Speedmasters and Railmasters

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  1. leopardprey

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    Looking again at classic Speedmaster professionals and 41mm Railmasters. I prefer no-date watches. Like the history and tradition of the Speedmasters. And the 41mm Railmaster is a real classic! (the way Rolex should do the Explorer).

    My brother was visiting with me this last week, flying in from Botswana, and had the Seamaster I gave him a couple of years ago (after I had worn it a couple of years), and I forgot what a great watch that was!
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    I agree the Speemaster is one of the most classic watches out there- and the Seamaster is always cooler than I recall it being when I put it on.

    Tomorrow is one of those days since it's Valentines Day and mine was a gift from my bride. :)

    The Speedmaster is on my bucket list of watches to get, for sure.
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    It's funny since I was thinking of the NASA version Speedmaster just the other day (SS caseback, Hesalite crystal).. a Danish radio and tv personality named Anders Lund Madsen is wearing one. GREAT watch! :thumbsup:

    Here's a picture of him (long hair, dark beard):

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    As you can see, his friend wears one, too! :rocker:

    I dig the Railmaster, as well! Awesome classic! :drooling:
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    I do not own an Omega.
    I think they are nice watches but something else draws me away
    when I am about to buy one.

    I think the Railmaster is a GREAT looking all around watch!
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    Expeditions

    The Ralf Plaised Polar Expeditions :

    Ralph Plaisted worked in insurance in St. Paul, Minnesota. His interest in snowmobiles began in 1963, and he was rapidly convinced that a snowmobile could accomplish the “impossible” and take him on a journey to reach the North Pole by land.

    The Plaisted voyage began on March 7, 1968, with full news media coverage. On that day, the explorers left the last section of dry land before the Arctic Ocean, Ward Hunt Island in the Baffin area. Their destination lay 1330 kilometres ahead After 43 days – on April 19, 1968 – the four men determined their position with the aid of a sextant and their Omega Speedmaster professional : the Noth Pole the American Air Force, which had been following the expedition with airplanes and helicopters, confirmed that the team had reached the 90th parallel by land

    The Plaisted success was a milestone in conquering the Arctic. It was the first time that a motorized land vehicle had reached the most northerly point on the planet





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    Reinhold Messner South Pole Raid :



    Reinhold Messner and Arved Fuschs completed a dramatic traverse of the Antarctic continent in February 1990, after a 92-day, 2800-kilometer trek on foot. Through temperatures of -40C, and blizzards of up to 150 kph, they journeyed across the Thiel mountains to the South Pole, and from there to McMurdo Sound on the Ross Sea

    Equiped with a GPS and an Omega Speedmaster Professional, which can take over the function of the GPS in case of emergency, Messner and his compagnon Fuschs, a navigator with Artic experience acheived this unique cross of the Antartic on foot.

    "We wanted to give the Antartic a human magneture to prove people that it is finite" said Messner after surviving the adventure.





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    Testemonials

    Parachuting ...

    From "Omega Saga" Book :

    note : the Omega Saga book can be oredered on the Omega website : here

    Letter received from Mr Norbert Kandutsh in Germany

    "During a parachute jump on the 23rd of April 1963, one of the parachute line pulled off my speedmaster, braking the bracelet at 1600 feets. After 4 days of search, someone find it on the grass of the airfield, I wind it carefully ... and to my highest surprise it was perfectly working"




    Rolled over by a ... tank ! ...

    From "SSC bulletin" Marco Richon:

    Letter received from a French Officier S.M. Palagos in November 1980

    "I am the happy owner of a Speedmaster chronograph and here is what happened to my watch : I am a French Army officier, I was in a field operation in Jura when I lost my watch, the next week end I came back on site to try to find my watch and find it burried in the snow : a tank had roll over it ! .. Thank you for your outstanding quality , after 4 days in the cold and the snow and a monster of hundred ton roll over my watch it perfectly works ! , the bracelet was slightly banded but it was fixed ... "




    Sports watch ! ....

    From a post of Filo on the speedmaster.nl forum :

    " I have been using his Speedmaster Professional as a daily watch for the last 37 years.... When I bought that watch the only other timepiece I had was a golden Omega (!!!) dress watch from my parents so from that moment on I only used the Speedy.

    I was a boy and liked to make sports so my Speedy ... trained with me and I never thought of taking it off, also when swimming at sea (of course not when diving).

    It never failed me, except when I broke its glass and dial on a ski accident but was promptly repaired. Surprisingly the case is still in fairly good conditions, it doesn't have mayjor scratches or blemishes.

    I also have to admit that I'm very "absent minded" as far as maintenance and service is concerned, that watch was was serviced no more than three times in 37 years.

    Am I a good example to follow? Not for sure!

    Have I been lucky? Most likely but one thing for sure: the Speedmaster is a hell of a sturdy watch!

    Cheers to all

    Filo"


    Rugged watch

    From the webmaster :

    " I have been using a Speedmaster Professional since the early 90's, the speedy pro was one of my very first mechanical chronograph, I bought it second hand and it was replacing my Seiko Quartz as my sporty watch.

    I have choose it as my action watch : it endures ski, motorbike, go kart races but also swimming, hot and cold temperatures ... and it never fails. The watch was only serviced twice in more than 10 years and I doubt the previous owner ever service it. It continues to keep a very good time despite the small number of services and the treatment it have been faced to

    I by far prefer an hesalite crystal which will brake only in case of VERY severe shocks rather than a sapphire crystal for an action watch, I also apprecite a lot the "low profile" of the speedmaster which fit perfectly under gloves for motorbike or "cold" activities

    the last "story" my speedy endure was a trip to Hammerfest , the northernmost city in the world (70°40), the watch have been exposed to the very low temperature but also to rough field conditions : as I was in charge of an on field fiber optic installation and of course the watch survived perfectly well, it just need a little polish of the crystal after the trip

    Cheers

    JM"
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    Great testimonials on the Speedmaster! My sis gave me a neat anniversary book about the Speedy she picked ip while on business in Japan... But it's in Japanese
    . :-(
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    Yeah, I think a Speedmaster is definitely on my near future list!
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    Hi Chad, go get one. I have had the Speedy Pro on my mind for years but always purchased something else because I am not a huge chrono fan. Well, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to experience this true classic. I have to say, I should have bought one years ago, it is one amazing watch, the only chrono I will ever buy. I will never flip my Speedy, it is a lifelong keeper. You really can't beat the watch, great price, super ledgeable and it looks great on the wrist, oh, it is so comfortable. I bought a 3570.50, the classic moon watch, you can buy 4 of them for the price of a Daytona. I bought mine from a AD in DC for just under $2500.

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    Man, that speedy is really the only watch I have a really big desire for- not counting a no date sub that I'm tempted to trade a date model for...


    The speedy pro is such a classic and the price is SO right !
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