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Another one from the Speedmaster Moonwatch, this time on the caseback. As well as the universally known hippocampus and space-flight essay, there is an odd little device depicting a skeleton globe with stars and capital Ω on it. Whether it’s just another mark of authenticity like the tiny Ω etched on the crystal I’m not sure.

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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Wed Jun 07, 2023 10:10 am Another one from the Speedmaster Moonwatch, this time on the caseback. As well as the universally known hippocampus and space-flight essay, there is an odd little device depicting a skeleton globe with stars and capital Ω on it. Whether it’s just another mark of authenticity like the tiny Ω etched on the crystal I’m not sure.

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Steve. I can't get it as pin-sharp as your photo, but the same detail is on the back of the display case-back as well

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@JAFO Seems to bear out my theory. Perhaps our Omega expert @gaf1958 might know.
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I've got a moonwatch only book. (Third version, predates the current watch version). It says that the model number is on the inside of the case back, and it's worth checking as the case back is not always the correct one for the watch, ie may have been changed. It also says that since 2007 there is an anti counterfeit mark on the case back bezel, so I suspect it's this symbol. It's not there on the examples before 2002.

Here some examples. The wording changed from 2016, as shown. The symbols are next to the word omega at the top.

I realised I had the wrong case back. The first two photos are the display case back, the second two are the solid case back. There's no device on the earlier example, but it's there on the later version. The design dates from 1995, so that makes sense It's quite unclear on the printed page as you can see from the last image. The book doesn't go into any detail about the mark.
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My understanding was that it is a counterfeit protection device as it is possibly really hard to copy.
Interestingly, it appears on the back of a lug on my small seconds aqua terra and on the case backs on my other omegas.
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The skeletonised clasp that echoes the handset and the subtle branding at 3
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2 small details that I like in my black Bulova23:

-- the tiny 4-sided pyramid hour markers, except at 12, 3, 6 and 9 where the markers are faceted arrowheads, or maybe 3-sided pyramids stretched at one tip.

- the scalloped bezel (ok, it's subtle, rather than small)

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Everything is brushed apart from an outline of polishing on the caseback and this - the top of the bezel is polished beautifully creating a crisp circle of light. It’s not bling, but the effect is brilliant :)

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Love the tiny chisel-like chamfer on the end of the AT hour hand.
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missF wrote: Sat Jun 10, 2023 7:35 am Everything is brushed apart from an outline of polishing on the caseback and this - the top of the bezel is polished beautifully creating a crisp circle of light. It’s not bling, but the effect is brilliant :)

Doesn’t the mark XVI have the small polished edge to the lugs that gradually tapers away to nothing as they reach the edge of the watch? This is my mark XVIII bit both my spitfire and St Exupery chronograph’s had it as well.

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Yes, you’re right. Another delightful wee sliver of starlight :D
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I mentioned this in my earlier post;-

The red and green hour dots on my Elliot Brown Canford Clipper 'Round the World' race LE, representing the Port and Starboard lights on a ship (or aircraft).

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