Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Origins... An extract from the Archives at Bienne...


i have identified my speedy as 'a posible kwisatz haderach'...

now for the folks on this blog who've read dune or watched the movie or are frank herbert fans, u would know about paul muad'dib, the atreides and harkonnens and such... if u don't know anything about this though then no matter... the kwisatch haderach was like the messiah in that story or 'the one' in the matrix and in dune as in the matrix, there was the notion that there could be other possible kwisatch haderachs...

long story short, this watch wasn't gonna ride no sandworm or show up no bene gesserits but it could have been one of the ones that went into space and on the moon as buzz aldrin's speedy did... the reason is because it is from the same year of manufacture and bears the same model number as the ones that got to the moon on apollo 11... so it could have traversed thousands of miles... could have... when i purchased it though it didn't come with a book on where it was shipped to, who was the first person who bought it and where they bought it from, who has worn it since, cherished it at one point and decided to sell it at another throughout its 41 year history... etc etc etc... so what info could i get about its past?

hey isn't that the guy in desperate housewives and how i met your mother? the older ones among u may remember twin peaks too :) Photobucket

provenance is important if u're trying to sell a watch (note i have no intention of selling my speedy) and cause of this, more and more companies out there are offering the service of providing a record from their archives if they have the info properly maintained. i guess i wanted to know more so any little bit helps and my speedy came without any boxes or papers so this would be a paper from Omega recognising its 'citizenship' so to speak...

how do u get an extract of the archives from Omega?

1. go to this LINK and follow the instructions online.
2. have the following info ready:

  • Movement number 2XXXXXX8 (from the watch movement)
  • Reference number: 145012-67 SP (from the caseback)
  • Case material: Staineless Steel (duh)
  • Short description: Speedmaster Professional with Cal 321 (u know it :)

and after you make an order for it... u will receive an email with the following info:


We hereby confirm your order of the following extract:
Extract from the archives / Movement number 2XXXXXX8
Reference number: 145012-67 SP
Case material: Staineless Steel
Short description: Speedmaster Professional with Cal 321

This service costs CHF 75.00 or the equivalent in local currency.

The Extract of the Archives is not a Certificate of Authenticity and does not guarantee the authenticity of a watch or its component parts.

The Extract of the Archives contains detailed information from our archives which relates to your watch and how it left our facilities in Bienne, as well as the exact production date of the watch but do not include the delivery country due to the fact that often the final destination for a watch is not the country of delivery from the factory due to distribution agreements regarding some countries.

Signed by Alain Monachon OMEGA MUSEUM - Archivist


so it arrives after a couple of weeks... an extract from the archives... it provided me 2 pieces of information that i didn't know. my watch was born Oct 29 1968 and it was shipped to America(huge kwisatch haderach possibility ;) and a paper from Omega to say its one of theirs...

u will have to determine for yourself if it matters, but for me, i am happy to have this piece of information on my vintage speedy


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