Help with servicing a vintage Speedmaster

I have a "non-watch guy" friend who I always share my enthusiasm with and he's caught the bug a bit. With his new found interest, he recalled his dad having some old watches in a safe, so he asked to see them.

In the safe they found a 90's TAG Heuer, but his dad was sure he had an old chronograph somewhere that he wore for over 20 years. I laughed with my friend and told him it's probably some old Daytona or Speedmaster, wouldn't that be funny. He had no idea what I was talking about.

That was back around Christmas time. Fast forward a couple of months and I get a text from my buddy that they found the chrono in an old hope chest this weekend and he sent me the photos.

Woah!! How cool is that!? An original Speedmaster that's never been serviced. He doesn't know how to open the caseback (and we're in different states), but I'm fairly sure it's a 145.012-67 (but I'm sure there are some experts on here that know a ton more than I).

Anyway, he lives in the San Jose/Bay Area, would any Crunchers be able to recommend a watchmaker in that area that would be able to properly service it? He doesn't want to ship it anywhere. Thanks!

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My bias would be toward using an Omega Boutique. I鈥檇 pay extra for the piece of mind of knowing it鈥檚 done right with a warranty from the manufacturer. Once you know the condition then you could shop it around next time.

SF area should have an Omega (stand-alone) boutique. Take it there and they will service it for you (likely) they will ship it to the east coast were their service center. That way you will know the watch is safe. You may pay a little more but the security (IMO) of knowing Omega is servicing the watch is a plus. For me a no-brainer. I have used them on my speedy with zero issues. 5 week turnaround...

I am no expert, but found this:

https://www.fratellowatches.com/speedy-tuesday-differences-speedmaster-bezels/#gref

Looks like it might be pre-70s based on the bezel dot positions..

The only difference I notice between the 321 in the article and your friends is the blunt end of the seconds hand - in the article it appears more square, whereas your friends appears to be rounded slightly. Might just be the image though..

Also this:

https://www.fratellowatches.com/tbt-omega-speedmaster-145-012/#gref

Looks like the bracelet is correct too - the 'hairpuller'..

Good Luck!

There are multiple Omega dealers/ boutiques in the South Bay. The AD I use is in Napa. Bring it to one of them and they will send it to to one of the west coast repair centers (usually the SoCal one) and then call you 4 months later when it鈥檚 ready to pick up. It should cost around 1400 if I remember correctly.

RenaissanceTinker

There are multiple Omega dealers/ boutiques in the South Bay. The AD I use is in Napa. Bring it to one of them and they will send it to to one of the west coast repair centers (usually the SoCal one) and then call you 4 months later when it鈥檚 ready to pick up. It should cost around 1400 if I remember correctly.

Off topic but what other brands does this place in Napa sell?

RenaissanceTinker

There are multiple Omega dealers/ boutiques in the South Bay. The AD I use is in Napa. Bring it to one of them and they will send it to to one of the west coast repair centers (usually the SoCal one) and then call you 4 months later when it鈥檚 ready to pick up. It should cost around 1400 if I remember correctly.

Thank you! Wasn鈥檛 sure if I should send him to a local watchmaker or Omega. Taking it to an Omega boutique sounds like the best bet.

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I am no expert, but found this:

https://www.fratellowatches.com/speedy-tuesday-differences-speedmaster-bezels/#gref

Looks like it might be pre-70s based on the bezel dot positions..

The only difference I notice between the 321 in the article and your friends is the blunt end of the seconds hand - in the article it appears more square, whereas your friends appears to be rounded slightly. Might just be the image though..

Also this:

https://www.fratellowatches.com/tbt-omega-speedmaster-145-012/#gref

Looks like the bracelet is correct too - the 'hairpuller'..

Good Luck!

This article shows the rounded second hand. I think I鈥檝e seen an article that said the 321 had both hands, while the 861 only had the squared. 馃し鈥嶁檪锔

https://speedmaster101.com/145-012/

In SF there鈥檚 an omega boutique and Topper jewelers in Burlingame can help I think.

UpperRoom

Off topic but what other brands does this place in Napa sell?

Creations Fine Jewelers

They are in the process of moving to a new location (in the same shopping plaza). In the new location they will be carrying Omega, Tudor and Tissot. There might be other brands but I鈥檓 not positive. They have been great to deal with and always remember my name even though I only stop in every 3-4 month.

Olde towne Jewelers in Santa Rosa usually has a few good vintage pieces.