This watch caught my eye in a dealer's case more than one year ago. I tried to forget about it. Later, on a trip to the same store I saw the watch again and knew it had to be mine. Funny, I went to the dealer to see the Breitling Superocean Heritage, and ended up with this Speedy, which is quite different! The Breitling did not appeal to me in person, although I loved pics of it online. Anyway...
We all know so much about Speedmasters, so, I'll be brief and get onto the pics. First, it has a white dial, which turns out to be all the rage these days, but it was not when this first turned up. Here I reproduce some info about the watch found on some other websites.
Olympic Series "Los Angeles 1932", Limited Production. Olympic Circles Engraved on the case back, with White Lacquered dial & painted Arabic numeral, Red Painted Vintage Omega Logo, Luminous hands & hour markers.
Case diameter 39 mm, thickness 14 mm, coated sapphire crystal, water resistance 30 m, movement is listed as Omega 1152 (basically a Valjoux (ETA) 7750 I guess), power reserve 44 hr, watch no longer available.
Yes, all true. What info can't be found on the interweb? Well, the snow white dial looks pink in dim light. Can't explain that one. Does not seem to be anti-reflective coating on the crystal. Probably isn't be a retinal afterimage. Could be the white lacquer or it's undercoat.
The pushers are firm and give in with a very satisfying click/thud.
The dial layout is very attractive. The lettering/numbering on the dial appears perfect to the naked eye, and stands up very well indeed at 40X magnification. The subdials are slightly recessed, and are textured with concentric circles. The hands are blued steel, which are attractive but does not impart so much blue so as to give the impression of the old red, white, and blue.
The caseback has the hippocampus, the Olympic rings and little else.
The movement is supposed to wind in only one direction, which like a Japanese Miyota 8215 results in perceptible movement of the rotor. Some folks call it the Valjoux wobble. Bad name for what is actually an endearing feeling and noise. The wobble is most noticeable when the watch is not fully charged. Also, when fully charged the crown will not turn in the winding position, so, don't force it! Also, its a push crown, not a screw-down, and it is decorated with the omega symbol.
All that shinyness of the watch overall, and bright white of the dial make the watch look bigger on the wrist than it is. The sides of the case are brushed thank goodness, would not want the shine going into Breitling territory. The lugs have a complicated shape whereby the inner facet curves inward at an ever increasing rate. This case must be fun, not, to recondition. The tachymetre on the bezel is not the last word in legibility with this much shine. No matter, I use the chronograph for basic timing functions, not lap times.
The bracelet is well made, tapers very little, and has two polished parts in the center link. The clasp has a slider to allow bracelet expansion when donning and doffing. A single, but substantial, spring loaded pin mechanism under the omega sign holds the watch on the wrist. Omega's newer clasps are more robust, but I don't care. This is more of a dress watch than a tool watch anyway.
The lume is actually pretty darn bright and lasts all night long. This not a fully lumed dive watch that can light up the night sky. Only the hands are lumed, but it is still possible to easily tell the time in darkness.
These are selling used on eBay for 50% more than I paid for a new one....flip? No way. Excellent value for the money. Verdict: I love it! As mentioned elsewhere in these pages this watch started a damaging watch buying spree for me. This, however, is the only one of eight that are not microbrand divers watches. Thus, it sits like a proud Swiss next to my Rolexes. Indeed, I view it most as a counterpart to my Rolex Air-King, itself a wear anywhere, for any reason timelessly cool watch. Thanks for reading!