Performance of a Similar Model
Omega Speedy Tuesday watches are as rare as they are coveted. So far, each model has been limited to a run of 2,012 pieces and has sold out within hours of going on sale. The value of these collector's items has increased considerably.
What began as a hashtag in 2012 has since developed into two Speedy Tuesday limited-edition watches. These special Moonwatches are in such high demand that their prices increased by several thousand dollars in just a few years. As of mid-2022, prices between 12,000 USD and 16,000 USD are par for the course.
Omega released the first Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday in 2017, five years after the initial #speedytuesday post. Defining features of this timepiece include its reverse panda dial, matte black aluminum bezel with a tachymeter scale, and Hesalite crystal. The 42-mm case has a satin-brushed finish. Another interesting detail is the silvery-white subdials coated with luminous material, making them easy to read in the dark. If this design looks familiar, that's because it's based on the Speedmaster Alaska Project III from 1978. Omega made 56 copies of this Moonwatch exclusively for NASA.
The second Omega Speedy Tuesday followed in 2018. This limited edition also takes its inspiration from a classic timepiece, namely the ref. 145.012-67 "Ultraman" from 1968. Speedmaster fans gave this watch its nickname after it appeared in the Japanese TV show "The Return of Ultraman" in 1971. The most unique detail of this rare vintage Speedmaster is its orange chronograph seconds hand. This same splash of color found its way onto the 2018 Speedy Tuesday. The newer watch also has orange accents on its dial, bezel, and NATO strap. When exposed to ultraviolet light, Ultraman's orange head appears on the small seconds dial at 9 o'clock. Like its predecessor, the Speedy Tuesday Ultraman is a coveted collector's item that has seen a major increase in value.
The first Speedy Tuesday model appreciated by 34% between July 2020 and July 2022. The Ultraman appreciated by a staggering 100% in the same period.
|Model, reference number||Value appreciation,* price (approx.)||Production year|
|Speedy Tuesday, 3126.96.36.199.01.001||+35%, 12,500 USD||2017|
|Speedy Tuesday Ultraman, 3188.8.131.52.01.001||+100%, 16,000 USD||2018|
|*between July 2020 and July 2022|
It took less than five hours for the Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday with a reverse panda dial to sell out. Omega only sold this wristwatch on their own website. If you wanted to get your hands on one, you had to reserve it first. At the time, its official list price was 6,500 USD, 900 USD more than the standard Moonwatch.
The limited run of 2,012 pieces couldn't keep up with the high demand for this timepiece, meaning prices for the Speedy Tuesday quickly skyrocketed on Chrono24. By late 2017, prices for a never-worn ref. 3184.108.40.206.01.001 had already reached over 8,500 USD. In mid-2021, prices for the first Speedy Tuesday model almost broke 10,000 USD. At the time of writing in July 2022, prices for this Omega Speedy had reached 12,500 USD.
The first Speedy's historical predecessor – the Speedmaster Alaska Project III – was made exclusively for NASA and is so rare that one will likely never turn up on the pre-owned market. However, today, a "normal" Speedmaster from the 1960s or 70s with the reference number 145.022 costs around 5,600 USD pre-owned. The standard edition Moonwatch bears the reference number 3220.127.116.11.01.005 and was discontinued in 2021. This model changes hands for just under 5,900 USD.
The Speedy Tuesday Ultraman sold out within two hours of going on sale. Omega stuck to the same strategy as the first Speedy, offering it exclusively on their own website. Reserving the Ultraman required quick reflexes and exactly 7,100 USD in your pocket.
The price of a new Ultraman jumped to around 9,000 USD almost as soon as it reached the initial buyers' hands. After a period of flux, prices started rising again from mid-2020. As of mid-2022, you'll need an investment of around 16,000 USD if you want to call one of these Omega timepieces your own. All in all, the value of the Speedy Ultraman has doubled in just two years.
Vintage Ultraman watches from 1968 are exceptionally rare today, especially since their authenticity is hard to guarantee. In the past, so-called "Frankenwatches" regularly popped up claiming to be an original Ultraman ref. 145.012-67; however, these turned out to be modified watches with an orange stop-seconds hand added after the fact. The spare hands likely came from the Speedmaster Mark II or Omega Chronostop, which also had an orange seconds hand. However, this hand is not identical to that of the 1968 Ultraman. You can purchase a standard Moonwatch with the ref. 145.012 without an orange hand for around 9,700 USD.
The manual caliber 1861 powers both Omega Speedy Tuesday models. This movement is based on the legendary Omega caliber 861, which ticked away inside the Moonwatches the Apollo 11 astronauts wore to the Moon in 1969. Omega has also released several limited edition Speedmasters in honor of the Moon landing, often on important anniversaries. These Apollo 11 watches are hotly sought-after among collectors and make sound investments.
When fully wound, the chronograph caliber 1861 has a 48-hour power reserve. A cam switch controls its chronograph mechanism. This movement ticks at 21,600 vibrations per hour, which is the equivalent of 3 Hz.
It was a sunny Tuesday in Cannes when Robert-Jan Broer – a major Speedmaster fan and founder of the watch blog Fratello Watches – posted an image of his Speedmaster with the caption "Speedy Tuesday" on Facebook. Soon thereafter, Broer decided to name a series of articles on his blog after this caption. He published the first Speedy Tuesday article on May 29, 2012, in which he discussed the Speedmaster Day-Date caliber 1045. He went on to publish hundreds of these articles in the years that followed. Fellow Speedy fans from around the globe soon began posting their own Speedmaster photos on Instagram under "#speedytuesday." That single vacation post quickly developed into its own brand that is now known by almost every watch enthusiast in connection with Fratello Watches.