It is not the first Speedmaster that received a nickname by its collectors, as the ‘Broad Arrow’ for example was used before for the CK2915. However, we could say that it was surely one of the first nicknames given by collectors to a Speedmaster. Chuck loved the Omega Speedmaster Replica 376.0822 for a couple of good reasons, most important was the combination of the Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’ case and the use of the legendary Lemania 5100 movement. This movement, dubbed caliber 1045 by Omega, was already used for the Speedmaster Mark IV and Mark V and a number of other variations.
You have to realize that for a long time, it did not really matter that much if a watch had received service parts or not. You just did not know about this, like you did not know what the original/initial execution looked like of a watch. Even ‘official’ materials from Omega displayed the Cheap Omega Replica Speedmaster Holy Grail with a wrong set of hands for example, which is easy to explain, as the image in there was taken of a prototype of the reference 376.0822. Only later on, the use of time-correct parts became a very important aspect when collecting Speedmasters and made it almost disgraceful to use ‘just’ authentic replacement parts.
This, and the fact that authenticity became a much more important aspect when collecting watches, led to some great initiatives to get the absolute truth out there on watches like this Speedmaster 376.0822. Even with access to Omega Replica Watches archives in Bienne not an easy task to perform. The owner of the the initiative did an effort to get all the details right for example.
The only way to investigate the Speedmaster Holy Grail and determine the exact executions in 1987 and 1988, one has to dive into the Omega Replica archives in Bienne. Rossier and Marquié must have spend quite some time there, as they went through a lot of data and images to get a grip on the exact bezels that were used, the story about the two different end-links for the 1450 bracelet as well as the countries to which the Speedmaster Holy Grail was shipped.
The result of their research of the Swiss Omega Replica Speedmaster 376.0822 “Holy Grail” is an exciting read. Many images are used to explain the correct parts of this Speedmaster, as well as one of the original 1986 datasheets of this watch. The style and use of images and charts is identical to those in the Moonwatch Only books, so those of you who have one of those, will recognize the lay-out immediately.