Vintage Omega Speedmaster
The last Speedmaster to house the original Caliber 321 movement before Omega Replica Watch transitioned to the simpler Caliber 861, the vintage Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” ref. 145.012 signified the end of an important era for this famed Omega chronograph.
Omega Speedmaster 145.012-67 Key Features
Case: 42mm, Stainless Steel
Bezel: Black “Dot over 90” Bezel Insert
Crystal: Plexiglass, Signed with Omega Logo
Dial: Black, Step Dial, Stick Hour/Minute Hand, Teardrop Seconds Hand, Applied Logo
Lume: Tritium, Patina Hour Markers and Hands
Caliber: 321 Manual-Winding Movement
Strap: Tan Leather Strap
The Omega Speedmaster Replica 145.012 retained many of the features of the previous 105.012, which is to say it has a 42mm steel case, a black bezel with a tachymeter scale, and a black dial with three counters. However, Omega furnished it with taller and larger chronograph pushers, which is one way to tell this reference apart from its predecessors.
It also features the prized BASE 500 “DON” bezel, characterized by a black dot over the “90” number on the tachymeter scale and a hallmark of Caliber 321-powered Speedmasters. Another fantastic vintage detail worth pointing out on this The Most Exquisite Speedmaster Replica Watches 145.012 is the step dial. Note the slightly elevated ring at the center of the dial, which is placed adjacent to the minute markers and home to the tips of the hour markers.
One of the starring features of the vintage Speedmaster ref. 145.012 is one that you can’t see unless the caseback is taken off. Of course, we’re talking about the Caliber 321 movement that powers the Replica Swiss Made. This Lemania-based hand-wound movement is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful chronograph movements ever made, especially given its compact size.
Along with the time, it powers a 60-second chronograph register, a 30-minute counter, and a 12-hour counter. It uses a column wheel to activate the chronograph functions, which is considered better quality than cams. Column wheel chronograph movements require more labor to produce and they are not only better looking but also offer smoother operation.
As indicated by the surface wear on the case and bezel, scratches, and light nicks, this watch was clearly loved and worn frequently out in the real world. Yet, the Luxury Replica Watches caseback engraving is still visible and it retains its correct 24-tooth crown.
The dial with light wear and patina is in great shape considering its age. The tritium lume plots on the dial have aged to dark beige while the hand lume is slightly darker.