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    Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

    I received a Speedmaster Professional as a gift from grandparents in 1972 for high school graduation. I had it serviced in 2001 and receipt shows it as a 145.022-68 ST. The serial number starts with 26.5XX and the calibre is 861. Just in the last few days for the first time I have been researching this watch, all I knew previously was that is was a moon watch and that it was maybe worth 4-5g. However when searching this model number there are 2 on the net and they are 14g give or take a few 100. One of the buttons fell off (I have the button) and now I'm scared to send it in! Is it really worth that much? It does have a later model omega bracelet that was put on when serviced in 2001. As a stupid teenager I had the original bracelet replaced with a twist-o-flex, I see an original will set me back a couple grand. Thanks for the info, just need to know how much to insure it for to put it in the mail. Dan

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    Re: Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

    It really depends on the condition/ originality and value is certainly less without original bracelet. Some pics would be helpful. Where are sending it for service? Did omega service center do the service in 2001? If so they may have replaced things like dial, hands, and bezel that would markedly decrease the collector value. Value range could be $4g to $10g so hard to help u without some pics to go on. DO NOT send to omega for future service.
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    Re: Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

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    Thanks for the response. Hopefully the picture shows up, as you can see I'm new to forum. It was serviced at Swiss Service Center in Illinois. It got the new band, crystal, spring, button repair and cleaning. That is all I was charged for so I don't think anything else was replaced. Everything matches up that this is a "transition" watch and there are only 2 of them listed on the net. I am never this lucky, so maybe those two are just trying to gouge people. Thanks again for looking

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    What have they done to the reset button?? Hope they returned the old button back to you.

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    Sorry, I wasn't too clear. That is a current picture, the watch was last serviced in 2001 at Swiss Service Center. The button fell off a few years ago and I am just now looking to get it repaired. That is what got me looking on the net and finally finding out a few things about the watch. Not sure where to send it but sounds like Omega is not a good choice.

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    Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

    I wouldn’t say Omega is a bad choice as long as you tell them what to touch and what not to touch. LAWW and other independents would also do a great job of keeping as original as possible.


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    Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

    The changes/updates made at the last service will have impacted the value. The photo is not great, but I suspect in addition to the changed bracelet, they may have also fitted service hands. As @CajunMike said, these will lower the desirability of your watch with collectors.
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    Re: Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

    I think the hands are the original tritium as is the dial and DON bezel.

    Do the hands glow?

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    Re: Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quartersawn View Post
    I think the hands are the original tritium as is the dial and DON bezel.

    Do the hands glow?
    Held it to a light for maybe a minute then to a dark room, hands and hour marks glowed dimly for less than a minute.

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    Re: Is this Speedmaster really worth this much?

    Reread the bill for the 2001 service and no mention of changing hands. Would they do that for no charge as part of the cleaning?

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