Up for grabs is an Omega Speedmaster
reference 105.002 straight lug, the very first 6-digit reference number Speedmaster with “no T” dial.
198347XX serial number with actual production date probably in 1963 and a serial number which is very comfortably falls into 105.002 serial range.
Dial is original with very nice orange patina on plots. These watches either came with Alpha or baton hands originally. Judging by aging of paint, fading and loss of tritium on hands it is possible that these hands were original to the watch, even with an early serial number. I decided to keep the watch “as found” rather than doing anything to the hands or swapping. The dial was a slight brown tint to it, but I wouldn’t call it “tropical” just yet.
The dust specs and tritium particles you see in macro shots were already cleaned up as they were not noticeable until after macro pictures were taken.
The bezel is original DON with nice fade and aging.
The crystal was scratched up on the watch when found, so it was replaced with original Omega hesalite replacement. I kept the original metal retaining ring inside the crystal from the old one and installed it with new crystal.
Caseback is original, very nice sharp engraving and no major scratches or other tool marks. Inside is correctly stamped 105.002-62. I do not see any service marks on inside of caseback, which could add to theory of these hands being original to the watch. The gasket is very flat and old, possibly original.
The case is very nice with original lug chamfers still evident. No corrosion or pitting.
If we examine the movement pictures, please note that there are no tool marks on components as well as no signs of screws being removed in past. Again, this could further reinforce my theory of hands being original, since the watch has never been service and didn’t have the need for hands to be taken off/swapped.
All that being said, the watch winds smoothly and runs. The chronograph engages (the top pusher is a little sticky, but works), runs, stops and resets. There is no hour totalizer creep. A service would be suggested if you plan on wearing this daily/frequently.
No box or papers. No extract, but its guaranteed to match the watch if you ever order one in future or I will take the watch back at any time.