Omega Speedmaster Professional Preowned vs. New

Hey everyone!

looking for a little expertise on buying a speedmaster professional moon watch. Originally, I assumed buying preowned, even getting a fresh service would be much more affordable than new. However, it looks like even getting a questionable model from Japan (maybe mid-late 90’s model) will be at least 3,500 landed here before a service (which I’be read can be between $600-1000) 

My question: is it reasonable to look around at different AD’s and maybe look for a 1861 mvmt model that has yet to sell and look for a deal or am I living in a fantasy world? If it can save $1500 or so I would be happy w/ preowned (don’t mind minor scratches/dings) but if I’m within $1000 or so of a deal on unworn model from AD I’ll hold off for that. Thanks for helping a newbie navigate the Watch world! 👍🏼

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Look at reputable shops like Topper or local ADs that sell used with a warranty. You will likely save thousands over new. I bought a slightly used one for about $2500 off new. The other option is negotiating off a new one, which you should be able to save at least 10% off. 

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AllTheWatches

Look at reputable shops like Topper or local ADs that sell used with a warranty. You will likely save thousands over new. I bought a slightly used one for about $2500 off new. The other option is negotiating off a new one, which you should be able to save at least 10% off. 

That’s really helpful, thanks for that advice!

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ChrisF

That’s really helpful, thanks for that advice!

Good luck, it is a beauty of a watch.

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Some great prices if you go preowned. 

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Speedmasters are great. I would like to pick one up as well. Good luck in your search.

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Just my $0.02:

  • If you like to buy and then sell and then buy and then sell watches, then if you get used, it won't cost you that much, and you'll minimize loss when you sell again
  • If you plan to keep the watch forever, then I would argue that the new 3861 movement is potentially worth shelling out for - it's the latest version of the co-axial movement for the Speedy, and it's a lifetime movement.  Omega's largely worked out all the kinks associated with the co-axial architecture (they had lots of problems with the 2500 caliber when they initially rolled that out), and with this latest iteration have in all likelihood achieved the holy grail of lifetime service-free movements
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Take a look at a Sinn 103 before you pull the trigger. No slight on Omega Speedy’s , … just take a look :)