Time4APint Podcast

My friend The Lizard and I met with some watches. You can hear the pod cast here. We had some watches on the table

Now here are the photos that go with the podcast:

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These watches were produced in 1969 and the first 40 were presented to the astronauts.

We discussed the subtle variations seen in these watches.

Here we see “OM SWISS MADE OM” marked at the bottom of the dial signifying a solid gold dial – this is on all variations.

Here we see the flattened “O” of Omega. We discussed the different dials, and that they are seen. We call these flattened oval dials “early dials” but this is not actually based on evidence, just the similarities to an early 2998 dial. The actual dials themselves have been observed all through the number range.

And for comparison the round “O” in Omega:

We discussed the bezels. The black bezel was fitted before I came to the watch and I believe it was fitted by the previous owner.

There are at least three different case backs. I would photo them but to do it properly I would have to open the bracelets, and that is for another day.

The Pair of 145.022’s

These two watches have both been discussed here and here on the blog. One is from one owner and the other from the owners son. They are the same reference, and have some subtle differences.

Being one owner watches, they both retain the special look of a watch that has never been “improved” by someone who thinks they know what they are doing.

First is the “Ski Patrol” watch, with the added bonus of an original Omega brochure:

And here is the “Chefs Watch” – shown here as arrived with Omega service record and spare parts, including thankfully the old hands.

Two Straight lugs, a quality comparison:

A restoration of a 145.012 movement:

I admit it, I bought this complete car crash for the flawless DO90 bezel it arrived with. I sent it to Simon, thinking I would be lucky if we salvaged the dial.

Simon rang me to say he could not only remove the dial but he could transform the watch. And here is the restored movement. This is a big job, not many could or would take it on, but Simon Freese did. In fact I saw his eyes light up at the challenge. A job well done (No parts were replaced!):

I mean really – look at this:

Compared to :

Two Incorrect but beautiful straight lugs:

The sharp lugged 105.002 with the 105003 dial has been discussed here.

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It is a near perfect cased 105.002 with a T marked dial usually seen in a 105.003.

The dial on this 105.003 is so spectacular and so perfect, (As well as being in the wrong watch…) but I have yet to work out what to do with it if anything. I seem to spend a lot of time thinking and not doing with my watches, which probably keeps them safe from harm. I am very much a leave alone kind of collector.

105.003 with perfect brown 2998 dial

 We also looked at….

A certified Ultraman (with the wrong hand unfortunately, 1mm too short)

A creation of mine, inspired by a tiny photo in the Goldberger Omega Sports watch book. Look it up in the back….

A grey racing

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Black Racing with original papers

 

A New Private Purchase

I was recently contacted by a gentleman from Tulsa called Mike, who asked if I would be interested in his late brothers watch who sadly passed away at the beginning of this year. We corresponded for a while and it became clear to me this was a watch that while not super valuable, was one that I was drawn to.  A one owner watch, worn and enjoyed. As you will see, it has had the bezel replaced and is not running, it is dirty and slightly banged up.

Mikes brother was known as T, and Mike told me his brother returned from Vietnam and showed him the watch.

Here are Mikes words to me:

I enjoyed your details of a Navy service Omega that you purchased from the estate. I too have an Omega Speedmaster professional that I inherited from my younger brother when he passed away on January 1st, 2017. My brother was in the Navy aboard the USS Hancock, an aircraft carrier that has since been decomsioned, when he bought the watch around 1967.

I don’t know where he bought it but he told me it was new when he got it. He served as a radioman while the Hancock was in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam conflict. Not knowing anything about the watch I took it to a Jeweler to see what it would take to check it out and see what was needed to service it. He sent it to a vintage watch shop here in Tulsa and they got back to him saying it needed a main spring and one was ordered. To date nothing has been done to the watch,still waiting on the main spring. The jeweler said the Omega was a valuable watch even though it was missing the wrist band.

So first thing I said to Mike was…Get it back from the Jeweler and dont do ANYTHING to it! Luckily, as you can see, he did.

And I cant help doing a bit of research – here is the USS Hancock underway. (The top image is the flight deck) Here I choose to think that T is down there with his speedmaster…(!)

Photo Credit: Bill Larkins [wtl@earthlink.net]

Back to the watch. As we can see it has some damage to the tip of the chrono and also the minute recorder hand is corroded. The bezel has faded to an attractive grey and is from later than the watch and was almost certainly replaced at service.

So here we can see the evidence of ownership, dirt under the bezel, damage to the case and general wear. (I love all that – shows it has not been messed around, or prepared for sale).

This watch is so clearly a one owner watch, with each part clearly existing on the watch for some time. Even the bezel has melded into the watch, (If that makes sense) in such a way that it looks right, even though it is slightly later than the watch.

Any small thoughts I might have had of selling this watch were dashed when Mike sent me this brief, but moving email:

William,
Your payment arrived at my bank Tuesday and I thank you for giving my brothers Omega a resting place where it will be remembered and appreciated. I’m glad I saw your website and decided to contact you. Your appreciation for a watch with a military history is what drew me and I’m so glad we were able to transfer ownership of a watch with a connection. I too regret not having a picture of T wearing the watch. I at least have a memory of T wearing the watch the first time I saw him on returning from Vietnam. He proudly showed it to me as one of the good things that came from his adventure into the military.

I really don’t sell many watches, but this one has been entrusted to me so it will be staying. I will sell all my 145.012’s before this one goes. (And that is quite a few, so its safe).

For those who are interested the USS Hancock has very interesting history here.

My next step is to send this watch to the Magical Simon Freese who is quite the most sympathetic and efficient repairer and restorer of speedmasters. I will also order an extract – you never know where T might have bought his watch from.

I shall be leaving this watch as is. I think I will not even repair the hands, rather I want to keep this watch just as it looked the last time the owner took it off.

Leather Case From Bosphorous Straps

I love a leather case, me. I have long wanted a nice travel/display case.

I do not make a habit of reviews and until now, I have only endorsed my friends Paul’s opener. I have no financial interest in this or any other product I write about, just that if something is good enough for me, then many readers would want one too.

I have wanted a watch case for years, something I can go to a watch meet with and discuss watches without throwing bubble wrap and Ziplocs about. Something that also gives me pleasure to own and use.

I saw this on Instagram, with this company in Turkey and fired off about $600 across the ether without even doing any due diligence. I was so exited. Then after a few weeks of silence, I realised I had only an initial email and no case. And I didn’t even know anything about the seller except he was in Istanbul. (My wife reckons that Istanbul is a great leather source). Worried I sent off an email, and the charming proprietor wrote back to say he had sent  the case….but to another customer by mistake. He immediately shipped another, but with eight instead to of 10 slots.

He promised to send another tray imminently when he had made one. (Its on its way.)

When this arrived I was thrilled. The case is very solid. The tray fits well, and can be removed for storage in a safe. The lip of the case is not stepped, and this is the only thing I would change – but as it is I am happy because the case shell is very rigid and solid.

The case is made with distressed vintage style leather, and it appears to all be of fine work and top materials:

Here is the website, and the gentleman I wrote to is called Adem.

As I said before, I have no affiliation to this company, I just love his cases.

https://www.bosphorusleather.com/watch-travel-case