I find I am still subject to small dopamine releases when eBay presents me an alert for something very desirable. I defy you to tell me that this rough-around-the-edges, original, DON90 blueberry Ed White doesn’t turn you on at least mildly. I known I tend to favour either beautifully preserved pieces or utterly fucked and worn-in patination, but go with me a little bit here. Like a ghosted aluminium SM300 bezel, there is no way to get a blueberry Speedmaster tachymeter bezel without it having lived a life. A watch that was lived a life this rich can’t help but show it on the surface. Today, that type of vintage can be a bit of a bargain.
There are many details to pour over here. With its manually-wound caliber 321, straight lug case, lack of crown guards, and DON90 bezel, the Ed White will likely be very familiar to you, dear reader. The 105.003 reference gained its name after the aforementioned legend wore it during his historic space walk, the first American ever to take the leap. For what it’s worth, any condition Ed White is a thing of beauty to me. I like the ugly ones. And man, can they get ugly. Look away, Eric Wind.
If you’re willing to let go of the idea of resale valuation, a worn-in example can be great fun. This Ed White has seen a life, no doubt. Its handset has blackened tritium, the white paint has flaked in places, its dial is beginning to disintegrate, and the case is polished to all hell. If you’re in a position to consider a Speedmaster as a consumable, this is a watch you could wear daily with no care given. Some people enjoy that experience, others get off on the idea of preserving a brushed gold grain. If you’re in the former category, this is a rare opportunity. Just do your research. An extract, which this comes with, is no guarantee of anything. Contact the seller and get more background. eBay is a dangerous place. The spoils go to those willing to assume risk.
Find this Blueberry Ed White here on eBay for 14750 USD.