Some Thoughts on the Speedmaster Reduced (Automatic) speedmaster omega

SomeThoughts on the Speedmaster Reduced (Automatic)…
 
Originally written by
Chuck Maddox , in June, 2000,
First TZ Classic posting (1307) June 20, 2000,
Last Revised: 15 March 2002, 15:15 GMT
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Frequently in the Omega Forum we get a request for information about the diffe lhvfmmlo. hublot classic fusion oro rosarences between the Speedmaster Moonwatch and the Speedmaster Reduced (Automatic)... In order to have this information in a editable/pointable area, I am posting a reply to one of these queries here.
 
-- Chuck

I have mixed emotions about the Speedy Auto Reduced...
 
A year and a half ago if I were to list the watches in the current line that I wanted to own, the Speedy Auto Reduced, along with the Schumacher Triple Date (non-arabic) were both on it with the ones that remain on it. I still like both watches but find my desire to own them has waned. Not so much because they are not great watches, but that there are other watches that I like better. I've also found that I don't mind winding watches, in fact I enjoy winding them, I've also found great satisfaction in my Moonwatches and the other Speedmaster variants I own.
 
In the case of the Speedmaster Reduced, there are a couple of things that I prefer on the moonwatch. I forget who posted about this originally 6 or 8 months ago, but I hadn't really noticed it until then. If you look at the dial of the Reduced you notice a couple of things. First off the Sub dials at 3 and 9 are switched from the moonwatch and most other “Tri-Compax” layout chronographs. Which makes it a little disorienting if you have a couple of c.861's or c.321's, etc.... The second thing to notice are the details within the dials...
 
Speedmaster Automatic Reduced...
Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch...

Note: Both pictures are the same size and are taken from Omega's site. The size difference of the cases of these two watches are illustrated in these images. Note how the pushers are nearly totally out of the picture on the image of the moonwatch.

   
If you look closely at the reduced you'll notice that there are Arabic minute markings every 5 seconds except at 15, 30 and 45... Those markings are omitted because of a lack of space. Also because of this lack of space the "tick" marks placed every 5 minutes vary in length on the reduced, while they remain the same length throughout on the Moonwatch... Also notice how far apart the sub-dials are in the reduced Speedmaster when compared to the Moonwatch. There is a noticeable difference in this distances between the two watches. None of these things happen in the classic moonwatch. As the reduced is smaller in case size all of this contributes to a much busier dial than the moonwatch. I won't say that any of these items individually are a turn off, nor are they a massive turn off when considered together, but I'm not as eager to own one, and these are some of the reasons. For what it's worth, the reduced model seems to be easily obtainable on the secondary market at a reasonable price (well under $1,000 typically). But I wouldn't consider it to have a great deal of resale value either.
 
I suppose another way to look at this (warning car analogy ahead) is to consider (wait for it!) the Classic late 1940's and early 1950's MG sports cars (I warned you!). (yes, I am that darn predictable!!) Most people consider the MG TC to be one of the most beautiful Sports Cars ever produced. MG followed up the TC with the TD, and TF... Neither of which matched up to the TC in many peoples eyes, nor in the eyes of collectors.
 
Having said that, I have not heard anything bad about the accuracy or reliability of the movement... It's a 46 jeweled movement which is unusual because it has a fully jeweled Dubois-Dépraz 2020 chronograph module piggybacked on a fully jeweled ETA 2890-A2 watch movement. I have not heard anyone complaining of hands that don't reset to zero properly, fail to reset, exhibit "Chrono Hour Creep" or maladies that sometimes effect Chronographs... Nor have I heard anything derogatory about the fit or finish of the watch itself. Some would prefer that it have a screw-back instead of a snap-on back, However...
 
On the other hand I've heard privately from several different people who have talked to watchmakers that the chronograph module in the reduced is a exceedingly difficult one to service... The time module, which is essentially a SeMP (non-chronograph) movement is is not at issue, however the word on the internet is that the chronograph module is nearly impossible to service or adjust for even the most technically adept watchmakers who speed though other common Omega Movements (c.321, c.x86x, c.1040, c.1041, c.1045, 7750's, etc.)... At least one watchmaker is known to just mail the chronograph module to Bienne and ask for a new module complete, which Omega will send, no questions asked, for a cost of around $140 US. Apparenly it is significantly less hassle to pay that cost than to work to repair the module. Hence it is wise to consider this potentiality when purchasing a watch. Many watchmakers will do a clean/lube and general adjustment for $100~150 or so... If a chronograph module is necessary then the parts cost alone has just increased by $140 or so.
 

The Reduced is an decent watch, perhaps even a good watch and for some people it is the right choice. But it's not a moonwatch. As for the price difference, I'm not sure why the auto is priced less, other than it probably cost Omega less money to obtain a ETA movement than a Lemania movement, at least until recently... Now that Lemania is part of the Swatch Group (along with ETA and Omega) this may change. It also is smaller in size but only modestly so.

The Moonwatch is a classic and has been, is and seemingly always will be in demand. The TimeZone Omega Forum has been around for nearly four years now and we typically have several new Moonwatch owners post that they just got their first Moonwatch nearly every week. High demand means higher resale value. As for the reduced you can typically find several being offered at anytime on secondary market and they typically go for less than $1,000 in mint shape.

 
Which one you choose, and which is best for you is best decided by you! Again and as always my suggestion when trying to choose between these or any two watches is to try them on side-by-side for how they feel on your wrist. If one is uncomfortable to you by comparison, then you might wish to consider the other. I don't think the size difference between the two is so great for most people to push the Pro out of contention. In fact we do get a lot of traffic from people who: a) thought the Moonwatch was too big, but after having the Reduced for a short time had regrets and were looking to sell it, and b) bought the Professional even though at the time of purchase that it was too big and found that after time they really got used to it and were happy they did. But these are merely my observations, yours may be different and almost certainly better for you.
 
-- Chuck

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