145.022-76 Reviewed

This watch is on sale at www.Omegafrums.net. I have no connection to the watch or the seller. I am reviewing it as there have been few examples on the market of this reference and this one does seem nice. I like looking at nice ones.

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Photo from listing. Here we can clearly see the domed dial, the DN90 bezel, and the white hands

A 145.022-76 is near the tail end of the interest of this site. It is this reference where we see the dial change from a stepped to a dome – not flat as in the MKII but slightly domed, like the very first speedmasters. Some of these 1970’s watches can acquire a very pleasing patina, although this one is not one of them. It remains in very nice clean condition with no degradation.

So first we must go over the basics, checking the movement serial and case match. The serial is 39m so fits in with my observations for a -76. The case back is correctly marked.

Lets go over the condition. We must be careful not to be confused, or diverted by the box and papers.

As always we start with the heart of the value, the dial. At the risk of contracting  myself immediately, the 1970’s series of references actually have the least value proportion in the dial, but this may be changing. This dial is a painted logo, short indices, T SWISS T, gently domed dial and is correct for the reference. The plots are slightly yellowed and do not match the hands, which appear to be service replacements and possibly superluminova. If they are not SL then they are very new looking tritium and they at odds with the rest of the watch.

The case looks good, with some minor signs of wear, but look like honest history marks to me, not signs of aggressive polishing. The sides appear to have the brushing on them but as is often the case its hard to see.

The movement, a calibre 861 looks clean, and the screws seem clean. The pushers do not look new, and I wonder how long until the movement needs a service. But then I wonder how long any watch I acquire needs a service. The serial fits in range and I am happy it is likely to be an original movement. The one question mark is over the reset position of the hour recorder, which is slightly creeping from the straight up position. It could just be that the hand is set on the post wrong, or we have chrono creep and a service bill.

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Photo from listing. In this photo we can clearly see the subdial recorder at six o’clock is reset to a little past the straight up position. This needs further investigation and could just be a hand needing positioning or it is chrono creep that to me always indicates need of a service.

The bezel is the correct DN90 in good to excellent condition. It is only a matter of time before these bezels shoot up in value. It is important, I believe to make sure any watch of this era we acquire has a good one.

The watch comes with a 1171 bracelet and 633 endlinks. This ensemble adds about $200-$400 to the value.

The box and papers are a nice touch, but we are not shown what is written on the Omega paperwork – an oversight by the seller no doubt.

Always I ask myself, do I like the look of the watch? In this case I do. It is fairly common example, in very nice, used condition. The hands can be checked and adjusted as required. Is it worth the money? Well thats up to a buyer. This comes with added value of the bracelet, box and papers. Remember the chart is the price of head only.

Finally the seller is a well respected member of OF and has history so satisfies the “Buy the Seller” Rule.

Check the page for the 1970’s watches here.

Disclaimer:

Just because I review a watch it is NOT A RECOMMENDATION.

You must do your own due diligence both on the watch and the seller.

You must determine what you are willing to pay on your own.