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  1. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 3, 2013

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    It really is a remarkably beautiful city to visit, even from the air the greenery and neat rows of buildings is in stark contrast to Australian cities which are somewhat more like an ant's nest.

    I have to say when Robert-Jan first started talking about putting together this event much earlier in the year, I was both really impressed that someone was creating a gathering for Omega collectors and rather nervous about the size of the undertaking, as its really never been done before for Speedmaster fans. I had figured 25-30 would be a difficult but respectable number in terms of turnout, but in the end more than twice that number came along, and the entire event was just so well put together that I have to take my hat off to Robert-Jan for the incredible work he put into it.

    James Ragan was everything you would expect of a NASA test engineer, and when he says he tested all of the watches that were submitted exhaustively and methodically, he's dead serious, even political pressures at the time didn't enter into the equation, it was merely a matter of which chronograph will stand up to the job and that result is now rather obvious. He owns several Speedmasters these days and was wearing an Apollo-Soyuz meteorite edition (Apparently he saw a prototype of it Omega had produced before production and decided he had to have one even before it was released). Truly a wealth of knowledge on Speedmasters and their connection with the space program.

    It was also great getting to meet Petros and Alain from Omega, I had no idea Omega had young guys like Alain with such an incredible depth of knowledge and passion working in the archive and museum, it definitely feels like Omega's heritage is in good hands.

    I'll definitely be planning a trip back to the Netherlands and Europe again before too long and make it an extended stay, can't wait for the next big gathering of Omega collectors!


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    Didn't want to risk too much through customs so just took the Gemini IV Limited Edition & The Calibre 321 145.012-67

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    Omega were kind enough to bring their Speedmaster related Baselworld 2013 pieces, the Speedmaster 57 in 18K solid gold looks so much more impressive in the metal than it does in press pictures, I was genuinely bowled over by this one!

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    Plenty of very serious Speedy fans were in attendance, every time there was someone walking around with a briefcase you wondered just what cool toys were there, this full set of Speedmaster Mark series watches really impressed me

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    Lunch was brilliant, and Omega had brought along an incredible selection of vintage pieces from the museum, all hiding under glass domes

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    This one was fascinating, a Seamaster Professional prototype for the X-33 Mars Speedmaster

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    An assortment of Speedmasters, from the 1950s through to the 1970s

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    18K Solid Gold '69 Commemorative Speedmaster Pro

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    Alaska Project prototypes

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    More Alaska Projects

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    This one doesn't particularly need any introduction

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    More pics at Fratello and many many other places: http://www.fratellowatches.com/speedy-tuesday-event-photo-report/
     
  2. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Nov 3, 2013

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    Brilliant, thank you for sharing :thumbsup:
     
  3. Privateday7 quotes Miss Universe Nov 3, 2013

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    Superb.......holding that 2915 must felt special.
     
  4. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 3, 2013

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    There were actually several 2915s including a FAP, they're just brilliant :D
     
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  5. Robert-Jan #SpeedyTuesday Nov 3, 2013

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    Thanks for the write-up! It was great to have you here in our cold & rainy country (did you guys know that Ash didn't even bring a coat... :)). In the meanwhile, I received several mails from people who attended the event that they ordered, bought or traded Speedmasters after the event as it inspired them :)

    Although I love the CK2915s (I think there were 2 or 3 of them), I really prefer the CK2998. I might be looking for one myself in the near future.

    RJ
     
  6. Privateday7 quotes Miss Universe Nov 3, 2013

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    CK 2998-2 or 3 with lollipop hands are very cool.......
     
  7. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 3, 2013

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    Yea... I sort of turned up in the Netherlands wearing a polo shirt and trousers, which in fairness, is what you wear in winter in Australia ;)

    I didn't realise until I got there that a coat or jacket was probably a lot more important than the three pairs of shorts and T-shirts I'd packed :whistling:

    So for future reference, Amsterdam is quite cold.
     
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  8. Trev The Architect Staff Member Nov 4, 2013

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    We are quite spoiled when it comes to climate. It's too easy to forget that other places aren't always sunny and warm. :)
     
  9. cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 4, 2013

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    Good Gawd man, how could you forget this:::facepalm2::
     
  10. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Nov 5, 2013

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    CanCon at it's best!