Limited versions are an interesting issue today, bot in deals just as in conversations. Maybe in the pre-web age, it was less straightforward and therefore, less complaining. What we have here today is an ideal illustration of a restricted version without a genuine explanation, yet it is beginning to become a sincerely sought-after watch.
27 CHRO C12
This gold Speedmaster Professional traces all the way back to 1992 and was restricted to 999 pieces to commend the 50th commemoration of the 27 CHRO C12 development, the archetype of the acclaimed type 321 development. That is correct. It commends a development that was not utilized in the Speedmaster, yet its replacement was. However, does it influence the coolness of the watch? Hell no. This watch is wonderful. The way that it is 999 pieces in particular, or commending some chronograph development that wasn’t even in a Speedmaster doesn’t matter for the proprietors of these watches. They simply have a cool 18-carat gold rendition of their #1 chronograph; the Moonwatch.
Together with Lémania, Omega presented the 27 CHRO C12 development in 1942 as of now. The 27 represents the measurement of the development in millimeters and the CHRO is a contraction for “chronograph”, obviously. C12 alludes to the 12-hour recorder of the watch. Back then, the chronograph developments utilized by Omega were ordinarily somewhat bigger, to be specific 28.9mm, 33.3mm and 39mm. A more modest development with 12-hour chronograph complication was required at that point, for the utilization in (more modest) watches. A couple of cycles (and years) after the fact, Omega began to consider this development their type 321. In this way, taking all things together decency, the type 321 was utilized in the Speedmaster from 1957 to 1968 (CK2915 till 145.012).
Jubilee 27 CHRO C12
In request to give proper respect to that first 27mm section wheel chronograph development that later got known as the type 321, the most sought-after Speedmaster development, Omega chose to come up with three restricted version watches in gold in 1992. A skeletonized adaptation that we shrouded in this article , a 250 piece form that has a chronometer guaranteed caliber 864 movement and this 999 piece variant with a type 863 development. This 999 piece model we have here today, complete with box and papers.
We realize that this can be somewhat confounding, yet Omega utilized reference numbers and PIC numbers. We regularly consider the PIC the reference number, as we did previously. Reference 3691.50 is really equivalent to PIC 3691.50. It is otherwise called reference BA145.0052 however, which was fundamentally the old referring to framework which later turned into a PIC code. The variant with a gold wristband is PIC 3191.50, yet in addition known as reference BA345.0052. Later on, when the PIC number turned into the reference number, the reference number (BA145.0052) turned into the case reference. You will locate this number stepped within the case back. Like you will discover 145.0022 within case backs with watches that have reference 3570.50 for instance. We trust it is explained now.
First Speedmaster with Sapphire crystal
You may think about the other gold Speedmaster Professional from 1980 ( we covered it here ), that was the principal Speedmaster with a sapphire gem for the situation back. All things considered, this 1992 restricted version of 999 pieces was the principal Moonwatch to have a sapphire precious stone fitted on the front side. It is an exceptionally decent box precious stone, that doesn’t amplify the dial like a Hesalite (plexi) gem does yet gives the Speedmaster a vintage look & feel.
This Speedmaster Professional Jubilee 27 CHRO C12 reference 3691.50 accompanied an exceptionally decent wooden box, with a sliding component for opening and shutting it. Within was made of this green velvet (like) material. A cool bundle that accompanied a little hardcover book on the Speedmaster, as you can see underneath. The guarantee card was set inside an additional green velvet (like) pouch.
Besides the all around referenced type 863 development, which is essentially a type 861 development with a completion that’s a smidgen more satisfying for the eyes (and in yellow gold tone), this watch has obviously a 18-carat yellow gold case, yellow gold cudgel hands, a yellow gold crown and pushers and a shut gold case back with extraordinary etching. Other than the ‘standard’ Flight-Qualified etching, you will locate the interesting number (of 999 pieces) engraved for the situation back bezel.
The dark dial has snailed subdials encircled by gold edges. The gold hour markers are applied and you will locate a brilliant spot toward the end. These are tritium, so minimal possibility they actually manage their work properly.
The 27 CHRO C12 reference 3691.50 went ahead a dark cowhide tie. The one we have here doesn’t have the first lash any longer, however in any event it actually has the 18-carat gold Omega marked clasp from 1992.
Gold is Hot
The proprietor of this Omega Speedmaster Professional Jubilee 27 CHRO C12 Reference 3191.50 is a companion of this magazine, and some of you may perceive his watch from our Instagram takes care of (or possibly my own feed ) as we did a little video on opening the container. After a long hunt, the proprietor of this watch discovered this shocking gold Jubilee 27 CHRO C12 Reference 3191.50 available to be purchased and chosen to make an offer. He was yearning for a gold Speedmaster for a long time, as he feels that other than having a hardened steel Speedmaster Professional (or a couple of them), claiming a gold form is a unique thing. Furthermore, I can identify with that, as having one myself too, it is a watch dependent on the common ‘every day’ steel Speedmaster Professional, yet the valuable metal makes it for sure valuable. Something for unique events, or just to praise the Moonwatch in an extremely decent way.
Whatever it is, shaking a gold Moonwatch is something that probably won’t be as distant from reality as it appears. However. Since a great many people are after a steel model, maybe a vintage one or maybe one of the steel restricted release models, a gold Speedmaster Professional can be as yet had around the €10.000 mark. That is still a ton of cash, yet compared to a portion of its competition in gold, or one of the steel vintage Moonwatch models, it isn’t unreasonably insane, at all.