I am always scanning the www.omegaforums.net sales forum, as the people there tend to be honest and sensible. Recently very few speedmasters have come up, and if they have, then I havent been moved to think about them. This one caught my eye:
First I have to say I have no connection to seller. I am reviewing this as it is interesting to go through a watch as an exercise in assessment. ( I do this for fun remember.)
First we do the basic checks:
- Case ref 145.022-71 and serial 3.2m fit.
- Dial is stepped, TST, painted logo
- Bezel is a DN90 with the dropped serif.
- Hands appear to be tritium.
- Case is correct with stamped medallion,
- pushers look original, crown looks original too.
Now we must move on to aesthetics.
Overall impression is good. Its a -71 so the last of the stepped dials and therefore the most affordable of these. It is also the reference most likely to have been neglected, carelessly serviced or generally abused. (This one has escaped those fates). The tritium on this one is greenish, and I have seen this from this era. It is a characteristic some find charming. The dial is in excellent condition, and in this photo if you look at the step there is a little discoloration, or patina which I find attractive and only found in vintage dials. It is very mild and probably hardly visible in the metal, photographs often show these things much more than in hand.
The handset looks tritium, and also in excellent condition. There is no chipping or damage.
The bezel is a very good example of a DN90 dropped serif. These bezels are going to start getting valuable and its nice to see a good one.
The case is showing marks commensurate to age, but no serious polishing if any. It has an indentation on the non crown side that is a little off putting – but I did not immediately see it.
On inspection of the back, the gasket has deteriorated and left gunk all around the lip of the case back. This would indicate to me a service would be a good idea, and replacing the case back gasket. The new owner might decide as part of the service to change the pushers crown and crystal so as to have a waterproof watch. The originals can be retained with the paperwork for prosperity, but I think it will be a while until people will want to change back these items for original on a -71. (But you ever know).
In summary, this watch is a well presented example of a watch held by a collector that has not been over prepared, or dealer prepped to sell for profit. It is an honest watch with the correct parts. I think it needs a service to ensure longevity. I don’t usually like greenish lumes but this whole watch has an attraction.
The minus points are the degraded gasket in the case, and the very slight case wear. These are not big deals. After all this could be a perfect wearing watch after an Omega Spec service.
So how to value? The chart says 3400/4800 (Good/Collector). This watch is asking $4200 with a bracelet.
It seems fair to me, which is another reason I enjoyed writing about it.
NOTE: I am not connected with the seller, I do not recommend you buy, or do not buy this watch – that is up to you. Setting a fair price is between you and the seller.