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    The TZUK Speedmaster Thread

    The TZUK Speedmaster Thread



    The Omega Speedmaster is an iconic watch, and a forum favourite so how about a single thread dedicated specifically to photos of this watch, in all its variations?

    The standard Speedy pro is also famously versatile, so examples of all the different straps TZUKers have tried would be great for inspiring others.

    I'll start by sharing two of my Speedmasters made 50 years apart; the first a 1967 cal.321 145.012, sadly now gone to another TZUKer. The second is the current standard Speedy with hesalite and giant presentation case (ref. 311.30.42.30.01.005), from 2017.

















    Here's how the new Speedmaster Professional "moonwatch" is now presented as standard - if only all luxury watches came with such plush packaging and presentation;























    So TZUK let's see yours!

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    Whilst its a well liked watch, I'm still hanging out for the ''Smiths'' chronograph, hopefully our host will eventually come good.


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    That new box and assorted guff looks well over the top for a tool watch IMO.

    I have always been a Speedy fan, if interested you can see my lot by clicking on the link in my sig.

    Site's a bit old now so be prepared to crank the handle a bit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    That new box and assorted guff looks well over the top for a tool watch IMO.
    I've heard this on here a lot, but I for one appreciate the presentation set and it does feel special.

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    A few different strap combinations with a Speedmaster Broad Arrow. I tend to wear this one far more than the Moonwatch Speedmaster.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    I've heard this on here a lot, but I for one appreciate the presentation set and it does feel special.
    I agree. Personally I think the packaging of a watch is crucial as it's all part of the experience.

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    Speedy Pro on a strap from Heuerville which I prefer during the warmer months.

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    The Mark IV has gone but the others are still there waiting for the Speedie Tuesday to arrive. After that, I'm going for a Soyuz meteorite dial.

    Steve

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    Put this on for tonight's Time4APint - can't go now




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    Great! Another excuse to post come pictures of this.

    Speedmaster Professional 186.0004
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    Calibre: 1620





    On a GGB SPV2 Nasa style Velcro strap




    NASA flight qualified and evaluated for the space shuttle programme but eventually not adopted



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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post

    Astronaut ice cream! Reminds me of schoolboy day trips to Jodrell Bank!

    Great watch - cutting edge Swiss technology at the time!

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    Currently playing with the Gen 1 X33


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    Just put a new strap on the Apollo XV that I had custom made by Steveo Straps. Thought I'd share!




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    All nice ,but for me its got to be a stepped dial all day long...

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    Love the Speedmaster, they all look great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter2704 View Post
    All nice ,but for me its got to be a stepped dial all day long...
    A lot of people say this but I'm not so sure. The step adds some depth to the dial but the tritium on the step can look a little dirty. I think the slope of the later models is a cleaner look that I prefer.

    Did all the pre-moons have a stepped dial?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Man View Post
    A lot of people say this but I'm not so sure. The step adds some depth to the dial but the tritium on the step can look a little dirty. I think the slope of the later models is a cleaner look.

    Did all the pre-moons have a stepped dial?
    No the first few 3 years had no step either, it was a 1960s thing

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    3 for the price of one:


    A couple of 1970s thoroughbreds:

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    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is this in the box set?


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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is this in the box set?

    Paperweight?

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    One from the 1960's and one from the 1990's



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdh1 View Post
    One from the 1960's and one from the 1990's


    Love the pre moon. Is the polished finish how they were original? I ask as mine is so bashed up it's impossible to tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is this in the box set?

    It's a paperweight, but it's more for show as it's surprisingly thin and light. I guess it'd hold down a couple of pieces of paper if it wasn't too windy!

    Still, it looks nice!

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    Pulsometer bezel mod:



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    This gets worn quite often:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    A couple of 1970s thoroughbreds:
    Now that's the sort of pic I'd like to see more of, very nice. This must be some racing Ferrari dashboard, though, I seem to remember that by then, their road cars had plastic dashes with individual binnacles arranged together each in their own plastic housing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasz View Post
    Now that's the sort of pic I'd like to see more of, very nice. This must be some racing Ferrari dashboard, though, I seem to remember that by then, their road cars had plastic dashes with individual binnacles arranged together each in their own plastic housing?
    308 GT4 or poss 308 GTB would be my guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    I've heard this on here a lot, but I for one appreciate the presentation set and it does feel special.
    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    I agree. Personally I think the packaging of a watch is crucial as it's all part of the experience.

