use and wear consistent with age. Correct "Dot Over 90" bezel is in very good condition with normal signs of wear. Dial is a genuine Omega tritium service replacement, in excellent condition with light patination to the luminescent elements. Signed crown.

Includes one 19mm dark brown leather strap.

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