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Omega Speedmaster Mitsukoshi ‘Domino Dial’ Project

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Speedmaster Domino Dial

Omega Speedmaster Pro ‘Moonwatch’ 3570.50 with Mitsukoshi Dial

Amongst the Heuer community, there is a healthy respect for vintage Universal Geneve and Zenith chronographs. Some of them are stunning, and a few really caught my eye. I looked into them, as you do, and there were a few disappointments, namely they are fairly small, quite pricey, and very hard to find in the right condition. My thoughts turned to a white ‘panda’ dial Carrera, but again, these aren’t exactly easy to find…

Then I spotted an Omega ‘Mitsukoshi’ custom conversion online somewhere & I dug a little deeper. I loved the look of it so found myself a standard black dialed Speedmaster Pro, and sourced a handset & dial from Ofrei. The conversion was fairly straight forward, my watch guy making short work of the parts swap. Click here to see the original regular Speedmaster that I bought.

During my time with the standard model, I actually really liked it, and while I waited for the Mitsukoshi parts to arrive, I managed to grab a ’69 example as a part trade to fill the hole it would leave after the conversion.

So, what is a Mitsukoshi?  Put simply, released in 2003 it was a limited edition Speedmaster Pro of 300 released by Omega in conjunction with one of Japan’s most famous departments stores – Mitsukoshi (they have a selection of exclusive worldwide Japanese restaurants too). The watch is essentially a regular Speedy with steel handset and a ‘domino’ dial. They were available exclusively from their store(s) in Japan, although a handful collectors managed to buy internationally. It is a stunning clean design and the 300 sold out very quickly. They do become available on the second hand market now and then, but they command big bucks.

My conversion isn’t identical to a true Mitsukoshi, which has all steel hands. I opted for a slightly different hand set-up, as I thought it was more ‘vintage-esk’ in it’s look, more like the Universal Geneve’s and Zeniths I admire so much.. therefore I only had the hour and minute hands changed from painted white to steel. The central sweep chrono hand and the subdial pins remain painted white, which I think looks better.

Speedmaster Mitsukoshi

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December 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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  1. Stunning. Can you please make one for me?

    Jim VO

    December 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    • Thanks Jim! I didn’t personally make it.. but you can get the parts from Ofrei & a donor Speedy watch, any decent watchmaker can swap the hands & dial around.

      Heuerville

      December 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      • It’s now my watch goal for ’13!

        Jim VO

        December 8, 2012 at 1:11 am

  2. Beautiful, I’m tempted to make this same conversion based on your photos. What model is that tan rally style strap and where can I find one?

    cubicledrone

    December 13, 2012 at 12:22 am

    • Go for it, it can always be reversed. The rally straps.. I hand make them, I’m currently making some to sell, if you follow me on Twitter, you will get an update of where they are available, as I don’t have any kind of webshop set up yet. My Twitter name is Heuerville.

      Heuerville

      December 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

  3. Love this watch. What model is that brown rally strap and where can I get my hands on one?

    Bob

    December 13, 2012 at 7:15 am

    • I hand make the rally straps, I’m currently making some to sell, if you follow me on Twitter, you will get an update of where they’ll be available, as I don’t have an online shop yet. My Twitter name is Heuerville. Thanks.

      Heuerville

      December 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

      • Would you be willing to sell that specific strap if you’re not using it? How much are you planning on selling your straps for? Thanks.

        Bob

        December 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      • Bob, I will be making more of these straps, in exactly the same style.. they will be priced around £75.

        Heuerville

        December 28, 2012 at 1:41 am

  4. Hey,

    your website is awesome! Never have seen that many reviews of interesting watches and great photography at one place. May I ask you a question: where did you get the dark brown vintage leather strap from? It fits the Speedi really well (also the Hanhart by the way), I would like to get it for my future Speedmaster too.

    Best regards, Max

    facexm

    June 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

    • Thanks for your comments Max..
      The dark brown strap came on a watch I bought – it’s a bog standard dark brown leather strap that I roughed up with a blade to get a worn/vintage-esk look.
      It’s made by Echt Leder, and has a silver finish on the inside.. I’m sure you could track one down!

