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  1. This is my beloved Speedy.

    I wear it either on a brown leather strap or on this dark gray one. I still have the original steel bracelet, but never wear it on that. It’s a calibre 861, 145.022 case. Based on the serial number 305xxxxx, I’m guessing it’s a ’70 or ’71.

    I like a lot of things about this watch, but the surefire conversation starter with other watch nerds is the case back. No “first watch worn on the Moon” engraving, but the older, pre-moon landing Hippocampus case back. What’s weird is that the serial number says it should be a post-Moon landing watch and they started putting the commemorative “first watch worn on the moon” backs on there pretty quickly. Why it’s got the hippocampus, I don’t know.

    The backstory: a friend of mine who is a full-bore nutty collector bought four or five pre-“worn on the Moon” Speedies. He kept the pick of the litter, and sold this one to me. And that’s where it got interesting. The second hand on the chronograph refused to reset to zero. So I took it in for a servicing. They not only didn’t fix that problem, but three weeks later, the hand fell off!

    Luckily for me, the next town over there’s a semi-retired Omega workshop supervisor who still works on watches. I took Speedy in to him. A big grin erupted across his face, “I love working on these old 861s.” A week later, Speedy was back in tip-top shape.

    It’s got pride of place in my rotation now. I definitely wear it more than any other pieces. Kind of beat up and worn. Plenty of scuffs. And somewhere, it lost the original chronograph second hand.

  2. Noice. I think with the 69-71 speedies, Omega was trying to work through the stock of pre-moon cases so you end up seeing both styles in that date range.

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