OMEGA Speedmaster cal.321 Ref.105.003 ‘Ed White’ c.1965
Originally bought for £250 in the mid-1990s from Portobello Market, London, the Speedmaster Moonwatch was and still is in many ways, the perfect watch in my eyes. For some reason or another, I sold the ‘Ed White’ to a friend for £500 a year or so later. A bolt out of the blue in January 2020, my friend contacted me and kindly sent me some photographs of how the watch looks today. I didn’t have a personal photograph of it so I was pleased to see that watch was mostly original. Although you can’t see it, the bezel is DON (dot over ninety), the dial is how I remember it stepped with barely-legible tritium lume plots. The handset, pushers and crown have been replaced at Omega service but the case, case back all look original. When I bought it, it was all I could afford; the irony is, at the time, I wanted a new ‘Professional’ reference with the crown guards and lyre lugs, that watch today can be had for around £3-4k! In 2021, the ‘Ed White’ moonwatch retails around £10-15k more with box, papers and bracelet. Little did we know the potential value back in the 90s of the humble 321 cal. Speedy.
Omega Seamaster 600 Professional ‘Ploprof’ c.1971
An early example of the Omega Seamaster Professional 600 ‘Ploprof’ on my wrist courtesy of Carter Marsh & Co. Winchester. There are no lugs on the monobloc case so wears smaller than you would imagine. My wrist is 16cm and it fits like a glove. Watch has a blue OEM isofrane-style strap.