Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022-ST-76
Here is a great looking Omega Speedmaster 145.022-ST-76, from 1979.
One of the most recognisable, popular, and beautiful chronographs ever made. Considering our name, it’s no surprise that the Speedy is one of our favourites.
The design of the dial is timeless, it is steeped in history (it’s the Moonwatch!), and it just works on so many levels. We like a watch that shows its age, that hasn’t been overly refurbished or repolished. This particular Speedmaster shows its age but remains in great shape – a “76” case, the bezel, and the case back. It’s not perfect but how many 43-year-olds are?!
The original (C2) “Q with a horizontal tail” case back is in great shape, with just the wording around it losing some of its in-fills.
The original black (C2) dial with the correctly spaced “T’s” around “Swiss”, the correct medium-sized “S”, not attached to the “p”, has the triple register layout, unchanged over decades, and is in great condition. However, the lume to the face and the hands has lost its luminosity.
The bezel is bright too; and again, is the correct bezel (B2); with the marker dot next to 0 of 70. It has a couple of chips, one at 12 and one at 1 o’clock. I don’t think it detracts and it can only be original once!
Similarly, the 24 toothed “Wide Feet” crown (A3) and the Type 4 “Wide & Tall” pushers are in fine fettle and look original.
Finally, it is presented on its original 1171 steel bracelet with correct 633 end-links, which shows little to no wear, so we suspect it has been re-brushed at some point.
It has been fully serviced and checked over by our watchmaker, so timekeeping is excellent, and the chronograph works properly too.
We always say that for any collector, there must be a place in their collection for a Speedmaster of any age. If you don’t already have one, this would be a very good starting point.