The Ultimate Omega Speedmaster Get Together

Last week, I flew to the town of Noordwijk, just outside the Hague. No, I wasn't being tried for a war crime. I was there to attend the very first Speedy Tuesday Get Together, hosted by our friends at Fratello Watches and Omega. This special day was organized as a way to encourage the collecting and scholarship of one of the most important wristwatches ever made, the Omega Speedmaster. What I encountered was a tremendous amount of knowledge and passion, that quite honestly, I seldom see outside of vintage Rolex get togethers and the occasional Paneristi meet-up (granted, I do not attend many of those).

In this extensive (60+!) photo report, I'll run you through some of the most beautiful, interesting, and impressive Speedmaster I encountered at this special Speedy Tuesday Get Together. Included are some absolutely remarkable prototype pieces supplied by the amazing team at the Omega Museum. Let's take a look.

Some collectors brought a singular Speedmaster (me), other brought a caseload (not me). It didn't matter though, because this day was not about showing off. This day was all about sharing a knowledge of a watch that has done so much in its time, and can be daunting to understand.

The earliest examples at the Speedy Tuesday get together were some reference 2915's, the same watch I explained a bit here. These first series Speedmasters, which are the only vintage Speedies with broad arrow hands and a steel bezel, are rarer than hen's teeth, and can be quite costly. 2915's in original condition often sell above $60,000. The watch above belonged to a collector, and though it had a replacement steel bezel, it was really just a gorgeous watch. What is also interesting about it is the leaf minutes counter hand had all but completely brassed, giving it a great look you don't often see. The other 2915 in the house belonged to the replica Tag Heuer Carrera museum, and it was just gorgeous (as seen above).

After the seldom seen 2915s, which were made from roughly 1957 through 1959, we move into the reference 2998's, of which there are essentially six different marks. The watch below here is a like new 2998-1. I've never seen a 2998-1 in this condition, and though the bezel was replaced in a service, the owner does still have it.

Here is another look at this privately owned 2998-1. The quality of the dial, hands, and case, are just extraordinary.

Another really interesting early 2998(-3) that made an apperance at this get together was a particular watch sold to the Fuerza Areal del Peru, or FAP. The FAP used watches from a few companies, including Rolex (see FAP Daytona here and here / FAP GMT here), but those sold by Omega I tend to think might even be cooler. Omega sold them everything from the special edition Railmasters (called Flightmaster, and seen in this post) to Rancheros with Seamaster dials, to a few select Speednasters. There are a few known 2915 Speedies that were issued to the FAP, but they are some of the rarest chronographs in the world. What the

I happened to think this particular watch looked great on my wrist. You'll be interested to know that omega seamaster Replica procured this watch for just a few thousand dollars some years back via one of the best places to buy watches in the whole world - yup, eBay.

But wait, there's more! Another really special Speedy brought by the museum was this watch - a reference 105.012, made specially for the Automovil Club Peruano, or Peruvian Automobile Club. This watch is one of the few times Omega made a custom dial for anyone, and it is a gentle reminder that while the Space program is undoubtedly THE story of the Speedmaster, the watch was original conceived as a driver's watch.

In addition to these special early watches, Omega De Ville Replica was nice enough to bring some watches that never made it into serial production - yes, prototypes, people. They brought a selection of Alaska project related watches (you can read an interview with the Alaska project leader here) . The Alaska Project was an internal research project with the goal of created the absolute perfect chronograph for use in space - one that would be completely resistant to the drastic change in temperatures and pressure.





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