When it comes to vintage pieces, the world of watch collecting has become as complicated as it is enjoyable. Minor details can, and do have a huge effect on the price and collectible nature of many watches. Case in point, this Omega Speedmaster.
Manufactured in 1968, this reference is considered a transitional model. From 1967 to 1968 Omega was in the process of switching the movement of the Speedmaster from cal. 321 to cal 861. The watch at hand maintains the aesthetic characteristics of those fitted with the 321 while utilizing cal 861. To check a few boxes regarding confirmation of this being a transitional model I will confirm that: the applied Omega logo is correct and applied on the matte dial, the indices are correctly elongated, the serial number and date stamp are correct for 1968, The Tachymeter bezel has been replaced with a service bezel. The bracelet is not original to this model but the replacement is still a very desirable 1450 with proper 808 end pieces.
Aside from all of that watch nerd speak, this is an incredible example of a rare watch. The indices and hands have an appealing patina while the case and bracelet in no way look their age. Box and papers are not included….