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Speedy Tuesday - Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 from 1971I've had a several Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 models through the years, from the 145.022-69 for the 145.022-78 references. I kept selling and trading them at that time, these folks were approx 1500 Euro replica watches and were quite employed to flip for various other sought-after replica watches. But late summer 2015 I had been approached with a reader that had this Speedmaster Professional available for sale after he sent me a handful of pictures I spotted i did not have a 145.022-69 during my collection anymore. Although I'd wished for an instance back with straight-text inscription, it been the pre-Moon case back instead.Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 on its original 1039 bracelet.So, after heading back and forth to determine as to what range of prices we had arrived talking casio watch bands , I had been pleasantly surprised to find out how the seller only lived 10km from my office and so i may even see it within the flesh without a lot of hassle. Like I explained around my article yesterday (here), I enjoy meeting face-to-face with the purchase of a watch. I took my loupe an incident back opener by himself, to have a closer think about the watch and it is movement.Throughout the appointment, I asked if I could open the way it is knowning that was no problem with the seller. The watch itself wasn't worn for quite a while and it was enclosed in dust and dirt. The movement looked quite clean in my opinion though, on the other hand also noticed that one of several bridges was engraved with 'cal. 865' . Omega caliber 865 is assigned to their Chronostop timepieces but seem to be sharing song with the 3 register chronograph caliber 861 movement. I reckon that this part continues to be replaced in a repair or service which has a part through the caliber 865 movement that the watch maker been in stock. To make sure, I wrote across the serial number. Within the situation back, there was clearly the 145.022-69 engraved and some watchmaker's 'engravings' (they some times do that throughout a service).Caliber 861145.022-69 case by Hugeunin Freres SAThe rest of the watch seemed fine, although the group of hands didn't match this specific reference. It had the caliber 321 hands, while using little triangle - or drop counter-weight - seconds hand. The crystal was severely damaged (scratches along with a crack), though the dial and bezel were fine. I also studied true even though I could truthfully clearly see that this watch was adopted on a daily basis for many years, the way it is was unpolished. The seller had this Speedmaster Professional with a later 1990s reference 1479 bracelet and also demonstrated an original bracelet it included, the reference 1039.Step dial from the 145.022-69However, I didnt decided yet, as I had a few questions left that I wanted solutions to. Therefore i checked the serial number with Omega as well as the movement was indeed an original caliber 861 that had the watch. The watch was produced on May 12th 1971 and shipped for the Netherlands on December 22nd. That also explained why the watch had the 1039 bracelet stamped '4/71' (meaning 4th quarter 1971). This can be a last batch of reference 1039 bracelets. It would have made sense should the watch came using a reference 1171 bracelet of course, as that particular was already being made right at that moment likewise.The final produced 1039 bracelets are from 4/71On the case back, there is a Seahorse logo and 'Speedmaster' word engraved. While there are already case backs with "The First Watch Worn Around the Moon" engravings (straight-text) since 1970 and applied to the Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69, the later 'round' engraved Speedmaster case backs were introduced using the reference 145.022-71 Speedmaster replica watches.Speedmaster Pre-Moon case backAlthough a Dot Over Ninety (DON or DO90) bezel is a bit of a buzz word right now, it was only used till 1970. So there are Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 replica watches out there who may have a DON bezel copy breitling watches , nevertheless one was manufactured in 1971 and included a later bezel. With later bezels, you should look at the dot beside the 70 as well as the C in TACHYMETRE. This particular one has got the bezel that has a dot near to the 70 and also a narrow C in TACHYMETRE. This bezel was implemented from 1970 to 1990. Plus there is faulty bezel from 1970 as well, which is similar but instead of '200' it has '220' on the exact position. A compact mistake produced by the supplier to Omega then, now highly sought-after (and taken care of).Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 on the leather strapAfter having these items looked after, it seemed that just the hands were a lttle bit strange within this piece. Not even attempt to fear about and I chose to pull the trigger about this one. I did hands swapped, a different crystal fitted and set it with a nice leather strap. The bracelets needed a clean in my ultrasonic cleaner on the other hand never actually hook them up to the watch, as yet, for several pictures.So, what has to be done? Well, the watch uses a thorough cleaning and the movement should be serviced sooner or later. The original 1039 bracelet needs to be taken care of simply because it lost its original brushed and polished finish a lttle bit because of wearing. I am not saying gonna touch the truth, as it's fine as it's. I can contain the bridge with cal. 865 replaced for the original one, at a donor movement, but I don't know it really is worthwhile and effort. Most crucial is always to get the best pair of tritium caliber 861 hands watches . For the investment I acquired it for, there's still some room left to invest with this watch. Presently, perhaps also due to the Christie's Speedmaster 50 Auction of December 2015, the values on the 145.022 references have gone up quite a lot. It is not easy to source worth keeping under 500 Euro, especially the older 145.022-69 models. If there is a DON bezel or faulty '220' bezel, brown dial or a straight-text engraved case back, expect to pay a lot more.I'm fairly certain that most people would've walked out from the watch whenever they saw it covered in dust, dirty as well as a cracked crystal. Clearly a 'project' watch, but from a first clean, a brand new crystal along with a fresh leather strap, I was actually amazed how much quicker it become a bit that I frequently wear.