Comparative Review: The Modern and Vintage Omega

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After the Omega Speedmaster Professional won the race to the Moon in 1969, Omega thought it was time to come up with a watch that was perhaps a bit more up-to-date and ready for the 1970s — design-wise, that is, as the watch would still need to handle the same abuse as the Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” could. Sometime in 1969, Omega introduced the first Speedmaster Mark II, which was actually a Speedmaster Professional Mark II. (For non-native-English-speaking readers: the “Mark” in the name stands for a new or revised/improved version; it is similar to calling something a “2.0 version” these days.)


12 replies on “Comparative Review: The Modern and Vintage Omega

  • Mike Davis

    Interesting but if we are talking about Speemaster and Snoopy, I personally find it hard to beat the white dial limited edition (1970) of the OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award. And the silver pin is the cherry on the top of the ice cream.

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  • Melissa Istre Green

    Interesting but if we are talking about Speemaster and Snoopy, I personally find it hard to beat the white dial limited edition (1970) of the OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award. And the silver pin is the cherry on the top of the ice cream.

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  • Dmitry Bulkin

    Question – I have the 1969 original, when I took it to Omega for a tune up they changed the dial, hands and polished the case. Now it looks new. I liked the old weathered look. Is there anything I can do to bring that look back? Here’s hoping. Thanks

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  • Robinson Bale

    I would say the real vintage. With rapid increase in value of Speedmaster Professional cal. 321 The Omega Speedmaster Mark II is an Excellent investment over time. There are no investment vehicles that can outperform vintage watch collecting. Besides they are fun to wear and useful for…..oh ya, telling time!

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  • Shaun Palling

    My white lettered 1969 Mark II was my first good watch. I wore it 24/7 for the first 5 years that I owned it. I have over 70 fine timepieces but by chance I happened to be wearing this watch when I opened this site today. I met many of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. This watch is my favorite and means more to me than any other watch.
    My Personal Holy Grail and it is on my wrist right now just like it was 46 years ago. I paid $195 back then. That was the retail price, a full $20 more than the original Speedmaster.

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  • Eduardo Ganges

    The new MKII is without doubt a fabulous watch with impressive improvements, but if you wish an investment I would still put my money in a vintage model. You could probably buy two decent examples for the price of the new version, and they are bound to rapidly increase in value. But hurry, as I would suggest the introduction of the new MKII, will increase interest in the vintage examples?

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