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    Get off.

    This is what you got for your $195 back in the day.

    Classy.

    Didn't need a suitcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Get off.

    This is what you got for your $195 back in the day.
    Oooh imagine going into an old watch safe and finding that!


    By the way, what are the (?aftermarket/OEM) bracelet options for the Speedmaster?

    I much preferred the bracelet on my '67 one compared to the '17 one, which feels too substantial for the head, if that makes sense?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    Oooh imagine going into an old watch safe and finding that!


    By the way, what are the (?aftermarket/OEM) bracelet options for the Speedmaster?

    I much preferred the bracelet on my '67 one compared to the '17 one, which feels too substantial for the head, if that makes sense?!
    I know exactly what you mean, the beefed up modern bracelets seem incongruous on a vintage style watch.

    Personally I like the 1450 and 1479 bracelets.
    Cheers,
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    I am more 1035 ,love mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    I know exactly what you mean, the beefed up modern bracelets seem incongruous on a vintage style watch.

    Personally I like the 1450 and 1479 bracelets.
    I will go and research myself, but are these vintage style bracelets that would fit a modern 20mm lug width Speedmaster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    I will go and research myself, but are these vintage style bracelets that would fit a modern 20mm lug width Speedmaster?
    Yes they would fit but before you get too fixated on the 1450 bracelet, be aware that they routinely fetch 800-900 due to their scarcity and desirability. The 1479 is rather cheaper but not as distinctive. Check ebay if you want confirmation of this...

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    Are there any well recognised, modern aftermarket bracelets in the vintage style that can be put on the Speedy?

    I don't mind modern build qualities, it's the modern "maxi bracelet" style I don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padders View Post
    308 GT4.
    Correct, a 1979 model.

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    Something I didn't spot on mine until yesterday was the etched omega symbol on the hesalite, right in the centre...


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    A regular 3570.50 on a few different straps























    and my latest flame, a new Speedy "Tin Tin" Racing (311.30.42.30.01.004). Had it a few weeks and am besotted with it. Not had chance to play with straps on it yet. Besides its getting hot and sweaty over here and I love the bracelet.






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    Congrats on your Tintin! One of my favourite Speedies! Tried several straps on it:





    Top is a Hirsch Grand Duke, bottom is the OEM rally strap on Omega deployant.

    Enjoy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    Are there any well recognised, modern aftermarket bracelets in the vintage style that can be put on the Speedy?

    I don't mind modern build qualities, it's the modern "maxi bracelet" style I don't like.
    Yes, the 1171.

    These used to be a lot less than a hundred quid from Cousins years back when I bought mine but I'm sure there are still plenty of them around second hand.

    Make sure you get the 633 ends.

    Bracelets aside, have you tried a NATO?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Yes, the 1171.

    These used to be a lot less than a hundred quid from Cousins years back when I bought mine but I'm sure there are still plenty of them around second hand.

    Make sure you get the 633 ends.

    Bracelets aside, have you tried a NATO?
    Fantastic, thanks!

    I keep meaning to try the NATO's that came in the box - will give them a go today I think!

    Off to search for that bracelet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post

    Bracelets aside, have you tried a NATO?
    Here we go - freshly installed! I don't think I have ever tried a NATO before - I think I like it, it's certainly more comfortable than the bracelet on a hot day like today.










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    On a plain brown leather, not an expensive strap and didn't think I'd bond with it. But now love it as it gives the watch a military look whilst saving the Bracelet further wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Can I ask what strap is that on your MKII it looks the business? Also general question does anyone know a supplier of notched straps? what I mean is an end piece of the leather that fits between the lugs with the rest fitting flush to the lugs. A bit like an integral bracelet but in leather. Reason to ask is that I reckon it look brilliant on a MKII

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark lowman View Post
    Can I ask what strap is that on your MKII it looks the business?
    Di Modell Rallye with orange stitch, it's a nice combination. I rather like that image as it shows Speedmasters on bracelet, leather, kevlar and velcro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Di Modell Rallye with orange stitch, it's a nice combination. I rather like that image as it shows Speedmasters on bracelet, leather, kevlar and velcro.
    Thank you for that and even better I've realised the DiModel Chronisimo has the notched lugs I was looking for and is also extremely well rated.

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    I really need a Speedy in my life lol, both of my local Omega AD's are out of stock, one actually has a waiting list but they both have my number and know i want one, so fingers crossed!

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