      Heuerville

      June 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

  5. Would this dial conversion work on 145.022?

    Omegatron

    June 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    • I’m not entirely sure, as I haven’t looked into it, but I’m thinking that it would – I suppose you need to find out if the standard black modern dial will fit a 145.022.
      If you go to Ofrei’s site, you can cross reference as to what parts fits a 145.022.

      Heuerville

      June 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

  6. What’s that dark brown strap, is that oFrei? Could you please point to the specific link? It’s gorgeously padded. Thx!

    PK Hunter

    June 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    • Please see other comments where the same question was asked – The answer is above somewhere.

      Heuerville

      June 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      • Thanks. “Echt Leder” just means Real Leather in German, so it’s not the brand name. I guess I’ll keep looking. Love that look you created by roughing it up with a blade, who’d have thunk!

        pkiula

        June 11, 2013 at 2:54 am

      • I never knew that !! Well, in that case, I don’t know who the manufacturer is, sorry – but like I say, any good padded brown strap will do the job, roughed up a little.

        Heuerville

        June 11, 2013 at 8:40 am

  7. HI :)!

    love that watch!
    Will that dial work on my 3592 speedy?

    thanks!!

    norb

    June 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    • Thanks Norb. I don’t know, I’m not really an Omega expert. Maybe ask on an Omega forum, they’ll know more than me.

      Heuerville

      June 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      • thanks fot the fast answer 🙂
        love the page!

        norb

        June 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

  8. Is there a reference number for this dial…?

    ec51

    November 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    • ec51,
      The details are here – near the bottom of the page: http://www.ofrei.com/page343.html

      Heuerville

      November 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

      • Thank you! Great looking piece – I have the dial and hands on order. Now just onto finding a donor speedy!

        Did your watchmaker mention anything about the possibility of damage when removing the white subdial hands for the dial swap? I am still on the fence about the subdials – stay with white or use the silver.

        ec51

        February 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  9. Hello. where can I get the carrying strap in the last photo the speedmaster? Best regards

    Alberto

    December 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    • If you mean the dark brown strap – it is a generic standard brown strap that I roughed up with a knife blade. I have no idea where it came from.

      Heuerville

      December 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      • I am looking for a leather strap for Omega NZL

        Alberto

        December 17, 2013 at 6:41 am

  10. That is an absolutely stunning watch! The conversion is very very attractive…..I want one!
    BTW, may I ask what type of camera is the watch resting on in the last photo?

    Chris Mani

    March 13, 2014 at 3:47 am

    • I’ve no idea Chris.. it was an old camera I picked up as a prop. Sorry!

      Heuerville

      March 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

  11. I have one of these to sell. With a steel bracelet. If anyone’s interested, please email me at kluck dot hibberd at (that google mail domain). Thanks.

    KHib

    March 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  12. Hi,

    Thanks v much for your insightful post. I am looking to do the same as you, can you advise what model the mitsokushi was – I. E which speedmaster should I buy as the base watch for conversion.

    Your help would be much appreciated.

    Abdulsalam Breish

    April 20, 2015 at 4:53 am

    • As I understand it.. The Mitsubishi model reference is 3570.31.
      AFAIK it is identical to the regular 3570.50 except for the dial and silver handset.

      Heuerville

      April 20, 2015 at 9:11 am

  13. […] What happens when you take one of the most iconic watches, let alone chronographs, ever and give it a Panda makeover? You get an instant cult classic. Such was the case with the Omega Speedmaster Mitsukoshi, a Japanese market limited edition from 2003. Made for the Mitsukoshi department stores, the edition of 300 was gone fast and has become an incredibly rare and collectible watch…it’s also become a highly “faked” watch, with people modding existing standard Speedmasters with new Panda dials. While I’m totally for modding your watch, it just means that one must be very careful of “Mitsukoshis” for sale (image featured is from a modded Speedy by Heuerville). […]

  14. […] réponse nous est fournie par le site Heuerville. En 2003, Omega lance une petite (toute petite) production de 300 exemplaires d’une […]

  15. Great site! I will certainly be picking up one of those straps. Trying to track down a MITSUKOSHI dial. eBay has a few, are their Fakes dials I need to be on the look out for? Ofrei stop selling them. Thanks!

    Joe

    April 7, 2017 at 6:14 am

    • Thanks.
      I’m not aware of any fake Mitsukoshi dials out there, but always be vigilant and buy from a reputable source.

      Heuerville

      April 7, 2017 at 10:46 am


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