Omega MK2 Speedmaster with very rare "Tropic" dial
The first MK2 Speedmaster was introduced by Omega in 1969, the year of the moon landing which made the Speedmaster world famous as it was worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin and indeed was used by all the Apollo Astronauts. The MK2 was designed with input from NASA and features a much more streamline tonneau shaped case and tough mineral class, the tachymetre ring sits under the crystal therefore eliminating the use of a bezel as in the standard moonwatch. No mk2 was used in space however, as it is said the astronauts were superstitious in that the original moonwatch did so well (particularly in Apollo 13) and did not want to change. The manual wind CAL 861 movement is exactly the same so basically the case and crystal are the only up- grades.
As prices soar for all moonwatches the MK2 is somewhat overshadowed making them fantastic value for money for the collector, a proven movement in a very cool retro case. This very rare example has a rich brown dial which is known as “tropic”, this is a black dial which pigments have turned brown due to exposure to sun light and are so very sought after, the watch comes on the original Omega bracelet although we were very tempted to fit a nice brown leather strap to bring out the colour.