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Selling Moonwatches from the Late 60s to Early 70s

February 15, 2018 - Watch Articles
Omega’s Speedmaster Moonwatch possesses a rich history and devoted following from watch collectors. The Speedmaster Moonwatch has been influential in several of NASA’s successes during the late 1960’s and early 1970s because of its impressive durability and timekeeping precision. If you have a Speedmaster Moonwatch and are ready to sell it, there has never been a more perfect time. According to Paul Maudsley, Phillip’s international specialist, “Each year new collectors come on board and gain an understanding of the various specialist collected brands, and prices rise steadily.” Thanks to the outstanding history and quality of the Moonwatch, there is a strong demand for vintage Moonwatches from new and old watch collectors alike. Keep reading to learn how you can safely sell your Moonwatch and get the best offer.


History of the Moonwatch

Originally introduced in 1957 as the Speedmaster, this watch was created to be a sports and racing chronograph. The Speedmaster featured a chronograph with a tachymeter scale on the bezel, allowing the user to measure elapsed times and speed. This watch was celebrated for its outstanding precision, endurance and ease of use.

In 1964, astronauts were petitioning for backup timing devices to bring on their missions. Deke Slayton of NASA asked for “a highly durable and accurate chronograph.” The following year, NASA began testing commercial chronographs that could withstand space while retaining its functionality. These chronographs were challenged to endure extreme temperatures, violent shocks, various pressures, vibrations and oscillations. Only Omega’s Speedmaster endured the rigorous testing and was declared “flight qualified for all manned space missions.” When astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore his Speedmaster on the moon in 1969, the Speedmaster gained the name “Moonwatch.”

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The Moonwatch is in fact credited with saving the lives of NASA’s astronauts during Apollo 13’s mission in 1970. After a reserve oxygen tank exploded, the electronic timekeeping mechanisms on board were damaged. Commander James Lovell used his Speedmaster to time the ship’s re-entry rockets, allowing the craft to safely land on Earth. Omega was presented with the Silver Snoopy Award, the highest honor awarded by NASA astronauts. These events further cemented the significance of the Moonwatch in NASA’s history.


How to sell Omega Speedmaster Moonwatches

Selling your vintage 1960’s or 1970’s Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch does not need to be difficult or stressful. The following steps will teach you how to safely sell Moonwatches and get the most competitive offer.

  1. Work with expert luxury watch buyers

When you sell your Moonwatch with luxury watch buyers, such as WP Diamonds, you are working with reputable experts in the second-hand luxury watch industry. Specialty buyers employ timepiece experts who have the necessary skills and understanding of the second-hand market to assess the value of your Moonwatch. Expert watch buyers also have industry connections which allows them to provide you with competitive offers.

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Thanks to WP Diamond’s international presence, we possess a wide network of buyers, enabling us to give you the best offer. Ensure that the buyer you are working with is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has excellent reviews from previous customers. WP Diamonds has an A+ rating from the BBB, hundreds of positive reviews from satisfied customers and a 100% trust guarantee.

  1. Get a price quote

After you contact an expert luxury watch buyer you will want to receive an initial price quote. To get a price quote with WP Diamonds, simply fill in our online form and our experts will give you a price range for your Omega Speedmaster watch within 24 hours. If you accept the range, you can mail-in your Moonwatch from the comfort of your home with our free, overnight and fully insured shipping service. You can also schedule an in-person appointment at one of our modern and secure offices.

  1. Get a final price

Once the specialty watch buyer has evaluated your Moonwatch in-person they should give you a firm price. You can do this either by scheduling an appointment or requesting our free and dully insured overnight shipping labels. When you sell your 1960’s or 1970’s Moonwatch with WP Diamonds, the final price we tell you is exactly how much money you will receive. We do not have any hidden fees or commissions that will deduct from your final offer.

  1. Get paid

After you accept the final offer for your timepiece, WP Diamonds offers you the option of receiving payment by check, wire or cash (cash is an option for in-person appointments only).


How much is my vintage Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch worth?

The following factors affect the value of your timepiece:

  • Age of the watch: The age of your Moonwatch plays a part in its value. Collectors are driven to the rich history tied to the vintage Moonwatches from the 60s and 70s which can fetch strong prices.
  • Condition of the watch: If your watch is damaged or has been repaired with components from another brand, the price will be negatively affected. Conversely, if your watch has been regularly serviced and is in great condition, you will have a stronger resale price.
  • Box and papers: While you absolutely can sell your Omega Speedmaster from the 1960’s or 1970’s without box and papers, possessing your Moonwatch’s original box and papers helps to validate its authenticity which in turn increases your final offer. Most collectors prefer to buy vintages timepieces with its original box and papers in good condition. WP Diamonds buys Omega Speedmaster Moonwatches with or without box and papers.


Selling your Moonwatch with WP Diamonds

When it comes to selling your vintage Moonwatch, WP Diamonds is here to help. Our simple, secure and free service has earned us an A+ rating from the BBB and reviews from hundreds of satisfied customers. Thanks to our experience and global presence, we are able to give you an honest and competitive offer for your timepiece as well as diamonds and designer jewelry. Our process is so fast that you can receive payment in as little as 24 hours after completing our simple online form.

Click the button below to receive your price quote or call us at 646-758-0270 to speak with our luxury watch experts today.

Bio: Written by one of our diamond, designer jewelry or luxury watch experts. With over 150 years of combined experience, our experts are able to comment on trends, share industry knowledge and provide diamond, designer jewelry and luxury watch education.

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