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    Omega Speedmaster Calibre 1140

    Guys.

    Sorry for the waffle you are about to read or ignore, But this week I learned another lesson about watches and hopefully I can share my experience with you about this.





    Its an Omega Speedmaster.Nothing new or groundbreaking there I thought to my self.Only received it on Friday and like most of my watch purchases very much bought it on impulse.The wife and I were due to go away on Friday for the weekend with friends and I fancied something not too expensive to wear.It arrived just in time (No pun intended) for me to take it out of the box put it on the wrist and start our journey.

    My 1st impressions were that it is a lovely dress watch.The wife said it looks like an old mans Omega.She meant it in a nice way.I think ?

    The biggest issue for me was that it sat a little snug on the wrist and on examination it had 5 mini settings on the clasp but I was now in the middle no-where without my tools to adjust.

    About 6 years ago we visited Diamonds International in Barbados with the same friends we were with this weekend.What an experience that was and expensive.And at the time my friend Jeff bought a 50th Anniversary Speedmaster Moonwatch and there on his wrist sat his trusty timepiece.

    It was then that I started having some doubts about the watch.Especially when I compared the 2 watches together.I knew Jeffs was real.I was there when he bought it but what have I bought,Is it authentic?.is that back case really the correct one ? What is the movement in this watch.The Speedmaster is a wind up movement.This one clearly says "Automatic" ?

    This prompted me to do a bit of digging and this is what I have learned.


    In 1998,Two years after the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-air claiming the lives of Seven astronauts NASA announced the restart of space flights.With this,Omega launched the Speedmaster Automatic "Reduced" The watch in this thread.

    A 39mm case compared to its bigger brothers 42mm and an Automatic Calibre 1140 movement.




    Based on an ETA-2892-2 with a chronograph module attached.Feedback suggests that the movement is a clear winner.

    The watch it self is also a lot thinner than its big brothers,Measuring 11.7mm against 14.4mm.But the biggest surprise for me was the back case.



    As you can see,Very plain with no fuss.Boring maybe ?

    The bracelet is 18mm tapering to 16mm with no fuss.Just a simple fold over clasp with the Omega Symbol.No button deployment but when I got home I was able to use the Micro adjustment on the clasp to tailor it to my wrist. Remember doing this with my LV a few years ago.Save me having to buy a new link





    This one as you can see is the white face version with the gold batons and markers.The are other variants.The black tachymeter was replaced soon after with a gold version.The dial available in black and champagne with most being offered on a leather strap.In fact I found some history here.


    «Reduced» Speedmaster automatic, 39 mm case, black tachymeter scale, leather strap, black dial (PIC 3340 B since January 1988, then 3310 B since March 1988, then 3810 B since December 1988, then 3810.50 since December 1989), then white dial (3810 W since December 1988, then 3810.20 since December 1989)
    Same as above but gold bezel, « champagne » dial (PIC 3240 C since January 1988, then 3210 C since March 1988, then 3710 C since december 1988, then 3710.10 since December 1989) or matt white (3240 W since January 1988, then 3210 W since March 1988, then 3710 W since December 1988, then 3710.20 since December 1989), or rhodium (3710 R since December 1988, then 3710.70 since December 1989)
    Same as above but 18k solid gold, saphirre back, « champagne » dial (PIC 3140 C since January 1988, then 3610 C since December 1988, then 3612 C since March 1989, then 3612.10 since December 1989) or matt white (3140 W since January 1988, then 3610 W since December 1988, then 3612 W since March 1989, then 3612.20 since December 1989), then black (3612.50) since 1991
    Speedmaster Automatic « Reduced », 39 mm case, gold bezel polished tachymeter scale, leather strap, black dial with gold subdials (PIC 3714 B, then 3714.50 since December 1989) or white dial with gold subdials (3714 X, then 3714.20 since December 1989), then champagne dial (3714.10) since 1989
    Same as above but rose gold bezel, black dial with rose gold subdials (PIC 3713 B, then 3713.50 since December 1989)
    Same as above, but 18k solid wellow gold, sapphire case back, black dial with gold subdials (PIC 3614 B, then 3614.50 since March 1989), then champagne dial (3614.10) ou or white dial with gold subdials (3614.20) since 1989
    Same as above but 18 k solid red gold, black dial (PIC 3613 B, then 3613.50 since December 1989)
    Stainless steel bracelet version of the reference ST 175.0032, black dial (PIC 3341 B since January 1988, then 3311 B since December 1988, then 3510 B since March 1989, then 3510.50 since December1989) or white dial (3510 W since March 1989, then 3510.20 since December 1989)
    Same as above, but Yellow gold bezel, with two tone bracelet, champagne dial (PIC 3243 C since January 1988, then 3213 C since December 1988, then 3310 C since March 1989, then 3310.10 since December 1989), white dial (3243 W, then 3310 W since March 1989, then 3310.20 since December 1989) or Rhodium dial (3310 R since March 1989, then 3310.70 since December 1989)
    Same as above but 18k solid yellow gold, sapphire caseback, champagne dial (PIC 3144 C since January 1988, then 3112 C since December 1988, then 3112.10 since December 1989), matt white dial (3144 W, then 3112 W since December 1988, then 3112.20 since December 1989) or black dial with gold subdials (3112 B, then 3112.50 since December 1989)



    I hope you have enjoyed this and that I haven't bored you with Info you already knew.My 1st review on a watch anywhere and on something I have found interesting to do

    The Omega Speedmaster ST 175.0032 Calibre 1140 "Reduced"




    Thanks for looking
    Tony
    Last edited by itsgotournameonit; 23rd July 2013 at 18:22.

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    Lovely write up. That is a great looking Speedmaster imo.

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    Interesting read. Love it with the gold/white/black!

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