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Two years ago, Omega introduced the new version of the Speedmaster Professional at a price of €6,100. In 2022, this original cost saw an increase to nearly 10%, before rising yet again earlier this year – up to 7%. With its latest announcement that prices would be further increasing by 5–7% (inflation dependant) up to €7,500 on February 1st, it’s clear: time is ticking towards higher costs for those seeking out such distinguished watchmaking from one of the world’s leading luxury brands!

The Omega Speedmaster is a beloved watch among collectors. It’s known for its storied history, incredible craftsmanship, and timeless design. However, recent price increases on modern models have made vintage Speedmasters an even better value for money.

Here we’ll explore 3 reasons why vintage Speedmasters make an excellent choice for those wanting to add a classic timepiece to their collection.

Short History of the Omega Speedmaster

The Omega Speedmaster is an iconic timepiece known and loved worldwide, with a history dating back to the 1950s. The Speedmaster was first introduced in 1957 as part of the “Professional” series that also included other members such as the Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. The Speedmaster was the first model certified by NASA for use in space exploration and was famously worn during the Apollo 11 mission.

vintage omega speedmaster 3590.50 watch

Vintage Omega Speedmaster 3590.50

Since its debut, the Speedmaster has maintained its classic design: a round stainless steel case, a sleek black dial with three sub-dials, hands, and a tachymeter bezel. This style has remained virtually unchanged over the years and has become instantly recognizable. Although modern Speedmasters have been updated with new materials, features, and complications, they still stick to the same basic design that has made them so popular.

1. They Retain Value Better

Vintage Speedmasters tend to retain their value better than modern models. This means that you can buy a quality vintage Speedmaster now and not worry about its value depreciating soon. They often go up in price over the long term, making them an excellent investment.

vintage omega speedmaster 3590.50 from 1998 full set

Vintage Omega Speedmaster “transitional” from 1997 (full set)

2. Cheaper Prices

The best part about buying a vintage Speedmaster is that they are generally cheaper than modern models—especially with the recent price increase on modern Speedmasters. You can find plenty of quality watches at prices lower than what you’d pay for a new model, so you won’t have to break the bank if you want to get your hands on one of these legendary watches.

3. Better Craftsmanship

In many cases, vintage Speedmasters were crafted with more care than modern models due to advances in technology and production techniques over time. Many collectors love the extra attention to detail found in older pieces, making them all the more appealing as investments or collector items.

vintage omega speedmaster 145.022-71 pocketshot

Vintage Omega Speedmaster 145.022-71


All in all, it’s clear why vintage Speedmasters make for an excellent choice compared to modern models—especially with the recent price increase on new ones. They’re cheaper, retain their value better, and are crafted with more care and precision in many cases—allowing you to enjoy your timepiece without worrying about its reliability or accuracy over time. If you’re looking for a classic watch that won’t break the bank while still providing quality craftsmanship and performance, then look no further; vintage Speedmasters are definitely worth considering!

Browse our collection of vintage Speedmasters here.

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