Omega Speedy’s Different Bezels

If you’re building a watch collection, it’s likely that Omega Speedmaster has earned its place in your watch box, or on your wish list. Launched in 1957, it has evolved throughout the years, from its pre-Moonwatch days, to today’s modern version.

More often than not, collectors look at the dial and hands to place the date or age of the model they want, but when it comes to the Speedy, the bezel holds answers, too.
Let’s take a look at each of them:

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PATTERNS ON SPEEDY BEZELS
First things first – when it comes to the Speedy, there are general patterns that we can place on the bezel, but it’s not an exact science.There were transition models and many limited edition collections throughout its decades of production, so there can be discrepancies from what we explain here, but they can still be authentic Speedmasters.
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This guide should help, but it’s always best to consult an authorized dealer to authenticate a watch.
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DIFFERENCES ON SPEEDY BEZELS
There are many different ways that collectors can identify the age of their Speedy – some do so through the quality of printing, fonts and number scales.For this guide, we’ll look at three elements: the Tachymetre text, and the numbers 70 and 90.
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Vintage DON
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Pre-1970s
pictured here: Omega Speedmaster Vintage 321 DON Dial Mens Watch 145.012
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– Tall Tachymètre text with accent over E- Dot next to 70 (lower right)
– Dot over 90
– Note also that the numbers sit very close to the edge of the bezel

These are also more popularly called the DON (Dot Over Ninety) bezels. A ‘ghost’ DON bezel is one that has faded.


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MoonWatch Caliber 861
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1970s – mid 1990s
pictured here: Omega Speedmaster MoonWatch Caliber 861 Vintage Watch 145.022
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– Short Tachymetre text with no accent over E
– Dot next to 70
– Dot next to 90 (upper right)
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MoonWatch Steel Watch
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1990s – Present
pictured here: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Steel Watch 311.30.42.30.01.005
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– Short Tachymètre text with accent over E- Dot below 70
– Dot next to 90 (upper right)

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Do you own an Omega Speedmaster? How does it compare to the guide above?

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