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What's the Story here?, DD145.0022 LE Speedy... not that I like it.

  1. abrod520

    abrod520 Jan 28, 2016

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    What's the story behind that one? Watched the auction for the hell of it but wanted to know more about the occasion behind that particular LE

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  2. abrod520

    abrod520 Jan 28, 2016

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    This has now inadvertently become my first thread, not counting sales listings :D
     
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  3. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 28, 2016

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    Very interesting watches, here's the close reverse (web)
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  4. shoota70

    shoota70 Jan 28, 2016

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    never seen that one
     
  5. tjoy89

    tjoy89 Jan 28, 2016

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    I had one last year, they're pretty rare and I believe production was just a few hundred units in the early 80s. It went to a collector in Singapore.

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    I had one of the inverse pieces last year as well, which were a limited series out of 500 produced for the Italian market in 1986.

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    The one on eBay definitely needs a service and that bezel needs some help but I'm sure it will clean up nicely. The two-tone 1171 was exclusive to that model and replacements cannot be made by Omega, so the fact it has the bracelet (with the correct two tone end links) is a huge plus. I think these are undervalued just because not enough people know about them. Unique pieces for sure.
     
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  6. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Jan 28, 2016

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    what occasion do they commemorate?
     
  7. tjoy89

    tjoy89 Jan 28, 2016

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    That's a great question. I have no idea. The gold dialed two-tone wasn't a limited edition as far as my research has told me. The black dial one was limited for Italy in 1986, although I don't know if it commemorated anything or was simply a limited release piece.
     
  8. repoman

    repoman Jan 28, 2016

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    Both of these pieces are really interesting (and somewhat unique), but despite my best efforts to try and like them, I find both of them visually unattractive. The LE Italian model looks strange with white hands and the muddy gold color (I like a glowing yellow gold, or a deep rich red gold... this is neither). I like the champagne dial 80's two-tone a bit better, but it seems misplaced as its not connected to anything. I guess I'm not alone as it was quietly discontinued after poor sales, which makes it better now given there aren't very many of them out there.
     
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  9. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 28, 2016

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    They're not to commemorate an event per se as far as I know, just interesting LE's that probably played to their flashiness of their era. What I always found interesting though is the thought that these may be the first two Panda dial Speedmasters, the Gemini IV, Apollo 11 35th, Mitsukoshi, Speediorite etc all have a big following for that feature but I don't think (correct me here if I'm wrong) that there's a Panda pre-dating the DD145.0022.
     
  10. KRLYUZH

    KRLYUZH Jan 28, 2016

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    This watch is not an LE nor is it SE. It not numbered nor limited. It was also not limited to Italian market. Just a two-tone 145.022 from mid 1980's made for few years to probably compete with other brands who were putting out two-tone sports watches at that time.
     
  11. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 29, 2016

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    Two tones were huge for a while.
    Still get more comments on this than any watch I own. Odd that mostly it's guys my age that comment " always wanted one when they came out"
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  12. Fredrik (Swe)

    Fredrik (Swe) Jan 29, 2016

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    And there is of course also this one from the same period :)

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  13. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 29, 2016

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    THE watch to have in the early nineties :p
     
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  14. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 29, 2016

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    Ayrton certainly agreed

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    Michael as well

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  15. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 29, 2016

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    A co-worker proudly showed me his, said that Rolex was passé and no one wanted them any more. I bought the Rolex. :D
     
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  16. dennisthemenace

    dennisthemenace Hey, he asked for it! Jan 29, 2016

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    On leather yes, but that bracelet has got to be the Fugliest ever made.
     
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  17. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 29, 2016

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    I loved that bracelet, and they were uber comfortable!
     
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  18. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 29, 2016

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    Never had a another bracelet that has been half as comfortable. :cool:
     
  19. DLT222

    DLT222 Double D @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 29, 2016

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    I like both of these tbh, I think its shows just how cool the 80's was!

    The Italian was also done in a re-run in 1989 with the letter A inferno of the limited number.

    The one @Fredrik (Swe) has is for the German market iirc.
     
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  20. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 29, 2016

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    When I got got more interested in watches. I inquired about these. I did not know the model names for these Tags, so I tried describing them.
    No one could figure out what I was talking about. :(