Over my many years of buying, selling and collecting watches I have come across some watch that are just different, they are not what they are supposed to be, the Tudor Monte Carlo is one of them, it was to radical for its time. There are many other examples that I can list but for the purpose of this writing let's cut straight to the chase. One of the most fascinating watches I've ever seen came to me back in 2008. It was the Omega Speedmaster Chronometer Split Seconds (Rattrapante) officially known as the 3540.50. Supposedly only 5000 of this watches were made in 3 different dial color variations starting in 1999, Carbon fiber, Silver and Blue (limited to the Italian market - go figure).
Different from the Tudor Monte Carlo, the popularity of the Rattrapante never grew. Caught between the Speedmaster purists and the what some called "to modern for its age" it has never reached the desirability it deserves.
Some of the factors that make this watch worthy and unique are listed below:
- First Speedmaster Chronometer (COSC Certified)
- First Omega Ratrapantte Watch (Split Seconds)
- One of the first watches available with real Carbon Fiber dial
- Limited Production (5000 pcs)
I will ask you, would you consider this watch, after almost 20 years of existence, worthy of the Classic Status it deserves or will it always be a great watch under the shadows of its older brothers?
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