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Modern Speedy bracelet for a 145.022 - choosing between 1498/1499 and 1998 bracelets

  1. Tekashi_145.022

    Tekashi_145.022 Dec 3, 2019

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    I want to put a modern Speedy bracelet on my 145.022. I’m primarily eyeing the 1498/1499 and 1998.

    Does anyone have insight on which bracelet fits the 145.022 case better, or anything I need to watch out for? Eg do certain end links not fit the 145.022?

    Also open to alternative suggestions for modern Speedy-style bracelets.

    Thanks!
     
  2. omegaman

    omegaman Dec 3, 2019

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    FMPOV the 1498/99 fits way better to a Speedy because it is getting slimmer from the 20mm lugs towards the 18mm clasp. The 1998 is 20mm overall and to fat.
     
  3. Tekashi_145.022

    Tekashi_145.022 Dec 3, 2019

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    Thanks for the feedback. I do like that aesthetic element of the 1498/99, too.

    I’ve noticed the polished parts of the bracelet on the 1498/99 some seem as polished or prominent as the 1998’s polished bits. Is that true? Or maybe I’ve just seen bad pics of the 1498/99?
     
  4. omegaman

    omegaman Dec 3, 2019

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    No, actually the polished parts are similar
     
  5. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Dec 3, 2019

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    Both should have an 840 or 849 end link. Only minor differences. The 1498 tapers to 16mm and has a friction-fit clasp. The 1998 tapers to 18mm and has a pushbutton clasp.

    Some prefer the greater taper of the 1498. The 1998 can be retrofitted with a micro-adjust clasp.

    Uncle Seiko sells a type of beads-of-rice bracelet that fits the Speedmaster, Some like that look, I personally do not.

    He is working on a flat-link bracelet to fit the Speedmaster and Seamaster 300. If such a thing appeals to you, you might wait for it.

    Many a Speedmaster was sold with a black crocodile strap and the Omega deployant buckle. Older style is double-ridged and 16mm clasp, which is no longer available, as far as I know. Later is dome-padded black crocodile with an 18mm clasp.

    Of course you could wear your Speedmaster on a 20mm Maratac or equivalent strap, or get one of the NASA reproduction straps.

    Hope this helps. I have owned both the 1498 and 1998 bracelets and I preferred the pushbutton clasp of the 1998.

    Tom
     
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  6. omegaman

    omegaman Dec 3, 2019

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    Yep, bracelet taper is as Tom said, 20 to 16 vs 20 to 18, with the clasp being 2 mm wider on each, so 18 vs 20 mm for the clasp... however, the thinner clasp looks way better imo.