Pre-Moon Speedmaster by Stan Shelley

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 3:19 pm by Shelley's

Obviously, some watch brands are more collectible than others.  Even some “sub-brands” have special status, like a Bulova Accutron or Rolex Presidential.

But collectors get even more fine-tuned.  Some particular models are highly collectible.  Steve McQueen wore a Rolex Submariner model 5512 which is now known as the Steve McQueen watch.  (An auctioneer once called a Rolex Explorer a Steve McQueen watch and that has created confusion ever since.) 

Another popular model is the Paul Newman Daytona Rolex, model 6239.  This model has been highly collectible for years and this will probably only increase because in 2017 Paul Newman’s personal Daytona was sold at auction for over $17,000,000.

Another collectible watch is the Omega Speedmaster, Professional 145.022.  Depending upon when it was made, this watch is called pre-moon or post-moon.  We recently purchased one for our estate jewelry collection which prompted the research from which this post is being written.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon while wearing an Omega Speedmaster Professional, thus making it the moon watch.  The model he was wearing was actually a 105.012 but this was being transitioned to the 145-022 so Omega called the latter one the Moon Watch.  The watches made in 1968 and 1969 are considered pre-moon watches and thus have a premium when it comes to price.  The back of the watch says “Speedmaster” and has an image of the Hippocampus (a seahorse).  Post-moon watches are still quite collectible and their back indicates that they are moon watches.

The condition of these watches is important.  The need to be running.  Also, the original box and original band add value.  Here is an image of one that we recently acquired. Feel free to contact us for more information.