The name "Speedmaster Professional" is synonymous with the exploration of space and is best known as the first watch worn on the moon, giving them some pretty serious credentials. It is arguable that Omega would probably have stayed in business and been just as popular if the original moon watch was the only model they ever made for the line. But they didn't stop there, and we're glad they didn't. The years following the legendary Apollo mission saw the release of an expanded line of Speedmaster variants, known commonly as the "Mark" Series. Some of these watches were real flops on the market, and others weren't. Regardless of their initial popularity, all are interesting timepieces and have a collector following today. Of these Mark Series Speedmasters, the one we get asked about most frequently is the first successor to the original Professional - the Mark II.
Mark II Speedmasters were the first radical departure from the traditional Speedmaster case, and instead of an exposed lug design, the Mk II was designed with a tonneau shape with hidden lugs. This gives the Mk. II a great profile and a very 70s look that is quite popular with enthusiasts today. Like all Mark IIs, this particular example features the Calibre .861 manual winding chronograph movement used by Omega starting in 1968. Atypically, the dial has developed a deep tropical patination often found in watches from the Banana Belt, and the floating inner bezel is perfect - a rare find in itself! The color makes for a real statement on the wrist, and is a rare find in vintage Omega!
Values on the Mark II Speedmasters have been steadily climbing for the past two years, and like their original moon watch brethren, are going to continue doing so as the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission looms on the horizon. This is a tremendous opportunity to pick up an original example in fantastic condition, and we're proud to have procured it for your consideration!