I was in Parkes NSW for the annual Elvis festival last weekend with a few friends. It was a good trip and definitely an eye opener on a number of fronts. This picture shows two of my travelling companions that weekend. As you can see they really got into the spirit of things.
I was sitting at a fountain eating a sandwich I bought from the Rotary sausage sizzle (as you do) and there was this guy standing in front of me wearing what looked like an old Omega watch.
The chap who was wearing it was quite an interesting fellow and was at the festival because he was the ‘colonel’ of one of the Elvis tribute artists. He mistakenly thought that the watch he was wearing was a moonwatch, but it was something even more special than that. The watch pictured here is a 1973 Omega Speedmaster. It was released to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the company’s founding – hence the 125 on the dial.
The watch is not only Omega’s first Chronograph-Chronometer ever offered for sale, but also the first Chronograph-Chronometer with automatic winding offered by any manufacturer to the public. Nowadays, Chronograph-Chronometers with automatic winding are much more commonplace, but considering that automatic winding chronographs, considered the “last great complication to be achieved” was only introduced 4 years prior to the production of the 125 makes the feat all that more notable.
This rare and special watch was produced as a limited run of 2,000 examples. Unlike more recent Speedmaster commemorative editions within this line, no engraving was done on the case or the case back of the watch. Some examples do have a faint, apparently punched number on the case back. But the case and case back is otherwise free from xxxx/2000 or other annotations. The ‘colonel’ thought the watch was worth about $5000 and had it insured for that amount but unfortunately they currently only sell for between $2000 – $4000 based on condition.