Omega Speedmaster Mark II History
Eventually, perfect replica Omega used the 1969 Speedmaster Mark II case for another Alaska prototype, but that one didn’t make the cut either (read our article on it here). Swiss super clone Omega intended to streamline the case of the Speedmaster and bring it up to the then-modern standards. As you can see, the case shows similarities to the titanium case used for the Alaska Project.
A new case design and two dial variations
By 1969, the 42mm Speedmaster Professional case was already four years old, so luxury replica Omega thought there would be some room for a new and additional model in the Speedmaster collection. The tonneau-shaped case represents the late 1960s and early 1970s perfectly. It was a much more modern design than the classic lyre-lugged Speedmaster Professional. It’s important to realize that the Speedmaster Mark II was also officially a cheap fake Omega Speedmaster Professional, as printed on the dial.
The dial is very similar to the one on the standard Speedmaster Professional but features the additional “Mark II” text. 1:1 super clone Omega made two versions of the Speedmaster Mark II, one with a standard dial and one with a “Racing” dial. Racing dials were used before, as you can read here, in the Speedmaster pre-Professional and Professional models. There was also the aaa quality fake Omega Speedmaster Mark II Telestop, a watch that could be operated with a (wired) remote control. A noteworthy fact is that all models had the same 145.014 reference number.
The high quality super clone Omega Speedmaster Mark II with “Racing” dial is a bit rarer and, therefore, more sought-after. Both models utilize the famous Lemania-based caliber 861, which is also in the standard Speedmaster Professional reference 145.022. The diameter of the top copy Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 is 41.1mm, slightly less than the 42mm Speedmaster Professional.
However, the Mark II wears quite differently on the wrist due to the tonneau-shaped case. It also doesn’t have a domed Hesalite crystal but a flat mineral crystal with the tachymeter scale underneath. The best fake Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II came on a stainless steel bracelet (reference 1162), but the case also accepts a 20mm strap.
Interestingly, the regular Speedmaster Professional never went out of the collection (perhaps one of the best decisions ever, as it’s still there today). Instead, Omega replica for sale offered the Speedmaster Mark II alongside the regular Moonwatch.