The Bastard Speedmaster - The Rattrapante 3540.50
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    The Bastard Speedmaster - The Rattrapante 3540.50

    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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    Re: The Bastard Speedmaster - The Rattrapante 3540.50

    It's very cool. I had one for a total of 1 day before I had to return it because the movement was kaput

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchvaultnyc View Post
    It's very cool. I had one for a total of 1 day before I had to return it because the movement was kaput
    That's unfortunate. Mine is running well in between the COSC standards. But after all, they are mechanical watches built by humans.

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    Re: The Bastard Speedmaster - The Rattrapante 3540.50

    Just when you think you have enough omega speedmasters.......

    A cool watch for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbineboy View Post
    Just when you think you have enough omega speedmasters.......

    A cool watch for sure.
    The best thing is that the chance that the guy next to you at the restaurant will have the same watch is very slim. I have never seen another one in the wild. And the Carbon fiber dial looks amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cariduro24 View Post
    The best thing is that the chance that the guy next to you at the restaurant will have the same watch is very slim. I have never seen another one in the wild. And the Carbon fiber dial looks amazing!

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    Exactly.....
    Not helping :)

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    An unorthodox speedy but that second photo is scary! lol
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    Re: The Bastard Speedmaster - The Rattrapante 3540.50

    Quote Originally Posted by iTreelex View Post
    An unorthodox speedy but that second photo is scary! lol
    Lol... What you don't see in the picture is the pillows I put in the floor.

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    Re: The Bastard Speedmaster - The Rattrapante 3540.50

    I believe the first Speedmaster that was COSC certified was the Speedmaster 125 (ST378.0801).

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    Re: The Bastard Speedmaster - The Rattrapante 3540.50

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama214 View Post
    I believe the first Speedmaster that was COSC certified was the Speedmaster 125 (ST378.0801).
    Looking around I think that you are right. Thanks for the clarification. So, first Rattrapante with COSC from Omega is a more accurate term.

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