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Omega Speedmaster Mark II 1969 - 2014 ReviewOmega Speedmaster Mark II - 45 Year After Its IntroductionAfter the Omega Speedmaster Professional won the race to the Moon in 1969, Omega think it is time on top of a watch that perhaps was obviously a little more up-to-date and prepared for the 1970s. Design wise that is, because the watch should be able to withstand exactly the same abuse because the Speedmaster Professional 'Moonwatch' could handle. Somewhere in 1969 Omega introduced the Speedmaster Mark II. Actually, a Speedmaster Professional Mark II. The 'Mark' in the name stands for a brand new or revised/improved version, to the non-native English readers. It is just like calling it a couple.0 version these days.The Speedmaster Mark II was included with exactly the same Lemania based movement as being the Moonwatch, reference 145.022. This movement is Omega's caliber 861 and contains been through production since 1968 till around 1996 gets hotter was succeeded together with the caliber 1861 movement. The Speedmaster Mark II had this barrel shaped case that looked totally different from the a-symmetrical Speedmaster Professional case. The normal Speedmaster, that had been issued to NASA astronauts, was still being produced though. During the many Speedmaster Mark series, the regular Speedmaster Pro was always available (nevertheless is).When Omega stopped the production of the Speedmaster Mark II in 1972, the Mark III already ended up being introduced. The Speedmaster Mark III was succeeded because of the Mark IV in 1973. Then there's the potential 4.5 (that is a Mark IV using a different movement, an Omega caliber 1045) that came out there in 1974. A final on the list of Speedmaster Mark series could be the Mark V which was introduced around 1984. It is confusing right? There are also more models involving and some slight variations around the above. For just a great overview you better read Chuck Maddox's Omega Speedmaster Mark Combination of Chronographs article.No matter the reason, Omega replica watches chosen to perform Speedmaster Mark II reissue recording and that we remarked that the replica watches were already from the Omega boutiques prior to the official introduction in BaselWorld.Just like the original Speedmaster (Professional) Mark II replica watches, there are several variations available with the Speedmaster Mark II Co-Axial 2014 models. The black dial version and the racing dial version are reissued and also on the top of that there is a Speedmaster Mark II Olympic Game Rio 2016 edition we saw during our appointment with Omega rolex replica .As you can tell within the photo in the new Speedmaster Mark II Racing above, the barrel shaped case and bracelet are extremely exactly like the original version. We will come fot it comparison down the line. For a close look, you will notice that the dial is almost different from the original. The racing track is different as being the original had a red outer track and an orange Omega logo at 12 o'clock. However, the greatest difference is probably in the wording about the dial has the modern Speedmaster Mark II 2014 model features a date aperture. Rather than a no-date hand-wound chronograph movement - such as the one which is still used inside the Speedmaster Professional 357x.xx series - Omega thought we would use their caliber 3330 movement. This movement has a column-wheel mechanism, a Co-Axial escapement, Si14 silicon balance spring along with a power reserve of 52 hours. It has little with regards to the initial movement, aside from the tri-compax layout on the dial of course.People already asked us concerning the base movement for this Omega caliber 3330 which is not just one of their in-house developed chronograph movements (caliber 93xx series). We often believe it is based on some ETA caliber that's been aiimed at exclusive use for Omega only, hence the Si14 balance spring and Co-Axial escapement.It's understandable that Omega made a decision to take advantage of this movement. It's usually not much of a watch for that purist - while it can be an awesome timepiece - and also for the people that love vintage replica watches but are not ready to drop by. Very might be collectors which simply need a piece like this in their Speedmaster collection. We presume that the target audience though, is the guy who loved the vintage Speedmaster Mark II around the wrists of his father or grandfather and decides to choose a similar timepiece with all the current today's technology inside. With the purists, you may still find some terrific pre-owned vintage Speedmaster Mark II models available accessible with an attractive price.The conclusion superiority the truth and bracelet are amazingly good. Mainly the bracelet is something that surprised us within a positive way, it appears amazingly such as the original ref. 1162 bracelet (company, there was clearly and a ref.1159 bracelet that looked slightly different). Probably the kind of this bracelet with this Speedmaster Mark II is something Omega can also apply on the bracelet on the Speedmaster Professional 'Moonwatch'. It'd make the appearance on the modern Speedy Pro a tad bit more easy around the eyes.As you can tell for the photo above, the case back appears to be other Speedmaster (Automatic) appliances have reached the catalog. True back has got the Seahorse embossed along with the Speedmaster wording and Omega logo. The Rio 2016 version has a special case back needless to say, bearing the Olympic Games 2016 Rio logo. This specific model is going to be limited to 2016 models but gets the same (technical) specifications as the regular Speedmaster Mark II reissue. The tachymeter print on the inside of the crystal is a bit different color wise, plus the dials have gold rings. Speedmaster Mark II 1969 And 2014 ComparisonSo, do you select the old and original Speedmaster (Professional) Mark II or would you rather get one of the new versions? We've placed the old Speedmaster Mark II ref. 145.014 beside the new ref. 327.10.43.50.01.001 and demonstrate the optical differences backward and forward. We already discussed the movements a bit and the comparison between the two would make no sense in this post.How big the the modern Speedmaster Mark II are 42 .4mm x 46.2mm in which the vintage model measured 41.75mm x 45mm. This means that the revolutionary model is slightly bigger, this shows in the photos below.On the dial, so as to - apart from the date window obviously - there are several more differences between these two. It would appear that the new Omega Speedmaster Mark II with all the matt black dial provides the same graphics printed within the racing version, aside from the use of orange for most of the accents. The minute track and hour markers are usually different from the Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 model. It can be clear that this old model incorporates a dial that is more the same as the Speedmaster Pro 'Moonwatch' than to its 45 year younger successor. The hands also changed somewhat and they are just like a mixture relating to the original Speedmaster hands and the Speedmaster Mark III hands.However the vintage Mark II from the photos is a bit roughed up, you are able to clearly begin to see the similarities involving the design of finish on the case and bracelet. The polished edges on the case supply a superb contrast on the sunburst brushed finish in the upper side in the case. Actually the Speedmaster Mark II sunburst brushed finish is really a magnet to scratches - this does not have anything to make use of the pad, simply the kind of finishing - and will also need a great watchmaker who can do that. We advice that you have this redone by Omega in any case, replica iwc canada watches they have got the best machines information in order to make this happen.The bracelet clasp can also be something will immediately notice comparing the two of these. The existing steel clasp is just a easy folding buckle the place that the new clasp was in line considering the other modern Omega clasps. Two release buttons and easy to resize iwc watches online .Like we wrote above, whichever one you choose depends upon your individual preferences and whether getting a vintage watch is within your safe place. It does need to have a little bit of study if you want to obtain a nice vintage watch of any type. For that modern guy who merely uses a modern watch having a cool vintage appearance, the brand new Omega Speedmaster Mark II Co-Axial might be the right choice.The black dial version is reference 327.10.43.50.01.001 and has a price tag of approx 4600 Euro (including VAT). The orange Speedmaster Mark II racing is reference 327.10.43.50.06.001 and has now a (approx) 4600 Euro price tag. An existing Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 in good are available for below 1800 Euro. For the present time that may be.The state run presentation for this Speedmaster Mark II watch can be obtained around the Omega website, where you can turn off the sunlight to discover the illumination with the dial where you may resize the bracelet.What model might you prefer? The vintage Mark II or maybe the new model? Inform us leaving a remark below, we might be curious to learn. All photos on this page can be clicked for larger versions.