Call for price 312-609-0003
Reference Number: 145.014
Case Diameter: 42 mm x 45 mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crown: Fluted with Omega Logo
Dial Color: Chocolate Brown "tropical" Dial
Movement: Swiss Hand-wound Omega Calibre 861
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds & Chronograph
Case Back: Solid
Band Type: New Luxury Brown Leather "Racing" Strap with round holes and cream stitching
Water Resistance: not recomended
Included Items: Watch only
From roughly 1957 to 1965, a flaw in the manufacturing process of black dials used on the Omega Speedmaster Professional line of watches resulted in the occasional fading of the dial to a shade of brown, sometimes described as “tropical brown” or “chocolate.” Long sought after by collectors, anyone who has looked into purchasing a used Omega Speedmaster Professional will be familiar with their extraordinary prices in relation to non-faded pieces. What caused this defect, and what underlies the huge premiums required to bring one of these watches into your collection? Let’s find out.
The fading is a defect caused by the process of dial making during the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. To prevent black dials from fading and losing their vibrancy, a chemical coating was applied to dials before they left the factory, but ironically, after five or so years, in rare cases, the opposite of the intended occurred: the chemical coating reacted with the dial and allowed for faster than normal fading.