Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ultraman Speedmaster on BBC ‘Antiques Roadshow’

The original Ultraman from 1967 featured recently on the Antiques Roadshow.

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So what is so special about the original 1967 watch?

It is essentially a standard Speedmaster with an orange chrono hand, but was produced for a very short period of time in 1967. Apparently, only fifty or so pieces were assembled and all were sold to Asian dealers. The watch was also featured in the Japanese TV show, "The Return Of Ultraman," which aired in 1971.

The Ultraman is a benevolent alien human-size super being with the ability to transform into the giant-sized, super-powered Ultraman to battle monsters threatening the Earth. There are plenty of Japanese Ultraman videos on Youtube if you'd like to see more. 
Last year Omega released ‘the new Ultraman’ Model Ref. 311. The list price was $8,720 AUD which currently sells for around $13,000 on second hand market.
Lessons from the Ultraman:
When it comes to Speedmasters:

1. The quirkier, the better.

2. If you’ve found an old speedmaster moonwatch, don’t clean it! Collectors love watches in unresotred condition.

We have currently 12 Speedmasters in stock and without any hesistation, my recommendation is the Galaxy 999 Japanese edition.                          

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