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The name "Speedmaster Professional" is synonymous with the exploration of space and is best known as the first watch worn on the moon, giving them some pretty serious credentials. It is arguable that Omega would probably have stayed in business and been just as popular if the original moon watch was the only model they ever made for the line. But they didn't stop there, and we're glad they didn't. The years following the legendary Apollo mission saw the release of an expanded line of Speedmaster variants, known commonly as the "Mark" Series. Some of these watches were real flops on the market, and others weren't. Regardless of their initial popularity, all are interesting timepieces and have a collector following today. Of these Mark Series Speedmasters, the one we get asked about most frequently is the first successor to the original Professional - the Mark II.
Mark II Speedmasters were the first radical departure from the traditional Speedmaster case, and instead of an exposed lug design, the Mk II was designed with a tonneau shape featuring hidden lugs. This gives the Mark II a great profile and a distinctly '70s look that is quite popular with enthusiasts today. There were two dials offered on the Mark II; a traditional triple register black dial that was virtually identical to the original Professional, and a gray dial with a colorful outer track known to collectors as a Racing Dial. The latter weren't initially as popular and most of the distribution was outside of the United States. Today they are incredibly difficult to find in good condition, but that's exactly what we have for you here!
Like all Mark IIs, this particular example features the Calibre .861 manual winding chronograph movement used by Omega starting in 1968. The dial has patinated beautifully with no outward signs of abnormal wear or damage, and the brightly colored outer track and hands are incredibly vibrant. Recently overhauled by a professional watchmaker, this example has been treated to a thoughtful case refinishing and a set of brand new genuine Omega hands. It even includes its original bracelet!
Values on the Mark II Speedmasters have been steadily climbing for the past two years, and like their original moon watch brethren, are going to continue doing so as the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission looms on the horizon. This is a tremendous opportunity to pick up a clean, wearable example with a full service to the movement just completed - don't miss out!
Steel case is approximately 41mm (excluding the crown). Omega Reference 145.014. Calibre .861 Manually Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1971.
Overall condition: Case is in excellent condition, professionally refinished with factory-quality finishing to the brushed and polished elements. 'Racing dial' is in lovely untouched condition with even patination to the luminescent elements and crisp, vibrant colors and printing. Genuine replacement handset.
Includes original steel bracelet (1162/173) with Omega signed clasp and two 20mm Crown & Buckle Nylon Straps